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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 4th Anniversary of That's Why God Made The Radio on: June 07, 2016, 02:53:25 PM
Bought a still-sealed vinyl copy last week for just 4 - can't wait to rediscover the album, Beach Boys albums tend to sound so much better on vinyl! Listened to the 1985 self-titled on vinyl yesterday and enjoyed it more than I ever did! Cool
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 2016 New Music on: May 27, 2016, 12:27:47 PM


The surprisingly strong and fresh sounding new Monkees album.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Uncut Ultimate Guide to the Beach Boys on: April 14, 2016, 11:08:22 AM
Can't believe they printed the artwork of the TWGMTR single instead of the actual album cover! Amateurs!  Grin
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thats Why God Made The Radio Single? on: February 23, 2016, 11:37:45 AM
Anyone know where I can locate to buy this single? Either digital or on CD?? Thanks
Discogs is always a great place to find whatever release you're looking for.

https://www.discogs.com/sell/release/3844210?ev=rb
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Was musical memory the secret to Brian Wilson's genius? on: January 21, 2016, 01:38:15 PM
Article posted on the website of the Guardian today, thought I'd share the link with you folks:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2016/jan/21/brian-wilson-beach-boys-musical-mind-mental-condition-beethoven-psychology-love-and-mercy
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Xmas Single from Al on: December 05, 2015, 04:22:04 PM
Where's the song? It just links me to "Miyeh - America"??
Same here initially... Try copying the link and pasting it in your browser's address bar, and it should work fine.

Song is titled "Hurry Up, Hurry Up, Santa Claus" by the way.

7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Last two Beach Boys/Brian Wilson albums on: August 23, 2015, 11:46:37 AM
THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY (art album)

This Beautiful Day
What Ever Happened
Tell Me Why
One Kind Of Love
From There To Back Again
Half Moon Bay
Pacific Coast Highway
Think About The Days
Summer's Gone
The Last Song
Tweaked it a little bit - and came up with the following:

Side A:
This Beautiful Day
I'm Feeling Sad
Don't Fight the Sea
Whatever Happened
Somewhere Quiet
Tell Me Why
One Kind of Love

Side B:
From There to Back Again
Half Moon Bay
Pacific Coast Highway
Think About the Days
Summer's Gone
The Last Song
My Love Lives On

Felt I had to add "Don't Fight the Sea" and include some Dennis as well.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Pacific Ocean Blue - Original vs Reissue on: August 10, 2015, 10:33:11 AM


US promo 2014
Got this one too a few months ago - very nice collection indeed (although the selection's quite random here and there).
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: White Album - Single Album on: August 04, 2015, 12:09:26 PM
I'd prefer to leave it as it is, with all its flaws and imperfections, because I love it for that very same reason - it's not perfect, it's sketchy, rough, unfinished, a bit of a hodge podge affair.

Feel the same about Big Star's "Third/Sister Lovers". Its strength is its weakness, its beauty its crudeness and vice versa.

I don't think I'd even succeed in trimming it down to a single LP version... Because it would be hard to pick the 10-12 cuts I like the most.

The album as it is makes me enjoy it so much. If I want to listen to a short, pop masterpiece created by the Beatles I'll play either "Rubber Soul" or "Revolver".
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Jack Rieley has passed... on: April 21, 2015, 04:09:00 PM
Try to find the Western Justice album, he made with Machiel Botman (in 1974/75). It's quite good.
Sorry to hear about Jack's passing...

Recently found (and bought) a vinyl copy of the Western Justice album, have always regarded it Holland's cousin, they go together remarkably well.

I know Roel Kruize, the managing director of EMI/Bovema in those days, was considering a reissue on vinyl a few years ago (from the original multitracks), so for those interested, please do try and contact him via the link posted by Andrew.
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Hi from Brian - Chris Rainbow on: February 26, 2015, 10:23:45 AM
In a statement responding to Chris' death Alan Parsons said "Eric Woolfson and I used to call him the One Man Beach Boys."
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / R.I.P. Joe Mauldin on: February 08, 2015, 03:10:40 AM
Joe Mauldin, best known for playing bass in Buddy Holly's Crickets, passed away Saturday morning aged 74.



http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2015/02/07/crickets-joe-mauldin-dies-bass-player/23063853/
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Kinks Discussion and Appreciation Thread on: June 08, 2014, 01:01:42 PM
Now then.... A reunion of the bruvs seems to be on the way: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jun/08/the-kinks-to-reform-davies
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Alex Chilton and Brian on: April 06, 2014, 03:26:01 AM
There's a song on Chilton's "1970" album which could've easily been a Dennis Wilson song ("I Can Dig It"), similar in style to "Pacific Ocean Blues".
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Top 5 Beach Boys albums on: November 04, 2012, 12:09:02 PM
1. Sunflower
2. Pet Sounds
3. Holland
4. Friends
5. Today!
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: How the Holland LP stands up in 1973 on: August 22, 2010, 08:07:45 AM
Other (now considered classic) albums that came out in 1973:

Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
Tom Waits - Closing Time
John Cale - Paris 1919
Todd Rundgren - A Wizard, A True Star
John Martyn - Solid Air
David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
Little Feat - Dixie Chicken
Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
Bob Marley & the Wailers - Catch a Fire
The Who - Quadrophenia

A very adventurous and varied year, I think "Holland" stands up well to each of these (and the ones mentioned before), and fits in perfectly well with its adventurous and slightly experimental character.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Remembering The Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson on: December 05, 2009, 07:39:00 AM
One of the highlights on the set is "Holy Man".......
 
Yet another version of the track featuring Hawkins, with Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen has been completed and is awaiting a release - possibly as part of a proposed single-disc reissue of Pacific Ocean Blue.
I had been wondering what had happened to this version, I also didn't know yet that a single-disc reissue of "POB" is on the way (or being considered). If so, is there a chance it will include any other material that didn't make it onto the 2-CD/3-LP set?

18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Famous female composers on: November 29, 2009, 04:54:06 AM
The obvious of course:

Carole King, Cynthia Weill, Ellie Greenwich, Joni Mitchell.
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Bob Dylan Thread on: October 13, 2009, 03:38:38 AM
I see you point, 8o8o, and at first I kinda felt the same way. Then I got to thinking, is Christmas In The Heart so different than World Gone Wrong, Good As I Been To You, or even most of Self Portrait? And they are considered "legitimate" Dylan albums.

True, Christmas In The Heart is not Blonde On Blonde, Blood On The Tracks, or Love And Theft. But I don't see much difference than Together Through Life.
Of course it deserves its place in Dylan's catalogue, just like any other album would, but I regard it as a sort of sidestep. It's not the greatest Christmas album ever recorded, neither is it the worst. I say enjoy it for what it is (and we all agree there is plenty to enjoy!) or leave it be, but please don't take it too seriously, as some critics and fellow Dylan fans love to do everytime he puts out something new, by analysing every single song, every line, flipping it over, turning it upside down to find any possible links with the work of James Joyce or whatever. They can't do that now, that's why it gets a lot of stick. It seems that with whatever he puts out, it's either "the greatest thing he's ever done" or "a load of crap", there's no middle way.

I think the voice is a problem, and this album is not for everyone. I think you have to appreciate Dylan to appreciate the album. You'll either like it or you won't. I like it, but, then again, I like Bob Dylan....
That's right, but it has been like that since "Modern Times" at least, then again, his voice has always put people off, even in the mid 60s or when he came up with his "Nashville Skyline" voice a couple of years later. Once you can get over it, it's not so bad, for those who can't and need something more smooth there's Andy Williams' or Engelbert Humperdinck's Christmas album. But yes, as with Tom Waits' voice, you either like it, or you don't.

....and some new Bob Dylan songs. I don't want to speak for 8o8o, but I think that's what he was getting at. There is a diiference between a band just recording "covers" - and most Christmas albums are covers - and a band CREATING new music through newly written songs. I'm not a musician, but I have to believe the process is different when you're recording standards, and when you're molding, experimenting, and creating new material.
That is indeed what I meant, Sheriff. But Luther's right too of course, you don't go into the studio to create your masterpiece or anything, it happens or it doesn't, but this is different, the songs and lyrics were already there.

The idea to record some Christmas songs may even have its origin in Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour (his radio show), where he played some of these songs, and/or maybe they started doing one or two Christmas songs one day during the "Together Through Life" sessions (December 2008!) and it led to this.
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Bob Dylan Thread on: October 12, 2009, 05:28:45 AM
I've had the new xmas record for a few days and its definitely one of my top 5 Dylan records, no kidding!
Really?  Shocked  Grin

Well, personally I wouldn't go that far, but it definitely offers a lot of good fun, there's no real point in taking the album seriously as "the new Dylan album", more the result of Bob and his buddies having a good time in the studio recording all these songs. Nothing more, nothing less.

 
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Smile voted 4th best album of the decade by Uncut Magazine on: October 09, 2009, 10:54:06 AM
And like Magic Transistor Radio said, where are The Thrills, Sufjan, and Coldplay (BTW, the album is called Viva La Vida)? And where are TLOS and Live At The Roxy? Where's Animal Collective? Rilo Kiley? Death Cab? The Decemberists? The Postal Service? Bright Eyes? The Shins? The Explorers Club? TV On The Radio? M.I.A.? Barenaked Ladies? Camera Obscura? Belle and Sebastian? Stereolab? Battles? Justice? Death From Above 1979? Broken Social Scene? THE FLAMING LIPS?Huh?!!!!!
Further down the list. They printed a Top 150 in the magazine.  Tongue
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Disney wishlist on: October 09, 2009, 10:49:51 AM
Oo that one might be classy. They did 'I Wanna Be Just Like You' for the Willner album, very good.
It's on this record too. So are "When You Wish Upon A Star", "Heigh-Ho", "Bella Notte", "Bare Necessities" etc. etc.

BTW: I like their 'Kiko' best - an underrated minor classic, just like R.E.M.'s 'Fables'.
Oh yes, it is. A terrific album (if you like "Kiko" don't forget to check out the Latin Playboys' selftitled debut too).

Now that I think of it, Sun Ra's "Second Star To The Right" is another fine Disney (tribute) record.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Disney wishlist on: October 09, 2009, 10:37:24 AM
The band Los Lobos have also just completed an album of Disney covers, called "Los Lobos Goes Disney".

Also released on Walt Disney Records.

Any others on the way?  Huh
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Bob Dylan Thread on: August 27, 2009, 09:29:26 AM
Jack Frost's very own Christmas album, "Christmas In The Heart", is on the way:

http://www.bobdylan.com/#/news/christmas-heart-be-released-october-13

 Grin


25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Wrecking Crew & Bread Member Larry Knechtel Dies on: August 22, 2009, 06:25:30 AM
Here's a list of some of the albums he contributed to over the years:

http://home.cogeco.ca/~mansion3/larryknechtel.html

May he rest in peace now.
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