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The Beach Boys on CD: Brian Wilson Live at the Roxy

While Imagination was not especially successful, either commercially or critically, it did mark a new point in Brian Wilson’s solo career. Before 1998, Wilson had always relied on the Beach Boys to be his live “messengers” (as Dennis Wilson had … Continue reading

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Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and Blondie Chaplin: Manchester Apollo 24/5/16

(NB I wrote the first 3000 words or so of this on Wednesday, hence references to “last night” rather than “two nights ago”) A little over fourteen years ago, I spent nearly a fortnight’s dole money on tickets to see … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: Imagination

As the Beach Boys were falling apart, Brian Wilson’s solo career was getting a second wind. After the abortive efforts to produce a Beach Boys album, he guested on four tracks on an album, The Wilsons, by his eldest daughters … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times

[NB, I’ll be looking at the Good Vibrations box in an essay in the book version] An interesting thing happened in the early 1990s. The image of the Beach Boys began to split into two — and this split would … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys on CD: Brian Wilson

As soon as “Doctor” Eugene Landy was taken on for a second time, in 1983, to “treat” Brian Wilson’s increasingly severe mental illness, he started taking control of both Wilson’s personal life and his professional life. Landy fancied himself a … Continue reading

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Brian Wilson and Friends DVD

Brian Wilson and Friends is the latest live DVD/Blu-Ray (both come in the same case) from Brian Wilson. Recorded late last year to promote his new album No Pier Pressure, it features the band he will be touring with for … Continue reading

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Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure

No Pier Pressure is, in effect, the latest Beach Boys album. Much like Al Jardine’s 2010 “solo” album A Postcard From California, it features so many contributions from other Beach Boys, along with various guest stars, that thinking of it … Continue reading

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