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Question: Rate That's Why God Made The Radio
5 - 21 (16.5%)
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« Reply #25 on: August 01, 2012, 03:26:18 PM »

It's a compromise album.  You have two different camps.  You have Magic Mike and Smilin' Bruce Johnston who make their money on the fair circuit and playing up the fun-in-the-sun angle.  There is nothing wrong with that.  It's always a good time.  On the other hand, you have Brian Douglas Wilson, who despite the odds...is still a creatively active performer.  He's still making new music.  When you go to a Brian Wilson show...yes, you're going to get the classics...but you're also going to get new music.  Heck, the last time I saw Brian live was in late October 2009 and the best part of the show was when they did the "Oxygen to the Brain/Southern California" suite.  You can hear both sides on the new LP...and that's fine.  You get the corny Mike Love summertime fun stuff...and you get the more serious Brian Wilson compositions.  Personally, I think they did a nice job mixing the two.  If you consider that the last "real" Beach Boys LP was "Summer In Paradise" and then consider the LPs that came before it...the new new record is really enjoyable.  It has it's tossed off moments.  It is sometimes corny...but man, it's 2012 and we have a NEW Beach Boys record that was produced by Brian Wilson and which features those incredible harmonies!  I'll put up with a "Daybreak" if it means I also get a "Pacific Coast"!
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« Reply #26 on: August 01, 2012, 11:07:11 PM »

I'm just glad the Lovester gave the group Daybreak instead of Unleash the Love, Love Foundation, Brian's Back, or Plant a Tree.
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« Reply #27 on: August 02, 2012, 08:12:23 AM »

I'm just glad the Lovester gave the group Daybreak instead of Unleash the Love, Love Foundation, Brian's Back, or Plant a Tree.

Hah!  We should also be fortunate he didn't drag anything out of the "Country Love" vaults!  I wonder where on the running order "Rock n Roll Country Bride" could have fit?
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« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2012, 09:12:48 PM »

I'm completely out of it. Ordered the vinyl on Amazon, and got a notice that it was delayed until 8/15/2012. So I assumed the entire release was delayed. Never bothered to check here until now, thinking everyone would be weighing in just now... ARGH!

Anyway, I so love the idea of a new release that it's hard to rate subjectively, but I gave it 3/5. It does sound a ton like the recent BW albums, but definitely has something extra with Mike and Al involved. I still don't know how Joe "Buddy Love" Thomas got back into the studio though. Someone probably has an essay on that history here.

My last thought though, being a Love You lover, is how awesome it would be to get a Love You 2. It'll never happen, but if 50 Big Ones is next, why not a Love You Too! followup? Brian's last "Eff you" to commercialism, making the music he wants to make and blowing away everyone who expects more surf and sand. Actually, "Bill and Sue" is as close to BBLY I've heard since "Male Ego".
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« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2012, 09:15:12 PM »

Actually, "Bill and Sue" is as close to BBLY I've heard since "Male Ego".

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« Reply #30 on: August 16, 2012, 07:22:05 AM »

Anyone else here changed the track order on their digital copies to reflect the vinyl?
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« Reply #31 on: August 23, 2012, 02:00:09 PM »

OOP'sing Summer's Gone really shows how how great that string arrangement is. Nice one, Mr Mertens!
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« Reply #32 on: August 26, 2012, 09:00:03 AM »

The first 5 songs are great (don't get all the hate for Bill and Sue), the next 3 so and so and the last 4 just magnificent (with Summer's Gone as my absolute favourite).

4.5 rounded up to a 5. Unexpectedly good.
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« Reply #33 on: August 26, 2012, 10:56:37 PM »

OOP'sing Summer's Gone really shows how how great that string arrangement is. Nice one, Mr Mertens!

Whats OOP'sing?
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« Reply #34 on: August 27, 2012, 02:47:58 AM »

Out of phasing - you got audacity? drag yr track into it, split it to mono (drop down menu on the track), then select one of the mono tracks, go to effects, press invert. It gets rid of the centre channel, which doesn't do much for a lot of the album, but those strings take centre stage in the break.
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« Reply #35 on: August 27, 2012, 05:27:24 AM »

Think About the Days: 1/5
TWGMTR: 3.5/5
Isn't it Time: 3/5
Spring Vacation: 2.5/5
TPLoB&S: 2/5
Shelter: 2.5/5
Daybreak Over The Ocean: 3/5
Beaches in Mind: 1/5
Strange World: 3.5/5
From There to Back Again: 4.5/5
Pacific Coast Highway: 4/5
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« Reply #36 on: August 27, 2012, 09:27:39 AM »

Out of phasing - you got audacity? drag yr track into it, split it to mono (drop down menu on the track), then select one of the mono tracks, go to effects, press invert. It gets rid of the centre channel, which doesn't do much for a lot of the album, but those strings take centre stage in the break.

Just did, the horns at the end are incredible.
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« Reply #37 on: August 27, 2012, 02:30:40 PM »

Out of phasing - you got audacity? drag yr track into it, split it to mono (drop down menu on the track), then select one of the mono tracks, go to effects, press invert. It gets rid of the centre channel, which doesn't do much for a lot of the album, but those strings take centre stage in the break.

Haha, I've used this technique myself but had no idea there was a message-board slang word for it!  LOL

cool, I need to give that a try on Summer's Gone
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« Reply #38 on: August 30, 2012, 06:44:49 PM »

In the excellent new issue of ESQ, Joe Thomas says on "Shelter" that it's Brian, not Jeff, singing the "I'll give you a shelter from the storm, and a house to keep you warm" part.  Joe should know since he produced, I mean, assisted with the album, but still it's hard to believe that's Brian.  Does it sound like Brian to you all?
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« Reply #39 on: August 30, 2012, 06:47:37 PM »

In the excellent new issue of ESQ, Joe Thomas says on "Shelter" that it's Brian, not Jeff, singing the "I'll give you a shelter from the storm, and a house to keep you warm" part.  Joe should know since he produced, I mean, assisted with the album, but still it's hard to believe that's Brian.  Does it sound like Brian to you all?

No way - that's Jeff. Even when Brian did have a stong falsetto, it didn't sound like that.
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« Reply #40 on: August 30, 2012, 10:04:44 PM »

Heavens, that's Jeff.  How can we trust JT when he says things like this? If it's Brian, he was made to sound like Jeff.

We need official, fully researched liner noted for this album.  I don't have the essay to hand; what else does he say about attributions of vocal and musical parts? Any further  light on Dave?

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« Reply #41 on: September 02, 2012, 10:27:25 PM »

I like the song "That's Why God Made The Radio" well enough, it's a decent throwback kind of thing (like "Getcha Back" was), but the album itself on the whole, (though it has some moments here and there) I find boring and too stay-pressed.   
I realize I am in the minority on this, but I'd rather have seen them just get together - just the five of them, without the other dudes, and make a simple, straight forward album of them playing and singing to the best of what they can actually do these days.   That would have been real, honest and honestly I think real good too!  They could have made a very genuine harmony album as the old guys they are today, instead of pulling some fancy production number and trying to sound like 1965 again.    Oh well, just my opinion and I'm pretty sure there isn't one person who would agree with me.  I just find this album kind of sad and disappointing (though not surprising), and though I am happy for the reunion, this album (as a representation of that reunion) makes it seem rather disingenuous. 
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« Reply #42 on: September 03, 2012, 02:01:48 AM »

In the excellent new issue of ESQ, Joe Thomas says on "Shelter" that it's Brian, not Jeff, singing the "I'll give you a shelter from the storm, and a house to keep you warm" part.  Joe should know since he produced, I mean, assisted with the album, but still it's hard to believe that's Brian.  Does it sound like Brian to you all?

Good lord no. Joe Thomas is smoking some auto-tuned crack.
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« Reply #43 on: September 09, 2012, 10:16:05 AM »

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« Reply #44 on: September 09, 2012, 11:30:54 AM »

In the excellent new issue of ESQ, Joe Thomas says on "Shelter" that it's Brian, not Jeff, singing the "I'll give you a shelter from the storm, and a house to keep you warm" part.  Joe should know since he produced, I mean, assisted with the album, but still it's hard to believe that's Brian.  Does it sound like Brian to you all?

Good lord no. Joe Thomas is smoking some auto-tuned crack.

Brian IS singing the 'I'll Give you' part, I'll grant that...but so is Jeff, and Jeff is singing the rest of it.
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« Reply #45 on: September 09, 2012, 07:38:46 PM »

I only hear Jeff there. Brian's falsetto isn't, erm, "impressive" nowadays, but I'd be very interested in hearing him give that part a shot. I'd bet my tits he could pull it off pretty decently. How old was the "Heaven" cover? And that was just a quickly assembled, spontaneous all-Brian cover, and his falsetto and voice in general there is pretty damn good considering his age and all.
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« Reply #46 on: September 12, 2012, 12:55:22 PM »

I like the song "That's Why God Made The Radio" well enough, it's a decent throwback kind of thing (like "Getcha Back" was), but the album itself on the whole, (though it has some moments here and there) I find boring and too stay-pressed.  
I realize I am in the minority on this, but I'd rather have seen them just get together - just the five of them, without the other dudes, and make a simple, straight forward album of them playing and singing to the best of what they can actually do these days.   That would have been real, honest and honestly I think real good too!  They could have made a very genuine harmony album as the old guys they are today, instead of pulling some fancy production number and trying to sound like 1965 again.    Oh well, just my opinion and I'm pretty sure there isn't one person who would agree with me.  I just find this album kind of sad and disappointing (though not surprising), and though I am happy for the reunion, this album (as a representation of that reunion) makes it seem rather disingenuous.  

other dudes? aside from Daybreak, there's only one vocalist on the album that's not a "real Beach Boy".
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« Reply #47 on: September 12, 2012, 01:09:59 PM »

I totally just OOPSed Spring Vacation. it made Jeff a lot more prominent in the chorus and the bridge isn't as weird. it's still weird, but not as much.
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« Reply #48 on: September 13, 2012, 09:20:51 AM »

Saw this on vinyl today.


So why didn't I buy it? Duh.  Wall
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« Reply #49 on: September 14, 2012, 10:17:44 AM »

My wife told me yesterday that all my 5 year old son wants to hear when she drives the kids around is the Beach Boys, but the only BBs in my wife's car is TWGMTR. So psyched that my 5 year old loves TWGMTR. Very cool to think that his first memories of the BBs will be that album (i.e. a new BB album and not just the old stuff).
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