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Title: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: ThyRavenAscend on October 18, 2013, 05:49:13 PM
(I'd be surprised if this poll hasn't been done before, but I did a simple search and did not find it, so there!  :))


As far as what I qualified as an "instrumental": there could be no singing/humming/vocals whatsoever (the only exception being a handful of shouts, i.e. Surf Jam); also, I'm only counting songs from their LPs (though including Smile Sessions).

Unfortunately, this mean no Passing By, Holidays, The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow), Fall Breaks and Back to Winter, etc. (But I can't stop you from saying that one of these is your favorite in the comments :)).


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on October 18, 2013, 05:50:15 PM
The title track to Pet Sounds for me.
Although I do have a fondness for Let's go away for a While, Shut Down Part II, and most of the instrumentals from Surfin' USA


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: ThyRavenAscend on October 18, 2013, 06:08:19 PM
If I could pick one of the ones that I banned, I would definitely go with Passing By--such an odd but incredible track.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Esoteric on October 18, 2013, 06:23:53 PM
I had no problem choosing "Let's Go Away For A While" which to me is one of the most beautiful pieces of music by anybody. Runner up for me would be "The Nearest Far Away Place" only because it's trying to sound like "Let's Go Away For A While". "Pet Sounds" is really cool but the out of tune guitar part (too sharp) still irks me. If they would have only taken 5 more minutes to tune up..... If "Fairy Tale Music" was on here I still wouldn't choose it.

"Let's Go Away For A While" stereo mix of course!


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Sheriff John Stone on October 18, 2013, 06:25:56 PM
"The Nearest Faraway Place" gets my vote. I've always liked the melody, the arrangement, the dreamy, music box feel, and what I consider to be a Brian Wilson-like coda. Actually, and I've said it before in threads like this one, if "The Nearest Faraway Place" had a B. Wilson credit instead of a B. Johnston credit, this song would be considered a work of art and probably thought to have originated in the SMiLE era.

P.S. I think "Shut Down, Part. 2" is underrated.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: metal flake paint on October 18, 2013, 07:46:10 PM
Although there are better Beach Boys' instrumentals, Shut Down Vol. 2 gets my vote.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Custom Machine on October 18, 2013, 09:11:24 PM
Excellent idea for a poll.  Stoked is by far my favorite BB instrumental.  Who all did the great guitar work on that track?



Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Emdeeh on October 18, 2013, 10:12:07 PM
I love "Carl's Big Chance," aka "Memphis Beach"!



Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: metal flake paint on October 18, 2013, 11:29:17 PM
Excellent idea for a poll.  Stoked is by far my favorite BB instrumental.  Who all did the great guitar work on that track?

Guitar-wise, I'd say Carl, ably assisted by Dave, with Brian on bass. Jon's FAQ book is a great resource for this kind of information; highly recommended.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: pixletwin on October 18, 2013, 11:49:20 PM
Diamond Head. I didn't even have to think about it.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Gabo on October 18, 2013, 11:52:13 PM
"The Nearest Faraway Place" gets my vote. I've always liked the melody, the arrangement, the dreamy, music box feel, and what I consider to be a Brian Wilson-like coda. Actually, and I've said it before in threads like this one, if "The Nearest Faraway Place" had a B. Wilson credit instead of a B. Johnston credit, this song would be considered a work of art and probably thought to have originated in the SMiLE era.

P.S. I think "Shut Down, Part. 2" is underrated.

I like The Nearest Faraway Place, but it is undeniably more maudlin sounding any Brian-penned instrumentals.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: beacharg on October 18, 2013, 11:55:05 PM
Diamond Head. I didn't even have to think about it.

 :rock


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Custom Machine on October 18, 2013, 11:59:30 PM
Excellent idea for a poll.  Stoked is by far my favorite BB instrumental.  Who all did the great guitar work on that track?

Guitar-wise, I'd say Carl, ably assisted by Dave, with Brian on bass. Jon's FAQ book is a great resource for this kind of information; highly recommended.

Yes, Jon's BBs FAQ is a really great source for this kind of info, and I should have looked it up there.  Checking page 67, it states guitars as you listed, plus Dennis on drums.  Proof positive that the guys could really cook when playing their own instruments.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Disney Boy (1985) on October 19, 2013, 12:26:00 AM
I love the Stoked, The Rocking Surfer and Shut Down Pt 2, and obviously the Pet Sounds tracks are great, but my vote went to Diamond Head which is such a crazy, bizarre track - the first time you listen to it you've just got no idea what's going to happen next...



Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: The Heartical Don on October 19, 2013, 12:33:37 AM
I absolutely can't pick one and omit others, because:

Diamond Head, Pet Sounds, Let's Go Away For Awhile, and Passing By (with vocals but wordless) all function on the same, incredible level for yours truly.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Eric Aniversario on October 19, 2013, 12:54:16 AM
I voted for stoked, but honestly it was hard to choose just one. Pet sounds, summer means new love, the rocking surfer, and boogie woodie are all great choices too.

Off topic, but I've tried several times to create polls, but have always been told I'm not authorized. Any ideas?


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: phirnis on October 19, 2013, 01:05:09 AM
Apparently I'm the first one who voted for "Summer Means New Love". For me it's a tie between that one and "Diamond Head". The Pet Sounds instrumentals don't do much for me outside the album context (where I do appreciate both of them).

Honorary mention goes to the instrumental version of "Had to Phone ya", which is a wonderful piece of music in its own right.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: silodweller on October 19, 2013, 01:11:35 AM
Apparently I'm the first one who voted for "Summer Means New Love". For me it's a tie between that one and "Diamond Head". The Pet Sounds instrumentals don't do much for me outside the album context (where I do appreciate both of them).

Honorary mention goes to the instrumental version of "Had to Phone ya", which is a wonderful piece of music in its own right.

Absolutely.  "Summer Means New Love" is beautiful. 


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Dove Nested Towers on October 19, 2013, 02:31:58 AM
Apparently I'm the first one who voted for "Summer Means New Love". For me it's a tie between that one and "Diamond Head". The Pet Sounds instrumentals don't do much for me outside the album context (where I do appreciate both of them).

Honorary mention goes to the instrumental version of "Had to Phone ya", which is a wonderful piece of music in its own right.

Absolutely.  "Summer Means New Love" is beautiful. 

+1. Optimistic, evocative track.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Esoteric on October 19, 2013, 02:40:37 AM

Honorary mention goes to the instrumental version of "Had to Phone ya", which is a wonderful piece of music in its own right.

Yes! I had been listening to the bootleg version for a while before we got a cleaner mix on MIC. That song with and without vocals is an underrated masterpiece and certainly my favorite track on 15BO. Glad to see someone else likes it too.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on October 19, 2013, 03:51:58 AM
No-brainer - "LGAFAW".


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Freddie French-Pounce on October 19, 2013, 04:09:10 AM
Let's Go Away For Awhile [And Then We'll Have World Peace]. It's one of the few tracks my dad enjoyed on Pet Sounds when I was playing it the other night. [His favourite is Caroline, No, with WIBN and GOk to an extent in there. The rest was not hugely consumed].

But yeah, a great peace of music. So much can be drawn from it, and the reality is that what it symbolises can be so varied. Though going away [for awhile] is probably the main idea. Like the idea of Time To Get Alone... but not so Deep and Wide.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: smilethebeachboysloveyou on October 19, 2013, 05:12:06 AM
"Let's Go Away for Awhile," which is possibly my favorite song on Pet Sounds.  I also still think of "Look!" as an instrumental since I first heard it that way, even though lyrics were added later (and there were even backing vocals on the "completed" TSS version).  If you count that one, it would probably come in second for me.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: filledeplage on October 19, 2013, 05:14:43 AM
I'm picking three!

The Nearest Faraway Place

Summer Means New Love

Pet Sounds - since C50! - it went from ok to wow!  :lol


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Dudd on October 19, 2013, 06:16:14 AM
Let's Go Away For A While is my favourite. Pet Sounds, Diamond Head, and IWBA aren't far off though (plus it may have been Passing By if that were an option  >:D ).


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: ThyRavenAscend on October 19, 2013, 07:02:33 AM
Excellent idea for a poll.  Stoked is by far my favorite BB instrumental.  Who all did the great guitar work on that track?

I was surprised to see that Stoked really was a close second for me. I had never really realized that until seeing all the instrumentals side-by-side hah.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: G.C on October 19, 2013, 07:08:58 AM
Let's Go Away For A While


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Emdeeh on October 19, 2013, 07:25:54 AM
Other than "Diamond Head," my taste runs to the earlier instrumentals (CBC, Stoked, Honky Tonk), especially when David was still with the group. I'm not really into the orchestral stuff ("Summer Means New Love," LGAFAW, PS, TNFP) at all.



Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: phirnis on October 19, 2013, 11:56:22 AM
Let's Go Away For A While

I like your nick name, big fan of that brilliant German reductionist!


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: bossaroo on October 19, 2013, 12:35:24 PM
i agree that Look should be considered as well as Passing By. what about Holidays? the instrumental sections of CIFOTM are also some of my favorite moments.

but in the end, LGAFA wins.

i'm a huge fan of Diamond Head too, which may have been conceived by Brian but was actually composed by Al Vescovo the steel guitarist.

Nearest Faraway Place reminds me of a Thomas Kinkade painting, next to Brian's Monets.


backing tracks are a whole other story. and a whole other poll i suppose.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Seaside Woman on October 19, 2013, 12:41:56 PM
Passing by, I'm going to argue Brian's voice is used for instrumental  purposes:)


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Letsgoawayforawhile on October 19, 2013, 04:51:43 PM
Do I even have to say what I voted for!
LGAFAW is the best instrumental by anyone, ever.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: rab2591 on October 19, 2013, 05:22:25 PM
Do I even have to say what I voted for!
LGAFAW is the best instrumental by anyone, ever.

I wondered earlier if you'd pick something besides LGAFA ;D


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: bringahorseinhere? on October 19, 2013, 06:17:19 PM
Do I even have to say what I voted for!
LGAFAW is the best instrumental by anyone, ever.

hmmm ...... some good intrumentals out there..... the best?.....

telstar
white rabbit
guitar boogie
sacha
yakety axe
in the mood
(all of the early 'shadows' stuff)
(duanne eddy)
Washington square
wonderland by night
tequila
sleepwalki
raunchy
classical gas
teen beat ( kinda kicks 'dennys drums' ...)

some 'goodins' out there.....

RickB



my favourite would be ............apache - the shadows


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Smilin Ed H on October 20, 2013, 02:21:37 AM
Pet Sound, LGAFAW, Diamond Head, Stoked and The Nearest Faraway Place.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on October 20, 2013, 02:40:35 AM
Do I even have to say what I voted for!
LGAFAW is the best instrumental by anyone, ever.

hmmm ...... some good intrumentals out there..... the best?.....

telstar
white rabbit
guitar boogie
sacha
yakety axe
in the mood
(all of the early 'shadows' stuff)
(duanne eddy)
Washington square
wonderland by night
tequila
sleepwalki
raunchy
classical gas
teen beat ( kinda kicks 'dennys drums' ...)

some 'goodins' out there.....

RickB



my favourite would be ............apache - the shadows
What about Rumble by Link Wray?


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Sheriff John Stone on October 20, 2013, 06:08:13 AM
Special recognition: "After The Game" and "Mexico"


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Esoteric on October 20, 2013, 07:27:45 PM
Prokofiev 5th Symphony still blows my mind no matter how many times I've heard it.

I also really love "Common" from 30th Anniversary POB.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: ThyRavenAscend on October 20, 2013, 08:04:17 PM
My favorite Beach-Boys-related instrumental is Van Dyke Park's "Donovan's Colours"--I like it better than even my favorite BB's instrumental (which is LGAFA).


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Sheriff John Stone on October 20, 2013, 08:12:19 PM
Remember that version of "God Only Knows" by The London Symphony Orchestra that used to be played in the late 1970's/early 1980's at the beginning of a Beach Boys' concert as the band was walking (in the dark) onto the stage. It gave you goosebumps.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Don Malcolm on October 21, 2013, 10:35:41 PM
Hey, if we get to include Stack-o-Tracks, then my favorite instrumental is "Sloop John B."!!  :smokin


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: alf wiedersehen on October 21, 2013, 10:39:01 PM
Do I even have to say what I voted for!
LGAFAW is the best instrumental by anyone, ever.

hmmm ...... some good intrumentals out there..... the best?.....

telstar
white rabbit
guitar boogie
sacha
yakety axe
in the mood
(all of the early 'shadows' stuff)
(duanne eddy)
Washington square
wonderland by night
tequila
sleepwalki
raunchy
classical gas
teen beat ( kinda kicks 'dennys drums' ...)

some 'goodins' out there.....

RickB



my favourite would be ............apache - the shadows

This is seriously lacking "Green Onions."


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Jukka on October 21, 2013, 10:43:31 PM
Denny's Drums. It was my ringtone for a long time.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Alex on October 21, 2013, 10:45:00 PM
Mona Kanai


Title: Re: Mike Love Expels Flatus From His Rectum In Biloxi
Post by: Esoteric on October 21, 2013, 11:07:12 PM
Mona Kanai

Were lyrics supposed to go with this song? Also if it was released on 20/20, which song would you bump to allow space for it? I love it even as an instrumental but I guess I could skip "Bluebirds Over The Mountain".


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on October 21, 2013, 11:36:24 PM
Mona Kanai

Were lyrics supposed to go with this song? Also if it was released on 20/20, which song would you bump to allow space for it? I love it even as an instrumental but I guess I could skip "Bluebirds Over The Mountain".
Personally, I'd bump "Do It Again" in favour of "Mona Kanai"


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: The Heartical Don on October 22, 2013, 12:12:47 AM
My favorite Beach-Boys-related instrumental is Van Dyke Park's "Donovan's Colours"--I like it better than even my favorite BB's instrumental (which is LGAFA).

Now there's a thought. Then I'll go for 'High Coin' by the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.

Baroque pop transformed into joyous countrified/folkified rambling stuff - and losing none of its charm in the process.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Micha on October 22, 2013, 02:30:33 AM
I'm not surprised that Let's Go Away For A While gets the most votes, but I'm amazed that Pet Sounds gets so many votes - that would be the first to throw off from that album for me, and I'm disappointed that I'm the only one who voted for "Surf Jam", the most rocking studio track the BBs ever released. :(


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: feelsflow on October 22, 2013, 07:00:32 AM
Let's Go Away For A While
First off, thanks KK for making that banner.  
While I like all those early surf instrumentals, these float easily to the top of my list.
Let's Go Away For Awhile * Not only perfect on Pet Sounds, this is used to great affect on Neil Young's JTTP soundtrack.
Pet Sounds * Edged out, but no less beautiful, it rocks in a gentle way.  As noted, this works great live.  My favorite track on Brian's Live Pet Sounds.  A highlight on the current tour too, whoever is taking the lead guitar.
Summer Means New Love *  And your Dreams Come True should have been the follow.  Who kept picking those joke tunes for seriously dreamscape sides?  By this point Brian had become a master craftsman of orchestral-pop.
Nearest Faraway Place * My thoughts mirror Sheriff's, but I can't put it over the first three.  He may have been going for Brian's style, but came up with one of his own.  Bruce was not the only one using the "music box" idea, John Phillips, and I'm sure others had toyed with it.  It sounds like it was recorded inside a kaleidoscope.  I've never heard it, but have read it was done live - remind me if you know.  I always liked Bruce, right up to when he seemingly gave up on writing.  My 1-2-3, are:  Deirdre (with Brian's help - let's not argue that here), NFP, and At My Window (his most perfect vocal - thanks Al and Brian for sharing)
As for adding one with vocal assist, that would be Passing By.  And the reason Diamond Head is not here on my list, that's because I agree; Brian was most likely just waving his hands and mind in the air...


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: runnersdialzero on October 22, 2013, 08:41:33 AM
Edit: Derp, messed up ;(


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: beacharg on October 22, 2013, 09:08:02 AM
I'm so glad Diamond Head made 3rd place (after 2 great Pet Sounds songs), it's so innovative, bizarre and relaxing.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: runnersdialzero on October 22, 2013, 09:17:01 AM
Personally, I'd bump "Do It Again" in favour of "Mona Kanai"

Christ almighty, what's with the consistently disturbing photos of musicians as an avatar? Why this picture of Syd?


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: TimmyC on October 22, 2013, 09:27:11 AM
Pet Sounds, man. Has a perfect 60s feel to it, in the best way possible.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Bill Ed on October 22, 2013, 10:42:37 AM
My top pick was Let's Go Away For Awhile, but The Nearest Faraway Place is a very close second for me. I also love the old surfin' instrumentals.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Jon Stebbins on October 22, 2013, 01:16:49 PM
Best "Beach Boys" surf instrumental is this one... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oVG0PBKe8c


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: feelsflow on October 22, 2013, 03:21:45 PM
Personally, I'd bump "Do It Again" in favour of "Mona Kanai"

Christ almighty, what's with the consistently disturbing photos of musicians as an avatar? Why this picture of Syd?
Thanks runners,  I noticed Rei had changed his name and avatar, but couldn't figure out Who the hell it was.  I've never seen a late in life photo of syd.  Yikes!


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: pixletwin on October 22, 2013, 04:01:00 PM
Personally, I'd bump "Do It Again" in favour of "Mona Kanai"

Christ almighty, what's with the consistently disturbing photos of musicians as an avatar? Why this picture of Syd?

I thought that was Syd but I hadn't ever seen that particular picture of him.


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Gabo on October 22, 2013, 04:34:51 PM
Best "Beach Boys" surf instrumental is this one... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oVG0PBKe8c

We're talking about The Beach Boys not "The Beach Boys." :P


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on October 22, 2013, 05:56:47 PM
Personally, I'd bump "Do It Again" in favour of "Mona Kanai"

Christ almighty, what's with the consistently disturbing photos of musicians as an avatar? Why this picture of Syd?
lol. Disturbing:  :rock :rock :rock >:D >:D >:D

Anyway, I'm surprised you recognized him


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Woodstock on October 22, 2013, 07:10:12 PM
I remember seeing that photo after reading a Pink Floyd biography. It really hit me hard, to read about this charismatic young man who was at the forefront of the London psychedelic scene, and then see that photo. It's not as bad as the photo of him at the Wish You Were Here sessions though.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b6/Syd_Barrett_Abbey_Road_1975.jpg)


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on October 22, 2013, 07:17:20 PM
I remember seeing that photo after reading a Pink Floyd biography. It really hit me hard, to read about this charismatic young man who was at the forefront of the London psychedelic scene, and then see that photo. It's not as bad as the photo of him at the Wish You Were Here sessions though.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b6/Syd_Barrett_Abbey_Road_1975.jpg)
True. His story is quite a tragic one.
The photo I'm using is the last known photo of him, taken one day before his final birthday in 2006


Title: Re: Favorite Beach Boys' Instrumental
Post by: Mujan, 8@$+@Rc| of a Blue Wizard on October 12, 2015, 11:51:11 PM
It has to be Lets Go Awhile for Awhile. Any other answer is objectively wrong.