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Jim V.
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« on: December 08, 2021, 09:41:50 PM »

Hey there everybody. Got some questions about two little known "songs" from the early '70s.

First off, "Telephone Backgrounds (On a Clear Day)." Since we are getting near the end of the year and it didn't appear on Feel Flows, it appears that this title is either no longer on tape, was never recorded in the first or perhaps was such an experiment that there is nothing to put out. Or maybe it's just a rumored title that never existed?

As for whether it was an actual "song" or whatever it is/was, does anybody know? My assumption is, if we don't hear anything by years end, it either never existed or is unreleasable.

Then onto "Burlesque." This one confuses me. We have lyrics recited by Jack Rieley. We have an apparent reaction to the song by Mike Love back in the day (via Jack). It's been listed in Beach Boys books and what not as far back as either the late '70s or the early '80s. But apparently there is no tape. Nothing.

Maybe "Burlesque" is "Body Talk" aka "Grease Job"? I don't know. Maybe next year we will find out.

If anybody knows anything or just wants to help theorize, please pitch in!
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2021, 04:37:44 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2021, 07:06:49 PM »

Telephone Backgrounds exists. Burlesque was not recorded in 1972, but there's an MIU outtake titled "Beach Burlesque" that may be a backing track of the same tune, recorded 5 years on. Body Talk/Grease Job exists and is unrelated to both of these
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2021, 07:07:58 PM »

I don't have any special knowledge, but a search of the board brought up some info about both songs from this post, from user jiggy22:

Telephone Backgrounds (On a Clear Day): This was recorded during the Surf's Up era. Is essentially just some noodling around on a moog, which may or may not be Carl. Could be released on a digital copyright dump at the end of the year.

Sail On, Sailor (Demo): Is not in possession of BRI.

Ten Years of Harmony: The "demo" was recorded in October 1974 and released as the b-side of a California Music session. There is an unfinished backing track from Spring 1972 though.

Burlesque: Written during the Surf's Up/CATP era, but a basic track for the song wouldn't be recorded until 1977 during the MIU Album sessions.

Funky Fever: Most likely not in possession of BRI.

Gimme Some Lovin'/Baby, I Need Your Lovin': Most likely not in possession of BRI. The remake of Gimme Some Lovin' was tracked during the late Adult/Child sessions in June 1977, and only exists as a backing track.

Quad Symphony: This doesn't exist. The pieces of music showcased by Desper during his lecture include sections of Ecology and Before, as well as the version of Barbara released in 1998. The piece commonly referred to as "Follow Me to the Sea" is actually an early take of Cocktails, recorded during the Bambu sessions. No idea how it came to be associated with the so-called "Quad Symphony."

Spark in the Dark: Not just a jam, but an entirely produced track, albeit without any vocals.

Slow Song: Recorded sometime between 1974-1975. Nothing but a bare-bones chord progression on an electric piano done by Dennis in the studio one day.

Out in the Country: The more-finished version was actually the first version cut, featuring Don Goldberg on lead vocals. Brian wanted to include it on CATP, but Bruce hid the master tape away to prevent its inclusion. The second version, featuring organ and vocals, was recorded in summer 1972 for the Holland album. Certainly more stripped-back than the first version, but that in no way means that it is a "skeletal" demo. I believe it was considered finished; it just wasn't included on the album.

River Song: Recording most likely began in late 1973-early 1974, long after the Holland album had been released.

Pattycake: 100% never recorded.

Dr. Tom: Seeing as Brother Studios was still a porn theatre in March 1973, this was more than likely recorded in March 1974, not 1973.
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2021, 10:31:59 PM »

I think both of these hail from 1972 so we'll find out next year if they exist or not.  Just my educated guess.

Nah. Or kinda nah actually.  LOL

At least according to some reputable sources (in my opinion), "Telephone Backgrounds" apparently comes from '71. As far as "Burlesque," I'm not sure anybody knows, but I feel like Jack tied it to the Carl and the Passions era. But perhaps I'm wrong.
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