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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Who was the most spiritual of the Beach Boys? on: December 13, 2017, 08:19:01 AM
If you define spiritual by who meditated the most to make himself feel better, then it's Mike.  If you define it as a way of being and living your life with love towards everyone, while always keeping in mind the big picture of life and the afterlife, then I would say Carl.  His son said when he got his cancer diagnosis his first words were "I'm not afraid to die."  Seems a likely response from a  'spiritual' person. 

Agree.  There are so many ways to define the term.  My criteria is simply based upon the vibes I got from Carl in his interviews and demeanor.  He appeared to be a gentle man with a gentle and sincere heart.  Brian does as well, but my vote tips slightly to Carl.  I never met him or knew him, but there was a sweetness about him that I can't describe in words.  I think his "spirituality", if you will, shone through.
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #13: Abbey Road on: December 12, 2017, 01:34:37 PM
I Want You (to be voted off)
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #13: Abbey Road on: December 11, 2017, 01:05:06 PM
Golden Slumbers
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Your Top 3 Favorite Solo Albums on: December 06, 2017, 06:55:40 AM
Pacific Ocean Blue

BW '88

BW Imagination


Honorable Mention: Country Love (sadly, unreleased to date)
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What did the beach boys do better than the beatles? on: December 04, 2017, 08:31:56 AM
I believe the Beach Boys top the Beatles in terms of:

Vocal Harmony

Production/Arrangement (in general, backing tracks are more orchestral, specifically 1964-1968)



For example, compare what the two groups were doing in the studio at the end of 1964.  Compare the backing track of In the Back of My Mind with stuff from Beatles for Sale.

6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What did the beach boys do better than the beatles? on: December 04, 2017, 08:22:04 AM
Beatles had two great musicians, Paul and Ringo

Beach Boys had longevity, better songs

Beach Boys had Dennis, how cool is that


Just Paul and Ringo? LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

What about those other two guys?
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Noel Gallagher hates Brian Wilson on: November 30, 2017, 11:16:40 AM
Geesh, this is a bit harsh, to say the least.

https://etcanada.com/news/276030/noel-gallagher-targets-the-beach-boys-overrated-brian-wilson-i-hate-brian-wilson/
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Fats Domino RIP on: November 12, 2017, 04:44:48 PM
I was waiting to see what Rolling Stone might do in memory of Fats, but unlike Chuck Berry, he didn't get the cover. I didn't even recognize the woman on the cover. Tom Petty's death got a lot more attention, but I guess that happens when you die young. Fats lived a long, full life, but hadn't been active musically in a long time. To the younger generations, he's either someone they're not familiar with, or someone they heard their parents or (gasp!) grandparents talk about.

Sad, but true. Yet, Fats Domino belongs on the “Mount Rushmore” of Rock and Roll and is one of the reasons a magazine like Rolling Stone even exists.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Paley Sessions Discussion Thread on: November 07, 2017, 02:29:02 PM
Yeah I think he was either recording/practicing a piano part for what they were tracking, but then he goes into a quick divulgence, plunking the intro chords to Heroes and Villains (can you blame him?? That song is quintessential BW piano pounding)... to me it's the bass notes that confirm it's H&V. It's not the clearest, but it's there.

It's a step down from the original (just checked with my piano haha), og is Dflat and in this clip he starts at Bmaj. But it's got the same exact rhythm, bass melody, and progression as H&V. Just an interesting moment that caught my attention. I'd love to see BW just sit and play a piano when he thinks no one is watching/listening just to hear whatever comes to him in the moment.


Shortenin' Bread
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #12: The Beatles (the White Album part 2) on: November 06, 2017, 02:03:53 PM
An interesting take on the winners so far, by primary songwriter (in red):

The Beatles Survivor #1 Winner: TWIST AND SHOUT - COVER
The Beatles Survivor #2 Winner: ALL MY LOVING - PAUL
The Beatles Survivor #3 Winner: IF I FELL - JOHN
The Beatles Survivor #4 Winner: NO REPLY - JOHN
The Beatles Survivor #5 Winner: HELP! - JOHN
The Beatles Survivor #6 Winner: IN MY LIFE - JOHN
The Beatles Survivor #7 Winner: ELEANOR RIGBY - PAUL
The Beatles Survivor #8 Winners: I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND - PAUL/JOHN & I FEEL FINE - JOHN
The Beatles Survivor #9 Winner: A DAY IN THE LIFE - PAUL/JOHN
The Beatles Survivor #10 Winner: STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER - JOHN
The Beatles Survivor #11 Winner: WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS - GEORGE


11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #12: The Beatles (the White Album part 2) on: November 06, 2017, 01:17:26 PM
My favorite of the remaining three is Helter Skelter
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #12: The Beatles (the White Album part 2) on: November 04, 2017, 02:42:37 PM
 Mother Nature’s Son
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Saddest songs on: November 01, 2017, 05:51:50 AM
When She Loved Me from Toy Story 2 gets me every time!  Great choice!

Keeping with the theme of animated movie songs, I'll add that "Baby Mine" from Dumbo is quite the tearjerker for me as well.

Oh, and "Someday Never Comes" by CCR is just so freaking sad...
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #12: The Beatles (the White Album part 2) on: November 01, 2017, 05:47:46 AM
Yer Blues
15  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Fats Domino RIP on: October 30, 2017, 12:48:25 PM
My parents saw him live at Tipitina’s in 2007 when he played his first concert after Katrina, which also happened to be his last concert ever. If you Google “Fat’s Domino - Walkin’ Back to New Orleans” you will see this last concert. It still amazes me that at age 79, his voice still sounded exactly as it did on the original records.
16  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #12: The Beatles (the White Album part 2) on: October 30, 2017, 12:47:08 PM
Good Night
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #12: The Beatles (the White Album part 2) on: October 26, 2017, 05:58:50 AM
Good Night
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Tornado hits Beach Boys concert on: October 23, 2017, 08:57:36 AM
"Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnn some loud twister tries to blow us down and thinks its wind is great…"
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #12: The Beatles (the White Album part 2) on: October 11, 2017, 07:02:01 AM
Long Long Long
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #12: The Beatles (the White Album part 2) on: October 04, 2017, 10:06:55 AM
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except me and my Monkey
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #12: The Beatles (the White Album part 2) on: October 01, 2017, 06:17:34 PM
Revolution 9.
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11 FINAL ROUND: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 28, 2017, 05:49:49 AM
Wow.  Tough Choice. 

I'm going with Back in the USSR


Interesting how 2 out of the last 3 contenders feature Paul on drums!
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Let's compile a 12 track \ on: September 27, 2017, 09:09:49 AM
Narrowed it down to the "40 Greatest Shits" - needs to be a double CD.  I'm not a big fan of the Jack Reilly and Blondie/Ricky eras.

Beaches in Mind
Bull Session With 'Big Daddy'
Cassius Love vs. Sonny Wilson
Chug-A-Lug
County Fair
Cuckoo Clock
Custom Machine
A Day In The Life Of A Tree
Denny's Drums
Finders Keepers
He Come Down
Here Comes The Night (Disco Version)
Hey, Little Tomboy
Hold On, Dear Brother
Hot Fun In The Summertime
Island Fever
Island Girl
Lady Liberty
Lookin' At Tomorrow
Male Ego
No-Go Showboat
Oh, Darlin'
Our Favorite Recording Sessions
Our Team   
Pom Pom Playgirl
Problem Child
Remember "Walking In The Sand"
She's Goin' Bald
Shortenin' Bread
Slow Summer Dancing (One Summer Night)
Somewhere Near Japan
Strange Things Happen
Summer In Paradise
Surfin' (1992 Version)
Take A Load Off Your Feet
Ten Little Indians
This Car Of Mine
TM Song
Under The Boardwalk
When Girls Get Together

24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #11: The Beatles (the White Album part 1) on: September 26, 2017, 05:41:35 AM
I Will
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: September 25, 2017, 03:07:00 PM
Right in the pocket of spring '65--right before the "fat" bass came into play. Ah, if we could only live in that time frame, before so much got so f'ed up--and I'm not just talking about Brian or the BBs, either. But it looks like Brian is gonna take us back there--hurray!

If he keeps this up (and why not??) they should title the LP "Brian Wilson Today."

Nicely stated.  That is such a great timeframe, isn't it?  I love the Today! and Summer Days era.

Brian has been quoted as saying the sessions for California Girls and Let Him Run Wild were very "Up" - most likely meaning he was hitting his stride with the Wrecking Crew, having fun, and getting into the groove with his new vision of writing the songs at home and having the Boys spreading the gospel on the road.

It also reminds me of an Elvis Costello quote from Endless Harmony whereby he describes the Pet Sounds era (I believe it applies to this timeframe as well...

(quoting loosely)

"After things were young and silly, and before things got weird..."

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