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 on: Today at 09:53:43 AM 
Started by Tante - Last post by Tante
"Sign said Sara Lee"
"You're sitting in a Dennis chair"
"Saigon all around" (Save The Day)
"Great Pacific Ocean Hispanic" (Kona Coast)
"Here comes a Bernie fire" (Let It Shine)
"Mike Love is burning brightly"

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 on: Today at 09:19:27 AM 
Started by Tante - Last post by Tante
Okay here are some corrections:

The keyboard ate part of the opening paragraph. It should say:

The two versions of the album are quite different, and this will be discussed in depth in the section "Track-by-track A-B".

Videos were sold, not solod.
"Tree Songs"=three songs
"too uch"-too much

Glad to be part of the board!

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 on: Today at 09:05:29 AM 
Started by Tante - Last post by Tante
Here is part two (and the rest of the timeline)

Late summer through late fall 1990-"Brian" listening parties. It was documented in Beach Boys fan magazines at the time that listening parties were sometimes held at Brains and Genius studio to obtain feedback on the cuts. One such party was attended by Don Was, who went on to produce both Brian and The Beach Boys in the mid-1990s. He described the tracks once as "maybe having too uch stuff on there, and he hadn't sorted out what to use yet". One person who was able to attend asked someone in the studio who was producing the album, and they pointed to Brian and said "he is".

December 4, 1990 (date unconfirmed)-"Heal The Bay" benefit. Three "Brian" songs were performed with backing tracks and possibly Rob Wasserman on bass. These are: "Water Builds Up", "Make A Wish", and "The Spirit Of Rock And Roll". Recordings emerged of backing and vocal tracks to these tree songs around the mid-2000s in near pristine quality. Close examination of the lone poor quality tape that exists of the "Heal The Bay" show reveal these to be the same recordings, mixed down for this performance (and possibly others).

Early December 1990-Meeting between Brian, Lenny Waronker, Seymour Stein, Eugene Landy and Alexandra Morgan to premiere what is referred to as an "unmixed" version of "Brian" to the Sire executives. It is possible that this version may have been thought of at the time by the studio team to be the finished version. The meeting did not go well, as documented in pg. 380-383 of the "Wouldn't It Be Nice" book.

This could be considered to be the end of this phase of the solo album project. Brian appeared on a cooking show shortly after the meeting. He made a dish called "Surfer Chicken" which he called "a collaboration between Eugene E. Landy, Alexandra Morgan and myself". He went on to discuss his frustration with the record company: "Our company thinks that we should go back in and fix it up a little bit. They said, well we like it, but they think we better fix it up, like the hard rock songs should rock a little harder, that the ballads should sing a little differently, so we said "ah well, okay, we'll do it". He then sings a piece of "Smart Girls" for the guests.

That's the end of the "Brian" timeline. Be back later with the track-by-track! Thanks again for reading.

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 on: Today at 08:46:15 AM 
Started by bonnevillemariner - Last post by relx
I agree that it is hard to tell where Jan's political sympathies lie back then--if he really even had any--because of the conflicting messages. Someone like Mark Moore would likely know better. I just base my assumption that he was right-wing on the fact that he included two songs, Universal Coward and Only A Boy, that clearly reflect that position. Add to that the fact that Dean wouldn't appear on Universal Coward, plus I think a comment that Dean made that Jan was pro-war as long as he didn't have to fight. If Universal Coward really were a parody, it is a terrible one, as no one gets the joke.

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 on: Today at 08:29:03 AM 
Started by Tante - Last post by Tante
Hi Billy C! Thanks for the greeting. OK here goes...my "Brian" wiki, warts and all!

Introduction

"Brian"" is the first version of the album project more commonly known as "Sweet Insanity".

As of early 2021, very little is known about the actual recording of this version of the album, other than the few references in the 1991 book "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (My Own Story), Beach Boys fan magazines from 1990-1991, and deep internet searching. The two versions of t

Timeline

Below is an attempt to construct a timeline of events surrounding the recording of these tracks.

Late February 1990-Brian Wilson tests out piano and vocal acoustics at the Brains and Genius studio in West Los Angeles before renovations were complete.

March 1990-"Brian" sessions commence upon completion of the studio. Songs that didn't make it to "Sweet Insanity" are as follows: "Let's Stick Together" (with guest star "Weird Al" Yankovic on accordion, later released as "The Waltz" with lyrics by Van Dyke Parks), "Save The Day", "Concert Tonight" (full version, only the vocal intro was used for "Sweet Insanity") and "The Spirit Of Rock And Roll' without Bob Dylan's verse vocals, which appear to have been added for "Sweet Insanity", as they are not part of the 1990 mix of "Brian". The recording of only one song is publicly known to have been pinned down to a date, which is the May 3, 1990 session for "Water Builds Up".

May 7, 1990-Stan Love press conference, Brian appears and reads statement.

July 2, 1990-The "hotel jam" featuring Brian, Bruce Johnston, Jeff Foskett and John Stamos, with Kevin Leslie behind the camera. "Brian" songs performed during this gathering were: "Someone To Love", "Rainbow Eyes", "The Spirit Of Rock And Roll" and "Brian".  None of the lyrics seemed to be complete to the songs other than "Spirit" (whih was written in 1986) or Brian possibly could not remember them at the time. It should also be mentioned that Bruce forcefully tries to help Brian rearrange "Rainbow Eyes', which Brian politely dismisses.

July 28, 1990-Brian's appearances at the Beach Boys Convention in San Diego, and the Hard Rock Cafe in La Jolla, CA. Brian only performed "The Spirit Of Rock And Roll" from the album. He is interrupted mid-performance by an assistant, who tells him to perform to the pre-recorded track instead. T-shirts were sold during the event that read "BRIAN WILSON The Spirit Of Rock And Roll" but it is unknown if this title was possibly being considered for the album. A video that was solod of the two appearances shows a clip of Brian dining with Eugene Landy and Alexandra Morgan afterwards.

(Footnote: The assistant who interrupted Brian's performance is also speaking about the "Spirit Of Rock And Roll" session at the beginning of the existing video. "You be Mike, you be Carl, etc." It is believed by some that this is the former Landy employee who is featured in shadow in the Prime Time Live special "Brian's Song", but this cannot be confirmed at this time.)

Part one ends here, more coming later today. Thanks for reading!

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 on: Today at 08:06:15 AM 
Started by PrayForSurf - Last post by PrayForSurf
25 Beach Boys related conversations with authors, critics, columnists, band members, a co-writer...

Mark Dillon (50 Sides of tTe Beach Boyds) and Phil Miglioratti (PrayForSurfBlog) talk with David Leaf, Tom Smucker, Howie Edleson, Bobby Figueroa, Carli Munoz, Jim Murphy, Mark Critch, Philip Lambert, James Murphy, David Beard and David Marks.

We postulate the "SMiLE" track listing - What could be the "Good Humor" album - Three theories on "Pet Sounds: The Prequel" - Th real heroes and villains in Beach Boys history

Hear Today @
https://music.amazon.ca/podcasts/bbc3bc9f-1e71-4a4f-be1d-69cdb86cff42/surf's-up-a-beach-boys-podcast-safari?fbclid=IwAR2IbADj-Oyd-Z5WWcNWiA9aPF_l4a_3Kb2iXM4xsEm7mhP9RR3FcL-Bnk4

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 on: Today at 08:03:44 AM 
Started by PrayForSurf - Last post by PrayForSurf
25 Beach Boys related conversations with authors, critics, columnists, band members, a co-writer...

Mark Dillon (50 Sides of tTe Beach Boyds) and Phil Miglioratti (PrayForSurfBlog) talk with David Leaf, Tom Smucker, Howie Edleson, Bobby Figueroa, Carli Munoz, Jim Murphy, Mark Critch, Philip Lambert, James Murphy, David Beard and David Marks.

We postulate the "SMiLE" track listing - What could be the "Good Humor" album - Three theories on "Pet Sounds: The Prequel" - Th real heroes and villains in Beach Boys history

Hear Today @
https://music.amazon.ca/podcasts/bbc3bc9f-1e71-4a4f-be1d-69cdb86cff42/surf's-up-a-beach-boys-podcast-safari?fbclid=IwAR2IbADj-Oyd-Z5WWcNWiA9aPF_l4a_3Kb2iXM4xsEm7mhP9RR3FcL-Bnk4

 8 
 on: Today at 08:03:01 AM 
Started by PrayForSurf - Last post by PrayForSurf
25 Beach Boys related conversations with authors, critics, columnists, band members, a co-writer...

Mark Dillon (50 Sides of tTe Beach Boyds) and Phil Miglioratti (PrayForSurfBlog) talk with David Leaf, Tom Smucker, Howie Edleson, Bobby Figueroa, Carli Munoz, Jim Murphy, Mark Critch, Philip Lambert, James Murphy, David Beard and David Marks.

We postulate the "SMiLE" track listing - What could be the "Good Humor" album - Three theories on "Pet Sounds: The Prequel" - Th real heroes and villains in Beach Boys history

Hear Today @
https://music.amazon.ca/podcasts/bbc3bc9f-1e71-4a4f-be1d-69cdb86cff42/surf's-up-a-beach-boys-podcast-safari?fbclid=IwAR2IbADj-Oyd-Z5WWcNWiA9aPF_l4a_3Kb2iXM4xsEm7mhP9RR3FcL-Bnk4

 9 
 on: Today at 08:01:16 AM 
Started by PrayForSurf - Last post by PrayForSurf
25 Beach Boys related conversations with authors, critics, columnists, band members, a co-writer...

Mark Dillon (50 Sides of tTe Beach Boyds) and Phil Miglioratti (PrayForSurfBlog) talk with David Leaf, Tom Smucker, Howie Edleson, Bobby Figueroa, Carli Munoz, Jim Murphy, Mark Critch, Philip Lambert, James Murphy, David Beard and David Marks.

We postulate the "SMiLE" track listing - What could be the "Good Humor" album - Three theories on "Pet Sounds: The Prequel" - Th real heroes and villains in Beach Boys history

Hear Today @
https://music.amazon.ca/podcasts/bbc3bc9f-1e71-4a4f-be1d-69cdb86cff42/surf's-up-a-beach-boys-podcast-safari?fbclid=IwAR2IbADj-Oyd-Z5WWcNWiA9aPF_l4a_3Kb2iXM4xsEm7mhP9RR3FcL-Bnk4

 10 
 on: Today at 07:46:05 AM 
Started by PrayForSurf - Last post by PrayForSurf
25 Beach Boys related conversations with authors, critics, columnists, band members, a co-writer...

Mark Dillon (50 Sides of tTe Beach Boyds) and Phil Miglioratti (PrayForSurfBlog) talk with David Leaf, Tom Smucker, Howie Edleson, Bobby Figueroa, Carli Munoz, Jim Murphy, Mark Critch, Philip Lambert, James Murphy, David Beard and David Marks.

We postulate the "SMiLE" track listing - What could be the "Good Humor" album - Three theories on "Pet Sounds: The Prequel" - Th real heroes and villains in Beach Boys history

Hear Today @
https://music.amazon.ca/podcasts/bbc3bc9f-1e71-4a4f-be1d-69cdb86cff42/surf's-up-a-beach-boys-podcast-safari?fbclid=IwAR2IbADj-Oyd-Z5WWcNWiA9aPF_l4a_3Kb2iXM4xsEm7mhP9RR3FcL-Bnk4

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