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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: Symphonic Sounds Music of the Beach Boys

With the split between Mike Love and Alan Jardine in 1998, the Beach Boys effectively ended their existence as a creative band producing new music. “The Beach Boys” became a trademark, licensed by Mike Love’s company MELECO, and applied to … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys on CD: Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks of THE BEACH BOYS Salute NASCAR and Union 76 Gasoline

And so we come to February 1998, the worst month in the Beach Boys’ history. Mike Love and Alan Jardine had, over the previous few years, grown increasingly distant, to the point where it was almost impossible for the two … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys On CD: Stars & Stripes vol 1

And so we come to what seemed, for sixteen years, as if it would be the last ever new Beach Boys album. Brian Wilson had spent much of the mid-1990s working with Andy Paley on several dozen new songs, intended … 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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Beach Boys Book: How To Deal With Remakes?

I’ve now hit a spot in the third Beach Boys book which I’ve known for years was coming, but which I still am not sure how to deal with, so I’d like people’s opinions. In the ten-year period after Summer … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys on CD: Summer In Paradise

The early 90s were a terrible time for the Beach Boys. Critically, they were at their lowest point, before their late-60s and 70s work had been reevaluated and seen for the clever, beautiful, music it was. Artistically, they were even … Continue reading

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