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51  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1968 Beach Boy European Tour Documentary on: February 04, 2019, 04:42:02 PM
I saw a little more than half of it.  My complaint is that they play the studio versions of the group's songs in the background instead of letting you hear the dialogue between members of the group and the fans and the managers and all the people you see along the way.  The actual conversations would have given the viewer a much better feel of what it was like back in 1968.  The film footage is quite good, but I would have enjoyed listening to the guys as they had their fancy dinner and drinks together in one scene, likely after a show.  There is a scene where Carl is on a tour bus in Germany and there is a very attractive woman sitting next to him, probably his first wife.   
52  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Keepin' the \ on: December 26, 2018, 04:04:05 PM
He also sang in the same style on Santa Ana Winds, which I like, but it could have been much better without his vocal.
53  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Keepin' the \ on: December 26, 2018, 12:15:40 PM
Keepin the Summer Alive was such a misfire, it would have to be re-recorded to have any chance to make it on a good album; School Days, should not be a Beach Boys' album; Goin To The Beach, how did this not make it onto the album, it's the liveliest and most pleasing track, perfect for summer; It's A Beautiful Day is ruined by Mike Love's odd vocal style on this song.
54  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Rocky Pamplin's THE BEACH BOYS' ENDLESS WAVE completed and published on: December 12, 2018, 12:32:11 PM
"And we come full circle returning to what was said a few pages ago: If Rocky and/or Stephen Love had the facts and the truth on their side when they were sharing details of various issues and lawsuits and whatnot involving Mike, there would be *no grounds to sue*. That's as simple as it can get. Or even more simply, the burden of proof for someone suing for libel or slander depends entirely on first proving that lies and falsehoods were told about that person or persons enough to damage them personally or in a business sense."

It's never as simple as that.  Even if the truth is on your side, the cost of defending yourself from a lawsuit is enormous.  Most people will give it up rather than face the time and costs of attorneys' fees in defending themselves from a lawsuit.  If you are sued and you win, you don't get your attorneys' fees back, they are down the drain.  And if a judge makes a decision that turns a case upside down, even if that decision is wrong, that is one of the risks of a lawsuit.  The road to good intentions is paved with all kinds of bad and incorrect outcomes in lawsuits, especially in sunny California.
55  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2018 Tour Thread on: December 03, 2018, 12:08:52 PM
Brian W. should have hung it up a long time ago.  If he's unable to concentrate or if he's not interested, or if he's silently suffering from back pain, don't advertise a show and rip off the people that pay their money to see a concert.  I understand there are a lot of people that depend upon BW for a paycheck, but at some point you have to say enough and end it.
56  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Caribou Ranch (1975) fanmix on: October 17, 2018, 12:34:25 PM
It's a song that was recorded after Sunflower with Mike as the lead.  Mike wrote it with Don Goldberg.  It's about the highs and lows of a relationship with a woman, good lyrics and background vocals.
57  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Caribou Ranch (1975) fanmix on: October 16, 2018, 12:23:22 PM
I wonder when they will stick Sweet and Bitter on a comp, it used to be available on You Tube, but was taken down.  It's a pretty good song.
58  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Rock N Roll to the Rescue on: September 17, 2018, 12:28:45 PM
I thought the song was alright, but Brian's voice was in rough shape and detracted from the track.  Al or Carl would have been the better choice.
59  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys in Glastonbury comeback talks after not so Good Vibrations since 2012 on: May 15, 2018, 12:43:55 PM
Count me in for a reunion.  I'd like them to take one last shot at it in the studio and the road.  I would buy a ticket.
60  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Were Al's Commercial Instincts Under Utilized? on: May 15, 2018, 12:42:36 PM
How much did Al have to do with MIU?  Was Come Go With Me recorded for MIU or was it an unreleased 15 Big Ones track?
61  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Light Album - Alternative take . . . on: April 30, 2018, 05:40:25 PM
Love Surrounds Me is like an outtake from a Dennis Wilson solo album.  Shortenin Bread, maybe it's okay if you're on a hallucinogen, but ugh.  It would have been better if CBS had rejected the album and forced them to make more of an effort.
62  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Love & Mercy biopic reassessed on: April 19, 2018, 12:34:15 PM
Most of the negative comments about the film largely centered on the use of Dano and Cusack to play Brian's character.  It probably would have been more effective to have had Dano carry it all the way through.  The movie would have done better with a less confusing title.
63  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Caribou Ranch (1975) fanmix on: April 19, 2018, 12:31:41 PM
Why is Shortenin Bread an important part of Beach Boys' history?  It was recorded during a downturn for the group, and helped to drag down the L.A. Light album.
64  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Caribou Ranch (1975) fanmix on: April 18, 2018, 12:29:45 PM
Shortenin Bread is the type of song that might deserve to be on a rarities album but never on an album of new material.  It's awful.
65  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love in New Issue of Mojo - \ on: January 24, 2018, 05:09:20 PM
"How do we know the email actually exists?"

Because if it didn't, the other camp would have said so publicly or through their surrogates.
66  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love in New Issue of Mojo - \ on: January 24, 2018, 12:51:33 PM
One e-mail from Brian Wilson's wife expressed his unwillingness to continue touring.  Whatever led up to it, that e-mail was crystal clear.  And then at some point thereafter, Brian's desire to tour changed.  I don't get why Brian or his wife didn't go to Mike and try to work something out for more shows.  Maybe they did and it hasn't been reported.  It seems apparent that Mike and Melinda don't get along, and if Melinda's e-mail was a bluff, it was a foolish move.  Mike Love is strong willed and doesn't want to be second banana to the wife of a rock star.  And the soap opera continues.     
67  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love in New Issue of Mojo - \ on: January 23, 2018, 05:34:57 PM
When Melinda Wilson sends Mike Love an e-mail that says no more shows for Wilson, Mike Love is supposed to know she/Brian doesn't mean it?  Is Mike Love supposed to think, based on that e-mail, that Brian really wanted to do more shows.  Why did Melinda send Mike that e-mail?  Has anyone ever asked her that question?  I would ask her, when the 50th anniversary tour started to fall apart and went public, why didn't you or Brian call Mike and try to fix things and lay the groundwork for some more shows.

I am no fan of Mike Love, but on this issue he has a point.  If this is an example of what Melinda Wilson is like to deal with, there's probably some other equally stupid things she did during the tour that irritated some of the band.
68  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson & Joe Thomas on: October 05, 2017, 12:34:03 PM
"I know one of the guitar players who played on Run James Run as well as another song on NPP. As of just a few months ago, he worked with both Brian and Thomas together at separate studios! I asked how. Something that  nobody thought of yet was his answer. He said  when they were recording,Brian was at Oceanway and Joe was at another studio with the guitar player, presumably in Nashville. He said Brian and Joe were on Skype laughing it up and that Brian seemed very involved and comfortable communicating with  Thomas on the   TV monitor they set up in the studio."

So does this mean that Brian Wilson is the process currently of recording a new album?
69  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: I'll take the B-side on: October 02, 2017, 12:38:24 PM
I remember reading that the members of the group were surprised that Barbara Ann turned out to be a hit.   Girl Don't Tell Me is the superior song.
70  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The only negative review on Pet Sounds I can't stand... on: October 02, 2017, 12:36:18 PM
Songs that relate the heartache of a relationship that has broken up, often become big hits.
71  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: September 07, 2017, 11:25:38 AM
I wasn't aware that the Beach Boys recorded a song called Baywatch Nights.  I thought it was a song that was written but never recorded.  I'd love to hear it.
72  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Glen Campbell 1936-2017 on: August 08, 2017, 05:04:57 PM
Did Glen Campbell sing background vocals on Good Vibrations?
73  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Does Mike Love realize he is despised by millions of fans? on: August 08, 2017, 05:04:00 PM
It will all come out eventually, probably after they pass.
74  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Does Mike Love realize he is despised by millions of fans? on: August 07, 2017, 12:26:52 PM
I am sure that Mike feels that whatever mistakes he has made, they pale in comparison to all the horrible behavior and bad decisions made by Brian Wilson over the years.
75  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: How much time does Brian spend playing his piano and writing? on: August 02, 2017, 12:25:12 PM
When this tour is over, he should hang it up.
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