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1  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)

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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
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Bruce on Friends on: August 27, 2018, 01:54:37 PM
From https://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/2013/09/04/bruce-johnston-interview-beach-boys/

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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.
3  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 http://nelsonbragg.com/tour/
4  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?
5  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

https://www.facebook.com/siriusxm/videos/10156677082955929/UzpfSTgyMTYzOTQxMzk6MTAxNTY1Nzg1MTcyNzkxNDA/
6  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.

7  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.
8  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"
9  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.
10  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!

http://www.mountvernonandfairway.de/downloads/pdf/record_collector_jan_1985_no65.pdf

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
11  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.
12  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.
13  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.

http://www.musicweek.com/talent/read/jorja-smith-enters-top-3-with-debut-album-lost-found/072787
http://www.musicweek.com/talent/read/beyonc-and-jay-z-enter-top-10-with-everything-is-love/072890
14  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.
15  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".
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Album Discussion Thread on: June 22, 2018, 09:48:04 AM
Still at number 4 in the UK this week.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2018 Tour Thread on: June 17, 2018, 11:09:06 AM
Surprised by how heavy the Cowsill version of "Wild Honey" is. He was practically screaming it at points, which was great.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Album Discussion Thread on: June 12, 2018, 02:12:12 PM
To fuel pointless reunion rumours and conspiracies, Al mentions in the HMV interview playing live with the RPO at the Royal Albert Hall, and Bruce mentions the same idea when discussing playing the Albert Hall next year on BBC Breakfast this morning...

https://www.hmv.com/music/the-beach-boys-with-the-royal-philharmonic-orchestra-interview-2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSQ155YNolg

19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Album Discussion Thread on: June 12, 2018, 02:08:10 PM
More recent chart comparisons: "Sunshine Tomorrow" hit #49 in the UK and #145 in the US.

Not sure why these symphonic albums seem to be more popular in the UK. Is it really because the albums are recorded by the Royal Philharmonic?

I think mostly just because they are heavily advertised and sold anywhere that sells any CDs - so every supermarket in the country basically. The RPO probably helps since even if they own an Elvis/Orbison/Beach Boys comp, this is a new version, and having the Royal Philharmonic instead of just any old orchestra is probably good name recognition. But generally I think its just advertising and timing. Beach Boys before Father's Day. Orbison in the lead up to Christmas, etc.

Notably, the Aretha one didn't trouble the charts and it's also one I didn't see heavily promoted and that I wasn't able to buy at the same time as getting the milk.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys Channel on Sirius XM on: June 12, 2018, 11:37:44 AM
Now playing "California Saga - Complete", which as you might guess is all three parts continuously.
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys Channel on Sirius XM on: June 10, 2018, 10:16:21 AM
A new feature, in the vein of "two in a row", is the "Vocal Track", which is (as the name suggests) an vocal track only version of a song.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys Channel on Sirius XM on: June 10, 2018, 04:14:08 AM
Hopefully at some point all these interviews are collected together, just because of the topics that never seem to be discussed elsewhere. Even if its nothing revolutionary, its interesting hearing David talk about "Cuckoo Clock" and Bruce talk about Gary Usher, etc.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys Channel on Sirius XM on: June 10, 2018, 03:49:22 AM
"I'd really like to hear California Girls.......it reminds me of family and friends"

Naturally they then played Dance, Dance, Dance for him  Cheesy
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys in London, June 15th-16th - Ticket for sale? on: June 10, 2018, 12:41:45 AM
There are some tickets in the back section still for the 15th. Can't tell you how good/bad that is though.
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Album Discussion Thread on: June 09, 2018, 02:58:51 AM
The booklet has a quite comprehensive list of players on the original recordings, for those who like those things. At least instrument wise - vocally they just tend to stick to lead vocals, except Kokomo which just has vocals by Mike, Bruce, Carl and Al and Heroes And Villains, where they credit the backing/harmony vocals (all 6 members at the time).
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