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The Beach Boys on CD: Gettin’ In Over My Head

2004 was a big year for Brian Wilson. On February 24, he performed live, for the first time, a completed version of Smile, the unfinished album that had hung over his head and dominated all discussions about him for nearly … 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: 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: 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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