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« on: April 17, 2014, 11:05:42 AM »

Welcome back to a new round of BEACH BOYS SURVIVOR. Remember to be respectful of others opinions. Please don't spam the thread with too much opinionating (a little is ok  :D ).... and without further ado...

For me this album  is fraught with tracks which bear little resemblance to THE BEACH BOYS and far too much much resemblance to Culture Club. My least favorite Beach Boys album.

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The Beach Boys is the self-titled twenty-fifth studio album by American rock band The Beach Boys, released on June 10, 1985. Produced by Steve Levine, the album is the band's first to be recorded after the death of founding member Dennis Wilson. It was also the first of the band's albums to be recorded digitally and released on CD. It's also the last album released by James William Guercio's Caribou Records.

For the album, the band hired Culture Club producer Steve Levine, who took them into the world of drum machines, synthesizers, sampling, and hi-tech recording technology. Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and Al Jardine all took an active role in the project, writing several new songs for it, with Stevie Wonder and Culture Club each donating a song. The album was recorded during summer 1984 at Red Bus studio in London, and Westlake Audio in Los Angeles during late 1984/early 1985. It features Motown artist Stevie Wonder on harmonica and keyboards on the song "I Do Love You", which he also wrote. Ringo Starr also appears on the track "California Calling" (Starr also appeared live with The Beach Boys in 1985 during the 4th of July concert in Washington D.C.). Noted guitarist Gary Moore features on all tracks playing both guitar and synthaxe.

Although "Getcha Back" (composed by Love and his new musical partner, former Byrds producer Terry Melcher), was a top 30 hit, the album only reached #52 in the U.S. (making it their highest charting album since the release of 1976's album 15 Big Ones). After the album, CBS Records let the band's contract expire, leaving them without a record deal for the first time in years.

Brian Wilson contributed a song written in 1982 by himself and Dennis Wilson called "Oh Lord", but the song did not make the final cut. Also cut from the album was a cover of "At the Hop" with lead vocals by Mike Love.

As usual vote for your least favorite track. The track with the most votes gets voted off.

Tally on April 19th

Getcha Back
It's Gettin' Late
Crack at Your Love
Maybe I Don't Know
She Believes in Love Again
California Calling
Passing Friend
I'm So Lonely
Where I Belong
I Do Love You
It's Just a Matter of Time
Male Ego

On this album filled with crap, Maybe I Don't Know is the crappiest.
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2014, 11:09:46 AM »

Listening to this album again, I realize apparently I like Stevie Wonder's songwriting more than the Beach Boys' during this period. 

She Believes in Love Again
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2014, 11:12:20 AM »

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That song goes on forever.
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2014, 11:13:43 AM »

Passing Friend.

This is hard, I dislike almost every song on this album. I choose this particular one first, because it's one of the most painful examples of the Beach Boys' creative decline: in just 19 years, they went from making Pet Sounds and Smile to recording a Culture Club outtake.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2014, 11:14:14 AM »

 LOL LOL LOL @ bubbly
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2014, 11:14:28 AM »

She believes in love again

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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2014, 11:15:57 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2014, 11:17:12 AM »

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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2014, 11:18:01 AM »

Passing Wind
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2014, 11:54:37 AM »

Passing Friend
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2014, 12:05:03 PM »

What sucks more than Passing Friend? California Calling is what! The worst knock-off of themselves that I have ever heard.

California Calling, outta here!
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2014, 12:15:25 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2014, 12:19:03 PM »

It's Just A Matter of Time

Passing Friend is my favorite on the album, and I'm not even saying that ironically.
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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2014, 12:30:16 PM »

Passing Friend
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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2014, 12:57:06 PM »

Very hard, but since SBILA is such a bad song and because it's Bruce, I'll just vote for that.
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« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2014, 01:05:47 PM »

Passing Friend.  It's not the worst song they ever recorded, but it is the most boring.
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« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2014, 01:23:14 PM »

I genuinely love this album but I hate 2 or 3 tracks:

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« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2014, 01:41:06 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2014, 02:06:15 PM »

It's Just A Matter Of Time
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« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2014, 02:17:25 PM »

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« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2014, 02:47:45 PM »

Passing Friend, mainly because it seems to meander between a few ideas and goes on way too long.

For this album, there's about 5 songs I enjoy revisiting, which is more than I could say for Keepin' the Summer Alive.  I'll also take super-80's production over whatever Johnston was doing on the latter.
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« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2014, 02:52:17 PM »

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« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2014, 03:11:02 PM »

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« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2014, 03:18:26 PM »

California Calling
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« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2014, 03:31:01 PM »

Passing friend. Definitely in the bottom 5 officially released beach boys songs of all time
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