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Author Topic: Does Brian play most of the instruments on Love You?  (Read 5888 times)
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« on: February 14, 2006, 05:18:46 PM »

I've always been curious about this and assumed it was so.  There isn't much guitar work on the album, and the drumming just sounds like the way Brian would play -- for the most part.  Is "Love You" Brian's "McCartney" -- a one-man band performance?
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2006, 05:24:41 PM »

Love You has some embellishments from Carl and Dennis, but not many. Brian can play a guitar, but he wisely left the playing on there to Carl. The drums, when they're not electronic, are either Brian or Dennis.
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2006, 05:40:27 PM »

the night was so young has an awesome gtr line on brians falsetto and some flanged strumming
same w/ Airplane.
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2006, 06:53:13 PM »

It's close -- Carl's guitar and a few drums from Denny is about all that gets added.  Of course, Carl spent hours mixing it to make it releasable.
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2006, 06:55:57 PM »

forgive me, but when i first tasted this on the 93 boxset...The Bee Gee's later 70's output immediately came to mind on the chorus,
is somebody gonna tell me why?Huh
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2006, 06:57:48 PM »

Wanna know what my favourite moment is on Love You?  It's the ghost tail end of the count-in on Johnny Carson.  You missed that, Carl, thanks.
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2006, 07:05:34 PM »

four!
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2006, 07:08:36 PM »

More like "r!"
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2006, 08:43:19 PM »

I'd never noticed that before! Thank you.
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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2006, 09:22:06 AM »

It's close -- Carl's guitar and a few drums from Denny is about all that gets added.  Of course, Carl spent hours mixing it to make it releasable.

I've read a lot of books on the Beach Boys, and found nothing that mentions studio information like this.
Is this Badman's book (that I was told to ignore for all the false SMiLE merda) or some other text?
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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2006, 09:25:48 AM »

Who told you to ignore that book?  Whoever it was is a bad person.

There's not much on Love You in it, but there is lots of studio information.
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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2006, 09:43:43 AM »

Yeah, it chronicles up to 1976 or so, and then whips through the rest, so most of Love You just misses the cutoff.
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2006, 09:54:11 AM »

Not that there would be much to document, as most of the basic tracks weren't done in the studio, were they?


As for Badman, yes the Smile stuff is "take it with a grain of salt", but that doesn't mean don't get the book.
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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2006, 10:54:32 AM »

Most of the info we have on the "Love You" sessions comes from interviews done at the time...Brian, Earl, etc.

Like, f'rinstance, the "Mona" track was done more-or-less live, with Dennis on drums, Ed Carter on guitar, and two horn players that Brian worked a lot with, almost certainly Steve Douglas & Migliori, on saxes.   "I Wanna Pick You Up" was a "15 Big Ones" era outtake with Denns on drums.  Brian played piano, harpsichord, (Moog) bass, and drums on "Airplane".  And Dennis played drums on "Honkin' Down The Highway" (this last is proved by listening to the rough mix with Billy Hinsche's lead vocal...the count-down is still there, and it's definitely Dennis).

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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2006, 12:12:11 PM »

Most of the info we have on the "Love You" sessions comes from interviews done at the time...Brian, Earl, etc.

Like, f'rinstance, the "Mona" track was done more-or-less live, with Dennis on drums, Ed Carter on guitar, and two horn players that Brian worked a lot with, almost certainly Steve Douglas & Migliori, on saxes.   "I Wanna Pick You Up" was a "15 Big Ones" era outtake with Denns on drums.  Brian played piano, harpsichord, (Moog) bass, and drums on "Airplane".  And Dennis played drums on "Honkin' Down The Highway" (this last is proved by listening to the rough mix with Billy Hinsche's lead vocal...the count-down is still there, and it's definitely Dennis).

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On the 'new' stuff, Brian played moog, moog bass, pretty much any other keyboard there is, snare, bass drum and I do believe the odd gee-tuar lick.. Anything else is, well, someone else.

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« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2006, 12:47:26 PM »

Man, I want to hear those Love You alternate takes...
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« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2006, 03:39:38 PM »

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On the 'new' stuff, Brian played moog, moog bass, pretty much any other keyboard there is, snare, bass drum and I do believe the odd gee-tuar lick.. Anything else is, well, someone else.
Which guitar would be Brian, or he is even audible on the released cuts?
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« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2006, 04:52:48 AM »


"Good Time"... don't forget "Good Time".


Ah yes, "Good Time".  Cut the same day as "Susie Cincinnati", according to Badman's book.  Therefore,
PROBABLY with the same personnel...although not necessarily on the same instruments...meaning, I only hear one guitar on "Good Time" (a 12-string), so probably Carl was on either guitar or bass and Alan on the other, while Brian played piano and organ...but then what did Daryl do?  Horns were overdubbed, of course...

Did Badman have (at least limited) access to Steve Desper's hallowed studio log book?  The one Steve says is now "packed away"?  Can anyone convince Steve to scan its pages and post them on his website?

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« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2006, 05:55:15 PM »

Did Badman have (at least limited) access to Steve Desper's hallowed studio log book?  The one Steve says is now "packed away"?  Can anyone convince Steve to scan its pages and post them on his website?

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« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2006, 02:54:09 AM »

Perhaps a petition is in order, to "liberate" Steve's log book.  We know Steve likes petitions, since he suggested doing one for the live stuff.
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« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2006, 04:56:56 AM »

Perhaps a petition is in order, to "liberate" Steve's log book.  We know Steve likes petitions, since he suggested doing one for the live stuff.

There ya go...get it goin', and I'll sign it!
I'll even get my whole family and neighborhood to sign it!

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« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2006, 01:15:57 PM »

We, the undersigned want you to dig out your studio log, Steve:

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« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2006, 01:17:24 PM »

We, the undersigned want you to dig out your studio log, Steve:

Aeijtzsche.

I think he'll take it more seriously if you use your real name.
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« Reply #23 on: February 17, 2006, 01:22:49 PM »

He knows my real name.
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« Reply #24 on: February 17, 2006, 01:23:33 PM »

Well, maybe you should make an official petition. I'll sign.
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