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The Beach Boys on CD: A Postcard From California

After the demise of his Beach Boys Family & Friends project, Al Jardine went back to his position of least-visible Beach Boy. He played the occasional gig with the bulk of the Family & Friends band under various names, and … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys on CD: That Lucky Old Sun

(This essay, for reasons I explain in the first few paragraphs, is one I’ve started and stopped writing at least half a dozen times over a period of months. One of the reasons the third Beach Boys book wasn’t out … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: Songs From Here and Back

In 2006 a rather odd, limited edition, release came out, which would (according to Mike Love’s on-stage announcements around that time, anyway) be one of the band’s best selling albums of the last few decades. Songs From Here And Back … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: What I Really Want For Christmas

Since Brian Wilson’s solo recording career became an ongoing project, he has more or less alternated between albums of new material and recordings of other people’s songs, done in his own style. What I Really Want For Christmas could just … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: Brian Wilson Presents Smile

Dealing with Smile has always been a problem in this series of books. To recap, for those who aren’t completely familiar with the story, in 1966 and 1967 the Beach Boys recorded a series of sessions for an album largely … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: Live in Las Vegas

We’ve already dealt with the touring Beach Boys – Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, and (for a while) David Marks – and with Brian Wilson’s live performances. But what of the other surviving Beach Boy? After Al Jardine discovered he was … 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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