Posted: 17 Aug 2008 06:42 AM CDT
Kevin Rublee shows us what it takes to be a truly dedicated Beach Boys fan.
Posted: 17 Aug 2008 06:37 AM CDT
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Posted: 17 Aug 2008 02:59 AM CDT
From 98-99 or thereabouts, written for the Pet Sounds mailing list.
A Sincere Appreciation
I wholeheartedly agree with those who defend the torn and tattered flag of the Mike Love Nation. Too long we have sat idly by, allowing those with little understanding of the greatest of all Beach Boys music to dominate the discussion with mean-spirited bashing. For what does hate accomplish, when confronted by the good cheer that imbues Mike's lyrics and performances?
Stalwart defenders of Dr. Love (for he no doubt deserves a doctorate in the romantic arts) have pointed out his lyrical contribution to the group, his graceful singing voice, and his lithe onstage dance moves. I recall watching the 97 tour with my father and he making sport of the fact that Mr. Love (in his words) danced "as if the villagers were chasing him." My father, of course, fell into the same trap as the elites on this list, ignoring the incredible feeling and passion that imbued Mike's jerky hip thrusts and Caucasian movements. His dancing touched my soul, and the memory still lingers on within my brain, haunting my waking hours like some kind of strangely beautiful phantasm.
Yea, but I have barely scratched the surface of the artistry of Mr. -- no, Dr. -- Love. No one has yet mentioned his instrumental contribution to the group's records. Where would Shut Down (or Shut Down Pt. II) be without his robust saxophone bellows, so endearing in their single-notedness. His streamer-bedecked tambourine added peppy sparkle to the band's seventies shows, and what about his stint as onstage Theremin player, long-remembered by aficionados as the time that "the little ribbon synth sang with the voice of ancient prophecy."
I've listened to mindless repetition about Carl Wilson's skills as a surf guitar player -- but all have pointedly ignored the fact that the one album God has net yet seen fit to grace us with is an all solo-saxophone instrumental recording by Mr. Love. What bliss that would behearing honked repetitions of notes over and over and over again. Mike's embrace of the sax's noisy joy makes him a player to be loved and placed alongside such jazz greats as John Coltrane or Sonny Rollins.
So let you doubters be gone. I have let the artistry of the great Michael Edward Love fondle my innermost soul. I am all the richer for the fondling.
Posted: 17 Aug 2008 02:12 AM CDT
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Posted: 17 Aug 2008 01:50 AM CDT
I can't tell if this thread is serious or not.
Couldn't be...I thought maybe it was at first, but there's no way...right?
Posted: 17 Aug 2008 01:48 AM CDT
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Posted: 16 Aug 2008 10:35 PM CDT
Grr... Amazon hasn't even *shipped* my copy yet and here you are enjoying it, you lucky old something-or-other....
I'm in the same boat. I pre-ordered from Elusive Disc and as of today it still hasn't shipped. I guess getting it by the street date is out of the question.
Posted: 16 Aug 2008 10:30 PM CDT
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Posted: 16 Aug 2008 10:18 PM CDT
Dutch TV, 1979:
Posted: 16 Aug 2008 09:51 PM CDT
I once wrote an extensive essay on the topic of Mike's creative contributions -- including his brilliant yet minimalist interpretive dance moves (since replicated in style if not spirit by his cousin) and his spirited sax and theremin playing. Imagine the instrumental sax/theremin album Mike could have produced in the late 60s, when he was at the top of his instrumental form. It brings a tear to the eye.
Thankfully, he was able to rebound in the 1970s with some of the tightest, classiest songs ever written for the group and his scintillating offshoot -- Celebration. I must find that essay. Mike not only is the Beach Boys' front man, after all -- he has a creative spark that cannot be quenched.
Posted: 16 Aug 2008 09:38 PM CDT
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Posted: 16 Aug 2008 08:40 PM CDT
While I am on the subject of Curt Boettcher, can anyone give me some suggestions on what albums he did that I should check out? At this point I have the great Sagittarius albums "Present Tense" and "Blue Marble". I also have a 3 disc Millenium collection and the "California Music" album. Anything else I should try to find? Thanks!
Check the first Association ablum
Posted: 16 Aug 2008 08:08 PM CDT
Posted: 16 Aug 2008 07:52 PM CDT
Thought I'd mention I re-posted the Beach Boys' appearance on the 80's John Stamos sitcom, "You Again?"
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCHPlAwBVZE
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY49qsNMlp0 <---The meat of the episode right here. A "concert" (lip-synched) with thin Landy Brian, Carl, Mike, Al and Bruce on stage together.
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHaU5_RCdbY
Posted: 16 Aug 2008 07:32 PM CDT
Posted: 16 Aug 2008 07:29 PM CDT
I just noticed, to my complete surprise, that iTunes offers a Beach Boys version of "Smile"... that has apparently been on there since *2006*. How did this slip by unnoticed?!!
For those unaware of its existence like I was, the tracklist is this...
01) Our Prayer [from "Good Vibrations"]
02) Heroes And Villains ["Smiley Smile" bonus track version]
03) Do You Like Worms? [from "Good Vibrations"]
04) Cabinessence [from "20/20"]
05) Wonderful [from "Good Vibrations"]
06) Surf's Up [from "Surf's Up"]
07) Vegetables [from "Good Vibrations"]
08) Wind Chimes [from "Good Vibrations"]
09) 'Heroes and Villains Intro' [AKA the beginning of 'Mrs O'Leary's Cow', from "Good Vibrations"]
10) I Love To Say Da Da [from "Good Vibrations"]
11) Good Vibrations [from "Smiley Smile"]
12) Our Prayer [from "20/20"]
13) Heroes And Villains [from "Smiley Smile"]
14) Cabinessence [from "Good Vibrations"]
15) Wonderful [from "Smiley Smile"]
16) Surf's Up [from "Good Vibrations"]
17) Vegetables [from "Smiley Smile"]
18) Wind Chimes [from "Smiley Smile"]
-> "Fall Breaks and Back To Winter" should be here... nice one, iTunes.
19) Cool Cool Water [from "Good Vibrations"]
20) Good Vibrations ["Smiley Smile" bonus track version] - Why wasn't this used in the other version?! It has the BWPS lyrics!
(You can buy the 'Main' and 'Alternate' versions separately, though I'd think they'd be rather short, or both as one long album.)
How did something as momentous as an official Beach Boys "SMiLE", such as it is, escape into the public without any fanfare???
Posted: 16 Aug 2008 07:05 PM CDT
Posted: 16 Aug 2008 07:04 PM CDT
First Love expands and refines the raw sound of Love You into something far more pleasing to the ear and yes, more commercial - while it remains every bit as groundbreaking as what Brian acheived with Love You.I'm easier on Mike than most people, but I must disagree with these two points. IMHO, Love You and Adult/Child were far better than First Love because they not only have lots of creativity and fun, but a serious side as well. Mike can't really pull of a serious very well without a partner like Brian or Jardine. Also, Love You, disliked by many I know, is a rough-mix full of inventive and funny keyboard sounds, balanced with some more somber love songs. Completely Brian, and while FL may be completely Mike, I find completely Brian infinitely more pleasureable as a listening experience.
This would have eleveated the L.A. album on a par with the Beach Boys' best, such as Sunflower. And perhaps surpassed it.
And also, the LA album would not be on par with more Mike, especially critically; it's already derided by most critics so more Love would've hurt the album in that respect.
I've always admired Love's lyrics of a certain period ("Warmth of the Sun," "Kiss Me Baby" and "Please Let Me Wonder" are as good as it gets); but his tunes written by himself or a non-BB collaborator have always seemed faceless to me...
Posted: 16 Aug 2008 06:57 PM CDT
CD/DVD is released in the 1st week of September. Vinyl 2 weeks earlier. Most countries monday 18th I think, but my local seller already warned me that I could probably pick it up Friday of Saturday... which turned out to be Saturday (obviously).
Damn, I really should Invest in a turntable.
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 09:29 PM CDT
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