September 25th, 2016
Brian Wilson continues his prolific later years release schedule, with a live album presaging both the No Pier Pressure album and the collaboration with Beach Boys Al and Blondie that has extended into the “never ending” Pet Sounds 50 tour. While there is nothing new here, the record is a nice testament to the ongoing ability of Brian to tour and share his music with fans around the world. More than that, the new songs fit in will with the rest of album and confirm Brian as an ongoing creative force.
The only regret is the non-inclusion (and non-performance) of the fabulous From There To Back Again, which would have been a wonderful showcase for both Al and Brian. But you can’t have everything, and in this age, we have a lot more of Brian than we deserved or ever expected.
September 22nd, 2016
..except here in the deep south (Southern Hemisphere) where it’s on the way. Of course, Brian is continue his never-ending tour, which now officially extends into 2017, and is still garnering good reviews on the road.
September 13th, 2016
Our third instrumental hidden beauty is somewhat later than the first two, from the 1977 MIU sessions. Uncovered on the Made In California box set in 2013, this instrumental sees Brian Wilson in fine form, with a lot of key changes that evoke his greatest moments, even although it would seem to be an incomplete work.
September 11th, 2016
Our second incomplete but great instrumental has the modern-sounding title of Let’s Live Before We Die, but dates back to the All Summer Long sessions, and was released on the Keep An Eye On Summer: The Beach Boys Session 1964 50 years later. With Brian apparently on piano, it exuded a romantic vibe in the Summer Means New Love/ Surfer Moon vein.
September 9th, 2016
Our next three hidden beauties are all instrumental tracks written and produced by Brian Wilson that seem to be missing vocal tracks, but still stand well alone as powerful testaments to Brian’s production ability . Another thing the three tracks have in common is that they have only seen official release in the past few years. Bobby Left Me was apparently recorded on October 18, 1963 in the same session as Little Saint Nick, one assumes with a girl voice in mind (according to Brad Elliott, it was for Sharon Marie). There doesn’t seem to be any sort of vocal version, however, so we just have the lovely instrumental track, officially released on the 2013 Big Beat collection.
September 3rd, 2016
As the seasons change around the world, and Brian returns to Europe for a few more dates, it’s also book time for two of the Beach Boys. Mike Love’s Good Vibrations: My Life As A Beach Boy is released on September 13, followed by I Am Brian Wilson on 11 October. Possibly as a bit of pre-publicity for the Love book, the story that Dennis Wilson saw Charles Manson kill a man has been making the paper rounds.
August 26th, 2016
1. Dancing On the Sun – Bahari
2. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) -The Beach Boys
3. For No One -The Beatles
4. Skylark -Bob Dylan
5. Atomic Number – case/lang/veirs
6. Supermoon -case/lang/veirs
7. Why Do We Fight -case/lang/veirs
8. How Can You Find Someone To Love -Citizen Helene
9. Women of Ireland -Dexys
10. How Do I Live -Dexys
11. The Town I Loved So Well – Dexys
12. New York Is My Home – Dion & Paul Simon
13. Together -The Explorers Club
14. California’s Callin’ Ya -The Explorers Club
15. Gold Winds -The Explorers Club
16. No Strings Attached -The Explorers Club
17. Before I’m Gone -The Explorers Club
18. See the Sky About to Rain -Neil Young
19. L.A. -Neil Young
20. Love In Mind – Neil Young
21. Tired Eyes -Neil Young
22. New Dawn (Synth Layout for Cut Scene) – Scott Walker
23. She Makes Me Laugh -The Monkees
August 20th, 2016
After a short midsummer break, the 50th anniversary Pet Sounds continues into an intense phase of countrywide USA dates plus a few excursions into Europe (yes, England is still in Europe…). And if you think this is just a nostalgia trip, have a look at this article. And yes, the rock and roll album is still in the works…
August 14th, 2016
The quick answer to the question in the blog title is yes, it was the year of Pet Sounds. But it’s worth considering what else came out in that pivotal year – we had the classic 60s trilogy of Revolver, Aftermath and Blonde On Blonde, all pivotal albums by three of the key artists of the 60s. 1966 saw Eight Miles High from the Byrds while Buffalo Springfield recorded For What It’s Worth (actual release was in the early days of 1967. Bacharach wrote and recorded Alfie, and the Walker Brothers released the classic The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore. And I’m sure we can go on.
Proving the best year music would take a lot effort in both statistical analysis and justifying one’s own personal taste. But 1966 can certainly make a strong case, without going into the detail.
August 9th, 2016
With final dates in London and Paris now added, the 50th anniversary Pet Sounds tour has now moved onto a 90 date marathon -the busiest year in Brian’s solo touring history, and busier than the Beach Boys 50th anniversary tour. Put another way, somewhere in the world, one in every four days in 2016 will see a Brian show.