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« Reply #25 on: December 21, 2017, 09:54:45 AM »

Let's face it, folks--even if Mike & Bruce came back into the fold, we would still not have "the Beach Boys" without Carl and Dennis. And Carl in particular, because he was the one who held things together so many times, in so many ways.

So many incredible lead vocals. And while his song output for the BBs was sparse, his batting average was high.

And he was willing to stretch the group's sound in ways that even Brian might not have been so inclined to do. "Mess of Help" is as much Carl's as Brian's, performance-wise, and reminds us that a true BW "rock'n'roll album" would benefit immensely from (what is sadly an impossible) collaboration with his Chuck Berry-loving "little brother."

Thanks for everything, Carl. Man, do we miss you! Will be listening to you today--your "birthday present" to me--and to "this whole world."
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« Reply #26 on: December 21, 2017, 03:01:08 PM »

Dec. 21 – the birthday of one of (if not THE) greatest vocalists/musicians/entertainers of all time … and a genuinely good person to boot.

If you're looking down on us, Carl:  Happy Birthday, great man.  You're still missed after all these years.
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« Reply #27 on: December 22, 2017, 07:42:52 AM »

Its a tribute to carl that i bet if you go back and read the thousands of posts on here the number of negative things said about him im sure is miniscule, especially compared to someone like mike.
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« Reply #28 on: December 22, 2017, 09:35:12 PM »

Its a tribute to carl that i bet if you go back and read the thousands of posts on here the number of negative things said about him im sure is miniscule, especially compared to someone like mike.
Carl was the peacemaker; he liked to say that he had a good relationship with everyone in the band. That's a good thing to be remembered for.
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« Reply #29 on: February 02, 2018, 10:09:21 AM »

I found this on youtube. Here's what the user mentions:

The Beach Boys -- "God Only Knows" Live 1997 (Carl's Last Recorded Performance)

Perhaps the last recorded performance of "God Only Knows" by Carl Wilson, recorded August 2, 1997 with The Beach Boys at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA. If anyone has any information about a reported August 4th recording that exists, please let me know. This was recorded in the midst of Carl's battle with lung cancer; by this time he sat on a stool for each performance and required oxygen after some songs. "God Only Knows" was the one song that he would unfailingly stand for at each performance, and as evidenced by this vocal here, his vocal talent had not diminished one bit, with no discernible phrasing differences between this rendition and those from previous years. A remarkable recording through and through.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMMiyaPeUA4
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« Reply #30 on: February 02, 2018, 10:37:16 AM »

I have a recording of August 3 at the Blockbuster Pavilion, I was at the show. I am not aware of any show on August 4.  It is certainly possible other, later recordings exist as Carl played 16 more shows  between August 9 and his last performance on August 29.
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« Reply #31 on: February 03, 2018, 09:23:56 PM »

I found this on youtube. Here's what the user mentions:

The Beach Boys -- "God Only Knows" Live 1997 (Carl's Last Recorded Performance)

Perhaps the last recorded performance of "God Only Knows" by Carl Wilson, recorded August 2, 1997 with The Beach Boys at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA. If anyone has any information about a reported August 4th recording that exists, please let me know. This was recorded in the midst of Carl's battle with lung cancer; by this time he sat on a stool for each performance and required oxygen after some songs. "God Only Knows" was the one song that he would unfailingly stand for at each performance, and as evidenced by this vocal here, his vocal talent had not diminished one bit, with no discernible phrasing differences between this rendition and those from previous years. A remarkable recording through and through.
 That voice is as beautiful as ever.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMMiyaPeUA4
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