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51  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: March 18, 2014, 02:53:54 AM
What is the story behind the album cover of the 2001 anthology, Hawthorne, CA: Birthplace of a Musical Legacy? Did any photo-shopping shenanigans occur, or is it actually a vintage image? It's been difficult obtaining a high resolution image to study it thoroughly...

Quite sure that it's a Photoshop creation. It's especially evident in the promo poster of the album cover Grin

Gotcha and many thanks for confirming my suspicion, Metal Flake Point!
52  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: March 17, 2014, 12:15:18 PM
What is the story behind the album cover of the 2001 anthology, Hawthorne, CA: Birthplace of a Musical Legacy? Did any photo-shopping shenanigans occur, or is it actually a vintage image? It's been difficult obtaining a high resolution image to study it thoroughly...
53  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Problem Child is criminally underrated on: March 15, 2014, 05:39:29 PM
Just curious...does anyone know if the group contributed any instrumentation to Problem Child, or was it just a case of overdubbing vocals only?
54  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: March 14, 2014, 12:26:03 PM
Hi all,

I have a question pertaining to three tracks first released on the 1993 Good Vibrations box set that I hope someone can shed light upon. Does anyone have the exact (or as close as possible) recording dates for the following? Many thanks!


1.   Surfin’ USA (demo version with Brian banging away on piano; according to Bellagio, the master was recorded on January 5, 1963)
2.   In My Room (demo version with full band; the master was recorded in July 1963)
3.   Little Surfer Girl (30-second unfinished Brian song)



1 - logic dictates late December 1962. But when did logic ever apply to The Beach Boys ?

2 - given the touring they were doing summer 1963, my best guess would be (if not during the Surfer Girl sessions of god-only-knows-when, July), then maybe June 13th-ish, or even late May. Candidly, I have no idea.

3 - recorded when Brian was rooming with Bob Norberg. Viki Korcher remembers it, so anywhere between fall 1962 and summer 1963.



Exactly...logic rarely applies to the boys' studio or live recordings. Every little kernel of knowledge helps. Thanks so much for your invaluable assistance, Andrew.
55  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Problem Child is criminally underrated on: March 13, 2014, 07:23:22 PM
I appreciate it, Bgas. My problem is now solved! Many, many thanks to Mikie as well.
56  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: March 13, 2014, 06:51:51 PM
Hi all,

I have a question pertaining to three tracks first released on the 1993 Good Vibrations box set that I hope someone can shed light upon. Does anyone have the exact (or as close as possible) recording dates for the following? Many thanks!


1.   Surfin’ USA (demo version with Brian banging away on piano; according to Bellagio, the master was recorded on January 5, 1963)
2.   In My Room (demo version with full band; the master was recorded in July 1963)
3.   Little Surfer Girl (30-second unfinished Brian song)
57  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Problem Child is criminally underrated on: March 13, 2014, 06:38:51 PM
Lately I've been scouring the Beach Boys' discography and creating my very own master playlist in iTunes of their songs that didn't appear on a BB's studio album. I have checked both iTunes and Amazon for a digital copy of Problem Child (either the single or album version) but have had no luck. Does anyone know when the song last appeared on a compilation or album? I'd love to obtain the best-sounding MP3 of Problem Child if anyone can help. Thanks.
58  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 30 years ago today. on: December 29, 2013, 08:34:08 PM
Diaphanous Moiety, John Manning, Mr. Wilson, and Help Me Shady:  Your approval is definitely appreciated regarding the "Like Heat From a Blast Furnace..." DW article. I plan on doing many more Beach Boys features as my career advances, hopefully with my very own retro pop culture news website by 2015!
59  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 30 years ago today. on: December 28, 2013, 10:04:01 PM
http://www.examiner.com/article/like-heat-from-a-blast-furnace-the-sheer-raw-force-of-beach-boy-dennis-wilson
Like Heat From a Blast Furnace: The Sheer Raw Force of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson

This 3,600 word in-depth feature of mine kinda slipped through the cracks, but it features some cool interviews with Mr. Doe, Jon Stebbins, c-man, and Mike Eder about one of their favorite subjects.
60  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Happy Birthday Carl on: December 23, 2013, 12:20:21 AM
Lonely Summer, what else stands out regarding your 1983 meeting with Carl?  Can you tell us how the quick M&G came about?

And Metal Flake Paint, I appreciate your  thumbs up very much. Many thanks!
61  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Happy Birthday Carl on: December 21, 2013, 06:25:23 PM
Wish I could have met Carl. He was one of the good guys. You wonder how much unreleased Carl material is still sitting in a vault somewhere. Earlier today, I wrote about Carl & The Passions -- So Tough and included some new quotes from Jon Stebbins and Andrew.  Minutes after I had published it, Brian's Twitter feed mentioned that today would have been Carl's 67th birthday. Fortuitous timing...


http://www.examiner.com/review/carl-and-the-passions-so-tough-the-beach-boys-misunderstood-1972-rock-opus
'Carl and the Passions – So Tough:' The Beach Boys' Misunderstood 1972 Rock Opus
62  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian with Jeff Beck Fall Tour Dates on: August 05, 2013, 01:09:50 PM
This is amazing news.  It should be interesting to see Brian at the 4,000 seater St. Augustine Amphitheatre, definitely a step up for him. That's where the 50th Anniversary tour made one of their earliest stop....also where the PBS special filmed. About two weeks ago I saw The Monkees at the amphitheatre, and while folks had an amazing time (more young people than at Beach Boys show), it was only 60% full. Can Brian fill the venue?
63  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: More studio news on: June 05, 2013, 11:15:59 PM
You're more than welcome, Ziggy.

John Manning... I don't think Brian is working on two albums simultaneously. Mark Lindsay was referring to the fact that if Brian decides to not include their collaboration on his forthcoming album, there's always the next solo album on down the road. Of course, assuming that Brian keeps recording. Sorry for any confusion.
64  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: More studio news on: June 05, 2013, 03:15:41 PM
I really appreciate your kind remarks, OregonRiverRider. Thanks.
65  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: More studio news on: June 04, 2013, 09:37:03 PM
Coincidentally, I got to interview Mark Lindsay earlier today. I had no idea that he had composed a song with Brian until about a hour before the interview, so thank God for Smiley Smile. I got a few teeny, tiny details...

Lindsay said he was in California last week on business and dropped into Ocean Way for less than 10 minutes to visit & listen to what Brian was doing, who was recording. Foskett took the photo of them together.  I asked if it would be a Beach Boys or Brian recording...Lindsay said solo Brian. He said he wasn't sure if the song would appear on Brian's upcoming album...perhaps the next album.

I tried to get Lindsay to tell me the title, but he laughed and said he couldn't. He thinks it's part of another, larger song, so there may be a couple of additional writers on it. I pressed him a bit regarding what the song was about. In his words, "If I tell you the lyrics, I'll let the cat out of the bag. But it's a love song about a boy and a girl or about two lovers of any sex for that matter." At this point Lindsay hasn't recorded any vocals, but he left the possibility open.

He mentioned that his friendship with Brian only blossomed in the last couple of years. He used to hang out with Carl, Dennis, and Bruce, but he was always intimidated by Brian.

My favorite Lindsay quote: "The man is a genius, there's no question about it. He may not sing like he did in the '60s, but he still thinks like he did back in the '60s. He still has it...all those harmonies in his head just like he did. There's only one Brian."

Currently performing on the Happy Together '60s package tour (how I got the interview in the first place), Lindsay told me that he will be in New Jersey when Brian plays there on July 20 and plans on attending the show.

Believe it or not, last year when I saw the Beach Boys in St. Augustine, Florida, I was heading into the amphitheatre when guess who I see walking in front of me with a baseball cap...Mark Lindsay and his wife, Deb. Nobody else seemed to recognize him. After they were seated, I simply walked up, said that was I a fan, sat down and chatted for a few minutes, and got his autograph. I should have got a picture, I know. Guess I was nervous about making a scene. Apparently the former Raider saw The Beach Boys a number of times last year when they were in Florida. Definitely a nice, approachable guy.
66  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Great Carli Munoz interview on: February 16, 2013, 04:27:10 PM
Many thanks for sharing the link. It was especially insightful to read about Carli's insights on the 2008 reissue of POB. By the way, the "James B Rieley" gentleman who commented on the article...would he happen to be the Jack Rieley?
67  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Ode to Bobbie Gentry: The music and mystery of a Mississippi Delta Queen on: February 15, 2013, 12:48:04 PM
Rocker,

I feel kinda ashamed, but I haven't had a chance to hear Tony Joe White's album yet. But last night I was listening to Elvis sing For Ol' Times Sake and I've Got A Thing About You Baby from the July 1973 Stax sessions in Memphis. Two of my favorites. So I'm nearly there...

Jimmie Haskell played accordion on Elvis' GI Blues soundtrack in April 1960. The accordion song that sticks out is "Wooden Heart."
68  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Ode to Bobbie Gentry: The music and mystery of a Mississippi Delta Queen on: February 15, 2013, 12:08:47 PM
That was a wonderful link to the Jim Stafford interview. Hope he will eventually be comfortable talking about Bobbie on the record.

Earlier this week I finally got around to publishing my interview with Grammy-winning arranger Jimmie Haskell (worked with Rick Nelson, Elvis, hundreds of others)


Bobbie Gentry Had The Most Gorgeous Legs Ever: On The Record With Jimmie Haskell
http://www.examiner.com/article/bobbie-gentry-had-the-most-gorgeous-legs-ever-on-the-record-with-jimmie-haskell


Here is what Haskell talks about...

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Haskell sets the record straight on his initial meeting with Gentry (she liked his beard), recording the string arrangement for "Ode to Billie Joe" as if it were a movie, Capitol being initially embarrassed by the recording, how the alluring songwriter handily dealt with the musician who claimed he "produced" "Ode to Billie Joe", and what it was like to receive a Grammy for the legendary song.

Believe it or not, the easy-going and forthright gentleman briefly dated the girl with the most beautiful legs ever. Once she became wealthy, Haskell analyzes whether fame and fortune affected Gentry's personality in an adverse manner. A glaring example: what occurred backstage at a Memphis Symphony concert when a facility manager did not meet her demands.

And has the singer/songwriter attempted to rejuvenate her long-dormant recording career? You might be surprised at Haskell's revelation that an out-of-the-blue phone call after decades of non-communication was poised to reunite the duo in the studio but inexplicably failed to materialize.
69  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Rick Nelson: Remembering the \ on: February 11, 2013, 11:43:18 AM
I've always wanted to see The Everly Brothers live. Was it roughly eight years ago when they opened for Simon & Garfunkel on a tour? With all the great word-of-mouth & publicity, I wish they would have cut a new studio album and rode all the buzz. Maybe they still can't work together. Sorry for getting further & further away from Rick Nelson. We'll get back on track eventually.


PS...Has anyone heard a long-unreleased Everly Brothers song called "Even If I Hold It In My Hand (Hard Luck Story)?" Written by Don about suicide and recorded on January 6, 1967...Glen Campbell plays a killer 30-second solo. Fans finally heard it in 1993.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b8DoGqtRGU
70  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Tomorrow is the big day! on: February 09, 2013, 08:09:08 PM
No one has mentioned this tidbit...CBS showed footage of The Beach Boys performing and a little interview with Brian & Mike tonight (Saturday) on "The Grammys Will Go On: A Death In The Family", a new one-hour special on CBS about the 2012 ceremony and how it all quickly came together in the aftermath of Whitney Houston's death. It aired at 9:00 PM East Coast time.
71  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Rick Nelson: Remembering the \ on: February 02, 2013, 05:42:03 PM
I didn't know John Beland felt that way...did he make his remarks in an official interview somewhere?
72  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Rick Nelson: Remembering the \ on: February 02, 2013, 05:21:37 PM
Yeah, Rick had so many record-related setbacks in his final years. A 1978 album with Al Kooper was rejected by Epic Records, then the Memphis Sessions was inexplicably rejected by the same label. The Playing To Win 1981 Capitol LP was released but had terrible sales. Then a second record for the label was scuttled. Wish Rick's family would get concerned about his legacy. No major label compilations since the Greatest Love Songs set in 2008 on Capitol. But at least we have the indie collector labels like Real Gone Music & Bear Family. They are probably our only hope in getting the sessions out.
73  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Rick Nelson: Remembering the \ on: February 01, 2013, 09:44:02 AM
https://medium.com/@jeremylr/true-love-ways-a-glimpse-inside-the-tangled-web-of-rick-nelsons-final-album-cff2ad08795c
True Love Ways: A glimpse inside the tangled web of Rick Nelson's final album

I have continued to pursue my interest in Rick Nelson.  I wrote another article examining Rick's final, still-unreleased 1985 album for Curb Records. Hopefully I touched on some topics that might be new to you. Here's part of the introduction...

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Did you know that there is a complete album of unreleased Rick Nelson songs in someone's possession? Indeed, the "You Just Can't Quit" songwriter was working on a new rockabilly “comeback” album for Curb Records at the time of his fateful collision with destiny on December 31, 1985.

For decades Nelson had been uncomfortable performing many of his greatest hits live. His personal mantra of "if memories were all I sang, I'd rather drive a truck" as immortalized in "Garden Party" haunted him, not unlike Pete Townshend's declaration that "I hope I die before I get old" in the anthemic "My Generation."

But his fans never stopped yearning to hear Nelson perform the tunes that made him a household name. When rockabilly experienced an unexpected revival in the early '80s as the Stray Cats landed several huge hits with "Stray Cat Strut" and "(She's) Sexy + 17", Nelson finally realized that his legacy was worth celebrating. Consequently, classic artists such as Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, and Nelson himself began to command better-paying gigs in front of screaming, appreciative fans.
74  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Ode to Bobbie Gentry: The music and mystery of a Mississippi Delta Queen on: January 02, 2013, 05:33:17 PM
The OleMiss link to the original lyrics for Ode to Billie Joe is beyond impressive. I had never seen those before, so many thanks for posting, RN57.

I have always wanted to read Glen Campbell's recollections of working with Bobbie but have never found any interviews where he goes into much detail. If someone does, please post the link(s) on here.

The two songs recorded with Jody Reynolds are also available on iTunes/Amazon. I agree with your assessment that it is very surprising that it took an additional four years for Bobbie to gain major notice. Hopefully I will uncover more of what was happening in Bobbie's life/career during those years.
75  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Rick Nelson, a voice possessing effortlessness and tossed-off coolness on: January 02, 2013, 05:20:23 PM
Guitarfool2002 suggested I create this topic, so here goes. I have published several Rick Nelson-related interviews, including James Burton, Sam Nelson (Rick's youngest son), 1992's "Teenage Idol, Travelin' Man" author Philip Bashe, and producer-arranger Jimmie Haskell.

Fittingly, after playing a roof-raising rockabilly concert that ended with Buddy Holly's defiant ode to endless rockin', "Rave On", the dashing singer boarded a dilapidated DC-3 aircraft with his band and fiancé. Destination: a New Year's Eve concert in Dallas, Texas. It was never to be.

I have a conversation with Sheree Homer, who wrote "Rock 'N' Roll Pioneer," the first book dedicated to the singer in 20 years. So if you've never heard of Rick Nelson, check out the following and see what you think. We cover his rockabilly and early songwriting efforts in detail.

During the late '50s and early '60s, he was second only to the King of Rock and Roll in terms of record sales and overall popularity, eventually notching 53 singles on Billboard's Top 100 through 1973. Nelson, perhaps unconsciously, helped usher rock and roll into the mainstream in 1957 via the long-running family comedy series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, an era when many uptight parents forbade their children from watching the pulsating, highly sensual gyrations of the more threatening Presley.

https://medium.com/@jeremylr/a-voice-possessing-effortlessness-and-tossed-off-coolness-rick-nelson-remembered-64cd67ee3e4e
A Voice Possessing Effortlessness and Tossed-Off Coolness: Rick Nelson Remembered


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