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The Beach Boys on CD: Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

After completing That Lucky Old Sun, Brian Wilson went into one of his periodic creative slumps, discovering that he was, at least temporarily, unable to write new songs. Making an album of cover versions seemed the obvious option to keep … 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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Three Books For Every (Beach) Boy…

You wait all your life for an autobiography by a member of a classic surf vocal group, and then three come along all at once. Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy by Mike Love with James S Hirsch … Continue reading

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Gotta Keep Those Loving Good Vibrations Happening…

October 10, 1966, was a big day for my personal musical obsessions. The Monkees’ first album was released, and on the same day the Beach Boys released possibly the finest single ever released, “Good Vibrations”. I’ve written possibly too much … Continue reading

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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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