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609935 Posts in 24653 Topics by 3514 Members - Latest Member: FredGroman June 28, 2017, 04:01:24 PM
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 on: Today at 12:03:46 PM 
Started by Ed Roach - Last post by jackjachman
Thanks for the great review, Ed. It has gotten me into a kind of excitement over a release that I haven't felt since they released Smile, this is gonna be a big deal, I know it. That "Aren't You Glad" mix was enough to make me pick up 2 copies of this so BRI can keep putting out these collections!

Quick question for anybody who knows this stuff: when exactly will the album become available for streaming? Is it 12:00 AM PST on the 30th? Do they release it a little later than that in the AM? Would love to fire this album up as soon as it turns Friday since that Amazon delivery probably won't come in until a bit after noon or so.

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 on: Today at 11:37:26 AM 
Started by Juice Brohnston - Last post by HeyJude
One of the best voices explaining the importance of Mike's voice on those early era tracks is Jon Stebbins. He can correct me if I'm wrong, but I recall on this board (or somewhere online, or somewhere in one of his books), he speculated that "Do You Wanna Dance" might have broken bigger on the charts if Mike had sang the lead instead of Dennis. Not that Dennis didn't sing the song well, but it wasn't the same commercial voice that Mike had cultivated.

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 on: Today at 11:35:31 AM 
Started by Marcella Wilson Love - Last post by HeyJude
And for no other reason than because "why not, it's cool", let's all look at the single artwork for "Wild Honey" again:


 14 
 on: Today at 11:34:09 AM 
Started by Ed Roach - Last post by HeyJude
Great to hear from Mr. Ed Roach on this one. Waiting as patiently as I can for Friday (assuming Amazon gets it to me as they've promised!).


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 on: Today at 11:33:04 AM 
Started by Marcella Wilson Love - Last post by HeyJude
A back cover image from Amazon:



 16 
 on: Today at 11:32:04 AM 
Started by Ed Roach - Last post by DonnyL
Thanks for the review ... I'm honestly more excited for this set than any archival release from the past. Wouldn't have thought Wild Honey and Smiley would ever receive the Pet Sounds treatment.

But I'm most interested in the original Leo's in Hawaii mono mixes. Whoever was involved in this decision - really good one! I'd love to see more original mixes released.

 17 
 on: Today at 11:12:50 AM 
Started by Ed Roach - Last post by Juice Brohnston
Thanks Ed! This one has me excited.

 18 
 on: Today at 11:05:13 AM 
Started by Ed Roach - Last post by Ed Roach
In all my years as a fan of music, and most of those years being a fan/friend/aficionado of The Beach Boys, I've never written a review. What a daunting start then, to be the first to at least drop a few comments about this album that it seems like I've waited over 50 years to arrive.  Now, neither the discs nor the hype were unexpected.  Heck, tackling one of my all-time favorite albums, combined with an in-depth listen to what might have been with SMILEY, those two alone were worth the price of admission.  However, actually holding it in my hands, and just glancing at the back cover made my hands sweat and my heart race...

There couldn't have been a better way of sequencing these discs than breaking them in sections the way that they did, and for me it made for the absolute best way to listen.  I'm sure there are those that are so anxious to hear the gems that they'll listen from start to finish, or maybe jump to certain things they have waited years to hear.  But for me it was similar to appreciating a good book or a fine wine, and it needed to be slowly savored and enjoyed. So we start off with WILD HONEY STEREO, an experience as memorable as slipping the vinyl on my turntable 50 years ago(!?!?)  It truly does provide a whole new level of enjoyment, and caused my first pause, to stop and reflect on what I'd just heard and how much more depth and genius existed in these songs that I thought I knew so well.

By the time I'd recovered enough to move on to the 2nd section, WILD HONEY SESSIONS, I found myself never able to make it further than 1 or 2 tracks.  Sometimes, I was just so floored that I had to stop to absorb, while other times I had to instantly replay a track   "Can't Wait Too Long" is something I've long dreamed of...  perhaps I'd heard more of this in a studio many years ago, but for all of these years I've only had the snippets that all collectors have.  This one is truly a lost gem.  My afternoon passed in a blur just going over and over this section, then finally letting disc 1 play out with Live Unreleased Honey 67-70.

Disc 2 I really wasn't prepared for.  Everyone has always spoken about 'what might have been' had SMiLE been completed, however, I was one of the old-timers that was let down when we got Smiley Smile instead.  Heck, I lived Pet Sounds, and I'd seen Brian on Bernstein doing Surf's Up, I read the articles about what the big guy was up too, so Smiley was a major disappointment.  However, to hear what was going on at Bellagio, I so much understand why Dennis (referred) to the album as a bunt.  I can only image what he was feeling, first having SMiLE aborted, then seeing Smiley Smile released as so much less of what it could have been.

What could have been floored me from the first notes of disc 2's Smiley Smile Sessions.  I literally was plastered back in my chair will headphones blasting my ears, in what to me was an almost religious experience!  When I heard Fred Vail's voice I had to pause, reflect, and immediately listen again.  You guys won't believe the treat you're in for...

On to the previously unreleased 'live" stuff, and a true highlight for me is "Surfer Girl".  I've gotten as far as the end of this section, but have saved the last 2 sections for something special today.  Bottom line, if this is the start of the new BRI, the new Capitol, and the start of the archival releases from this period forward, we are all in for quite an experience these coming years.

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 on: Today at 11:03:39 AM 
Started by Juice Brohnston - Last post by Juice Brohnston
California Girls was the start of a decline in Mike lead singles. Carl sort of took up the torch.

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 on: Today at 10:28:38 AM 
Started by Marcella Wilson Love - Last post by HeyJude
Currently #26 on the Amazon CD sales chart. Not too bad given the amount of promotion it has been given. I expect it might spike higher by/on release date/week.

It's also featured in Amazon's Top 20 "Upcoming Releases" chart where it appears it's at #3.

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