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« Reply #25 on: July 19, 2018, 02:03:07 AM »

I kind of like mike embracing his age. The mustache looks good on him for a change, too.
Mike embraced his age before just fine without the ugly mustache. It doesn't fit his type face. He'd better delete it. As to Christmas album - like Christmas music, curious what Mike & co. cover.
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« Reply #26 on: July 19, 2018, 06:51:43 AM »

Also...how could anyone be excited by this garbage?...

A quick look at this recording service indicates it appears to be a pretty new business, run by a pretty young guy, in a relatively remote location. I don't sense he's had a bunch of A-listers coming through his doors. Mike may well be the biggest name to use his facilities.

It also appears the company/guy does mainly mixing and mastering, and "partners" with an outside local recording studio for any actual recording needs.

For whatever reason, Mike seems to like to do his solo recording on the fly while on the road, and on the (relative) cheap. Not trying to denigrate anybody looking to get into the business. But I'm guessing "231" is significantly cheaper than hiring Mark Linett to be your engineer at Capitol Studios or Ocean Way, and cheaper than having Bob Ludwig do the mastering, etc.
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« Reply #27 on: October 08, 2018, 03:56:59 PM »

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Is it just me, or is this Shortenin Bread.....
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« Reply #28 on: October 08, 2018, 04:23:30 PM »

Sure sounds like short'nin bread to me. It also sounds terrible.
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« Reply #29 on: October 08, 2018, 05:35:35 PM »

I'm not feeling "reason for the season" at all, but I kind of knew I wouldn't going in with a title like that. With that being said, I wasn't expecting shortenin' bread version 6 or so in the band's discography. Production is miles better than Mike's last album, so I still have a little hope that I'll enjoy a couple of tracks off of it.
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« Reply #30 on: October 08, 2018, 06:35:01 PM »

Sure sounds like short'nin bread to me. It also sounds terrible.

 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Sad, desperate and just downright awful. Yes, of course, it's a Mike Love engineered pathetic version of Shortnin' Bread and yes, it stands right next to Unleash The Love, and it's twin SIP. I guess he really gets off on being ignored and recording trash that no one cares about. Just goes to show that without a good composer, he's dead in the water. He should stick to his tribute band playing 900 dates a year singing songs that the real Beach Boys did 50 years ago.
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« Reply #31 on: October 08, 2018, 10:49:51 PM »

So for those that know. What’s the legalities of Music plagiarism and this song?
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« Reply #32 on: October 08, 2018, 11:37:31 PM »


So for those that know. What’s the legalities of Music plagiarism and this song?


Shortenin' Bread is a traditional song in the public domain.
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« Reply #33 on: October 09, 2018, 07:07:41 AM »

https://mikelove.com/?attachment_id=2456
Is it just me, or is this Shortenin Bread.....

Much better production and vocal. Hanson xmas song sounded really cluttered production wise and unsuited to his voice.
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« Reply #34 on: October 09, 2018, 07:44:49 AM »

https://mikelove.com/?attachment_id=2456
Is it just me, or is this Shortenin Bread.....

Yeah, definitely not what I was expecting! It's so bizarre, I grudgingly kind of like it.  Huh

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« Reply #35 on: October 09, 2018, 10:45:12 AM »

https://mikelove.com/?attachment_id=2456
Is it just me, or is this Shortenin Bread.....

Yeah, definitely not what I was expecting! It's so bizarre, I grudgingly kind of like it.  Huh



I kinda like it too. If it was Brian, I definitely would like it as a quirky Brian thing. So count me in on this one. That doesn't mean it's much more than a trifle, but I don't mind it.
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« Reply #36 on: October 09, 2018, 12:54:59 PM »


So for those that know. What’s the legalities of Music plagiarism and this song?


Shortenin' Bread is a traditional song in the public domain.


Thanks CM. So in that case I assume the lyric is able to be changed as well.
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« Reply #37 on: October 15, 2018, 10:23:39 PM »

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Took whopping 18 minutes to download mere 4Mb mp3 track. Anyhoo, listened to it twice. Nice. In short, it will not be new song added to Christmas playlist. But, as Christmas music fan & glass half full type, I suspect there'll be few gems in RFTS.
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« Reply #38 on: October 21, 2018, 01:31:17 PM »

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Get the 12-track album Reason for the Season – featuring an array of new holiday songs and Christmas classics that range from bright guitar and horn-filled pop and rock and tracks, and softer traditional carols and ballads. Sam Hollander (One Direction, Panic! at the Disco, Train) and Steve Greenberg (Hanson, AJR) produced five tracks on the album including the jubilant title track and the buoyant anthems “It Must Be Christmas” and “Finally it’s Christmas” featuring Hanson.



Grammy-winning producer Michael Lloyd (Dirty Dancing) and The Beach Boys’ musical director Scott Totten also served as producers on the album.  Lloyd produced two tracks including a new version of “Alone on Christmas Day” and “Little St. Nick.” Totten collaborated with Love on five additional tracks featuring all of Love’s children (All Love) Ambha, Brian, Christian and Hayleigh Love on “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “O Holy Night,” “Away in a Manger” and “Bring a Torch.”



Reason for the Season is out October 26th on digital, CD, and LP formats.

So, the good news for those who found Lloyd's production on the remakes disc of Unleash The Love a bit...distasteful, is that he seems to be down to two tracks here.



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« Reply #39 on: October 25, 2018, 07:37:39 PM »

Let’s not get too excited for the album’s release tomorrow.
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« Reply #40 on: October 25, 2018, 09:55:47 PM »

Huh. I'm not a fan, but I just skimmed through and it's not exactly what I was expecting. "Celestial Celebration" feels very much like 15 big ones era beach boys.
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« Reply #41 on: October 25, 2018, 10:04:11 PM »

Huh. I'm not a fan, but I just skimmed through and it's not exactly what I was expecting. "Celestial Celebration" feels very much like 15 big ones era beach boys.

I'm avoiding listening to the whole thing until about Thanksgiving, but it's a pretty interesting track sequencing that mirrors the Beach Boys Christmas Album. As expected, the vocals are overly processed, but actually listenable this time. The processing on "celestial celebration" actually works.

The last 5 tracks of the album do nothing for me, but I can't be angry at Mike for wanting to do some tracks with his family at this point in his career.

Edit: I listened another time and aside from brickwalled compression, I'm kind of wishing that more of TWGMTR's vocals were produced like that one track.
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« Reply #42 on: October 25, 2018, 11:50:40 PM »

I'm probably going to be in the minority on this, but if Reason For The Season had been part of the unreleased mid 70's Beach Boys Christmas album, it probably would have been one of the highlights. I like it.
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« Reply #43 on: October 26, 2018, 01:33:54 AM »

On Spotify now. Just started listening...anyone have a list of the writing/production credits?
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« Reply #44 on: October 26, 2018, 01:54:05 AM »

I'm probably going to be in the minority on this, but if Reason For The Season had been part of the unreleased mid 70's Beach Boys Christmas album, it probably would have been one of the highlights. I like it.

I enjoy it.  I could do without all the religious references. Don't have a problem with religion but think it just detracts from the fun element of the song here.
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« Reply #45 on: October 26, 2018, 02:38:34 AM »

On Spotify now. Just started listening...anyone have a list of the writing/production credits?

Just right click on the track in spotify and you can access the credits!
Songs 8-12 are produced by Scott Totten
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« Reply #46 on: October 26, 2018, 02:58:23 AM »

On Spotify now. Just started listening...anyone have a list of the writing/production credits?

Just right click on the track in spotify and you can access the credits!
Songs 8-12 are produced by Scott Totten


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« Reply #47 on: October 26, 2018, 09:05:53 AM »

Gave it a wee listen. My thoughts are that it is very honest.
It's the kind of music a family would be able to record at home in that it has a sort of joyful amateurish edge to it. The vocals have that flavour of being auto-tuned through some in-built macbook air recording function.
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« Reply #48 on: October 26, 2018, 11:59:07 AM »

This appears to be the 1st Mike Love solo album (released or unreleased) that does not have a "Love" pun in the title.
Way to mess up a streak of consistency, Mike. LOL

I'll say this: Mike seems to be well on his way to tipping the scales to finally having more released solo albums as opposed to unreleased ones. Not sure he's crossed that threshold yet?
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« Reply #49 on: October 26, 2018, 12:02:29 PM »

You know what? I commend Mike for tackling a song that seems to be right at the edge of his vocal range(Reason For The Season). That the man is damn near 80 makes it even more remarkable.
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