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« on: October 04, 2018, 09:26:55 AM »

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I have taken down the entire website until further notice. The reason is that the terms of using the website, as clearly defined on page one, have been violated. By going to page two, the user agrees to the terms of page one.

In those terms the viewer agrees that mistakes or errors may exist, however carefully the contents are checked for accuracy. In a civil discourse a simple statement of disagreement would be sufficient, but the ensuing bullying has become relentless and completely out-of-control. The terms have been violated. As stated, if the terms are violated, I “will personally take down the website.”

My website is (was) provided free of charge to anyone who wishes to avail themselves of its content and who abides by the rules set forth. Some “fans” seem to have forgotten that I pay for the website and for housing all the study-videos on Vimeo. Their response to a statement I made concerning a mix I did of Sail On, Sailor (SOS) has been twisted into a statement I did not make. All my website says is that Carl Wilson sang on the a cappello segment provided. I have never said that Blondie Chaplin did not sing the lead on SOS. In fact I have stated the opposite.

These twisted statements plus other negative comments of some fans are now appearing on other web forums as fact. Such ridicule puts my website in jeopardy since it exists, by way of the Fair Use Doctrine, at the courtesy of BRI and Capitol. These false statements imply that I am questioning the integrity of BRI, which I am not.

It is unfortunate that a few fans have made a mockery of my good name by focusing on one item, thus overshadowing the original intent of my book as a source of engineering technique and Beach Boy memories of 46 years ago.

After taking time away from equipment development, neurological research and my home life, to satisfy the requests from fans to publish the second part of my book, I am sorry that I must now close my website and re-group. I realize this ends access to all the study-videos and books that the majority of fans appreciate, but I cannot let a few belligerent fans endanger the website. Access to the website will remain closed until I determine when it is safe to republish.

Creating equi donati dentes non inspiciuntur !

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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2018, 10:25:23 AM »

Fantastic! I've watched "Til I Die" and "Surf's Up" segments so far, will definitely watch the new addition in full when I get home and can hook up decent speakers or my studio 'phones.

Amazing sounds and details. Confession...I could listen to "Til I Die" on an endless loop for hours and never tire of it. It was *great* to hear the details of how the sounds were recorded, especially the group vocals.

Amazing.
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2018, 11:07:25 AM »

Finally - some GOOD news!!
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2018, 11:26:54 AM »

I skipped right ahead to the "Fourth Of July" demo/development - AMAZING!  
EDIT: just saw your note about Kathy Dragon maybe playing the flute - thanks.
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2018, 11:37:09 AM »

Very exciting. I can hardly wait to get home to dig in. Thank you!
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2018, 11:59:44 AM »

Wonderful (oops,  wrong album Grin). Thanks, Steve!
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2018, 01:58:10 PM »

Thx so much, Stephen. Looking forward to this.
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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2018, 01:59:32 PM »

Oh my gaaaaaaad.
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« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2018, 03:12:42 PM »

Thank you Mr Desper and Mr Conner!!!!!! Can’t wait to get home and listen
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« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2018, 04:32:13 PM »

Great news!
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« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2018, 06:06:59 PM »

Thank you Stephen and Mr. Connor, so excited to give this a read/listen!
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« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2018, 06:51:24 PM »

That version of WIBNTLA is revelatory. Thank you for this.
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« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2018, 07:30:15 PM »

Stephen - Absolutely brilliant. Jaw-dropping.

Listening right now to Sail On Sailor a capella. All I can say is wow. A truly terrific track heard in a mind-blowing perspective. Wow.

Just listened to Wouldn't It Be Nice To Live Again demo. Revelatory indeed. Your comments about this track, had it been handled and released the right way, are spot-on. I think most fans would agree 100% with your opinion.

Every version I've heard, Dennis is singing his heart and soul out on these vocals. It feels like a similar feeling that Brian expressed regarding Pet Sounds, how he had to get this music out of his soul for the people to hear. This is Dennis just baring his soul. Even on this demo, he's going all out. Again...wow.

It still amazes me how this track sat on the shelf for so long.

Imagine this track - not just as a single - but on the album itself, in place of another lesser song. History changer for sure.

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« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2018, 10:36:11 PM »

The mix of "Take Good Care of Your Feet" is amazing. So many little details that I never heard before, or consciously realised were there. This is a good example of how The Beach Boys could be what I call "simplistically complicated". 
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« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2018, 10:39:20 PM »

Stephen - Thank you so much for posting Recording the Beach Boys Part 2. I've been anxiously awaiting it's appearance in your Desper Study Videos collection, and it was well worth the wait. Thank you again for taking the time and effort to provide fans with this wonderful resource.

I do have a questing regarding "Sail On Sailor a Capella - Carl Wilson Lead Vocal". I hear Blondie Chaplin singing the lead on that one, so are you saying that if one listens carefully Carl's voice can be heard under his, or just that the listener should note how Blondie's phrasing on this track was heavily influenced by Carl's original phrasing?



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« Reply #15 on: October 05, 2018, 12:00:59 AM »

WIBNTLA sounds majestic, wow!!
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« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2018, 12:05:12 AM »

WIBNTLA sounds majestic, wow!!
SOS doesn't sound like Carl on lead to my ears.
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« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2018, 04:34:22 AM »

WIBNTLA sounds majestic, wow!!
SOS doesn't sound like Carl on lead to my ears.

I agree. Sounds like Blondie to my ears.
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« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2018, 05:32:28 AM »

Great news! Thanks Stephen and Mike C.! I'll listen later today when I have time. Can't wait for that
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« Reply #19 on: October 05, 2018, 06:42:20 AM »

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« Reply #20 on: October 05, 2018, 07:07:33 AM »

Great stuff Mr. Desper!
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« Reply #21 on: October 05, 2018, 08:44:25 AM »

Thank you so much Mr Desper! You treat us to many wonderful things I never thought I'd hear.
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« Reply #22 on: October 05, 2018, 08:57:03 AM »

I'm through with "Side one" of Surf's Up. Really interesting and fascinating. To hear which sound was recorded by what instrument or item and in which way just makes the whole songs come to life in a different way. Man, you just want to be there and be part of the recording process; it must've been a lot of fun and creativity
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« Reply #23 on: October 05, 2018, 09:59:10 AM »

Cannot wait to devour these.

Thank you again SO much, Stephen.

Out of curiosity, how much of the BBs' studio catalog had you personally listened to before you started working with them? I wonder how much of a revelation their talent was when you started working with them, or if that was something you already were familiar with.
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« Reply #24 on: October 05, 2018, 01:44:31 PM »

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