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« on: May 20, 2020, 08:13:48 PM »

He has often mentioned it in interviews, the rock'n'roll album that he wants to do. "Proud Mary" is supposed to be on it, that's all I know. How far are we in the process? Has anything been recorded yet? Will we ever get it?
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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2020, 10:29:42 PM »

We're eagerly waiting for it! Cheesy

At one point it seemed very plausible that it might happen. I was hoping for a studio version of Little Richard's Keep a Knockin' that they used to play at concerts for a while.
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2020, 12:26:20 AM »

After 10-15 years of reading interviews mentioning a R&R album I’m convinced it’s nothing more than a way to move along or end questioning. Mike has his ‘never say never’ answer for any reunion questions for the same reason.
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2020, 03:15:14 AM »

Here's an old thread with imaginary tracklists for the album. In fact, I'm kinda temted to update my own list...
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2020, 02:23:09 PM »

Here's an old thread with imaginary tracklists for the album. In fact, I'm kinda temted to update my own list...

Okay, but where's the thread.
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2020, 02:25:07 PM »

Here's an old thread with imaginary tracklists for the album. In fact, I'm kinda temted to update my own list...

Okay, but where's the thread.


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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2020, 02:46:01 PM »

I have little to no interest in hearing Brian (or anybody from the BBs, with the *possible* exception of Al) do a bunch of 50s/early 60s rock oldies. Al would be interesting only because of his stunningly intact voice, but even then I'd rather hear original material (penned by Brian, or Al, or Mike, or whomever) sung by Al than oldies.

I've always found Brian's now-vintage versions of "Proud Mary" to be a bore. Kind of an interesting unique groove/arrangement, but I usually skip past it to get the the good Paley material. While Brian's (and Andy's?) arrangement was (I'm only guessing) a novel approach to some degree, I'd also say that if I *had* to hear Brian do it, I'd just as soon prefer he just copy the old CCR arrangement.

While I'm always raving about the archives and that that's where the gems are, I think Brian could even do better simply by plucking out old unreleased songs and record them fresh (with Al singing a lot of the leads). "City Blues" was a very good idea back in 2004 along these lines. It was marred by being overproduced, but something like that would even be preferable to oldies.

Brian would probably be well-served, if he wanted to do *another* covers album, by having some other folks help him pick some unique songs. Like, I'd rather hear him do "Wanderlust" than "California Sun."
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2020, 01:57:07 PM »

Wanderlust ,  that Buddy Holly song who’s name escapes me at the moment, and him doing My Sweet Lord live just so happen to be three of my favorite latter day Brian vocals
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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2020, 02:08:53 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2020, 09:53:49 PM »

Also, California Sun would fit well with these.

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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2020, 05:34:18 PM »

I can confirm that Brian mentioned the rock and roll album to me in 2005 when I interviewed him.
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2020, 05:57:11 PM »

Brian probably mentions that rock and roll album when his wife asks him what he wants for breakfast.

Singlehandedly his most go-to interview response he gives - it creates buzz...and a lot of annoyance from all of his fans who want that album.

Ya'll are crazy if you don't want to hear a Brian led rock and roll cover album...Brian laying down a symphony of farty synths left and right, Darien would be losing his mind playing Ding Dang on loop for Brian to get some inspiration. What sucks is that I think he really wants to make this album - listen to him leading the band during soundchecks when he gets going on a classic rock song, he is another person...he just loves his rock and roll.

So personally, yeah I want to hear an album that Brian is truly passionate about. Will we ever hear this album? Probably not.

In some alternate universe we're all on Smiley Smile raving about Brian new rock and roll covers album. In this universe we'll have to make due with Mike Love's 27th cover album that three people will listen to.
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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2020, 06:34:13 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2020, 01:39:59 AM »


Ya'll are crazy if you don't want to hear a Brian led rock and roll cover album...Brian laying down a symphony of farty synths left and right, Darien would be losing his mind playing Ding Dang on loop for Brian to get some inspiration. What sucks is that I think he really wants to make this album - listen to him leading the band during soundchecks when he gets going on a classic rock song, he is another person...he just loves his rock and roll.



He certainly does. I believe it was in this interview with Geoffrey Cushing-Murray that he mentioned working with the Boys during the late 70s and at one point says that the happiest he had ever saw Brian was when Brian was working with some musicians in the studio on an oldie.

NB: I think it was this interview with Cushing-Murray I have in mind. If not, I at least remember hearing someone who was working with the Beach Boys during that time telling this story.
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« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2020, 01:53:08 PM »

The Rock & Roll album would have been a good thing for Brian back in the 80's, when he was looking young and revitalized. Sadly, I don't think he has the energy level to deliver such an album today, unless he is the producer with guest singers doing the leads. I'm sure Al could deliver the goods vocally.
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« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2020, 02:50:33 PM »

Sadly, I don't think he has the energy level to deliver such an album today, unless he is the producer with guest singers doing the leads. I'm sure Al could deliver the goods vocally.

Agreed. Also, I suspect that our idea of a Brian Rock n' Roll album and Brian's idea of a Brian Rock n' Roll album may be two very different things.

Speaking for myself, I would like/have liked it to be uptempo covers of 50's and 60's rock classics with some cool guitar solos, loud drums and some rock attitude. My guess is that Brian might rather bring to the table some tracks that rock no harder than The Man With All the Toys, along with a few nice Phil Spector and Four Freshmen covers. Which would probably be nice, but a little limp in the rawkin' stakes  Grin.

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Perhaps sacreligiously, but a few of Mike's rockier tracks from his recent solo albums actually rock pretty hard, for a Beach Boy in his late 70s, and he sings 'em like he means 'em  Cool.
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« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2020, 02:56:25 PM »

Sadly, I don't think he has the energy level to deliver such an album today, unless he is the producer with guest singers doing the leads. I'm sure Al could deliver the goods vocally.

Agreed. Also, I suspect that our idea of a Brian Rock n' Roll album and Brian's idea of a Brian Rock n' Roll album may be two very different things.

Speaking for myself, I would like/have liked it to be uptempo covers of 50's and 60's rock classics with some cool guitar solos, loud drums and some rock attitude. My guess is that Brian might rather bring to the table some tracks that rock no harder than The Man With All the Toys, along with a few nice Phil Spector and Four Freshmen covers. Which would probably be nice, but a little limp in the rawkin' stakes  Grin.

Would love to be proved wrong  Smiley

Perhaps sacreligiously, but a few of Mike's rockier tracks from his recent solo albums actually rock pretty hard, for a Beach Boy in his late 70s, and he sings 'em like he means 'em  Cool.
I think that's true, but Mike has taken much better care of himself physically through the years; it's really hard to rock AND roll when you are in constant pain. I saw Little Richard go through that. At the end, he just couldn't do it no more, so he retired.
No one was more shocked than me that Mike would cover a Ramones song. And he did it pretty well.
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