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Author Topic: Which is better: That Lucky Old Sun or That's Why God Made the Radio?  (Read 2391 times)
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« on: September 02, 2017, 09:16:42 AM »

Hello, a little while ago I ran a poll of the same question on the other forum, and was surprised to see TWGMTR won over TLOS, since I always think of TLOS as Brian's most ambitious work in some thirty years, and have assumed many people preferred it to TWGMTR, which is less ambitious in every way.

Those who voted for TWGMTR mentioned, as the reason for their votes, the original boys' great chorus.

Now, I'd like to ask you, which do you think is better as an album? Look forward to knowing how you think. 
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2017, 09:37:22 AM »

TWGMTR. Besides the joyous first two numbers, the last 4 tracks are Brian's best work since the 60's. Plus...the Beach Boys
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2017, 09:47:39 AM »

TWGMTR, because it's the Beach Boys. TLOS is good too.
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2017, 10:14:13 AM »

I think both are great but judging by what I tend to play more than the other, TWGMTR wins.
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2017, 10:53:12 AM »

I expect that ultimately this board will have more people in favorite of That Lucky Old Sun, but for me the choice is easily That's Why God Made The Radio. I think it's easily Brian's best set of songs since his debut solo album. And it doesn't hurt to have the different sound colorings that the voices of Mike, Al and Bruce give the material.
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2017, 11:34:19 AM »

That Lucky Old Sun.
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2017, 12:08:13 PM »

TLOS hands down. Don't even own the other one anymore.
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2017, 12:12:13 PM »

...for me the choice is easily That's Why God Made The Radio. I think it's easily Brian's best set of songs since his debut solo album. And it doesn't hurt to have the different sound colorings that the voices of Mike, Al and Bruce give the material.

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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2017, 12:37:38 PM »

Neither is better, both just kinda mediocre.....
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2017, 12:40:41 PM »

TLOS is of a higher standard overall IMO and doesn't have obvious weak points (maybe Mexican Girl?) such as Spring Vacation, Beaches in Mind, TPLOBS, Daybreak.

"From there to back again" is probably better than anything on TLOS though. Damn shame about the unnecessary vocal processing on Al's voice.
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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2017, 03:21:28 PM »

TLOS is more consistent in terms of songwriting, production and vocal performances.

But the closing suite on TWGMTR is some of Brian's finest work, alone or solo, since the early 1970s. Simply breathtaking.
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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2017, 04:07:04 PM »

That Lucky Old Sun. I can't stand to listen to the other one,
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« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2017, 05:13:36 PM »

TWGMTR.

Those suite numbers.  That, and has already been mentioned, the additional BB voices.


But damn, that suite...  Cool Guy



Incidentally, what do you folks think: Any chance in hell we ever see the entirety of the suite completed and released?  Even if -- barring the use of any potential vocal passes left over from the TWGMTR sessions -- Mike and Bruce may never appear on the remainder of the set?  Maybe Brian, Al, Blondie and/or David finish up the tracks and put them out as part of a BW solo record?  Wait -- was it ever confirmed that NPP had some elements of the Life Suite?

Bah!  I'm losing it.  Anyway, as lovely as TLOS is, I'm going with TWGMTRAfro
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« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2017, 05:16:35 PM »

That Lucky Old Sun
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« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2017, 05:25:51 PM »

As released, Lucky Old Sun. But if I play my version of the TWGMTR tracklist, I prefer that.  LOL
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« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2017, 05:45:53 PM »

TWGMTR. I would like to hear TLOS with Beach Boy voices. That would make it much closer.
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« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2017, 09:25:45 PM »

As released, Lucky Old Sun. But if I play my version of the TWGMTR tracklist, I prefer that.  LOL

What's your version?
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« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2017, 10:44:12 AM »

TWGMTR.

- that Beach Boys vocal blend is unmatched.
- the sound/production is 1000x more superior to TLOS.
- FAR more hooks in TWGMTR. It is very much Brian going back to making little pocket symphonies - each song has one or multiple finely polished gems that stand out immensely.
- the life suite is easily one of Brianís best post-Pet Sounds moments
- Brianís wail at the very end of the title song is one of the coolest hooks since ĎDo It Againí

TLOS is a great album, I have lost some interest in it over the years, but nonetheless it is a great record to listen to. TWGMTR is something I continually listen to, if Iím happy, sad, indifferent, itís an album that I can listen to no matter how Iím feeling.
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« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2017, 03:01:55 PM »

As released, Lucky Old Sun. But if I play my version of the TWGMTR tracklist, I prefer that.  LOL

What's your version?

Think About The Days
That's Why God Made The Radio
Isn't It Time
Spring Vacation
Soul Searchin'
Daybreak Over The Ocean

Waves of Love
Shelter
Strange a World
My Love Lives On
From There To Back Again
Pacific Coast Highway
Summers Gone (Coda)

Sometimes I stick Waves of Love as the end of side A and begin side B with Blondie and "Sail Away".
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« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2017, 04:26:55 PM »

Neither.  And when you have to abbreviate the title... That's means it's a pretty bad title.
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« Reply #20 on: September 03, 2017, 06:45:02 PM »

They both have good songs and bad songs. Day Break over The Ocean is Mike Kokomoing it up, ick. Beaches In Mind no thanks, give me The Private Life of Bill and Sue, That's Why Good Made The Radio, Think About The Days, Isn't It Time etc. As for Lucky Old Sun: Good Kind Of Love, Forever She'll Be My Surfer Girl, Midnight's Another Day, Going Home and Southern California.
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« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2017, 07:39:27 PM »

Luck Old Sun is a more consistent product...but 'radio' has a few songs on it that just blow the whole 'sun' record out of the water. That being said, 'radio' also has some absolute garbage. It's all over the place.
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« Reply #22 on: September 04, 2017, 12:53:36 AM »

Tough one... Add TWGMTR:s title track and life suite to TLOS, and take out Mexican Girl, California Role, Can't Wait Too Long (pointless here) and all those narratives and have Al and Mike sing some of the songs (Good Kind of Love would be great for Al, Forever She'll Be My Surfer Girl for Mike) and voila, you'd have a great album. Of course, I'm happy to have both as they are.
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« Reply #23 on: September 04, 2017, 11:14:09 AM »

Neither.  And when you have to abbreviate the title... That's means it's a pretty bad title.
For a long time, I thought BWPS meant "Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds".
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« Reply #24 on: September 04, 2017, 11:21:13 AM »

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