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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: New to the board on: February 04, 2021, 02:50:57 PM
As an aside, I just realize my reply moments ago was posted under my real name and not the one I've previously posted in...strange! How did that happen?
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: New to the board on: February 04, 2021, 02:45:05 PM
I don't know about a grilled cheese, but if cheese and bread is what you're after, La Rocco's pizza is only about 4 miles away and it's pretty good!
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Your Favorite Non-BBs Christmas Album on: December 04, 2020, 06:18:38 AM
My vote probably goes to the Jackson 5 "Christmas Album"
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Unpopular Beach Boys opinions on: August 22, 2020, 02:26:39 PM
Lots of opinions here, and being a new member I'm not going to sift through all 63 pages at the moment. But some probably unpopular opinions that come to mind right away for me:
*Not only is SMiLE (as we know it anyway) not as good as Pet Sounds, but Smiley Smile is front-to-back a significantly better album. I'll concede that several of SMiLE's best songs and moments top Smiley Smile's, but as a total package, I'd take Smiley Smile over SMiLE easily.
*Marcella is one of my least favorite Beach Boys songs of the 70's. I'd probably rank it as the worst on Carl & The Passions.
*As much as I love Pet Sounds--which is a LOT--sonically (mono especially), I don't get the praise it's been given for the actual recording itself. To me, it doesn't sound very good.
*I have no issues with the disco version of "Here Comes The Night" and actually kind of like it.
*I don't think it's unpopular to say that "From There to Back Again" is one of the best songs on TWGMTR, but I think it's potentially a top-10 song of the entire Beach Boys (group and solo) catalogue.
*I'm OK with auto-tune. Let me explain...For all the complaints about auto-tune on latter-day Beach Boys/solo studio and live stuff, when it comes to studio recordings, I've come to realize that if some auto-tune helps a singer/songwriter bring a tune to life by singing in their own voice, while fixing its age-related imperfections, I'm ok with it. I don't view the use of Auto-Tune on a 70-something Brian Wilson the same I would for a 20 year old pop star. In other words, if that what it takes for some of the stuff to get created and released, I'd rather hear it slightly touched up than never put out for us to hear.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / 21st Century Beach Boys Albums / Re: Made In California on: August 19, 2020, 03:04:24 PM
New member here, first post (hello!), with a question I've had basically since the MIC set came out. With a lot of the hype for this box set being about including a few (and even about not including other) Dennis tracks, was there any consideration to giving space to any of Mike's, Carl's, or Bruce's solo stuff? I'm not sure how easily that would work with Bruce's and Carl's, since their recordings are from other record labels, but as much as I agree that Dennis's solo material is largely preferred to that of the other guys, I wonder if there was even any discussion from the guys to include some of their stuff (previously released or no) on the set as well?  Additionally, I wonder how (or if) any of that kind of tracklist negotiations may play into the Feel Flows set debacle--though I'm not aware of any of the other members having any solo stuff of note from that period to consider.
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