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Title: Brian's backing vocals
Post by: bgas on August 30, 2015, 09:10:36 AM
While I'm certain there's bound to be a thread or three on this, I couldn't find the right search terms to find them... 
this article/blog was from 2011 and list 15 guest vocal appearances; I really enjoyed the quote from Linda Ronstadt, which I didn't remember reading previously. 

http://popdose.com/the-very-guest-of-brian-wilson/

>>. Linda Ronstadt, “Adios” (Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, 1989) – In an interview with Holly Gleason for CD Review around the time of the album’s release, Ronstadt gushed about Brian’s brilliance, as you might well expect, but the best part of the discussion comes when she talks about the origins of their friendship. “I think we met at the Troubadour and became friends,” she said. “He lived not too far from me, when I was living above the Sunset Strip. He used to come knock on my door on a regular basis, usually on the way to the health food store. Sometimes he’d be short of money and he’d come to my back door and say, ‘I need to borrow 18 cents.’ He’d get a couple bottles of grape juice and come back and we’d drink it together. He wasn’t living at home at that point and he was having a hard time adjusting to things like doing his laundry, (so) we’d go sit in the laundromat and watch the clothes go ’round and talk about rock ‘n’ roll.”   <<


Title: Re: Brian's backing vocals
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on August 31, 2015, 01:48:30 AM
Linda moved to LA in summer 1964... so Brian had left home close to two years - was living at 7235 Hollywood Blvd  by then (when not at the Rovell's place, of course).


Title: Re: Brian's backing vocals
Post by: MrRobinsonsFather on August 31, 2015, 02:09:22 AM
Thought she meant they met in the 80's during the health food phase


Title: Re: Brian's backing vocals
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on August 31, 2015, 02:43:16 AM
I think the "18˘" is a bit of a giveaway.


Title: Re: Brian's backing vocals
Post by: MrRobinsonsFather on August 31, 2015, 02:49:43 AM
Hehehe guess your right


Title: Re: Brian's backing vocals
Post by: Smilin Ed H on August 31, 2015, 03:05:56 AM
I like a lot of his, shall we say, late period bvs, but those for Adios are my favourite


Title: Re: Brian's backing vocals
Post by: Amy B. on August 31, 2015, 06:10:56 AM
"Health food store" made me think of HIS health food store, and I thought "18 cents" just meant that he was short 18 cents of being able to buy two bottles. But "living on his own at that point" could only mean after he moved out of his parents' house or after he got rid of Landy, right? Probably the former. I did not realize that Brian made a habit of going to the health food store that early in his life.


Title: Re: Brian's backing vocals
Post by: chaki on August 31, 2015, 11:35:06 AM
what else has be done backgrounds on?


Title: Re: Brian's backing vocals
Post by: mikeddonn on August 31, 2015, 02:58:24 PM
"California" by Belinda Carlisle has fabulous Brian backing vocals too.


Title: Re: Brian's backing vocals
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on August 31, 2015, 03:05:01 PM
what else has be done backgrounds on?

Oh, a few tracks here and there...

http://www.esquarterly.com/bellagio/guesting.html (http://www.esquarterly.com/bellagio/guesting.html)


Title: Re: Brian's backing vocals
Post by: bgas on August 31, 2015, 03:16:15 PM
what else has be done backgrounds on?

Oh, a few tracks here and there...

http://www.esquarterly.com/bellagio/guesting.html (http://www.esquarterly.com/bellagio/guesting.html)

Can you please break those songs out into member by member sections for your website, so it's easier to see just who sang on which songs at a qucik glance?


Title: Re: Brian's backing vocals
Post by: Andrew G. Doe on August 31, 2015, 10:11:27 PM
No.


Title: Re: Brian's backing vocals
Post by: Ron on August 31, 2015, 10:29:11 PM
I've always liked Brian's background vocals as the best part basically of his songs.  He's really.... really..... reeeeeallly good at it. 

My favorite recently is "Strange World" on the BB's album, at the end when it all breaks down and you can just hear him doing his thing, it's amazing. 

He also has this strange way of kind of sounding off key when he does that, like he sounds sharp but I'm not sure if he really is or not.  It works and fits together really well, even if he sounds strained or a little off and adds a TON of texture to his songs. 

I don't necessarily like the wall of Brian's although I can tolerate it, but when there's some other voices mixed in, and a large portion of what's going on Brian is doing, I absolutely love it.  His voice just has a really strong texture to it, and always has.  It gives each song a Wilson sound if he's in the background pads.

Another great recent example is "I'm feeling Sad", especially the middle break, holy cow he sounds amazing.  That whine he has sometimes is just stunning, such an artful, beautiful part of his music.