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Question: Rate The Beach Boys Love You
5 - 117 (54.4%)
4 - 61 (28.4%)
3 - 22 (10.2%)
2 - 6 (2.8%)
1 - 5 (2.3%)
0 - 4 (1.9%)
Total Voters: 198

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« Reply #400 on: November 21, 2015, 04:20:26 AM »

I seem to have already voted on it without comment----I hope it was a good vote.   

You should score each track like Mike's Beard has as you don't remember voting.  Tongue

I'm not a track-by-track reviewer. I'll just assume it was a good vote. Grin 
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« Reply #401 on: November 21, 2015, 09:13:22 AM »

I'll just assume it was a good vote. Grin 

I'll take your word it was then.  Afro
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« Reply #402 on: February 09, 2016, 12:30:08 PM »

I gave Love You another listen this evening while dining.

Say what you like about this board but if it hadn't been for Smiley I would not be the great fan of this album that I am today.

Thank you so much, folks, for converting me!
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« Reply #403 on: February 09, 2016, 12:35:42 PM »

I gave Love You another listen this evening while dining.

Say what you like about this board but if it hadn't been for Smiley I would not be the great fan of this album that I am today.

Thank you so much, folks, for converting me!

 Nice one man, it's an album that is so close to my heart. It's the album I put on when I'm in  a bad mood and need to cheer up...
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« Reply #404 on: April 22, 2016, 12:15:29 PM »

I just listened to this album for the first time in decades and......I still don't like it. I won't go on why but I'm in the camp with the people who think of it as pretty darn bad. I'm so out of touch with Love You that right away I found "Good Time" to stand out as one of the few bright spots with Brian sounding good on it and to my surprise.. you all know the reason why.

To my point, this guy Peter Buck in the liner notes says it's Brian singing on Mona. Isn't it Dennis? I played it back three times. He also says Mike's vocal on airplane is one of his best ever...sorry but, who else seriously thinks that?
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« Reply #405 on: April 22, 2016, 04:59:47 PM »

I just listened to this album for the first time in decades and......I still don't like it. I won't go on why but I'm in the camp with the people who think of it as pretty darn bad. I'm so out of touch with Love You that right away I found "Good Time" to stand out as one of the few bright spots with Brian sounding good on it and to my surprise.. you all know the reason why.

To my point, this guy Peter Buck in the liner notes says it's Brian singing on Mona. Isn't it Dennis? I played it back three times. He also says Mike's vocal on airplane is one of his best ever...sorry but, who else seriously thinks that?

That guy is Peter Buck, lead guitarist from R.E.M., and yes it is Dennis singing but I can't blame him for getting it wrong given Brian's vocals at this point. Mike's lead on Johnny Carson is better than his lead on Airplane, and along with Al's lead on Honkin Down The Highway, are the best vocals on the entire album.
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« Reply #406 on: April 25, 2016, 09:06:44 AM »

Thanks. Pretty bad mistake for someone claiming to be such a fan of the album.

I listened to the whole thing again and from a composition standpoint I can understand the praise but that's all. The production, vocals, lyrics......the whole thing sounds like a demo.
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« Reply #407 on: May 09, 2016, 10:34:54 PM »

Thanks. Pretty bad mistake for someone claiming to be such a fan of the album.

I listened to the whole thing again and from a composition standpoint I can understand the praise but that's all. The production, vocals, lyrics......the whole thing sounds like a demo.
I would agree with that. There are some good tunes there if someone had written better lyrics for them, and if the whole package was professionally sung and produced. I gave it another listen tonight, thinking "maybe I've been wrong about this album" after reading all the praise of it here. Nope. I still don't like it.
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« Reply #408 on: May 10, 2016, 08:41:03 AM »

Thanks. Pretty bad mistake for someone claiming to be such a fan of the album.

I listened to the whole thing again and from a composition standpoint I can understand the praise but that's all. The production, vocals, lyrics......the whole thing sounds like a demo.
I would agree with that. There are some good tunes there if someone had written better lyrics for them, and if the whole package was professionally sung and produced. I gave it another listen tonight, thinking "maybe I've been wrong about this album" after reading all the praise of it here. Nope. I still don't like it.
For all it's warts, it is a "State of Brian" album. Where he was at writing, producing and arranging. It's demo quality sparseness gives it an edge that lacks on most post 1967 albums. I have loved it since the first time I heard Carl growl out that "Yeah" to start off the album.
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« Reply #409 on: May 10, 2016, 08:53:57 AM »

For all it's warts, it is a "State of Brian" album. Where he was at writing, producing and arranging.

That's a great way to put it, and I've always maintained the same argument. It's a true statement of Brian Wilson the man and the artist as he was in 1976. It's an important document for anyone interested in Brian's body of work.
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« Reply #410 on: February 01, 2017, 08:40:51 AM »

Iíve been reading on this board for a bit now and Iím impressed by the high level at which everyone is speaking about the BBs music, and some even making their own bootlegs. Donít expect a very profound review from me, Iím just a kid, dealing with my own share of mental illness. Well technically Iím just grown now but my brain is dragging me down most of the time.

I wanted to love this album. Itís because I love the cover art and always when thatís the case, I also like whatís inside. So I gave it a listen, but I got bored by everything except for Ding Dang, which is accessible in its whole lightheartedness and jolliness.

So I wasnít very fond of it, initially. The BBs usually do better on vocals and the lyrics are even dumber than usualÖ Then I read through all the comments here, about how youíre missing something great if you just donít get its beauty. I gave it another go, especially because of mr_olearyís comment and Iím glad I did. I now especially like Iíll Bet Heís Nice, Good Time, Johnny Carson and Honkiní Down the Highway. And Solar System is a nice thing too. Numerating all planets and saying something about them, now isnít that sheer fun? But still, nothing tops the 58 seconds of Ding Dang. I donít know what it is about this album that it has to grow on you.

I still find The Night Was So Young slightly disappointing, despite all the praise and recommendations it gets here. Mona is nice but repetitive and I think I will soon grow tired from it. The lyrics on Roller Skating Child are so wrong, sung by the BeachÖ Men, meantime, but for some reason I can take it and donít find it at all as cringy as the less crazy/remarkable/paedophile/what else to call it When a Man Needs a Woman from Friends, where Carl gives his son ďthe talkĒ way too early. I also think the earlier recorded songs Good Time and if I remember it right Ding Dang fit in very nicely with the rest of the music and even much improve it.

Iím now discovering the later albums of the Beach Boys (itís great btw) and Iíve now recently been listening to Friends, Holland and Love You. All great and quite consistent, however, thereís nothing on them that stands out for me as much as the Smile stuff for example and all the many hits before that. Even though people either love or hate Love You, I seem to be somewhere in between and give it a 3.5.
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« Reply #411 on: February 01, 2017, 09:11:56 AM »

Braggart:  You have slight mental illness of the good kind, as I hope I do. Thank you for your honest remarks.
For Love You, try to draw up the history of garage/punk.  Louie Louie...Hang on Sloopy...Rockaway Beach.
Love You is Brian recognizing that and adding his own peculiarity.  And his band's voices.  Very good things!
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« Reply #412 on: February 25, 2017, 03:12:50 AM »

Wow,thanks ! After 2 years of terrible struggling, a new doctor and new medicines are making me better and I could recover completely. And Iím going to check those out. About those voices, not all of them are worse than usual. I think Mike sounds great throughout the whole album, especially on Airplane. Good song thatís growing on me right now. The ending reminds me of A day in the life from The Beatles.
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