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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Name your Top Ten at the moment... on: October 19, 2006, 01:06:58 AM
1) Still Cruisin'
2) Honkin' Down The Highway
3) All Summer Long
4) Let Us Go On This Way
5) Here Comes The Night (L.A. Version)
6) Crack at Your Love
7) This Whole World
Cool California Girls
9) Match Point of Our Love
10) The Lonely Sea
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The touring band on Imus this morning... on: July 06, 2006, 04:42:04 PM
Thanks for the full recap. Smiley

Of what I heard, I think Cool Head Warm Heart and All Summer Long were the best performances.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / The touring band on Imus this morning... on: July 06, 2006, 05:49:43 AM
I only caught bits and pieces (was dealing with an ill grandmother, waiting for paramedics to arrive, etc), but I could hear most of it in the background as I did what I did. Mike sounded OK, pretty much his usual self vocally. Among some of the old BB standards performed, I happened to catch Cool Hand Warm Heart and Make Love Not War. Mike also commented on the fact that the top two card sellers at Hallmark since the SFHAB promotion started have been the Kokomo and Fun Fun Fun audio cards. I wish I could have heard more or had I been home I would have captured it, but the performances were enjoyable. I missed most of the chatter in-between songs, but it didn't sound like much more than the usual topics here and there. Smiley

Did any of y'all happen to catch it, and perhaps offer more details on what was performed, any interesting factoids that were spoken about, etc?
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Favorite Beach Boys singing voice? on: June 21, 2006, 02:22:01 AM
Easily Mike, especially when he's pushing that signature throaty strained sound to its maximum. The unique personality and charm he injected to his vocals are tough to match or surpass. Never the greatest technical singer in the group, but in terms of being an all-around enjoyable pop vocalist, he's easily my favorite.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / 21st Century Beach Boys Albums / Re: Good Timin': Live At Knebworth 1980 on: June 06, 2006, 02:49:44 AM
Yes. It's more "fixing" than overdubbing. Tons of pitch correction.
Some background vocals are added.

How off are the original vocals, pitch-wise? Doesn't sound like anyone was pitch perfect in the release mix, so I'm curious how bad the original vocals were in the actual performance?
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / 1980's Beach Boys Albums / Re: Still Cruisin' on: June 04, 2006, 09:23:37 PM
the album surprised me. It's really enjoyable. Not a great work of art, but it's cool.

Agreed. Just a nice, fun album to pop in and enjoy. Pretty much serves its purpose. As y'all said, it would have been a heck of a lot better of a final product had the classics been removed and replaced by a couple of new tracks...it just feels weird to end the album with the hits. However, again, it at least does a nice job of serving the purpose it was intended to serve.

The best song on the album is easily the title track, IMHO.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys Hallmark CD on: June 03, 2006, 02:51:32 AM
Apparently, a few past Hallmark-exclusive releases sold quite well. Somebody once said that the McDonald Christmas CD or whatever it was sold over a million copies. So perhaps that one would have charted had it been monitered; I don't know if it charted or if it was monitered.

Yeah, I think James Taylor's Christmas album also hit the platinum mark. Martina McBride and Michael Buble weren't far behind, I believe.

Anyway, agreed regarding the FTD/Elvis-esque path to be taken for the Boys. Certainly seems likely, based upon all we've heard.

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"Songs from Here & Back", with one EXTRA bonus track

Feel Flows: 2K6 by The Stamos.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Question about audio on Knebworth DVD on: February 16, 2006, 08:50:07 PM
Those particular vocals from Mike have always just sounded especially throaty, to me. Doesn't sound digitized or pitch-corrected at all, IMHO. It just sounds like a very forced, very nasal, and very throaty Mike Love vocal (more so than usual, yeah). What portions in particular do you detect electronic fiddling, because it sounds pretty much 100% like Mike just singing like that - really not significantly different than how he can be heard elsewhere. I could always be wrong, though!
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / Other Solo Albums / Re: Looking Back With Love (ML solo) on: January 25, 2006, 05:05:12 PM
This seems to be a rather unpopular opinion, but I get a big kick out of the album.  I think most of the tracks are very well done - I don't mind the kind of cheesy arrangements, because I do happen to enjoy cheesy synth arrangements when the overall track works. I love Mike's vocals, and I think he's pretty much at his signature best on this album. On that note, I think it's safe to say that Mike's presence is what pushes the album over the top for me, but considering the fact that most of the songs themselves would be rather middle-of-the-road without Mike's vocal touches, I can understand why it's a rather unpopular album. Take the same songs and arrangements and put another vocalist at the helm, and I probably would lost interest after a while - but with Mike, it's a winner, for me. The ABBA cover is definitely the best track on the album. Another particuarly noteworthy cover is Calendar Girl; it's probably the best version of the song that I've heard, IMHO. On the other hand, One Good Reason is - by far - the album's biggest low point.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Which Beach Boy song is the theme of your life? on: January 25, 2006, 10:50:43 AM
Male Ego, but only in my mind. I'd have to be a pretty slick dude to seriously live up to it.
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