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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen on: October 06, 2020, 03:03:17 PM
A very sad day in music ...
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian sings Happy Birthday for Nancy Sinatra on: July 01, 2020, 01:38:32 PM
Sweet. He was right into that ...
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Sweet Mountain on: July 01, 2020, 01:36:07 PM
The "In care of my sweet mountain" part is not on the Sandler original so I guess that's the part Brian added.  I've had that record since 1973 and I feel I hear something new in it during every play.

Sandler visited the Blueboard once and said if anyone had any questions he'd be happy to answer. I was the only taker. I asked him about Sweet Mountain and he said exactly that that, he wrote it and Brian helped on the bridge. I love that song ...
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Who's your favorite Beach Boy and why? on: January 08, 2020, 06:01:48 AM
Brian. He conjured up sorcery in music. Magical sounds that never fail to comfort or energize ...

“There is in souls a sympathy with sounds:
And as the mind is pitch'd the ear is pleased
With melting airs, or martial, brisk or grave;
Some chord in unison with what we hear
Is touch'd within us, and the heart replies.”
― William Cowper
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The night Brian Wilson made SMiLE happen in 2004 on: July 05, 2019, 06:20:53 AM
Such exciting times. I posted on Brian's Board and the original Smile Shop.

I saw the third show on Sunday at the RFH in London. I was lucky enough to get a backstage pass and meet Brian who signed my SMiLE program.

6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Favourite TV Show Themes on: June 25, 2019, 02:45:06 AM
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7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Favourite TV Show Themes on: June 24, 2019, 08:36:55 AM
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8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Favorite instrumentals on: June 24, 2019, 08:02:44 AM
Rea is one of those artists who seems to fly under the radar.

He started off commercially with his output being Middle of the Road later leaning towards the Blues but it had a very accessible slant to it.

I envy anyone who is working their way through his back catalogue for the first time. Some fabulously rich pickings there. : - )
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Scott Walker on: June 23, 2019, 10:04:46 AM
Jackie and Matilde were my two favourites, stunning vocals and the arrangements were sublime.

I have to mention Joanna written by Britain's own Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch ... : - )

It never dawned on me that Jackie Trent was a songwriter (they say you learn something new every day).

I remember her from her gorgeous hit of 1965, "Where Are You Now", which I now see she co-wrote!

Thanks for the memory, J. And rest in peace, Ms Trent.


I'm so sorry JK, I missed your reply.

Her contribution to their work has never been properly or fully acknowledged. Indeed when Hatch was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame not only wasn't she given the honor but she wasn't invited. To make things worse he never mentioned her in his acceptance speech. Trent and Hatch were divorced at that point and he was holding back Royalties for songs she had written saying she had no input into them.

I saw them in concert together in Cardiff in the early '80s and to this day it stands out as one of the best I've seen. Her voice was sublime and she had charisma in spades enough for the two of them for sure because personality wise Hatch brought zip to the table.

She wrote a book about her life which came out posthumously. She put as much as Hatch's Lawyers would allow her to of their litigation of the music which remained unresolved at the time of her death.

A tale as old as time and unbelievably sad because it had an impact on her that she was never able to resolve or come to terms with... As she said, "What happened to all the money"?
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Favorite instrumentals on: June 23, 2019, 04:52:30 AM
Chris Rea's No Work Today sounds as sweet to me today as it did when I first heard it in 1980

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY1-uYFWEII
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Honkin' Down the Highway Single/LOVE YOU Marketing on: June 21, 2019, 01:40:44 PM
Two words: Johnny Carson. 

Now there's a missed opportunity for a #1 single.   Razz

That one was (still is) an earworm for me and I really loved the tag.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Happy 77th Birthday Brian! on: June 20, 2019, 05:47:09 AM
Happy birthday Brian, your music has been the soundtrack to my life.

The journey had its ups and its downs but the music, for the most part, defies superlatives ...
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Honkin' Down the Highway Single/LOVE YOU Marketing on: June 16, 2019, 11:01:37 AM
I was quietly obsessed with Ding Dang for a long time, I can remember back in the day filling up one side of a tape cassette with it and just letting it run ... Musical nirvana, lol ...

14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Get Well Brian on: June 16, 2019, 04:45:27 AM
Thanks, JK ... Smiley

Billy, a lovely memory also all the more so because it's shared with your daughter ...
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Honkin' Down the Highway Single/LOVE YOU Marketing on: June 16, 2019, 04:39:05 AM
Of all the Beach Boys albums Love You is unique in that it has no middle ground. You either love it or hate it.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Honkin' Down the Highway Single/LOVE YOU Marketing on: June 15, 2019, 06:22:10 PM
They continued to attract a large audience because of their live shows, not because of albums like Love You and 15 Big Ones. Love you was akin to Smiley Smile in that it did not represent what the BB's were capable of doing. The label knew that and couldn't blame them for not backing it with a big money promo. Honkin' and Solar System were not marketable in the least. The ball was dropped by no one but themselves.
 


  15 BIG ONES made the Top 10. LOVE YOU was released less than a year later. Let's say "Honkin' Down the Highway" was released a week or two in front of LOVE YOU...no way it doesn't chart. Call me crazy, but that record could have been a minor hit, at least.

 


Despite your invitation to call you crazy, HDTH was not ever going to be a anything close to a hit. There was nothing on that album that was going to be considered "single" material. The mere fact that the record got little or no airplay is proof of that. The only song worth having from LY is TNWSY and man, that's about it. As was said above, it was a cult release for diehards only. I'm a die hard and I disliked it immensley.


... and then there's me who loved LY it so much I played it at least once a day for two years. I still to this day consider it to be Brian Wilson's first solo album. The Moog sound blew me away but I loved the songs too.

17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Get Well Brian on: June 15, 2019, 06:09:45 PM
Thanks, Billy, that was a nice walk down memory lane for me...
18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Favourite TV Show Themes on: June 15, 2019, 04:14:58 PM
Theme from Tales of the Unexpected.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js7T-VTL91k

St Elsewhere.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9h7ugSzlEk

Laverne and Shirley.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAnecJl_Z1A

Mary Tyler Moore Show.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYgKcUDZ-E0

Rhoda.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtjZuWxE6ho

Dharma and Greg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm3e7w2xtfU


19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: McGear reissue. on: June 15, 2019, 04:04:51 PM
The release date has been pushed back until the end of July now ... I could crush a grape: - )
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Manson - The story that never goes away ... on: June 15, 2019, 03:54:59 PM
My daughter and I were just discussing this article and coincidence of this being written just after Doris Day's death.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7145469/Did-Charles-Manson-unleash-murder-spree-Doris-Day-refused-make-rock-star.html
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Get Well Brian on: June 15, 2019, 03:34:24 PM
There's a special place in my heart for Jean Sievers; she did me an amazing kindness that I will never be able to reciprocate.

Picture this ... London 2002. My late husband, my daughter and I had gone to London to see the Pet Sounds Tour.

This was huge for me, the only wish I had in life was to be in the same room as Brian even if it was an auditorium so when the news of this tour was announced on the Blueboard everyone went nuts including me, we all quickly sent off for tickets.

We bought tickets for the Saturday night show but travelled up on Friday and checked into our hotel. We headed down into the Royal Festival Hall area on the South Bank and we wandered into the RFH to check out the venue.

I could see people lined up at the ticket area which I thought was odd because it was sold out. I asked someone why they were queuing and he said they were hoping for return seats; needless to say, we got in line with not much hope because we were three.

When we reached the desk the chap directly in front of us was handing three seats in and we snagged them for the side terrace and I was over the moon with the position.

There were many well know people there that evening, I saw Dave Gilmour and the late John Peel (DJ) a couple of tables away from us while we were having a drink.

My daughter who was fifteen at the time nipped into the RFH bookshop and bought me a copy of the 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' autobiography out of her pocket money which moved me very much.

We were all blown away with the show, you don't forget nights like that. Our position was right above the side of the stage and if you looked down, you could see the entrance the band came and went through. The roadies started putting instruments away and one came toward the tunnel, I called across to him and asked if there was any chance he could get Brian to sign the book. He said no, Brian wasn't signing autographs.

At that point, a blonde lady was making her way to the entrance and she looked up and asked what I wanted and when I told her, she said to throw the book down which I did. 

We waited for a while and just when I started to think uh, oh, there she was, "Catch" she shouted! I caught and there on the front cover was Brian's autograph. That lovely lady was Jean Sievers. Talk about the stars lining up ...
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: McGear reissue. on: May 02, 2019, 05:06:40 PM
It's good.  I include cuts from it on my my Paul McCartney playlist and it just blends in. I bought this LP when it  first came out because Paul was on the cover.

I loved the cover, the humour of it.

The artwork was always a big part of a new LP for me.

I was trying to remember the first time I saw liner notes and lyrics included in an LP and think it was the Himself album by Gilbert O'Sullivan.

23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: McGear reissue. on: May 02, 2019, 05:03:12 PM
This is for the OP. I sneaked a look at her posting history (no life!) and saw this was a favourite track of hers. Wink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4LlBuOzm-4

That was my favourite track then Leave It!

I'm really looking forward to hearing the unreleased stuff, I've always wondered about the outtakes for this album.
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / McGear reissue. on: April 20, 2019, 06:42:31 AM
Mike McCartney's McGear album to see an expanded release. I'm so pleased to see this happen. I love this album.

http://www.superdeluxeedition.com/news/mike-mcgear-mcgear-deluxe-reissue/
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Tell us about your Beach Boys collection on: April 18, 2019, 09:17:52 AM
Brian signed this so in my book it's okay to put the picture up Smiley

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