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« Reply #50 on: October 26, 2018, 12:56:04 PM »

Itunes apparently really wants people to know when ALL LOVE is guesting on the songs. Look at how many times they repeatedly and redundantly inform the listener.

ALLLLL LOOOOVE!!!  ALLLLL LOOOOVE!!!  ALLLLL LOOOOVE!!!

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« Reply #51 on: October 26, 2018, 01:55:14 PM »

A (tacky) lyric video has dropped for the title track: https://youtu.be/O0OI5voRq1w
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« Reply #52 on: October 26, 2018, 02:18:12 PM »

Here are my thoughts...

Autotune is prevalent on a couple tracks (specifically Little St Nick), probably the ones Michael Lloyd produced.

Tracks 8-12, produced by Scott Totten, sound very nice.

The vocals on this entire album are honestly pretty good. Not perfect BBs in 1965 quality, but definitely solid vocals and harmonies that still do remind me of that classic BBs sound. Mike's vocals can be a little shaky here and there, but you gotta give the guy credit, considering his age.

Is this album a masterpiece? No. Did anything blow me away? No. But would I listen to it again? Definetly. It's a cheerful, positive, and well put together album.

... However, I will ALWAYS take The BBs Christmas Album over this!!
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« Reply #53 on: October 26, 2018, 03:49:02 PM »

A (tacky) lyric video has dropped for the title track: https://youtu.be/O0OI5voRq1w

On the plus (?) side, the animated meditating cartoon of Mike Love could be the start of a sequel to the unproduced Beach Boys cartoon from the early '70s.


 
Looks like they took the Rolling Stone "Ballad of Mike Love" photo of Mike (wearing a Beach Boys hat), flipped its direction, and Photoshopped out the BBs hat in favor of a Love hat. No comment.




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« Reply #54 on: October 27, 2018, 07:00:00 PM »

I like how Apple Music thinks Beach Boy Mike Love and reggae Mike Love are the same person.
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« Reply #55 on: October 27, 2018, 08:11:21 PM »

Itunes apparently really wants people to know when ALL LOVE is guesting on the songs. Look at how many times they repeatedly and redundantly inform the listener.

ALLLLL LOOOOVE!!!  ALLLLL LOOOOVE!!!  ALLLLL LOOOOVE!!!



Must be a trait of the MELECO managers.  Grin

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The company MELECO RECORDS, INC. is managed by 10 persons in total. The persons responsible for business activities are MICHAEL E LOVE with the seat at PO BOX 7684, INCLINE VILLAGE, 89452, NV as President , MICHAEL E LOVE with the seat at PO BOX 7684, INCLINE VILLAGE, 89452, NV as Director , MICHAEL E LOVE with the seat at PO BOX 7684, INCLINE VILLAGE, 89452, NV as President , MICHAEL E LOVE with the seat at PO BOX 7684, INCLINE VILLAGE, 89452, NV as Director , JACQUELYNE PIESEN with the seat at PO BOX 7684, INCLINE VILLAGE, 89452, NV as Secretary , JACQUELYNE PIESEN with the seat at PO BOX 7684, INCLINE VILLAGE, 89452, NV as Treasurer , JACQUELYNE PIESEN with the seat at PO BOX 7684, INCLINE VILLAGE, 89452, NV as Director , JACQUELYNE PIESEN with the seat at PO BOX 7684, INCLINE VILLAGE, 89452, NV as Secretary , JACQUELYNE PIESEN with the seat at PO BOX 7684, INCLINE VILLAGE, 89452, NV as Treasurer , JACQUELYNE PIESEN with the seat at PO BOX 7684, INCLINE VILLAGE, 89452, NV as Director .
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« Reply #56 on: November 06, 2018, 08:19:52 AM »

Bought and gave this a good listen yesterday... I do not hate this! It's nothing brilliant but is a nice mix of traditional and semi-originals done fairly well.  Only little Saint Nick stands out as really weak and it is one of the M Lloyd productions (autotune). I will happily put that CD in a mix with Brian's Christmas CD and I think they will both stand up together as one charming Christmas listening collection this Christmas. Cheesy
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« Reply #57 on: November 06, 2018, 09:07:51 AM »

doc smiley, I couldn't agree more. The album actually holds up very well. Overall, the production is an improvement UTL (disc two, specifically). The originals aren't really mind blowing, but they work and they're fun to listen to. The traditional songs sound really nice; to my knowledge, those were the ones produced by Scott Totten.

To see two Mike Love solo albums in two years, especially for a guy his age, is pretty remarkable. Mike gets a lot of flack on here, and a lot of it well deserved, but you've gotta hand it to him- two albums in two years at 77 years old is quite the feat.

If Mike decides to release another album, or at least more music, I would be very happy to see Scott Totten take the production role again. The vocals are pretty pitch corrected, but it's more along the lines of what we've become accustomed to with many recent BBs/Brian solo releases like TWGMTR and NPP. (BW88 even used primative forms of pitch correction I believe) Other than Little Saint Nick, which as mentioned above, has that Michael Lloyd UTL Disc Two sound, the production on this album is very nice.

The fact that much of this album features Mike's family all singing together, definitely gives the record a Beach Boys vibe  (Away In a Manger, particularly). Autotuned harmonies of Mike's kids will obviously never match The BBs in their mid-60's prime, but there's just something magical about family singing together ......I guess I'm just a sentimental sap? LOL




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« Reply #58 on: November 06, 2018, 11:49:00 AM »

I thought Brian was the one that has an obsession with "Shortening Bread"...  LOL
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« Reply #59 on: November 06, 2018, 01:40:01 PM »

I just noticed (and won’t be able to unhear) an editing mistake with the BG vocals on “Jingle Bell Rock” at about 1:05. (Otherwise, flawless album Wink)
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« Reply #60 on: November 06, 2018, 11:44:37 PM »

I thought Brian was the one that has an obsession with "Shortening Bread"...  LOL

Disc 2?
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« Reply #61 on: November 07, 2018, 07:53:17 PM »

I thought Brian was the one that has an obsession with "Shortening Bread"...  LOL

Disc 2?

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« Reply #62 on: November 08, 2018, 02:08:43 PM »

Mike Love on “The Beach Boys” Tours & his New Holiday Album "Reason for the Season"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twwxiNDjn9Q
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« Reply #63 on: November 12, 2018, 07:00:07 AM »

Reason For The Season

https://www.billboard.com/
Week of November 10th:

Top Album Sales: #39
Holiday Albums: #5
Holiday Album Sales: #4
Independent Albums: #6 (UTL peaked at #37)
Heatseekers Albums: #3 (UTL peaked at #2).
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« Reply #64 on: November 12, 2018, 08:25:15 AM »

Just to be clear, "Top Album Sales" is different from the main "Billboard 200" album chart, which is the sort of de facto/main album chart.

The main difference is that one is pure album sales, while the main "Billboard 200" factors in streaming (as well as "regular" sales as well).

Long story short, not surprisingly, the people buying Mike's album skew older and far fewer stream his stuff. So much so that the album doesn't even appear in the Top 200.

There aren't a ton of comparisons to make in the BB world, as this chart tabulation process began in 2014. But, for instance, Brian's "No Pier Pressure" made it to #14 on the "Top Album Sales" chart, and #28 on the "Billboard 200." So, as with most "legacy" artists, his physical sales outpaced streaming, but a good amount of people must have still streamed stuff from the album, as he still saw a solid placement on the "200" chart.

It's a bit difficult to navigate the data on Billboard's site, but it appears "Unleash the Love" didn't make it to either the "Top Album Sales" chart or the "Billboard 200", only appearing on the Indie and Heatseeker chart.

It's quite possible if not likely that his Xmas album is selling more than "Unleash the Love."

This is the often lucrative "legacy artists recording holiday music" format they tried cashing in on with that "Songs from Here and Back" CD exclusive to Hallmark in 2006.

I'm curious if the sales figures for the new Xmas album include copies bundled with tickets, which can *sometimes* be counted under certain circumstance (for instance, I believe one has to be able to buy a ticket *without* the bundled album for a lower price than the bundle).
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« Reply #65 on: November 12, 2018, 05:07:57 PM »

The traditional songs sound great. Just about the rest of the tracks sound ok, minus Mike's vocals, which sound like they were recorded with the iPhone's Voice Recorder app during a bus drive and texted to the producer.
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« Reply #66 on: November 14, 2018, 04:26:28 AM »

Been generously sent free zip file with the album past week by nice fellow BBs fan. As I said I don't buy any music, they bought & made zip file with mp3s. Listened few times, will not do track-by-track.
1stly, many posters commented Christian sounds like Carl. To my ears, he doesn't.
The other thing I paid attention to is Ambha's voice doesn't suit to singing Christmas music. It's not the deal about it not being Christmasey, it just, at least in carols she sang, ruins them. Then again, I ain't no fan of her vocal stylings.
As to Mike's singing, it's fine, it's passable, would be nice if he sang each song alone, without extra voices & muddy-like harmonies.
Title track doesn't capture Christmas mood - I suspect why, the main piano riffing - the bass - brings back stupid popular Vince Guaraldi song which iir is Christmas song but to me - to me - it doesn't seem that way. Nice rhythm still.
"Jingle Bell Rock" is best by Randy Travis, no contest.
AOCD is best here. Hate version by Phoenix. "Must Be Christmas" is so not my thing it's not even funny. "Celestial" is slight, didn't leave impression. Except cool marching drums intro, "Do You Hear" didn't like due to reason I state before, i.e. Mike's kids' vocs. But, I didn't like the 80s with Mary MacGregor either. I wish "Have Yourself Very Merry Christmas" would be remade with new vocs but the same lively joyful tempo & included instead, say, of "Away In A Manger" which again, due to vocals, didn't like. Besides my idea of perfect Christmas song is joyful, fast, festive, catchy, cool, to name few tags.
Bottom line:  could be muchly better without featuring "All Love", just Mike will do. Song choices to cover whilst they're interesting, some, obscure (as I said before, I didn't hear about Hanson. Yep, I didn't) but traditional yearly songs everybody & their brother covers like "O Holy Night" should be replaced by such popular funfests as "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" & "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". Mike could just lower the key & it'll be great fun finish tracks. As is, RFTS will be 2/5.
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