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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Sea Hear Now Festival, Asbury Park NJ September 17 on: February 07, 2023, 03:51:52 PM
The Beach Boys are playing this big NJ festival headlined by The Killers and Foo Fighters. Pretty high profile gig for Mike and Bruce

2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Tidbit on the Televised Beach Boys Tribute Concert on: January 27, 2023, 06:24:05 PM
I wonder if Brian, Mike, Al, and Bruce (also maybe David?) will do a few songs together, at least Brian and Al seem to be winding down in terms of their performing days, might be the last time they ever appear together as a group which would be a special thing.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Sail On Sailor Box Set: Official Sessionography on: January 19, 2023, 08:36:59 AM
Is Ricky not singing on “Funky Pretty”? I always thought he was part of that round with Al, Blondie, and Mike:

where's my spark in the dark? - Al
Glow glow glow c’mon glow - Ricky
The funky pretty flame in my heart - Blondie
Me and my Pisces lady are apart - Mike

But I can see how that could just also be Blondie.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Sail On Sailor Box Set: Official Sessionography on: January 14, 2023, 03:22:44 PM
Laughed at Carl “Cookie” Wilson, never occurred to me that was Carl doubling himself on “Mess of Help”, I never really questioned what that was but it makes for a cool effect!
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Heroes and Villains in new Disney+ Mickey Mouse documentary on: January 06, 2023, 09:15:51 AM
The bonus instrumental track from Brian Wilson presents Smile is used as background music around 20 minutes in to “Mickey: The Story of a Mouse” and I was completely thrown when it started playing, I recognized it immediately!

EDIT: and perhaps not coincidentally, a photo of Brian Wilson wearing a Mickey Mouse T-shirt also appears in a montage later in the documentary.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Sail On Sailor box set on: December 20, 2022, 07:35:37 PM
This set also leads me to ask why was We Got Love left off Holland?  That could have been a staple on FM radio.

We Got Love was on the version of Holland that was rejected by Warner Bros. because they felt it lacked a good single. The album originally led off with Steamboat (which while a fine song is fairly mellow to be an opening track on a Beach Boys album) and We Got Love ended Side 1, coming after California Saga. When Sail On Sailor was added as the opening track, We Got Love was taken off to make room, though apparently some early German pressings came out with the original rejected track listing by mistake.

But clearly the band really liked the song, they kept it in their set list until Ricky left the group and including it on the In Concert album probably gave some incentive for fans to hear a “new song”.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Jeff Beck Album w/ BB & Dennis Wilson Covers on: June 23, 2022, 09:08:23 AM
Ugh, Depp is such a gross creep. This doesn’t interest me. It’s a shame Beck’s collaboration with Brian fizzled out.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: Is the SMiLE Sessions [disc 1] just an official fanmix, not a finished version? on: June 21, 2022, 07:35:45 PM
I wouldn't call it a fan mix as Mark Linett and Alan Boyd had already been working with The Beach Boys for over a decade by that point, I think they were looking at the sequencing from a professional lens and not based on personal preference (though I'm sure personal preferences do come through, they still had Brian's approval and he trusted them). It was mostly based with a few exceptions on the 2004 sequence that Brian and his band had put together and that is the true finished version. Linett and Boyd wisely chose to use that as a blueprint since no other complete version of Smile ever existed, definitely not in 1966/67.

It's also worth noting that they occasionally used elements recorded in 66/67 that didn't appear in Brian's 2004 version, like the instrumental tags to My Only Sunshine and Vegetables, the Twelfth Street Rag part of Look, and the piano/vocal intro of Child is Father of the Man so while they mainly used the 2004 sequence, they still honored the original recordings as much as possible.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (2019 Brent Wilson Documentary) on: June 10, 2022, 03:55:45 AM
Long Promised Road is airing on PBS (US TV) this coming Tuesday as part of their American Masters series.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2022 Tour Thread (Plus Archived 2021) on: June 08, 2022, 08:22:44 AM
Glad Blondie’s singing Wild Honey again. He absolutely kills on that song and I never thought his voice fit Feel Flows which he’d been doing instead for a while.
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: She & Him (Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward): BW Tribute Tour on: May 17, 2022, 09:59:24 AM
Their next single is a cover of “Darlin’”, I wonder if a full tribute album is to follow!
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Sounds of Summer 6LP Announced on: May 01, 2022, 06:50:50 PM
Some of the track selections for Discs 2 and 3 are surprising for sure, some of them just baffling.

It’s interesting to also note how much The Beach Boys compilations change over the years. The original companion disc to Sounds of Summer was The Warmth of the Sun but there are a lot of songs that appeared on that collection that are not included here.

Songs on The Warmth of the Sun not on expanded Sounds of Summer:
Catch a Wave, Hawaii, Little Honda, 409, Then I Kissed Her, Please Let Me Wonder (that’s a glaring omission), The Little Girl I Once Knew, Break Away, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Cool Cool Water, Don’t Go Near the Water, California Dreamin’

Personally I would at least trade Pom Pom Play Girl, Farmer’s Daughter, San Miguel, Everyone’s In Love With You, and Where I Belong for Please Let Me Wonder, The Little Girl I Once Knew, Break Away, Cool Cool Water, and California Dreamin’.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 25th Anniversary Special 03/1987 on: March 31, 2022, 02:39:34 PM
That “concert” was such an embarrassing and overblown spectacle in retrospect, and whoever came up with the idea for Joe Piscopo (who was already a few years past his SNL prime at that point) to do multiple comedy interludes, I sincerely hope they were fired.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Cabinessence questions on: March 08, 2022, 04:35:12 PM
I was listening to Nancy Wilson’s score for Almost Famous and noticed that two of her themes, “Cabin by the River” and “Cabin in the Air” are both heavily influenced by Cabin Essence. Really cool!
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: ?? Mike Love saying Sounds of Summer 3-cd set is coming on: January 31, 2022, 04:51:18 PM
It would be cool if they did a DVD release like The Beatles did with their 1 reissue a few years back, collecting some of the old TV performances and promo films. I think the Beach Boys are overdue for a video collection of sorts.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Welcome Back! on: January 14, 2022, 10:40:13 PM
Phew, thought you guys were gone for good!

I was sad I couldn't mourn Ronnie Spector's passing with everyone here. A sad time in the music world and in the world of the Beach Boys too, as she was so hugely influential for them, Brian especially.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Is it fair to call for an artist to quit? on: December 02, 2021, 10:40:23 AM
Thanks for your well thought out post, positivemusic.

I will say that of the concerts I've been to in the last five years, only at one have I seen Brian disinterested (Pet Sounds tour). The rest of the concerts he has been engaged with the audience, and seemingly happy to be there (especially the most recent one I went to right before the Covid shutdown). And those positive concerts sounded amazing - people all around us having an awesome time. I was fortunate enough to meet Brian backstage at one concert and he had the biggest smile on his face when he greeted me...He didn't at all seem disinterested to be there. I've seen Brian perform soundchecks where he is totally into directing the band through certain songs - he is in control, and it looks like he loves every minute of it.

That’s surprising to hear. The last two times I saw him, on the Christmas album tour in 2018 and The Zombies tour in 2019, he wasn’t engaged at all and it just made me sad. I’ve seen him many times and I decided then that I wouldn’t see him again. I don’t think it’s necessarily that he doesn’t want to be there, I’m not worried about him being exploited or anything like that, I trust that he’s in good hands. I think he’s just too old and tired at this point to give an engaging performance. I love the band too but if Brian is just going to sit motionless at the keyboard when he doesn’t have a lead vocal, it’s honestly just uncomfortable to watch.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) on: December 01, 2021, 10:05:55 PM
I really do not like the new recording of “Long Promised Road”. I’ve enjoyed when Blondie sings it in the live shows but the recording just seems poorly mixed and the vocal blend on the chorus sounds sloppy. Given that it’s the title of the movie, I was expecting something better.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian going on tour with Chicago next summer on: November 30, 2021, 01:57:33 PM
I wonder if they’ll have Al sing some Chicago songs and Robert Lamm sing some Beach Boys songs like they did in the old days.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Billy Hinsche 1951-2021 on: November 20, 2021, 06:55:26 PM
So sad to hear about this. A talented singer and musician and so important to The Beach Boys legacy, probably should have been made an official member at some point. Definitely gone too soon.

Sail on, Billy…
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Who here wants a Beach Boys version of Disney+'s 'Get Back'? on: November 16, 2021, 08:10:23 PM
There’s not a lot of film footage of The Beach Boys in the studio at their peak. I don’t think they ever allowed anyone to document them as extensively as The Beatles did during that time.  The only thing I could think of that might be cool is the raw footage from the 1976 TV special if it exists, if there’s more of that concert for instance and more rehearsal and interview footage, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s enough for a full-length documentary there.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love just announced a \ on: October 07, 2021, 07:55:02 PM
I thought The Monkees were done after their current tour dates but I guess money talks. From what I’ve seen though, Nesmith doesn’t look too well these days. He can’t play guitar anymore and walks with a cane. I figured they were wrapping up so that he could retire.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 60th Anniversary Tour on: October 01, 2021, 09:31:57 AM
I think the chances of such a tour are very poor to begin with. As for The Honeys, they’ve been retired from performing for many years, at least Marilyn has, and it might also bring back painful memories with the way her and Brian’s marriage dissolved.
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 04, 2021, 06:02:56 AM
Personally, I would love them to go with more of the lyrical nod to the project naming (a la Sunshine Tomorrow), though I suppose I can understand why they wouldn't.

Ooh they could call the next one “Beyond Tomorrow”.
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 03, 2021, 03:45:01 PM
California Saga would also be a good simple but appropriate title.
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