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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: “Friends of The Beach Boys” and “Celebrate the Newsletter” on: May 31, 2020, 08:01:51 AM
Hi Marty, I still have te complete sets of both fanzines/newsletters: They were informative and really fun to read; They dated from dark Beach Boys Ages, times with Pacific Ocean Blue and times with 2 factions the Wilsons and Love/Jardine. What a time! From France au revoir!
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: “Friends of The Beach Boys” and “Celebrate the Newsletter” on: May 31, 2020, 07:46:26 AM
Hello Marty, I still have the complete set of FOTHBB an CTN.
they were really fun to read in that dark BB era.

3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1965 archives on: December 18, 2015, 10:54:29 AM
There are tons out outtakes on numerous bootlegs from the year 1965 (capitol punishments, sea of tune....)
and it appears that we won't get a digital release of those finest moments !
Keep an eye on summer for 1964 was a beautiful release.
We deserve a good release for 1965
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / 1965 archives on: November 27, 2015, 11:27:47 AM
Will they release 1965 hidden gems in the next days  like that famous Chicago concert.
we got 1963 and 1964 digital releases why not 1965?
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Songs you are obsessing over. on: October 18, 2015, 04:56:13 AM
Who'll stop the rain and Up round the bend by CCR
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: THE BEACH BOYS 1964 KEEP AN EYE ON SUMMER (follow up to The Big Beat 1963) on: December 04, 2014, 11:54:20 AM
Ok these 2 1964 issues are great and the sound is perfect. But what has happened to all those Brian 's outside productions (Honeys, peterson, Usher....) and What i d say from Rarities?

7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: THE BEACH BOYS 1964 KEEP AN EYE ON SUMMER (follow up to The Big Beat 1963) on: December 04, 2014, 07:07:04 AM
Buy one copy  of Big Beat 1963 2 weeks ago in Utrecht (surf city label)! that was the sole copy I have seen!
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / Polls / Re: Ultimate Album Era Poll: All Time (1962-2012) on: September 14, 2014, 10:50:13 AM
my top 5 is: Pet Sounds followed by Smile Sessions then Today, Wild Honey and Holland.
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: John Porteous on: July 14, 2014, 05:50:05 AM
Hope to meet John again at the next Stomp convention.

Also got news from Stephen J McParland, he lately spent some times at the Hospital but it seems it's OK for him now.

He finally decided to call it quits writing books. Too many things have changed.

he decided to put the best up as PDF files, which took me most of this year. Plus finishing up the last of the WALTZING THE PLANK books.

here s the address: 

https://payhip.com/CMusicBooks

Bye fro now,

Gerard
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: the correct perspective on: February 14, 2014, 07:54:33 AM
always thought of Gary usher!
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / the correct perspective on: February 13, 2014, 11:56:15 AM
That man or woman wrote a lot of interesting facts about Brian Wilson or the Beach Boys in BBaustralia.
I well remember having read about those pre beach Boys songs by Brian and Brian mixing Smile in may 1967.
I still have those fanzines. I really still believe that Brian mix one Smile before  recording Smiley Smile.
Smile was too much perfection even beyond Pet Sounds;
Brian needed to relax after those 1966/early 67 looking for an impossible Graal .
so we got Smiley and its natural music.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Beach Boys darkest songs on: January 13, 2014, 11:44:01 AM
I just wasn t made for these times (the real life of Brian) , 4th of july  (great lyrics mixing bombs and children..... and incredible music) and Carry me home (should have been on MIC).
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - The Bed Years on: November 06, 2013, 10:46:54 AM
Hello Andrew, Are you writing about that Melody MaKer article in which Richard Williams wrote about Brian playin A complete version of Heroes and Villains at the piano in front of him and Marilyn teeling RW that Brian was like " that" years before (ie 1966/1967)? I think I can get you one copy as I have them all.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Being a Beach Boy fan pre-internet on: October 18, 2013, 11:46:03 AM
in the pre internet there were 2 periods:
the first before 15 Big Ones, I only got news about the BBs from the english excellent rock press (NME, Melody Maker, Record Mirror) and some US mags (Rolling Stone, Phonograph record Mag and Creem).
Then after 15 Big Ones I had access to many fanzines and record lists , see Mikie list plus all the european/world fanzines :
From Germany (Gene), Holland (Eddy Feiken), Sweden (Goran's Surfer's Rule and Ragnhild's Good Vibrations), Japan (Susumu Ogata) and Australia (Stephen J mc Parland informative Ca Music and BBaustralia).
Beach Boys Stomp conventions were an excellent place to pick the real information. That period was rich in exchanges (letters/parcels of records; you waited for them during long weeks!) and as a result I got many friends all around the world.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: You've Lost 'You've Lost That Loving Feelin's's Loving Feelin' on: August 31, 2013, 07:46:37 AM
Hard to imagine cool cool water in mono! should pretty muddy.
Please let Sunflower in stereo .
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Your Personal Beach Boys Story on: August 26, 2013, 10:55:13 AM
In january 1979, I attended a Blondie Chaplin concert at Whiskey a Gogo.
He played a beautiful version of Sail on Sailor that night.
Then along with Alice of BB Freaks United (the name of the international  fan club at the time) we interviewed Blondie.
When I told him about the german and first pressing of  Holland vinyl album featuring We Got Love, he was totally surprised and really interested in getting one copy.
The man was very kind and pleasant that night . the interview was published a little later in BBFUN newsletter.

In 1988, I introduced Brian at the BBStomp convention with Pete Whitfield.
All 3 were frightened! Brian appearing live in front of 300 fans
and Pete and I because of the surprise of the day.

I ll remember those 2 strong events forever.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: World's biggest Beach Boys fan on: August 08, 2013, 05:45:31 AM
Carl talked about a free clinic in  Houston Texas where they used to play Smiley Smile in the late 60s/early 70s
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Moments of Divinity in BB Songs on: June 29, 2013, 12:34:30 PM
i forgot.......Wonderful all versions (vocals and backing tracks) Brian at his best perhaps?
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Moments of Divinity in BB Songs on: June 29, 2013, 11:59:57 AM
my divine moments from the BBS, DW and Spring,

Brian voice on Dont worry baby, she knows me too well, let him run wild....
Help me ronda (stereo version with those Ronda sung by Brian with his falsetto at his best; should have been the definite version on Today and  it s  better than the single!)
California Girls intro
the stack o tracks sloop john b
God only Knows coda
Good Vibrations (nearly all the song!)
the full coda from cabinessence
the backing track of Child is father to the Man
the Backing tack of Do You Dig Worms
Time to get alone (Carl is at his best)
Stephen Desper mix of Till I Die (The ILog Intro)
Sweet Mountain by Spring (the french lyrics are beautiful done)
River song backing track
Friday night intro from POB
Summer's Gone

20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Fantasy future rarities releases. on: June 14, 2013, 06:38:09 AM
Paris 66 (there were other titles available on tape times ago)
in the midnight our
even steven (basic passing by?)
a french tv shows dvd : Montmartre 1964 interview (you tube) , Good Vibrations at Tilt magazine jan 67,Unicef gala dec 67 (you tube), Olympia 69 complete concert (you can load it on INA website for 3.99 Euros), Gaumont Palace concert and interview from dec 1970  aired in april 71 (you tube) and that special from dec 76 (interview of the Boys recording in automn 76 at LA + Excerpts from the famous ITs OK 76 TV show) (you tube) and at last an interview of Brian solo in sept 88 (promoting his first solo LP).
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Derek Bill on: January 07, 2013, 12:12:07 AM
that story is from december 1978 not 1979 Andrew! the last BBcollectors (Hawthorne hotshots and smile covers) we got were 1978 stuff!
Also I still have press cuttings about that police raid elsewhere in my collection.
Also that period was a troubled one with Brian/ Marilyn divorce.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Derek Bill on: January 05, 2013, 02:27:46 AM
Derek was an interesting guy (I met him once in 1979): I learned a lot with him about trading records in those mid seventies (also with Peter Reum).
He was interested to learn about the foreign pressings.
I still treasure those BBcollectors items.....
Now he can surf forever with Dennis, Carl ans Les. Rest in peace Brother.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: How Could the Beach Boys Have Kept Themselves Relevant after 1966? on: January 02, 2013, 10:55:04 AM
And if instead of those little albums of 20/25 min long, they had released  a double LP full of Feels and all those little songs from Smiley/Wild honey/ Friends
they would have exposed better the richness of their music.
(Abbey road second side is a good example also Frank Zappa Uncle Meat).
They needed a strong management after Pet Sounds brilliance.
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Band albums - check: anyone up for top 5 solo releases ? on: November 27, 2012, 06:03:15 AM
as spring doesn t count:

1- pacific ocean blue
2- that lucky old sun
3- orange crate art
4- a postcard from Ca
5- Carl's first solo
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Band albums - check: anyone up for top 5 solo releases ? on: November 27, 2012, 05:36:56 AM
1-pacific ocean blue
2-that lucky old sun
3-orange crate art
4-spring
5-a postcard from ca
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