Another quite convoluted song history comes along with today’s hidden beauty. Even the title Fantasy Is Reality/Bells Of Madness betrays the many parties involved. Released in 1994 on a Rob Wasserman album of collaborations, it was written by Sam Phillips, Wasserman and Brian, and sung by Carnie Wilson. The combination of Brian and his daughter also reflected something of a reunion after the Landy years - a year later Brian married Melinda.
The song is often cited as the highlight of the album, and stands alone as a beautiful, poignant track, especially the Bells Of Madness section which may be more Sam Phillips input. The Fantasy Is Reality is a bit of a Shortenin’ Bread rewrite, but it does all hang together, and some credit must go to Brian, even as an inspiration.