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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1969-70 Copyright Extension Release Prediction Thread on: January 13, 2019, 03:05:20 AM
    Do we know how the Pet Sounds 50th set did? I feel like we already had the boxset for that album, so I can't imagine that one faired too well either.

    In the UK, the week after the 50th set, Pet Sounds re-entered the charts at 89, then up to 26, then down to 71, before going out again. However, the 2CD re-release was also at the same time, so it doesn't necessarily mean the big boxset sold well.

    Sunshine Tomorrow entered at 49. Admittedly went straight back out again, but no digital download copyright extension has come into the UK charts.

    Meanwhile, the RPO album spent 3 weeks in the Top 10 and 10 weeks in the charts total. Obviously completely different beasts, but you know some accountant somewhere will be asking why they bother releasing all these extensions that don't sell well and not an RPO every year.

    (and while I'm here reeling off chart figures, Live - The 50th Anniversary Tour went to number 82 for a week.)

    2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2018 Tour Thread on: January 09, 2019, 03:17:52 PM
    That was very carefully crafted to only show Mike and Bruce, for a change!

    They've added to the Youtube description: "This concert will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks."
    3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The official status of unreleased material over 50 years old on: January 07, 2019, 11:00:04 AM
    For example, I have a hard time seeing a digital release titled "Pet Sounds: The Complete Sessions" not selling well. 

    I don't think digital release and sell well go together in general...
    4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: I heard \ on: December 24, 2018, 10:06:10 AM
    This was some weeks ago but I heard The Creeping Goldfish's cover of Big Sur while grocery shopping on a Saturday morning. A deep cut to say the least.

    It's actually The Secret Goldfish, for those of you like me who tried to look up "The Creeping Goldfish Big Sur" and just got a lot of articles about giant goldfish.
    5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968 Copyright Extension prediction thread on: November 27, 2018, 02:11:01 PM
    On instagram Mike is caught humming ’We’re together again’.

    FallBreaks came up with the theory that he listened to the extension release recently


    6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Crazy Ex Girlfriend on: November 21, 2018, 01:01:04 PM
    Here's the song:

    Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne is the Executive Music Producer for this show. I would guess he's a Beach Boys fan.

    Can't find any specific mentions by Schlesinger about the Beach Boys, but many reviewers seem to suggest the influence.
    Schlesinger is also behind the recent Monkees albums.
    7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Was Queen more influenced by the Beach Boys than we know? on: November 18, 2018, 01:36:46 AM
    I think outside the aforementioned "Funny How Love Is" and Larry Lurex release, its more that they shared a lot of the same influences than a direct influence. But even then I'm not sure how much direct overlap there is there.

    So maybe the answer is just no  LOL
    8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Favorite Covers of Beach Boys Songs on: November 05, 2018, 09:36:27 AM
    If you want a list of approximatetly 2345 covers, then you could also check out my shameless plug here

    It's currently lacking any solo songs, and a lot of late 70s - onwards is lacking at the moment, but you know it has 122 covers of Fun, Fun, Fun if that is your thing...
    9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: October 22, 2018, 12:54:21 PM
    Do any recordings exist of The Beach Boys doing "Sister Golden Hair"? It seems on they played it when Gerry Beckley replaced Mike in 1990...

    I guess while I'm here, why was Beckley filling in for Mike?
    10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love/touring group Christmas album on: October 21, 2018, 01:31:17 PM
    Get the 12-track album Reason for the Season – featuring an array of new holiday songs and Christmas classics that range from bright guitar and horn-filled pop and rock and tracks, and softer traditional carols and ballads. Sam Hollander (One Direction, Panic! at the Disco, Train) and Steve Greenberg (Hanson, AJR) produced five tracks on the album including the jubilant title track and the buoyant anthems “It Must Be Christmas” and “Finally it’s Christmas” featuring Hanson.

    Grammy-winning producer Michael Lloyd (Dirty Dancing) and The Beach Boys’ musical director Scott Totten also served as producers on the album.  Lloyd produced two tracks including a new version of “Alone on Christmas Day” and “Little St. Nick.” Totten collaborated with Love on five additional tracks featuring all of Love’s children (All Love) Ambha, Brian, Christian and Hayleigh Love on “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “O Holy Night,” “Away in a Manger” and “Bring a Torch.”

    Reason for the Season is out October 26th on digital, CD, and LP formats.

    So, the good news for those who found Lloyd's production on the remakes disc of Unleash The Love a bit...distasteful, is that he seems to be down to two tracks here.

    11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love - \ on: September 15, 2018, 12:45:33 AM
    Track Listings
      1. Celestial Celebration
      2. Finally It's Christmas (feat. Hanson)
      3. Little St. Nick
      4. Must Be Christmas (with Ambha Love and Christian Love)
      5. Jingle Bell Rock
      6. Alone On Christmas Day
      7. Reason For The Season
      8. Do You Hear What I Hear (with All Love)
      9. Away in a Manger (with All Love)
      10. Bring a Torch (feat. Hayleigh Love and Brian Love)
      11. O Come All Ye Faithful (with All Love)
      12. O Holy Night (feat. Ambha Love with All Love)

    Growing up in my household in Southern California on the corner of Mt. Vernon & Fairway, Music was an integral part of life, But there was no other time of the year where music was more part of life than during the holidays. The grand piano, organ and harp in the living room provided the instrumental backing to all the vocals. The Holidays were a time of family get-togethers, gift giving , wonder feasts and most memorably, Christmas carols sung in harmony with one another. Songs Like “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Little St. Nick” combined with songs that remind us of the Reason for the Season; celebrating an event that took place in the little town of Bethlehem over 2000 years ago, the birth of Jesus, which for many became a birth of hope , peace, unity & love. As the words of “O Holy Night” say “His Law is love and His gospel is peace, “Jesus taught us to love one another. That message needs to be heard today more than ever before. So, as we celebrate and enjoy all the wonderful traditions of the holiday season, Lets hold in our hearts the Reason for the Season. Peace & Love Mike Love
    12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Bruce on Friends on: August 27, 2018, 01:54:37 PM

    Bruce Johnston: During that Friends era, we were wearing the white suits and I remember doing some of the songs from Friends, which to me was a very weak album although the track Friends is fabulous. Listen to the bass on it, it’s 6/8 jazz acoustic bass. I did not like the Friends album because I thought it was wimpy. I don’t think we were doing anything where Brian was at full strength. We had to do some of the Friends stuff on the road and it just used to make me wince because it was wimpy. But we were promoting that album and played some of that stuff but people really wanted to hear the hits.

    You have to be very careful when you play unknown music to people, you have to wrap it around the hits to keep them distracted.

    Some of the Friends stuff is so subtle that it was hard to make it come to life in a live setting.
    13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2018 Tour Thread on: August 14, 2018, 10:43:42 AM
    Anyone know why Nelson is not on this tour, and who is taking his place on percussion?  Sorry if I missed the discussion

    Guy named Jim Lasesa who knows Darian and the other band guys well. He’s on Facebook. Nelson isn’t on FB anymore; no idea what happened to him.
    Yeah, he's still playing his own shows though. He's doing his thing.

    PS. It's Jim Laspesa Grin

    Yeah, seems he is touring the UK for the next few weeks
    14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: August 10, 2018, 10:15:17 AM
    Not worth creating a separate thread for this, so I will spin this fact into a question: Pet Sounds re-entered the UK charts at #100 this week. Any particular reasons why?
    15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Everyone back together for a Beach Boys Q&A for Sirius XM? on: August 07, 2018, 03:11:44 PM
    Video on Facebook
    16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: If there is a 1968 set, when do you guys and gals think we'll find out?? on: August 06, 2018, 10:20:38 AM
    I have no interest in the symphonic disc, but sadly, that is the kind of stuff the general public buys. Maybe we will get a combined 68/69 set next year.

    I would love to know who and why thinks the public wants this? Is there a poll that is taken of what shutoff should be released??

    The fact that lots of people brought the Elvis / Roy Orbison ones is why they think the public wants it - and considering it spent 3 weeks in the UK Top 10 albums and is still, 8 weeks later, in the Top 100, I'd say they were right.

    17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Album Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2018, 12:22:09 PM
    22 this week.
    18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: In-jokes + references that no listeners understood in BBs song lyrics on: July 13, 2018, 10:13:38 AM
    Good one. I myself thought “Parks” was referring to Van Dyke for many years

    I still do! who is it referring to?

    a friend named Jon Parks

    One of six (six!) writers of "When A Man Needs A Woman"
    19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Alan's Album Archives book-Add Some Music To Your Day on: July 10, 2018, 01:19:16 PM
    Interesting, thanks for sharing this. Sounds like its all available on his blog already, but I'll probably get it on my phone as a good "drop-in" book for when I'm out and about, like I did with the Hickey books.
    20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys Medley 1981 single on: July 07, 2018, 02:16:33 PM
    I was surpised to learn this in this 1985 Record Collector article: “Less well-known is the fact that before Capitol issued the medley, the Beach Boys had themselves attempted to create their own version of the gimmick, re-recording several of their major hits in tandem. This was scrapped when neither the group nor their record company could bear to listen to the results.” What I would give to hear this recording. I don’t wanna wait until 2031!

    I wonder if this is really true. The whole article seems on point with their info, but I don't think I'd ever heard that they had ever tried to actually do a true medley recording on their own.

    We'll have to wait for the 2031 copyright release to see Cheesy
    21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Album Discussion Thread on: July 06, 2018, 10:46:10 AM
    Down to 14 this week.
    22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Album Discussion Thread on: June 29, 2018, 10:42:21 AM
    Number 8 in the UK this week.
    23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys Have A Number 1 Album! on: June 23, 2018, 01:13:12 PM
    Interesting, they only needed 5000 units sold to top the classical music chart.

    I can only find numbers for midweek updates, and not for a full week of sales, but it appears in the UK it sold 5,811 copies half way through the first week and another 9,745 half way through the second week.
    24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Album Discussion Thread on: June 23, 2018, 03:44:14 AM
    It's not the same mix. I can't place the exact difference off the top of my head but I think there is more of the original track floating about on the album.
    25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: BB in UK --- No reviews !?! on: June 23, 2018, 03:40:31 AM
    I don't usually see a point in reviewing, but I'll try and remember things from last Friday's show.

    More of a casual audience I think just because of the festival nature - it was very much a "picnic beforehand then see the show" kind of thing. They came on stage at 9pm, finished at 10:45. No intermission. The courtyard at Hampton Court is a very nice venue.

    Mike's first joke of the night about remembering when Hampton Court was open got a lot of laughs. They were wearing matching shirts The tour is called "Now & Then", which also happens to be the sides of Mike's album.... but there is a cool Now & Then t-shirt which has lots of group shots from different areas - I've been meaning to make a post that identifies all the photos used.

    Lots of promo for the Royal Philharmonic Album. Mike and Bruce were very happy that it had gone to #4 that day. The first two Unleash The Love songs fell pretty flat - "All The Love In Paris" was I think badly mixed and the audience seemed untroubled by "Getcha Back". But "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" got the audience going again. I was surprised by how good Jeff was on "Darlin'" and Scott on "The Warmth Of The Sun".

    The next two Unleash The Love songs went down well. "Pisces Brothers" being about George Harrison probably helped, and "Unleash The Love" was fun (even if only a minority took part in the "make a U for unleash" dance).
    Was very happy they played "Disney Girls", which led into the home stretch of songs. Was surprised that they are still flying in the Dennis vocal of "Do You Wanna Dance". They added "Cotton Fields", which was cool. "Kokomo" was badly placed, as it slowed things down too much. "Wild Honey" rocked. And I was happy to see Bruce still pulling off the end of "Fun, Fun, Fun".
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