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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2019 Tour Thread on: October 11, 2019, 06:23:29 AM
Has Jeff been supporting the Todd Rundgren/Micky Dolenz/Christopher Cross/etc. White Album tour shows? Think I spot him in this pic here.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: September 27, 2019, 06:56:08 AM
Was also at the Beacon show, don’t want to take the time to write a full review, but wanted to note here that after the show was over, none other than Bruce Johnston came out from backstage to talk to someone as things were getting packed up. Also, while a group of us were lurking around the buses afterwards, spotted Scott Totten and Tim Bonhomme coming out of a side exit as well. (No other Beach Boy sightings though, unfortunately…) They must have headed over to Brian’s show right after their performance at the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards Gala.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: September 13, 2019, 05:11:26 PM
- Brian thanked many people, including Kevin Leslie, who Brian said was in the audience. I was not expecting that. I don't know the details of their relationship, but as always, Brian is an especially kind and forgiving soul.

4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2019 Tour Thread on: August 24, 2019, 02:06:27 PM
Highlight of my meet and great with Mike and Bruce tonight.... asking Bruce if he had tried the new Popeyes chicken sandwich. Actually answered saying no he hadn’t but he had read about it and was really looking forward to trying it.  LOL

LOL Love hearing Bruce’s take on the topics of the day
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: The new Beach Boys shows are a spectacle on: August 21, 2019, 09:06:08 AM
Not a fan of the guitar routine. Did not enjoy seeing it at the show I attended recently.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Salesman 1967: Craig Smith, Mike Nesmith, and Mike Love...and Brian? on: August 19, 2019, 11:31:17 AM
Saw on Facebook that the preorder is up for the official reissue of Apache & Inca (mastered from vinyl sources according to other posts). CD & LP versions will be available, each limited to 500 copies.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1998/1999 unreleased Al Jardine album on: August 19, 2019, 09:12:12 AM
Middle of Nowhere, Waves of Love and Jenny Clover are available on Larry's Soundcloud page:

Anyone know if the “Middle Of Nowhere” is the same version that was released on an ESQ freebie CD of yesteryear?
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1998/1999 unreleased Al Jardine album on: August 19, 2019, 09:11:04 AM
Thanks for the context, HeyJude. Very interesting. Are there any books that have good coverage of this time period? I’m not super knowledgeable about this era beyond simply that there was a lot of drama. (Although, I suppose that could be said for any era of the BBs history.)
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1998/1999 unreleased Al Jardine album on: August 18, 2019, 08:05:28 AM
I should have checked Bellagio, this is already discussed on Hard for me to keep track of all of Al’s unreleased stuff…
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / 1998/1999 unreleased Al Jardine album on: August 17, 2019, 09:21:45 PM
Ended up on a Saturday night Wayback Machine bender and came across this press release from 1998 about Al teaming up with Matt and Adam to record an environmentally-themed album. Thought I’d pass it along in case anyone else isn’t familiar with this and finds it interesting. Obviously the project never came to fruition, but it sounds like they were getting relatively deep into the recording and planning of it. I think I’ve heard “Islands in the Sun” brought up here before, so apologies if I’m rehashing any old topics (or common fan knowledge).

Beach Boy Al Jardine Teams
With Sons, Matt And Adam On First Solo Effort

Environmental Theme Includes
Benefit for the Manatee Foundation

Big Sur, CA (June 8, 1998) Al Jardine, of the legendary Beach Boys, is collaborating with his two oldest sons Matt, 31 and Adam, 27 to record an album that will encourage listeners to live in better harmony with their natural surroundings. The project, co-produced by the Jardine's and executive producer Michael Utley (who produced more than nine albums for Jimmy Buffett), has yet to be named. Although Matt has toured with The Beach Boys since 1988, singing Brian Wilson's falsetto parts and now the late Carl Wilson's vocals, this is the first time Al has formally recorded a solo project and also a first with his sons.

Looking to a Spring '99 release, 'The Jardines' album will include uniquely personal songs written and performed by all three men. The synergistic glue lies within their agreement on a harmonic focal point, which is punctuated with each of their unique musical influences. Al's love for folksy, classic rock ën roll mixed with Matt's adult contemporary light rock bent and youngest collaborator Adam's edgy angst-tinged writing flavor blend into a smoothly appealing artistic endeavor. All three will contribute their own penned songs and provide vocals. Several members of The Beach Boys band (Mike Kowalski, Mike Meros, Ed Carter, Billy Hinsche) are on stand by to begin recording late June or early July. Three members of the Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, Greg 'Fingers' Taylor, Robert Grinwich and Michael Utley will sweeten some of the tracks with their unique Caribbean flavored character sound.

Al was inspired to put the project together when last in Florida he saw a public service announcement on which Jimmy Buffett was speaking of the endangered Floridian manatee. During a visit in Key West with his family, the trio put down a few vocal tracks in Buffett's studio. The song, penned by The Jardines, is a 'Kokomo' flavored up-tempo ballad titled 'Islands in the Sun.' Matt's lead vocals not remind us of a romantic getaway to the Caribbean, but remind us that we need to 'live in harmony with the fishes in the deep blue sea.' The Jardine's have been discussing a possible benefit with Key West City officials and are looking to produce a concert for the Manatee Foundation, for which Jimmy Buffet serves as spokesperson.

Recording is currently underway at the Jardine's Big Sur ranch studio and some cuts will be produced in Buffet's Florida studio. The Jardine album will include a remake of Jimmy Buffet's 'Pirate Looks at 40,' which reminisces of a man's first encounter with the ocean. A new version of Al's 'California Saga' (The Beach Boys ëHolland,' 1970), which he originally wrote as an ode to author John Steinbeck whose classic stories took place in Jardine's native northern California, will also be recorded. 'Wish' is a cut that Larry D'Voskin and Al wrote together (D'Voskin's penning of 'Stop,' recorded by Meredith Brooks, is currently the #1 requested song on Top 40 radio). The ballad was inspired by Jardine's wish to fulfill the band's relationship with Brian when he decided to cease touring with the band in 1966.

Both Jardine sons have not only grown up around the business, but have been musically creative in their own rights. Matt claims that his younger brother is an undiscovered talent. 'He's just beginning to step into his own style of creativity. We made music in different ways. He stayed home and wrote songs; I was on the road and interacting with other musicians. He' s got incredible songwriting ideas. He has the potential to really be a force in the future of music. We both do.' Adam's original contemporary songs include 'Tell Me,' 'Shooting Star' and 'Beauty Day.' Each are up-tempo ballads, which his dad explains are 'written with a mix of teenage angst and tortured lyrics that make you remember all you went through in high school.'

Aside from touring with The Beach Boys, Matt has an ongoing collaboration with Beach Boys sax player Ritchie Canata. The duo have been recording what Matt describes as some 'pretty edgy stuff,' although they have never put it together into an album. 'One of songs from those sessions, 'Middle of Nowhere' is a persona favorite of mine,' says Al, 'it could be a real hit recorded as a Jardine-family project.' Matt is an accomplished percussionist who says that his memories of being a five-year old banging a tambourine on the stage with his dad is what gave him the performance bug. 'My mother told me that when I got on the stage to sing 'Barbara Ann' with the guys, I would purposely ignore her frantic gesturing stage-side to come back. There's something about the energy I really loved. It was just magical. '

Al Jardine met Brian Wilson at Hawthorne High School in Southern California in 1961, when together with brothers Carl, Dennis and cousin Mike Love, they formed The Beach Boys. One of the world's most loved and popular rock ën roll bands in history, the band has toured consistently for 36 years, through the passing of drummer Dennis and recently his brother Carl. Today, the Beach Boys songs receive more airplay than even The Beatles. Coincidentally, Paul McCartney claimed that The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' album inspired them to record 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.' Al Jardine has communicated his concern for the environment throughout his career through his song writing and alignment with organizations that include GreenPeace, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Pfeiffer Beach Defense Fund, the Natural Resource Defense Fund and Robert Redford's 'Save the Redwoods.' Both Adam and Matt are graduates of Carmel High School the classes of '89 and '85, respectively.
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11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2019 Tour Thread on: August 16, 2019, 06:15:13 PM
Looks like Rob Bonfiglio is filling in for Ike...

That’s cool, wouldn’t have expected Rob to be fluid between the different camps.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Vote for a ORANGE CRATE ART vinyl release on: August 09, 2019, 10:10:31 AM
Looks like Orange Crate Art lost out to With These Hands by Alejandro Escovedo in the Run Out Groove poll. Good news for VDP’s planned reissue I suppose.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 12 Side of Summer - Review on: July 22, 2019, 10:34:17 AM
I find it weird that on the CD they’re really diligent listing all the instrumental/technical credits but forget to mention any of the songwriting credits. I think this was the case for Reason For The Season too. Not claiming any sort of grand conspiracy or anything, just seems like a weird oversight.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike working on yet another new album on: July 18, 2019, 07:10:44 PM
I switched the settings on Spotify so that I use the Australian version. 

Smart move. I’m just going to wait till midnight my time to be disappointed LOL
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike working on yet another new album on: July 18, 2019, 03:12:33 PM
Anyone overseas enjoying 12SOS yet? Grin
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike working on yet another new album on: July 15, 2019, 05:32:06 AM
Anyone know if 12 Sides of Summer will be released on vinyl?

The ad for the album on the back of the latest issue of ESQ says “CD/DIGITAL/VINYL,” but I haven’t seen any pre-order links anywhere for a vinyl version.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Vote for a ORANGE CRATE ART vinyl release on: July 10, 2019, 10:02:50 AM

Run Out Groove is a vinyl reissue label (a division of Rhino/Warner) that lets fans vote among 3 titles to decide their next release. Orange Crate Art is one of this month’s candidates. Vote away folks! The website says it would be the first time the album would be available on vinyl.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike working on yet another new album on: July 05, 2019, 12:36:44 PM
I can’t help but think this album would have been a great opportunity for Mike to reclaim “Almost Summer” and bring it back into setlists. Not that a 2019 recording of “Almost Summer” would be particularly revelatory, but it would at least be more interesting than another remake of “Surfin’” and could have introduced casual fans to the song.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike working on yet another new album on: July 05, 2019, 12:32:59 PM
Four producers: Courtesey of new ESQ

Michael Lloyd: It's OK
Sam Hollander: California Beach, Over and Over, On and On and On, Surfin', Surfin' Safari
Scott Totten: Here Comes The Sun, Rockaway Beach, Keepin' The Summer Alive, California Sun, Summertime Blues
Paul Fauerso: The Girl From Ipanema

I'm hoping that since Surfin' Safari and Surfin' are by Hollander and not Lloyd, they might be a bit more listenable than the UTL remakes...

That’s awesome that Mike and Paul Fauerso are still collaborating, even if it’s not on an original.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike working on yet another new album on: June 28, 2019, 10:04:29 AM
Download/streaming services appear to be using the album artwork for this single (instead of the single artwork from Mike’s video). If anyone sees a version for sale on a download service using the single artwork, let me know. (I have a problem.)
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Big Beat 1963 on: June 16, 2019, 07:15:38 AM
The Big Beat 1963 now appears to be unavailable for downloading/streaming on any service as far as I can tell. Has this been the case for a while? Wonder why was it taken down?
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: CD Availability Question (Analogue Productions) on: June 12, 2019, 01:20:31 PM
I had the same question about Holland about a year ago and I asked around on this or another board and I was told that although “We Got Love” doesn’t appear on the track listing, it appears on the actual disc. I went ahead and got a copy and lo and behold, “We Got Love” appeared as an extra hidden track. So I believe you can still get a copy with “We Got Love” on it. (It’s possible I just got lucky I suppose.) Like you, I remember back when AP originally advertised “We Got Love” appearing on the CD, not sure why they removed all references to it and turned it into some sort of mystery later on.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: “A Postcard from California” 2019 Reissues on: June 07, 2019, 09:10:52 AM
This is no longer mentioned on Al’s website. Hope it’s still coming despite this…
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Echo in the Canyon (New documentary w/ Brian interview) on: June 05, 2019, 05:48:52 PM
Just saw the film, pretty solid watch. As noted, there is a nice segment of the film dedicated to The Beach Boys/Brian, and they include a couple of clips from an interview Jakob did with Brian. They also brought Brian into the studio to play piano on “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” with Jakob and his backing band, although it’s unclear if any of the recording was used in the movie or the soundtrack, they quickly cut to different footage that didn’t have Brian there. If anyone picked up the soundtrack please report back if Brian is credited as playing on that version. Also, oddly enough, the film includes Roger McGuinn briefly recounting the story of “Ding Dang” which was pretty funny. Not sure it was an essential inclusion in the film but I appreciated it. Also at one point, Lou Adler takes credit for bringing an acetate of Pet Sounds to England and playing it to Andrew Loog-Oldham and Paul McCartney, which I don’t think I have heard offered up before.
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike working on yet another new album on: May 29, 2019, 02:16:06 PM
As folks here helped to document, after initially releasing "Unleash the Love" with a sticker that used the BB trademark logo and referred to Mike as "lyricist of the Beach Boys", when it hit vinyl the sticker was redesigned without the logo and changed the reference to "a lyricist of...":

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