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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Compilations being removed? on: January 28, 2020, 07:35:25 PM
Sorry, some of us donít have that much money to drop on archival releases

His point still stands and is correct.  Any real hardcore fan of the Beach Boys will support these releases.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Are The Beach Boys letting their fans down with digital only archival releases on: January 26, 2020, 07:24:00 AM
No. Physical only for me. Even a burnt CD-R with artwork is better. I don't collect "air". I do consider myself a diehard Beach Boys fan, with all the official stuff plus extraneous, but digital is where I draw the line. So I'll just have to go without. I had hoped they would do physical for most of the archival sets, and I still think they would at least break even on such things. Much of the work that goes into a physical release also applies to the digital only release. Really it is just the pressing of CD's and the printing of booklets that makes for added cost, I should think.
For a "hardcore fan," you're missing out on some tremendous stuff.  The collections last year were out of this world.  You don't need to be tech savvy to burn a CD.  It's been common stuff for over 20 years now.  Don't deny yourself.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: September 24, 2019, 10:00:17 PM
Just got back from the Royal Oak, MI show. Setlist was the same as the previous night in Cincinnati.

I saw his Christmas show last December and left the place thinking that would be my last Brian show. It was just getting too uncomfortable. But then they announced a tour with the Zombies and I had to see that. "O&O" is one of my favorite albums of all-time and they did NOT disappoint. Rod Argent is the man and I love being able to see Chris White in the flesh. His bass was up loud and he was killin' it while still barely moving. A total bad ass. Colin was also super strong. The guys were much better than I expected. I do wish the drums were louder, though. I love this venue but the shows always seem quiet to me and I just want to push that fader up on the drum mics every show I go to there. It was originally to be at the Masonic Theater in Detroit which would have been way too big for this. Being downsized to this place was much welcome and ideal in every way. My seat was better. The place was packed with enthusiastic fans.

Brian & the gang.. well, what can I say that hasn't already been said. It was better than the Christmas tour, that's for sure. Brian wasn't given many lead vocals, but had his moments. Al sang more than usual, which is good, though I still don't know why Matt does "Wouldn't It Be Nice." Surely people would rather hear Al do it. He can handle it. Matt's voice seems whinier than last time, though he seemed to having trouble with his ear pieces all night. The band was excellent. Being able to hear so many obscure songs was much better in person than seeing it on paper. Their recreations of "Diamond Head" and "Passing By" were flawless. I never thought I'd see Al sing "Lookin' at Tomorrow." He did great on "Wake the World" too. I think they elongated those last two songs for obvious reasons. Darian was great on "Darlin'" and "I Can Hear Music." Blondie is always solid, though these Carl songs are usually quite dull to me, he breathed life into them. I do wish Brian was more active in "Sail On Sailor." He used to really get into that one and singing those great "sail on"'s at the end, but he didn't move today.

He looked like he was in pain. Drinking a lot of water. He could move his arms around fine but when he would reach up to his forehead his hand would shake very hard. He started out fine the first two songs and seeing him sing "Meant For You" and the bridge to "Long Promised Road" was really touching. He was enjoying "Darlin'" and "Wake the World," swinging his arms around...even looked like the Brian of old on "I Get Around" with the hang gestures. The band did great on "Busy Doin' Nothing" but Brian lost his place in the first verse and took some time to find it again. He even sang the first two verses to "H&V" really strong but then quit and nobody sang the next two. He did part of the cantina section and was done. "God Only Knows" included asking Al for water and a throat clearing and "Surf's Up" was basically the Matt Jardine show. It was nice to see Brian do "Little Bird," a nice Dennis tribute they executed well.

"Love & Mercy" was one of those moments. Brian nailed it. It was very moving. Someone shouted "we love you Brian" after the first verse and he said "thank you" and I was worried he would then lose his place again and torpedo the song, but he didn't, and all went well. I was all tearing up. The crowd rose to their feet. People get it. It's almost forgiven. People love this guy. The outpouring of love for him, when he's clearly not physically up to this and looks downright miserable, is strong. I'm guessing people gave standing ovations to songs he kinda screwed up like "H&V" and "Surf's Up," more likely due to the bands performance and what those tracks mean in Brian's history.

I didn't leave this show disappointed like I did with the Christmas tour. That was just a weird scene. I give the band credit for doing a riskier setlist and spreading out the leads better. It felt longer than 90-95 minutes, but there was no encore break, no band introductions, and no stories told. Brian did bust out laughing at a mistake he made, then shooed the invisible mistake away and carried on. Asking for water during "God Only Knows" kind of shows me he wants to do a good job. He had the greatest voice ever. He was a slave driving perfectionist with those guys in the 60s. I'm sure it kills him he can't do what he used to do. He apparently wants to keep doing this while also assuming he's letting people down. The love for him is there.. we all hope he can feel it. But we also want him to chill if that is what he'd rather do as well.

A great night though.. the Zombies were incredible.. very impressive. It's awesome for me seeing Chris White as I love the songs he wrote for the group. "Beechwood Park" is one of my favorite things ever. It's great seeing Probyn and Darian and Paul, Al, Blondie, all the guys again. Better than the Christmas tour. The crowd tonight seemed to understand. I hope they went home happy.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: September 21, 2019, 07:57:53 AM
Last night it was announced that Tuesday's Detroit show is being moved to a venue in Royal Oak due to unforeseen circumstances.  I'm guessing those circumstances are very low ticket sales as the Royal Oak venue is much smaller and better..  So while I wish they had more support, I'm psyched for the change.  I foresaw this when the show as announced.. I always thought the Detroit venue was too big. 
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Big Beat 1963 on: June 24, 2019, 12:02:59 PM
Oh blast! It's still available on 7Digital but only in mp3 format and I really want it in lossless. I guess that's what I get for being too slow. Hopefully it'll be available once again...  Undecided
Is slow the word?  Thing came out 6 years ago.   Grin
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian postponing tour the day before it starts. on: June 06, 2019, 08:18:25 AM
I'm glad he's taking this action.  I wouldn't be surprised if the Zombies tour is canceled too.  This doesn't sound like the type of thing you kick in a few months.
We shall see.

Prayers for Brian.

He's given us so much.. he's the greatest.. Put yourself first, bro.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Brian postponing tour the day before it starts. on: June 06, 2019, 08:07:34 AM
Dear friends,

It is with great regret that I need to postpone my upcoming June tour.

It is no secret that I have been living with mental illness for many decades. There were times when it was unbearable but with doctors and medications I have been able to live a wonderful, healthy and productive life with support from my family, friends and fans who have helped me through this journey.

As you may know in the last year or so Iíve had 3 surgeries on my back. The surgeries were successful and iím physically stronger than iíve been in a long time.

However, after my last surgery i started feeling strange and itís been pretty scary for awhile. I was not feeling like myself. Mentally insecure is how Iíd describe it. We're not sure what is causing it but i do know that itís not good for me to be on the road right now so Iím heading back to Los Angeles.

I had every intention to do these shows and was excited to get back to performing. I've been in the studio recording and rehearsing with my band and have been feeling better. But then it crept back and Iíve been struggling with stuff in my head and saying things I donít mean and I donít know why. Its something iíve never dealt with before and we cant quite figure it out just yet.

Iím going to rest, recover and work with my doctors on this.

Iím looking forward to my recovery and seeing everyone later in the year.

The music and my fans keep me going and I know this will be something I can AGAIN overcome.

Love & Mercy,

Brian Wilson
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: May 10, 2019, 05:15:24 AM
Itís 2019 right..? Soooo shouldnít 20/20 be the album thatís celebrated? But hey whatever.

It's not billed as a 50th anniversary tour.  And he's not playing "Friends" in full.  It's just letting people know what to expect.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: May 09, 2019, 11:45:37 AM
After seeing Brian's Christmas show last December, I told myself I was done.

Then he's strolling into town with the Zombies, who I've never seen, and they are playing one of my favorite albums of all-time.

Here I go again.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968 Copyright Extension Release Thread on: December 13, 2018, 09:05:33 AM
We are a very lucky fanbase!    police
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968 Copyright Extension prediction thread on: December 11, 2018, 01:06:44 PM
Also they're not going to appear on 7Digital anytime soon. They haven't updated the albums available since last month, and when I contacted them about this they said that they have no plans to add anything more for the foreseeable future.

They are up at 7Digital now

Rookie question I'm sure, but I see there are two options: MP3 files and FLAC files. I know I can bring MP3s into ITunes very easily.
How do you listen to FLAC files? Do you need to convert them or something?


Depends on what you are using to listen to them with.  If you're playing them on a phone, then it doesn't matter what they sound like, so mp3 is for you.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968 Copyright Extension prediction thread on: December 10, 2018, 08:24:27 PM
Also they're not going to appear on 7Digital anytime soon. They haven't updated the albums available since last month, and when I contacted them about this they said that they have no plans to add anything more for the foreseeable future.

They are up at 7Digital now
Must have added them after I complained. Thanks for the info!  Grin

thank you for complaining!  kicked them in the butt.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968 Copyright Extension prediction thread on: December 10, 2018, 06:38:02 PM
Also they're not going to appear on 7Digital anytime soon. They haven't updated the albums available since last month, and when I contacted them about this they said that they have no plans to add anything more for the foreseeable future.

They are up at 7Digital now
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 'I Can Hear Music: The 20/20 Sessions' is OUT NOW! on: December 10, 2018, 05:05:44 AM
Yeah, three days ago..  you don't think we've been discussing this?

No physical media option.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968 Copyright Extension prediction thread on: December 10, 2018, 05:04:56 AM
Have Mark or Alan said anything about a lossless/hi-res version being available to US customers who are holding out?  Or should we just give in to lossy?
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968 Copyright Extension prediction thread on: December 08, 2018, 11:34:11 AM
So grateful for this release! Thanks to everyone involved!

One question - any chance thereíll be another release before the end of the year? I know they snuck in a 2nd volume of Sunshine Tomorrow after the first volume was out for awhile. Iím still hoping weíll get the backing track for ďWeíre Together AgainĒ.
A live set is also coming.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968 Copyright Extension prediction thread on: December 06, 2018, 06:59:15 PM
up at itunes US!
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968 Copyright Extension prediction thread on: December 06, 2018, 06:07:08 PM
Is this CIFOTM the acetate we've been longing for?
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968 Copyright Extension prediction thread on: December 06, 2018, 09:46:19 AM
 Happy Dance Head Spin Banana Ahhh!
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2018 Tour Thread on: December 03, 2018, 10:38:17 AM
The entire show from Saturday night is on youtube if you want to be as uncomfortable as those of us were at the venue.
https://www.youtube.com/user/nickperry74/videos

21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2018 Tour Thread on: December 01, 2018, 11:07:44 PM
Tonight's set consisted of 26 songs in 85 minutes.  Here we go:

1. Little Saint Nick - Brian lead, but his voice cracked on nearly every line
2. The Man With All The Toys - Brian did fine, with Rob Bonfiglio doing the high parts
3. Santa's Beard - a bit too fast for Brian to nail
4. Merry Christmas Baby - Blondie did the first and last verse, Al did the rest.  I got chills during Blondie's first verse.  The crowd loved him all night.  Very good.
5. Christmas Day - Al did this one, seemed a little timid.  
6. Frosty the Snowman - Rob and the guys
7. Santa Claus is Coming to Town - More Rob with Brian on the "he sees you when.." parts
8. Christmasey - Surprised that Brian nailed this one given how fast the delivery is.  But he actually did a good job.
9. What I Really Want For Christmas - a wonderful song, and Brian tried, but it doesn't work as well with a more spoken delivery
10. On Christmas Day - I think Brian sang most of this one.  Don't remember.
11. Blue Christmas - Excellent Blondie rendition
12. We Three Kings - Rob and the gang.  Brian didn't move.
13. Christmas Time Is Here Again - Al did a nice job.
14. I'll Be Home For Christmas - Another Rob lead.
15. O Holy Night - Blondie highlight
16. Run Rudolph Run - Another Blondie highlight.

After 6 straight songs without Brian opening his mouth, they did band introductions.  It didn't include a brief jam for each member like it normally does.  Then without a break they launched right into the hits set:

17. Wouldn't It Be Nice - More Rob.  Brian did the bridge.
18. God Only Knows - Brian
19. Sloop John B - Al.  Brian usually does a verse in this, but didn't bother.
20. Good Vibrations - Brian did the first 2 lines in the first two verses, then nothing else.  Didn't even do Mike's "i'm picking up" part as usual.
21. Help Me Rhonda - Al
22. Barbara Ann - everyone but Brian, though Brian did look to really be playing piano for most of this and Rhonda.
23. Surfin USA - I think Brian only sang the first verse and Al did the rest
24. Fun Fun Fun - Al and group
25. White Christmas - Rob
26. Auld Lang Syne - everybody huddled around Brian singing.. including the opening act.. but Brian didn't sing.

As I mentioned, over the last word of ALS, Brian asked Paul if they were done and then hauled ass off stage.  The rest of the guys stood around a bit being applauded.  The crowd around me generally seemed to ignore Brian and just focus on the positive.. enjoying it more than me because I was just worried for him.  It's only the 3rd date on the tour and this is not what I'm used to seeing from him.  Blondie and Al really stole the show.  Rob Bonfiglio did a fine job in Matt Jardine's place, but his mic was too low all night.  And Nelson Bragg wasn't there, which I didn't realize beforehand.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2018 Tour Thread on: December 01, 2018, 07:41:24 PM
OK.. an 85 minute set.  No break.  No Winter Symphony.   

I'm a Brian supporter until the day i die, but that was rough.  Hard to believe it's the same guy who i saw do Pet Sounds in 2016 and 2017.  He didnt have much to do.. barely sang anything.. and missed a lot of marks.  Makes sense with so little to do that his mind would wander.  Al looked at him a lot.  He was looking around.. very figgity.. when he'd rub his face his hand would shake so fast.  He was also rocking his jaw back and forth a lot. Which i never saw him do.  Blondie stole the show and the crowd loved him.  Al saved the hits portion.  And i think the entire band around Brian singing Auld Lang Syne without Brian even opening his mouth was it.  Its sad, but seriously.. this could very well be the end my friends.  And who could blame him.  Not me.  In fact, over the last word of ALS, brian said, "is that it Paul?  Are we done?"  And hauled ass out of there.  I've seen him live about 6 times and im used to brian on stage.. but this was different.  I wonder what the guys in the band think.  I thought he had back surgery but he cant seem to walk by himself.

I'll be home in about 3 hours and can share more.  Sorry for this rambling message.. on my phone.  I dont regret coming.  Brian is always worth it to me.  But I don't see him continuing if he's already singing this little in the show.   
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2018 Tour Thread on: December 01, 2018, 05:38:29 PM
There are a couple of shirts promoting both Pet Sounds and the Christmas show, ugly sweater style. The Pet Sounds tour merch is still there. Margarita and I both have the hoodie, definitely a nice wear!

The poster is nice, but too small for $35.  Autographed books and stuff.  You're right about the ugly sweaters.
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2018 Tour Thread on: December 01, 2018, 05:36:41 PM
Just sat down.  Got my silver ornament.  Smiley

Thanks for the report.  Going next week with a 45-minute drive. Cheesy .   Give us more information later. 

Will do.  There was an opening act that did 6 songs in a half hour.  Weird thing is most of the empty seats are in the front half of the place.. and I'm pretty sure these were marked as sold when I picked my seat slightly further back.  But whatever.  I got a great spot anyway.   Everybody here seems to be at least 20 years older than me.  Hope they are up for this.  Hope we get Winter Symphony.  Not promising after the post above. 

25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2018 Tour Thread on: December 01, 2018, 04:28:17 PM
Just sat down.  Got my silver ornament.  Smiley
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