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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love & Beatles - Spiritual Regeneration --- what is this?? on: Yesterday at 06:17:43 AM
Surprisingly legit.

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On 25 February, the Maharishi held a party to celebrate Harrison's 25th birthday. The event included communal chanting,[143] a sitar performance by Harrison,[100] and a firework display.[156][157] The Maharishi gave Harrison an upside-down plastic globe of the world and said: "George, the globe I am giving you symbolizes the world today. I hope you will help us all in the task of putting it right."[158] Harrison turned the globe over and said "I've done it!", and the other students applauded.[159] For Love's birthday, on 15 March, members of the Beatles and Donovan performed "Spiritual Regeneration/Happy Birthday Mike Love", a song based on the Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun". Lennon presented Love with a round handmade card containing a self-portrait of him naked, and Harrison gave him a painting of Guru Dev.
A self-portrait of himself naked, eh? That's an interesting birthday present.

I wonder if that gift felt less-than-special after the subsequent release of that infamous Lennon/Ono LP on which John (and Yoko) are presented naked in a photographic image for the whole world to see?  Smiley
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love & Beatles - Spiritual Regeneration --- what is this?? on: August 21, 2019, 09:20:58 AM
The recording of The Beatles (IIRC minus Ringo, who had returned to the U.K. by then) singing "Happy Birthday" to Mike was played on the "Best Summers Of Our Lives" multi-part Beach Boys radio series in 1976.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: August 19, 2019, 10:19:10 AM
I don’t know how much info is really available in terms of Carl’s alleged vetoing of “Soulful Old Man Sunshine” from the 1993 GV boxed set, but the impression I always got (which may be totally off) is that he had a larger distaste or skepticism or uneasiness about the song, or at least the extant recording. I think he still remembered it being an “unfinished” song, and perhaps the “Shunshine” thing was just one example of it clearly being unfinished, as they presumably would have gone back and fixed that if they had intended to release it back then. Indeed, I believe the 1998 “Endless Harmony” version of the song had to be stitched together from a few sources (resulting in some parts being mixed into wider stereo, some parts having more finished-sounding overdubs while others didn’t, etc.) to make the most “complete” version.

I’m not sure, but I have a vague recollection Al (or someone) didn’t want “Loop de Loop” on the 1993 GV boxed set because it was considered “unfinished.”


It seems that the "Soulful" release is of a vintage edit of rough mixes spliced together back in the day by Dennis Dragon (who was Rick Henn's brother-in-law). Rick talks about it in a 1997 ESQ article (this was a year before the song's release). I first heard it when it was played down the phone line by David Leaf to Domenic Priore and me in '92, during the assembly of the '93 Good Vibrations box set. Meaning, it existed in that state back then, and based on Rick's comments, probably long before that.

As for "Loop" - correct, Al vetoed its release until '98 because he considered it unfinished until then.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Beach Boys / My Friend on: August 17, 2019, 08:15:04 AM

"I've Got A Friend", performed live from late '71 through mid '72.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Terry Melcher on: August 06, 2019, 07:49:49 AM
The Still Cruisin' album did go Gold, and eventually Platinum, though - presumably due to the inclusions of "Kokomo" and "Wipeout" (the latter of which, we must remember, was a No. 12 single in the States...and, shockingly, a No. 2 single in the U.K.).
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: August 04, 2019, 04:43:24 PM
What does the 'C' in C50 stand for?



I believe it’s celebration. 

Or it's from "C-Man", b/c I turned 50 that year.  Tongue
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Terry Melcher on: August 02, 2019, 09:08:35 AM
Getting a bit off-topic here, but there's one more non-U.S. session that comes to mind, although it's for a BW solo album:

Eric Clapton's guitar on "City Blues" was tracked at London's Olympic Studios. Reportedly, Eric was so excited about the session that he personally greeted Brian upon his arrival, opening the door for him. I know some find the guitar on that song to be overbearing or ill-fitting, but I think it fits well, even if it is "non BB-like": I think that's the whole point, and to me, that track is one of the highlights of that much-maligned album. And even though the composition is officially credited to just BW, back in late '81, Brian stated that he wrote the song with Dennis. Knowing that, I can't help but think that Dennis would be proud to know that a musician of Clapton's caliber was utilized on the recording!
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Terry Melcher on: August 02, 2019, 08:44:08 AM
Answers to other questions above:

Brian and Terry co-produced the early sessions for "RR to the R", but Terry got pissed when Landy pulled Brian out and sent him to Hawaii for a "stress test". That's why he doesn't have a co-production credit. Session documentation spans a date range of mid-March to early-April of '86.

Mike's vocals on "DFTS" were recorded in a hotel room in Toronto, Canada.

New parts were added to the single mix of "IIT" in hotel conference rooms in a few different cities along the C50 tour, the last of which was abroad - Oslo, Norway. Mike, Bruce, Al, Brian, and Jeff all sang at the Oslo session.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Terry Melcher on: August 02, 2019, 08:31:50 AM
I saw someone on here saying he produced Getcha Back...but i thought he just co-wrote it and Levine produced the whole album? Did he actually produce it or did someone just mis-speak on here? Wikipedia says Levine produced the song...could be wrong tho

I think they were arguing that he co-produced the song because of the way he helped with the vocals and getting the falsetto part out of Brian, etc.

That was me, and I guess it was my mistake… I for some reason I had thought that Terry produced that song in addition to cowriting it, but it appears I was wrong. But as you mentioned, it's possible there was some contribution by Terry during the recording of it from a production standpoint. At least that would be my guess.

C-man mentioned back earlier in the thread that Melcher was a sort of unofficial producer or co-producer on that track, and that Levine himself had mentioned Melcher's input on the recording, specifically mentioning cajoling Brian into doing the falsetto part.

I'd be curious to know how much Melcher was present during the recording of that album. I know they did a bunch of sessions in the UK in 1984, and then also some sessions back in LA. Fair to assume they probably did the "Getcha Back" sessions Melcher was present at during the LA sessions? I had forgotten Melcher was also credited with keyboards on "Getcha Back", which appears to be the only song he's on.

Yes, "Getcha Back" was cut in L.A., as were "She Believes In Love Again" and "I Do Love You". Melcher was only involved with "Getcha Back".
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Terry Melcher on: August 02, 2019, 08:29:56 AM
I saw someone on here saying he produced Getcha Back...but i thought he just co-wrote it and Levine produced the whole album? Did he actually produce it or did someone just mis-speak on here? Wikipedia says Levine produced the song...could be wrong tho

I think they were arguing that he co-produced the song because of the way he helped with the vocals and getting the falsetto part out of Brian, etc.

That was me, and I guess it was my mistake… I for some reason I had thought that Terry produced that song in addition to cowriting it, but it appears I was wrong. But as you mentioned, it's possible there was some contribution by Terry during the recording of it from a production standpoint. At least that would be my guess.

As I mentioned upthread, Steve Levine said Terry was a virtual co-producer on "Getcha Back" by virture of getting that amazing falsetto performance out of Brian, who was initially very reluctant to do it.
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: July 31, 2019, 11:57:00 AM
It's interesting to note when the band did or didn't use the touring band members in the studio. There were obviously a lot of variables at play, including availability and what type of sound they were looking for.

But it's interesting that, for instance, Bobby Figueroa didn't drum on any KTSA sessions while they turned to three other session drummers.



Yeah...Bobby and Eddie are both all over L.A., and Carli Munoz, Sterling Smith, and Mike Meros make contributions, too (as does Joe Chemay, who would play bass for them live later on). For KTSA, though, Eddie was only present on that one date, and that's just because his composition "Surfer Suzie" was tracked at the same session. Mike Meros, however, was present for many of those sessions, including the July dates with Wrecking Crew legends Blaine, Pohlman, and Randi. Carli Munoz was brought in for one overdub late in the sessions, though - interesting, because he'd left the road band by that point.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: July 31, 2019, 10:40:17 AM
How many sessions did Ricky play on after departing in 1974? Or was that a one off?

The way the KTSA album sessions worked, a group of musicians were employed for a run of several dates, after which other musicians might take over for the next stretch, and so on. This was probably due to availability (meaning, they were likely employed for, say, two weeks, after which they were unavailable due to other bookings, and so someone else had to be hired). Aside from the first two days at Western in July (when Hal Blaine drummed), the drum chair was occupied first by Gary Mallaber, then Ricky, and then finally Scott Mathews. As mentioned, Dennis was also there for Mallaber's first day (at Western), and returned later on for that abortive attempt at "Goin' To The Beach" (at Rumbo).

Bruce had previously used Ricky as drummer on sessions for David Cassidy, and may have hired him for KTSA at Carl's suggestion.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: July 31, 2019, 10:33:26 AM
I vaguely recall somebody on here(either c-man or Stebbins?) several years ago posting that there is evidence that Dennis actually isn't on Johnny B Goode after all. Does anybody remember that? Or maybe it was Andrew Doe that said it.

That was me, and it was actually "Endless Harmony" I was talking about. It appears that one AFM contract was filed for both "Endless Harmony" and "Goin' To The Beach". Both songs were worked on at Al's studio, but Dennis wasn't present for that. According to eyewitness reports, he WAS, however, present for a subsequent Rumbo overdub session for "Goin' To The Beach", which is why his name is on that contract. It seems the intent was for him to add a drum track, perhaps replacing Scott Mathews' original drums. According to reports, Dennis sat down at the kit, "made some noise", and was dismissed. Christine McVie reportedly accompanied him to this session. No report on her reaction.

Interesting. Thanks for all your hard work in figuring this stuff out, c-man. I really can't wait for that sessionography.

So what you're saying is that it seems that "Endless Harmony" does not have Denny on drums on it at all? If so, who is the drummer on that song?

It's interesting how if that's the case, it will change how I envision the song in my head, since after previously hearing it was Denny playing on EH, I'd then always visually pictured Denny playing on the EH as his last session for a BBs-penned song, but now that seems to not be the case.  What would be the last non-cover, BBs-penned song that Denny played on then?

Scott Mathews did the final drum track on "Endless Harmony". The last non-cover, BBs-penned song that Denny played on would seem to be "Stevie" (Dec 1980-Jan 1981).

Thanks, c-man. Wow. All the more reason why that song really needs to be properly released, apart from it being one of the best songs from this era, and the only Denny-produced or Denny-co-produced (is that correct?) Brian original. The Stevie drum fills have got a POB-sounding production touch.

Yes, Dennis co-produced "Stevie" with his friend Garby Leon.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: July 31, 2019, 10:21:01 AM
I vaguely recall somebody on here(either c-man or Stebbins?) several years ago posting that there is evidence that Dennis actually isn't on Johnny B Goode after all. Does anybody remember that? Or maybe it was Andrew Doe that said it.

That was me, and it was actually "Endless Harmony" I was talking about. It appears that one AFM contract was filed for both "Endless Harmony" and "Goin' To The Beach". Both songs were worked on at Al's studio, but Dennis wasn't present for that. According to eyewitness reports, he WAS, however, present for a subsequent Rumbo overdub session for "Goin' To The Beach", which is why his name is on that contract. It seems the intent was for him to add a drum track, perhaps replacing Scott Mathews' original drums. According to reports, Dennis sat down at the kit, "made some noise", and was dismissed. Christine McVie reportedly accompanied him to this session. No report on her reaction.

Interesting. Thanks for all your hard work in figuring this stuff out, c-man. I really can't wait for that sessionography.

So what you're saying is that it seems that "Endless Harmony" does not have Denny on drums on it at all? If so, who is the drummer on that song?

It's interesting how if that's the case, it will change how I envision the song in my head, since after previously hearing it was Denny playing on EH, I'd then always visually pictured Denny playing on the EH as his last session for a BBs-penned song, but now that seems to not be the case.  What would be the last non-cover, BBs-penned song that Denny played on then?

Scott Mathews did the final drum track on "Endless Harmony". The last non-cover, BBs-penned song that Denny played on would seem to be "Stevie" (Dec 1980-Jan 1981).
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: July 31, 2019, 08:08:05 AM
Anyways, anybody in the know *cough* c-man *cough* aware of whether Brian was heavily involved in this one or not? I would be surprised to learn if he wasn't. Actually in general I kinda wonder about Brian's participation on KTSA. He's obviously much more audible then he was on L.A. (Light Album) but I wonder if he was involved much instrumentally or vocally especially on the songs he didn't write.

Yes, and yes.
If it was Brian's idea to record a cover, then he was heavily involved instrumentally and vocally, and probably arrangement-wise: besides "Da Do Ron Ron", examples from those sessions are "School Days", "Little Girl", "Jamaica Farewell", "Stranded In The Jungle" (Brian actually produced the basic tracks for those four, under Bruce's "supervision", a few months before the bulk of the sessions started), "Johnny B. Goode", and "Smokey Places". Two that he apparently WASN'T involved with (at least instrumentally) were "I'll Always Love You" and the Bruce-driven re-recording of "Johnny B. Goode" two weeks after the Brian-driven original.


Holy sh!t! There were two versions of Johnny B. Goode? I want to hear both of them. One of those had Dennis on drums and was probably the last time Dennis played on a Beach Boys session. I think his other contribution was some percussion on Endless Harmony.
Do you know who played on the two JBG's, c-man? And in case you've heard them, could you describe what they sound like?


Johnny # 1:
Brian, Bruce, Mike Meros (keyboards), Carl (guitar), Dennis (drums), Gary Mallaber (drums), Bill House (guitar), Jerry Scheff (bass)

Johnny # 2:
John Hobbs (keyboards), Steve Ross (guitars), Bill House (guitar), Bryan Garofalo (bass), Ricky Fataar (drums)

I have not heard either version.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Get Well Brian on: July 31, 2019, 07:56:25 AM
I think he looks great here, for a 77 year old guy that's been through the ringer. There's a certain look in his eyes that I haven't seen in a while - almost a twinkle. Nice to see.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: July 31, 2019, 07:53:43 AM
I vaguely recall somebody on here(either c-man or Stebbins?) several years ago posting that there is evidence that Dennis actually isn't on Johnny B Goode after all. Does anybody remember that? Or maybe it was Andrew Doe that said it.

That was me, and it was actually "Endless Harmony" I was talking about. It appears that one AFM contract was filed for both "Endless Harmony" and "Goin' To The Beach". Both songs were worked on at Al's studio, but Dennis wasn't present for that. According to eyewitness reports, he WAS, however, present for a subsequent Rumbo overdub session for "Goin' To The Beach", which is why his name is on that contract. It seems the intent was for him to add a drum track, perhaps replacing Scott Mathews' original drums. According to reports, Dennis sat down at the kit, "made some noise", and was dismissed. Christine McVie reportedly accompanied him to this session. No report on her reaction.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: July 30, 2019, 11:58:20 PM
Da Doo Ron Ron:

Brian (piano), Bruce (Fender Rhodes), Mike Meros (piano & Moog), Ed Carter (guitar), Bill House (guitar), Jerry Scheff (bass), Gary Mallaber (drums)
Vocals were added later at Al's Big Sur ranch studio, with Carl on lead of course, and presumably Brian, Carl, Mike, Al, and Bruce on backgrounds.

19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Quentin Tarantino Prepping New Movie Tackling Manson Murders on: July 29, 2019, 09:54:06 AM

...so I questioned why the Manson/Tate elements were so prominently used to advertise the film.


Why? 'Cause that's how Hollyweird promotion works...whatever it takes to get tickets sold, exploit the hell out of that in the trailer. That's why catchy songs that don't appear at all in the actual features are sometimes used in the trailers, and why people with big names but relatively very small parts are often featured prominently in the promos. There's been a fair amount of interest in Manson and Tate all along, resurging again in the last few years, so of course that theme will get exploited.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Live Action Photos in Summer 2019 ESQ on: July 25, 2019, 11:56:49 PM
I took the pictures at the University Of Georgia on page 40. Guess there are no questions for me!

Um, sure!  Which song is Toni playing the Fender Rhodes on? (page 42)
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Terry Melcher on: July 25, 2019, 12:25:05 PM
Just wanted to say that the comments regarding the relative "blandness" of Terry's singing voice were only made in the context of comparison to Carl's obviously stellar singing voice, and pertain to which of the two might be singing those lines in "SNJ".  Smiley
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Terry Melcher on: July 25, 2019, 11:41:12 AM
Just to add a bit to GF's post directly above - even prior to Melcher's production of "California Dreamin'" for The Boys, he was partly responsible for getting them back on the airwaves and on MTV a year earlier, with "Getcha Back". Although officially produced by Steve Levine, Terry cowrote the song, and according to Levine, was a kind of unofficial producer. For one thing, he prodded Brian into singing that fantastic falsetto line, when probably nobody else could have.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Terry Melcher on: July 25, 2019, 10:14:26 AM
Thanks, Jude. Nice to see this included:

And Special Thanks to the Beach Boys Band for Still Cruisin’ with us after all these years – Ed Carter, Bass/Vocals; Mike Kowalski, Drums; Billy Hinsche, Piano/Vocals; Michael Meros, Keyboards/Organ; Jeff Foskett, Guitar/Vocals; Matthew Jardine, Percussion/Vocals.
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Terry Melcher on: July 25, 2019, 08:58:55 AM
Discussion of the 1989 tracks also reminds how weirdly minimal and selective the sleeve credits on the "Still Crusin'" album are. It's almost like someone at the last second called around to the guys in the band and snagged the credits they could, but didn't get much, and what they got was still vastly incomplete.

1. STILL CRUISIN’
(Melcher/Love)
Copyright © 1989 by Daywin Music, Inc. administered by Careers Music, Inc./ Clairoudient Music Corporation (BMI) All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Produced by Terry Melcher
Engineered and Mixed by Keith Wechsler
Recorded at The Red Barn, Big Sur, CA;
4th Street Recording, Santa Monica, CA
From “Lethal Weapon 2”

2. SOMEWHERE NEAR JAPAN
(Phillips/Melcher/Love/Johnston)
Copyright © 1989 by Phillips-Tucker Music / Daywin Music, Inc. administered by Careers Music, Inc./ Clairoudient Music Corporation / Bruce Johnston Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Produced by Terry Melcher
Engineered and Mixed by Keith Wechsler
Recorded at The Red Barn, Big Sur, CA;
4th Street Recording, Santa Monica, CA

3. ISLAND GIRL (I’m Gonna Make Her Mine)
(Alan Jardine)
Copyright © by Jardine Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Produced by Alan Jardine, A Red Barn Production
Engineers: Billy Moss, Don Weiss
Recorded at The Red Barn, Big Sur, CA; Vintage Records
Mixed at Capitol Records
With Special Thanks to Leslie Ann Jones and the E-MERGEN-C
Vocals by Carl Wilson, Alan Jardine, Mike Love
Synth programming by James Grunke
Additional Background Vocals: Matt Jardine, Adam Jardine, Jeff Foskett


4. IN MY CAR
(Wilson/Landy/Morgan)
Copyright © 1989 by Beach Bum Music / Beachhead Music, Inc. (BMI/ASCAP) All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Produced by Brian Wilson and Eugene E. Landy (for “Brains And Genius”)
Mixed by Brian Wilson and Mark Linett
All Keyboards and Synthesizers played by Brian Wilson
Music and Vocal Arrangements by Brian Wilson
Programming and Computers by Michael Bernard
Guitar: Joseph Brasler
Drums: Vinnie Colautia

Recorded and Mixed at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles
Engineered by Mark Linett
Production Coordination by Andrew Dean
Assistant to Brian Wilson: Kevin S. Leslie
Brian Wilson plays Young Chang Pianos

5. KOKOMO
(Phillips/Love/Melcher/McKenzie)
Copyright © 1988 by Walt Disney Music Company / Wonderland Music Company, Inc. / Honest John Music / Clairoudient Music Corporation / Daywin Music, Inc. / Phillips-Tucker Music (ASCAP/BMI) All rights administered by Walt Disney Music Company and Wonderland Music Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Produced by Terry Melcher
Engineered and Mixed by Keith Wechsler
Recorded at 4th Street Recording, Santa Monica, CA
Mastered at Precision Lacquer by Stephen Marcussen
From “Cocktail”

6. WIPE OUT*
(The Surfaris)
Copyright © 1963, 1987 by Miraleste Music Co. / Robin Hood Music Co. (BMI) All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Produced by Albert Cabrera and Tony Moran (Little Rascals)
In association with The Beach Boys
Co-Produced by Darren Robinson and Damon Wimbley
(With The Fat Boys)

7. MAKE IT BIG
(Melcher/House/Love)
Copyright © 1989 by Daywin Music, Inc. administered by Careers Music, Inc./ Clairoudient Music Corporation (BMI) All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Produced by Terry Melcher
Engineered and Mixed by Keith Wechsler
Acoustic Guitar: Carl Wilson, Al Jardine
Recorded at The Red Barn, Big Sur, CA;
4th Street Recording, Santa Monica, CA
From “Troop Beverly Hills”

And then the only other recording data we get is this at the end:

Additional Background Vocals: Matt Jardine, Adam Jardine, Suzie Renner, Jeff Foskett

Recorded at 4th Street Recording, Santa Monica, CA
Sound Solutions, Santa Monica, CA
Soundworks, New York, NY
The Red Barn, Big Sur, CA
Ryan Recording, Carmel, CA

So, out of the seven non-oldie songs on the album, the only vocal or instrumental credits we got were lead and backing vocal credits on "Island Girl" (though incomplete in not mentioning that Brian is also on backing vocals on that one), musician credits on "In My Car" (but ironically *no* credits for Carl and Al adding lead vocals), and *only* acoustic guitar credits for Carl and Al on "Make It Big" (wtf?), and then tagged on "Additional Background Vocal" credits not pertaining to any specific song.

Wow, Jude, that's fantastic! As incomplete as the credits on your copy of Still Cruisin' are, they are VASTLY more complete than those on my copies! I bought the CD upon release and the LP a very short time later (days or weeks)...my CD contains only the one thin insert with pleasant graphics and the barest of composition and production credits. The LP contains even less, with a generic white paper inner sleeve. Call yourself fortunate to have what you have!
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Terry Melcher on: July 25, 2019, 01:48:35 AM
Those two lines on SNJ absolutely sound like Carl. It's possible Terry is the second voice on those lines, but I'm having a hard time believing that's not Carl.

I might be going too far down the hypothetical road here, but I wonder how history would have changed if Terry, instead of Bruce, joined the band in 1965. I've personally never felt like Bruce's voice is very Beach Boy-y. It always stands out in a somewhat jarring way to me as part of the blend. Terry might not be as good of a singer, but I feel like his voice would have blended less noticeably.

I know Bruce originally was added to replace Brian's falsetto, but that never really came to fruition. It also seems as though Terry was busier than Bruce in those years, so it's all moot anyway.

Bruce was added to replace Brian's falsetto onstage, which DID come to fruition, at least on some songs (Al continued to sing the falsetto line on some songs, Bruce on others).  But Bruce DID sing the falsetto part on the opening cut of his very first album with the Beach Boys.  Smiley
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