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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Al Jardine - The Unsung Hero of BASS GUITAR on: February 20, 2018, 07:13:56 AM
Where can I hear the re-recording of Cal Saga?
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Questions about the demise of Smile on: February 20, 2018, 07:11:55 AM
Carl and Denny's tracks? Never heard of them contributing songs to Smile. What songs are they?
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Al Jardine - The Unsung Hero of BASS GUITAR on: February 19, 2018, 11:23:40 AM
Al Jardine is often recognized as one of the most important vocalists and guitarists in The Beach Boys music, but his bass playing contributions are also very impressive. He played a lot of the signature bass lines, with a great feel and tone (provided by playing with a pick- like Ray Pohlman and Carol Kaye, who get most of the praise)

His impressive credits include

Catch A Wave, Wendy, I Get Around (doubled by Ray Pohlman and Glen Campbell), Fun Fun Fun, All Summer Long, She Knows Me Too Well, as well as many other classics. If you go back and listen to those records, you can see that Al was actually quite an accomplished bassist.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike & Bruce 2018 Tour Thread on: February 16, 2018, 07:20:26 AM
Sounds rough!

Does anyone have an opinion on who was the best bassist in Mike's band? Not in terms of bass playing and singing, but just playing bass. So far we've had Chris Farmer, Randell Kirsch, and Ike.

While I'm at it, I think Scott and John are the best lead guitarist and drummer Mike's band has ever had.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike & Bruce 2018 Tour Thread on: February 15, 2018, 09:23:17 AM
While I admire Adrian Baker's overall musicianship, I do not like him as the lead falsetto singer for The Beach Boys! His falsettos, to my ears, usually sounded fine in the blend, but when it was a falsetto lead vocal, there were a lot of pitch issues.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love - Unleash the Love - Due November 17 - w/ 2nd Disc of BB Remakes on: February 14, 2018, 07:30:52 AM
I think Mike's solo release would face controversy and criticism, regardless of the re-records or not, just due to his personality and actions over the years. I do think the album would have gotten better reception among fans if it didn't have the re recordings. I actually like the new version of Getcha Back more than the old one, despite the vocal processing. New words and arrangement are really cool. I also really love Wild Honey, Warmth Of The Sun, Brian's Back, Wouldn't It Be Nice, and the chorus of California Girls (not the verses!) from the re-record disc. I could go the rest of my life without listening to the rest of the re-recordings.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike & Bruce 2018 Tour Thread on: February 14, 2018, 07:27:16 AM
I was never a huge fan of Ike's falsetto. It had a certain tone to it that I didn't like. I'll take Foskett and Matt Jardine over him. I like Randell Kirsch's falsetto too. I'm hoping he'll take some of the falsetto leads, so there isn't as much strain on Foskett's voice. 

As for the bass playing, I can't tell too much of a difference between Ike and Kirsch, but they both seem to do the job.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike & Bruce 2018 Tour Thread on: February 12, 2018, 10:15:15 AM
Has anyone ever confirmed Stamos' guitar being inaudible? Because in that recent Mardi Gras show, in between songs he strummed his guitar which produced sound. Although, I always assumed he was inaudible.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike & Bruce 2018 Tour Thread on: February 12, 2018, 07:22:15 AM
Christian has no stage presence, but his voice sounds remarkably like Carl.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: February 12, 2018, 07:21:02 AM
Do any pictures exist from when Dean Torrence filled in for Bruce Johnston in the early 2000's?
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike & Bruce 2018 Tour Thread on: February 11, 2018, 07:23:06 PM
I'm a huge fan of the current touring group, but I will agree this particular performance sounded rough. I wish Randell would have sung Don't Worry Baby instead of Foskett. I like his take on that song better.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Who sings what in touring groups? on: February 11, 2018, 02:44:43 PM
I know who sings each band member's respective lead parts, I was more curious about who sings what in the harmony stack.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike & Bruce 2018 Tour Thread on: February 10, 2018, 11:56:08 PM
I'm very interested as to what the current line up is...

I was watching videos of the Universal Mardi Gras gig from Feb 10, and yes, Bruce was there. But so was Randell Kirsch, not Ike, and Christian Love, as well as John Stamos. Nothing will compare to C50, but having Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Scott Totten, Christian Love, John Cowsill, Randell Kirsch, Jeff Foskett, Tim Bonhamme, and Randy Leago is one hell of a band. What happened to Ike though I'm curious?
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1970: The Beach Boys vs. The Beatles on: February 08, 2018, 07:31:14 AM
This was the easiest choice for me. Sunflower is my favorite Beach Boys album. This Whole World, Deirdre, All I Wanna Do, Forever, At My Window, are all some of my favorite songs. In fact, All I Wanna Do is the best song I've ever heard.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Pro Shot Beach Boys Concerts on: February 05, 2018, 07:53:42 PM
Zesterz, I agree. I know he has his own gigs with the Surf City Allstars (they're great, especially with Dean Torrence), however, I think Dave deserves some more high profile gigs. He could slide into Brian or Mike's band seamlessly, as he's done over the years.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Who sings what in touring groups? on: February 01, 2018, 11:34:32 AM
I've been watching a lot of live clips of both Brian and Mike's bands recently. And it's lead me to wonder who sings who's parts in these respective groups? Who covers Mike's bass parts in Brian's band? Who covers Al's parts in Mike's band? And so forth...
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Pro Shot Beach Boys Concerts on: February 01, 2018, 06:47:27 AM
I'm not sure if this counts, but here's the band lip syncing Little St Nick at the National Christmas Tree Lighting

http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/national-christmas-tree-lighting/videos/the-beach-boys-perform-little-saint-nick-the-national-christmas-tree-lighting


On a side note, Mike has said that he invited Brian and Al to perform with The Beach Boys for this event. If they said yes (assuming Mike actually asked), would they have done a horrible autotuned lip sync? Would they have mimed to the same track that Mike was going to and ended up using?
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What One Question Would You Ask Mike in an Interview? on: January 31, 2018, 07:08:37 AM
What was the inspiration and process behind All I Wanna Do?
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love - Unleash the Love - Due November 17 - w/ 2nd Disc of BB Remakes on: January 29, 2018, 11:53:01 AM
I can see that. The only song on disc one where the autotune really distracts me is Too Cruel, which is an otherwise great song. Hell, I would have really enjoyed disc two minus the autotune. I still listen to those recordings because I love how tight Mike's band is (largely thanks to Scott Totten and John Cowsill).
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Love - Unleash the Love - Due November 17 - w/ 2nd Disc of BB Remakes on: January 29, 2018, 10:14:31 AM
Yeah, the first CD has some great songs and good arrangements. It could have been an amazing album, but its overall quality was lowered by the vocal production.
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's Favourite Instruments on: January 26, 2018, 10:11:10 AM
Fender Precision Bass
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Carl and Kowalski on: January 17, 2018, 01:14:25 PM
I don't mean this in a mean way... And while Mike Kowalksi played with the group for many years (starting in the late 60's), I can't believe Carl didn't replace him in the 90's. By that time, his drumming just felt all over the place to me. Always rushing or dragging- never in the pocket like Cowsill, for example. And having Cowsill in a band like Mike's California Beach Band wouldn't surprise me, but knowing about Carl's scrutiny over the band's sound makes me surprised he'd put up with Kowalski's drumming. Maybe he's a fine drummer and I over analyze.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Can \ on: January 16, 2018, 08:34:29 PM
It's similar to the Nascar CD. In fact, it has many of the same tracks. It's credited to Mike Love & Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys, but it's really Mike with Adrian Baker, like the Nascar CD.

https://www.discogs.com/Mike-Love-Bruce-Johnston-Summertime-Cruisin-The-Unforgettable-Favourites-Of-Mike-Love-And-Bruce-John/release/8573359
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Can \ on: January 16, 2018, 04:17:14 PM
The more I listen the more I actually think the production on the first disc of Unleash The Love is quite good, besides the autotune. At least there are real instruments being played in interesting ways. All The Love In Paris, Crescent Moon, and Ram Raj all are well produced (besides the auotune). Disc Two is where we get into the really horrible production. It's odd, the drums were way too trebely on SIP (to the point where it hurts my ears) and on Unleash The Love it sounds like all of the high frequencies were taken out of the drums (especially Fun Fun Fun and WIBN--- the snare barely sounds like a snare, all the drums sound like muffled toms)
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Can \ on: January 16, 2018, 08:24:10 AM
GoogaMooga, I agree with you 100% about finding at least something good in every BBs release. There are things I like on SIP, KTSA, Looking Back With Love, Unleash The Love, Going Public, Nascar, Summertime Cruisin, etc... I, like you said, just can't get enough!
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