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« on: August 28, 2014, 11:09:54 AM »

For the last 6 months, this is something I've wanted to make - a cohesive compilation of Beach Boys songs, organized to form a kind of narrative - and lying wide awake at 5am, I decided it was time to just make the thing. The album is a reflection of the spiritual journey you're taken on when you find out what the music of The Beach Boys really is - in my case, the booming drums of C50 being the starting gun - and all the places it takes you, from the holy (Pet Sounds, Smile) to the strange (Love You, Oh Lord) to the joyful innocence everyone loves in Good Vibrations.

It's called "Symphony To God"
https://vimeo.com/134018121

rab2591 and Judd helped me make this, and with their input and audio-editing prowess, it became a really enjoyable project.

Creating it and listening back to the results, we all felt a real joy that no one of us had felt since our individual discoveries of the band. I really hope others will feel the same way.

The tracklist does not represent what is in the 'album' - I haven't listed everything so its more fun and surprising. The whole thing was carefully crafted and full of little things I'm not going to spoil - you'll have find the Honey man yourselves  Grin

I tweaked a lot of the songs with ideas and mixes I've been making for the past year. Mostly minor things, but I think there's enough to be engaging for a longtime fan looking for something fresh.

So please enjoy. Album art is by Judd, and tons of the cool editing was done by rab.
And please post what you think.


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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2014, 11:12:50 AM »

Love it! Thanks Woodstock! Woke up to this this morning, best way to start your day.
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I have been dubbed Mr. Pet Sounds and Mr. Country Love by polite and honored board member Smile Brian. I hope I live up to those esteemed titles.
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2014, 11:53:13 AM »

Great Job guys!
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I don't see the point in punishing Brian's musical output solely because Mike wants to wow the President Elect with how long he can weeze "wheeeeeeen" into a microphone.- rab2591
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2014, 12:05:43 PM »

Nice work. Most enjoyable.  3D
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2014, 05:34:28 PM »

Sounds great! Nice job.
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2014, 06:35:35 PM »

wow, this was very cool.  nicely done!
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2014, 07:57:40 PM »


Very good! It flows nicely
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2014, 02:54:43 AM »

Very very VERY nice....
Think I will start my Smile mix like you did with this yours...great intro before Gee. Yep thatīs first song in my mix!
Tnx for an idea..
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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2014, 03:18:12 AM »

Started listening to it and also suggested it to a friend in hope of converting him. Sounds great so far!
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A band called The Beach Boys are mostly going to be a fun in the sun-themed group. And that has, is, and will always be just as it should. There needs to be ONE classic band that isn't a pack of endless "artistic" moan. All people wanna do is make The Beach Boys into another Beatles they are less tired of.
And, for anyone who has actually experienced them, surfing and cars carry PLENTY of emotion and life experience. They can carry as much metaphor as any Van Dyke Parks clever epistle.
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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2014, 06:57:22 AM »

Love this, Woodstock! Very imaginative...and the album cover is superb!
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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2014, 03:03:34 PM »

Thank you all so much. I'm glad you enjoyed  angel

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« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2014, 03:06:33 PM »

Love this, Woodstock! Very imaginative...and the album cover is superb!

Thanks!

I told Judd vaguely what I wanted for the album cover...when he sent that back I nearly croaked - its so much better than I could have hoped for.
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« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2014, 07:37:37 PM »

 Well done!
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« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2014, 07:29:52 AM »

I've been editing together another one of these that's centered around the deeper tracks...any suggestions for what I should/shouldn't do?
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« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2014, 05:43:59 PM »

Thanks for this. Very imaginative.
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« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2014, 02:55:29 AM »

Please tell Judd I LOVE the cover design.
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« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2014, 03:15:02 AM »

Thanks!  Cheesy
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Quote from: Brian Wilson
It’s going to be the greatest tribute album ever made.
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« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2014, 05:21:28 AM »

A very nice job both in terms of the music and the artwork.
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« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2014, 05:18:36 PM »

This reminds me of the Beatles compilation Love!  It's great!
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"Over the years, I've been accused of not supporting our new music from this era (67-73) and just wanting to play our hits. That's complete b.s......I was also, as the front man, the one promoting these songs onstage and have the scars to show for it."
Mike Love autobiography (pg 242-243)
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« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2014, 09:52:39 AM »

I'm enjoying the hell out of this right now.  I can't wait for your second installment.
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« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2014, 09:55:55 AM »

I love the way your did the acapella breakdown in California Girls like the live arrangement.
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« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2014, 10:33:05 AM »

I love the way your did the acapella breakdown in California Girls like the live arrangement.

Thanks! I love the tidal wave of sound as all the instruments come back in. Gives me goosebumps every time  Grin

I'm enjoying the hell out of this right now.  I can't wait for your second installment.

It'll hopefully be finished in the next two weeks - I've put more time into it than StG and I'm not even halfway done. The puzzle pieces I'm working with are much harder to fit together...

Same goes for the artwork!
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« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2014, 02:59:37 PM »

I'm just listening to the entire thing now, and it's great! Just like the Beatle's Love.
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On our way through this "backstage" maze, Bruce joined up with the group and said hello, singing "It Never Rains in Southern California" and joking with some of the older ladies. I'm not sure if they knew he was a Beach Boy or simply an enthusiastic elderly gay gentleman.
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« Reply #23 on: September 24, 2014, 10:38:41 AM »

I'm just listening to the entire thing now, and it's great! Just like the Beatle's Love.

Thanks - that was the first CD I owned  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: July 20, 2015, 10:31:14 PM »

Video reposted at https://vimeo.com/133933750
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