Happy 80 To Beach Boy Genius BRIAN WILSON

20 June 2022

Two days after Paul McCartney another music genius who doesn’t need
an introduction celebrates his 80th birthday. BRIAN DOUGH WILSON was
born 80 years ago in Inglewood, California.

The man with the golden ears for layers of harmonies and architect of symphonic pop orchestrations, co-founded The Beach Boys with 2 of his brothers (Carl and Dennis) and his nephew Mike Love in 1961. They were the pioneers of the surf sound. They fabricated 29 studio LPs between 1962 and 20212 (That’s Why God Made The Radio) and tons of Number One hits. Wilson’s best known compositions were/are covered by countless artists.

Between 1973 and 1982 Wilson had some severe mental problems.
He stayed in bed for most of the time and consumed drugs and alcohol
on a daily basis. He went from rehab to rehab. It took him years to recover.

I was taking some drugs and I experimented myself right out of action. … I’d sometimes go and record. But basically I just stayed in my bedroom. I was under the sheets and I watched television.

Fortunately he survived those dark years and afterward he joined the band
now and then at concerts before starting a solo career in 1988 and making
8 albums (so far). He still tours this very day.

Three big Brian Wilson moments

– GOOD VIBRATIONS –

– GOD ONLY KNOWS –

– LOVE AND MERCY –

SUMMER 2022 – TOUR DATES HERE

BRIAN WILSON: Discography – Website

Harmony Legends THE BEACH BOYS Released Their Acclaimed LP ‘SURF’S UP’ 50 Years Ago

1 September 2021

Band: THE BEACH BOYS (California, US)
Active: Since 1961, wow, that’s 60 years,
and still surfing! So far, 29 studio LPs.

Anniversary album: SURF’S UP
Their 17th LP, a sort of come back after
some mediocre longplayers.

Released: 30 August 1971 – 50 years ago
Score: #15 in the UK, #29 in the USA

Rolling Stone wrote at the time: “The Beach Boys stage a
remarkable comeback. An LP that weds their choral harmonies
to progressive pop and which shows youngest Wilson brother
Carl stepping into the fore of the venerable outfit.”


Stream f
ull album…

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Happy 79 To Good Vibrations Expert BRIAN WILSON

20 June 2021

Musical genius BRIAN WILSON celebrates his 79th birthday today – 20 June 2021.

An iconic singer/songwriter, most famous, as we all know, for creating that vibrant Californian pop surf sound with his monumental harmonies band THE BEACH BOYS.
But back then in the glorious sixties the rivalry with The Beatles drove him paranoid.

He left the band to take a very long vacation in his bedroom. But in the late 80s, early
90s he returned and released several solo albums and played concerts now and then.

Music is in his veins and in his DNA. Here are three (extremely difficult to choose only three ) Brian Wilson compositions to celebrate the Beach Boy‘s 79th birthday…

– SURF’S UP –
(Brian Wilson solo – 1967)

– SLOOP JOHN B –

– GOOD VIBRATIONS –

BRIAN WILSON: Biography – Website – Facebook

New Box Set – Californian Legends THE BEACH BOYS Look Back At 1969-1971

4 June 2021

Band: A mega-hit machine (mostly in 60s/early 70s) formed in 1961 – and still active –
by the Wilson brothers, cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine. They released 29 studio albums – with Pet Sounds as their best known and highly critically praised – and also countless compilations.

New Box Set: FEEL FLOWS – The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971

Content: 5CD and digital box set in celebration of a highly influential and transitional period in the history of the Beach Boys. Feel Flows – The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 will be available from July 30, offering newly remastered versions of those two albums in a 135-track collection that includes 108 previously unreleased tracks.
Out: 30 July 2021 – order info here

Rolling Stone says: “At the dawn of the Seventies, the Beach Boys had a lot to prove. Their pop success was a thing of the past — even artistic triumphs like Pet Sounds and Wild Honey were commercial flops. The boys of summer were pushing 30 by now, bearded dads reckoning with marriage, divorce, changing times. When they went to work at Brian Wilson’s home studio on Bellagio Road in Bel Air, they were struggling to find their place in a new world that had written them off as a nostalgia act. But the Beach Boys found their adult voices on Sunflower and Surf’s Up, two soulful masterworks that caught them at a fierce creative peak.

This pivotal moment in the Beach Boys saga comes alive in the new box set Feel Flows — The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969–1971, out July 30th. Feel Flows, which Rolling Stone heard in an exclusive preview, is full of revelations, telling the story of the band’s rebirth across five CDs packed with previously unheard gems from the Bellagio Road era. In a new interview from this box set, Bruce Johnston calls it the best time they ever had together. As he says, “Everybody was grown up — but still young — and they used the studio as the ‘man cave’ and the clubhouse at Brian’s and they brought songs in.”

Original SUNFLOWER LP

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Original SURF’S UP LP

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THE BEACH BOYS: Facebook

Back In Time With ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN – PAUL McCARTNEY And THE BEACH BOYS

17 May 2021

Band: THE BEACH BOYS
Album: PET SOUNDS – 11th LP
Released: 16 May 1966 – 55 years ago

AllMusic / Richie Unterberger: “The best Beach Boys album,
and one of the best of the 1960s. The group here reached a whole
new level in terms of both composition and production, layering
tracks upon tracks of vocals and instruments to create a richly
symphonic sound.”
Score: 5/5.

Stream the pets here…

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Artist: PAUL McCARTNEY
Album: RAM – 2nd solo LP
Released: 17 May 1971 – 50 years ago today

Melody Maker: “A good album by anybody’s standards and
certainly far better than the majority released by British groups
and singers. Trouble is you expect too much from a man like
Paul McCartney.”

Stream here…

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MACCA: Solo Albums

Band: ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
Album: FLOWERS – 9th LP
Released: 14 May 2001 – 20 years ago

Pitchfork: “Another 45-minute expression of the band’s love
of Jim Morrison, Arabic scales, and quasi-religious imagery. Only
Echo and the Bunnymen could have written the bulk of Flowers. ”
Score: 8/10.

Stream here…

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No 1 In The US This Day In 1966 – THE BEACH BOYS With ‘GOOD VIBRATIONS’

Top singles from the past…

10 December 2020

Band: The Beach Boys
Formed in 1961

Single: Good Vibrations
B-side: Let’s Go Away for A While

Note 1: Legend goes that the song’s title was inspired
by Wilson‘s obsession with cosmic vibrations, as his mother
would tell him as a kid that dogs sometimes bark at people
in response to their ‘bad vibrations‘.

Note 2: Over 90 hours of tape was consumed for the recordings
of the good vibes, with a total cost of production estimated
to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Score: The single hit the top spot of the US charts
on 10 December 1966, 53 years ago today.
Also #1 in the UK.

Sing it, boys

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