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« on: June 30, 2015, 05:54:17 AM »

We know Brian was into Rubber Soul in 1965-66 but after that, I haven't read much on his following the music scene that closely. Did he ever try to incorporate or compete with late Beatles (White Album, Abbey Rd), CSN&Y, Simon & Garfunkel, the whole Laurel Canyon scene?
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2015, 06:27:27 AM »

He once listed Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" as a personal favorite album.  So I would imagine some of those years in bed (1972-1975) were spent listening to that quite a bit.
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2015, 06:53:35 AM »

Plus "Be My Baby" on a loop.
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2015, 07:01:05 AM »

Randy Newman "Sail Away"
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2015, 07:19:42 AM »

Switched-On Bach. Also, Stevie Wonder.
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2015, 07:22:10 AM »

There was a large collection of records in the house at that time, here's just a handful l know were floating around.
Buffalo Again
Eldorado
Music of My Mind
Carl gave a copy of Let it Be when it came out.
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2015, 07:42:12 AM »

Randy Newman "Sail Away"

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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2015, 07:52:57 AM »

Also, Stevie Wonder.
In one of Q&As Brian said that Stevie's "the best" & cited his 1972 album "Music of My Mind".
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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2015, 08:25:09 PM »

Randy Newman "Sail Away"

Y'know I'm sure it's been discussed elsewhere, but I've always thought the Newman connection is really important in figuring out Brian's creative trajectory in the mid-70s. Vocally, Newman seems to be a model for mid-70s Brian, and the sort of jazz-pop/torch song vibe Newman had informs some Love You/Adult Child stuff. I'd be interested in reading Brian's thoughts on him if there are interviews about it anywhere.
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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2015, 09:14:36 AM »

In that Rolling Stone video which features Brian playing a snippet of "Long promised road" he also plays "The wonder of you". Now, that is of course an old song that Brian might've remembered in Ray Peterson's version. But since he was also asked in that video about his meeting with Elvis and Elvis had a big hit with the song in 1970 I could imagine that it was Presley's version that Brian had in mind. It's just a guess though.

On his website Brian mentioned that he loved Marvin Gaye's "What's going on" a couple of years ago. Or maybe it was in some interview.

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« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2015, 09:26:35 AM »

I think we have determined that Brian didn't spend "years in bed" but sort of had the reverse sleep cycle of the average person.He would party all night and sleep all day. His version of  the graveyard shift.
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« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2015, 03:29:40 PM »

He once listed Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" as a personal favorite album.  So I would imagine some of those years in bed (1972-1975) were spent listening to that quite a bit.

Is there a source for this? I have never heard about this before and can only wonder what his reaction was to "On The Run"...
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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2015, 03:32:46 PM »

He once listed Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" as a personal favorite album.  So I would imagine some of those years in bed (1972-1975) were spent listening to that quite a bit.

Is there a source for this? I have never heard about this before and can only wonder what his reaction was to "On The Run"...

If I remember correctly, there was actually an audio clip on SoundCloud or something that was posted officially by Brian's people, and had him talking about great albums or something, and sure enough he mentioned Dark Side of the Moon. I must say I was pretty surprised when I heard this. But indeed, he did say it.
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« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2015, 05:15:45 PM »

Stanley Black Orchestra  version of Rhapsody  in Blue.
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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2015, 05:42:28 PM »

There's a 1973 interview that starts off with him playing records but I don't have it in front of me right now
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« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2015, 08:00:15 PM »

He once listed Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" as a personal favorite album.  So I would imagine some of those years in bed (1972-1975) were spent listening to that quite a bit.

Is there a source for this? I have never heard about this before and can only wonder what his reaction was to "On The Run"...

I first read it here: http://petsounds40.blogspot.com/2006/07/day-at-beach-boys-house.html

Must've been wild, those years in bed and sneaking out at night to go to random parties.  Waking up everyday with "Be My Baby" on a loop and then some Randy Newman and DSOTM sprinkled in. 

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« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2015, 08:05:12 PM »

Joe South "Games People Play."
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« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2015, 08:12:34 PM »

Thank you, JCM. Good interview with Brian on a "good" day and I'm still shocked about DSOTM!
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« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2015, 02:29:09 AM »

He once listed Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" as a personal favorite album.  So I would imagine some of those years in bed (1972-1975) were spent listening to that quite a bit.

If he was listening to DSOTM in 1972, l for one would be amazed and impressed in equal proportion.
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« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2015, 05:27:49 AM »

He once listed Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" as a personal favorite album.  So I would imagine some of those years in bed (1972-1975) were spent listening to that quite a bit.

If he was listening to DSOTM in 1972, l for one would be amazed and impressed in equal proportion.

C'mon, Andrew. He was ahead of his time. You know that. Right?
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« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2015, 09:53:15 AM »

He once listed Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" as a personal favorite album.  So I would imagine some of those years in bed (1973-1975) were spent listening to that quite a bit.

If he was listening to DSOTM in 1972, l for one would be amazed and impressed in equal proportion.

I thought it was obvious I was speaking in general terms when referring to the years spent in bed.  Guess not, fixed.
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« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2015, 10:03:25 AM »

He once listed Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" as a personal favorite album.  So I would imagine some of those years in bed (1972-1975) were spent listening to that quite a bit.

If he was listening to DSOTM in 1972, l for one would be amazed and impressed in equal proportion.

Maybe Derek Taylor got him an EMI acetate.  Grin
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« Reply #22 on: July 17, 2015, 01:21:36 PM »

He could have started listening to DSOTM at any time between 1973 and 2006, when the interview was conducted.

IIRC AGD prefers Jim Steinman to the Floyd. Not that I infer anything from that  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #23 on: July 29, 2015, 10:04:38 PM »

I would bet money he was into early Steely Dan and Lennon McCartney solo material in the early70's.
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« Reply #24 on: July 30, 2015, 04:43:36 AM »

Be My Baby
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