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126  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What if the Wilsons had had a neighbor that played drums in 1961? on: February 28, 2021, 08:35:21 AM
Could well be, but Sunflower was recorded after all of that, and IMHO that was the top of creative time with the Beach Boys. And he was in good shape through the mid 70s and his zenith POB. Seems like the downfall started after his relationship with Karen Lamb....that's when I've read it started to go badly for him with the drugs and stuff. The slide to Christine McVie was then a noticeable down hill spiral, worsening drugs and alcohol, leading to a downfall in lifestyle and performing/recording. Who really knows....but what a sad ending....What If?
127  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What if the Wilsons had had a neighbor that played drums in 1961? on: February 28, 2021, 06:55:09 AM
The "What If" I always think of with Dennis....what if he had stayed clean and sober, he would have likely taken the band in a very different direction, in those later ''America's Band" years. Sadly though a lot of those later years shows that he drummed in(as his voice was mostly shot and lost on stage) was accompanied on video of usually Carl, sometimes Bruce, constantly turning around to check on his drumming, was he ok, was he keeping time correctly etc... ergo the reason for the 2cd drummer, primarily for the shows he failed to show up for. What If, indeed!
128  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What if the Wilsons had had a neighbor that played drums in 1961? on: February 28, 2021, 06:52:01 AM
The "What If" I always think of with Dennis....what if he had stayed clean and sober, he would have likely taken the band in a very different direction, in those later ''America's Band" years. Sadly though a lot of those later years shows that he drummed in(as his voice was mostly shot and lost on stage) was accompanied on video of usually Carl, sometimes Bruce, constantly turning around to check on his drumming, was he ok, was he keeping time correctly etc... ergo the reason for the 2cd drummer, primarily for the shows he failed to show up for. What If, indeed!
129  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys re-unite for “Add Some Music to Your Day” re-recording. on: February 26, 2021, 05:23:44 PM
Just a lovely video and recording by all involved. Wouldn't it be great if there was a CD of classic Beach Boy tunes re-recorded by this group including the boys family and friends! How awesome would that be
130  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Al Jardine 2021 Clubhouse interview on: February 26, 2021, 04:19:55 AM
The new version of ways of Love is growing on me a bit. But I too do prefer the Carl Wilson infused version better.
131  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: shirt on: February 24, 2021, 12:57:59 PM
I've listened to the You Tube concert recording, and Looking a Tomorrow in particular. It's ok, not a great recording, but it was a great show. When they went into LAT, I was almost in a frenzy! It was a great version.
132  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: shirt on: February 23, 2021, 04:43:20 AM
Yes Billy Joel was there too. Place was packed and shaking. Back in the day when the Beach Boys could sell out major Arenas like this and Rattle the rafters
133  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: shirt on: February 22, 2021, 06:42:28 AM
I saw them on that tour, at the Meadowlands in NJ, Dennis' last tour. I'll always remember when he came out in the encore and sang YASB, his voice was so shot, so raspy, that the next days papers said Joe Cocker had shown up to sing it. But they also performed some long lost classics like Looking at Tomorrow...it was a great show.
134  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: RIP Carl, 23 years ago today on: February 19, 2021, 09:47:30 AM
Not Carl's best interview exactly, and since it was 1977, I'm thinking he may have been a bit out of it there.
135  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys bought on: February 19, 2021, 09:40:53 AM
Without knowing all the details, I was kind of thinking the same thing about a 60th reunion being built up, and then put the originals to rest. But 2 things come to mind that may create an issue...1.0 Covid, though if it's late this year or early next maybe we are assed that, and 2.) Mike Love's touring Beach Boys. W/O really knowing the specs, can Azoff and the others now say "enough Mike, this is hw we're doing it now, going forward" and sort of pull the plug on that if its not in the best interests of the brand? I wonder.....hard for me to believe Love would go into this if that wa he case, but we should find out more in the coming months. I still think, in general, it's a good idea to preserve the brand, expand it, and sort of maybe serve as an annuity to the others and their families.
136  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Problem Child on CD on: February 19, 2021, 06:50:20 AM
I have the Four Seasons Box.....by the way, some of the latter day Seasons track are really good, like Patch of Blue are really good. But East Meets West was an added bonus!
137  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys bought on: February 19, 2021, 04:32:27 AM
Was also wondering the same thing about the non corporate members David Marks and Bruce Johnston. Bruce definitely makes his money touringr. Be fascinating to get his thoughts on this if they were true and real.
138  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: “A Postcard from California” Reissues on: February 17, 2021, 02:37:56 AM
I have all 3 of these too...sort of like the sliegh bells/ organ version probably because of the addition pn Carl's part.
139  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Problem Child on CD on: February 17, 2021, 02:35:55 AM
This would've been a pretty good collection of most of their latter day releases, must better than what was released officially. Too bad.
140  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach With Ya Baby (fest. Scott Bennett & Al Jardine) on: February 16, 2021, 02:14:29 PM
First I've ever heard of this song but I liked it. I wonder what's happened with Scott Bennett since his problems of a few years ago
141  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Last known pictures of Dennis and Carl on: February 15, 2021, 11:52:02 AM
Definitely 83 probably sometime between April and July as Dennis looks similar to the way he looked in Seattle video but looks worse than he looked in the 1982 video from candlestick park when he looked pretty good
142  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Problem Child on CD on: February 14, 2021, 07:09:24 AM
Never really got what they were trying to do with the song selection for Still Crusin. My only thought is they figured the new songs were weak, so to push sales to include some of the old hits Definitely would have een beeter to have included some of their lesser known non movie songs of the 80's and 90's like the ones you mentioned, if only for the sake of originality, and let the chips fall where they may
143  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: “A Postcard from California” Reissues on: February 12, 2021, 03:27:09 AM
I really like Jenny Clover. Similar to if not the exact mix that was on the SoundCloud station a couple of years ago. With regards to Waves of Love I actually like the Carl Wilson prominent version better than this one. This one seems to drag a little bit maybe cuz it lacks Carl on it but I think his version sounds best. Either way glad we have somewhat new music by Al.
144  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Spirit of Rock N Roll - Hallmark (Songs from Here and Back) version on: February 12, 2021, 03:17:00 AM
I agree I thought the original version on the 25th year anniversary special was the best one. Brian's solo version lost a lot in the translation I thought
145  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: My Safari with The Beach Boys: The Orgins of Weekend and Mary Ann on: February 11, 2021, 06:51:17 AM
Great stuff. And BTW Thru My Window is absolutley a great collection of music...the most Beach Boys sounding collective material I have ever heard....and very strong recordnings and vocals.
146  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Great 1985 footage on: February 03, 2021, 03:52:28 AM
Some really good music on Beach Boys 85 including the very underrated Where I Belong what I consider to be their best work in the 80s by far. It's a shame there's not more footage of those sessions available to the public
147  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys History In Boston? on: January 30, 2021, 04:32:52 PM
Tower Records, near the back bay....some great times spent there!!
148  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Is there a reason why 'Still Cruisin' is not on Spotify ....or anywhere on: January 28, 2021, 07:36:15 AM
Mike Love to the T!
149  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Al Still Talking 60th on: January 23, 2021, 04:32:31 PM
I like Pretty Funky's idea about a small show at A's Red Barn, with Family and Friends in attendance, including key former bandmates like Billy Hinshe, Ed Carter, and Mike Kowalski, and Carl and Dennis' family too. If that's not a big enough draw for the networks, I'd definitely pay to see that on Pay TV.
150  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Remembering Dennis? on: December 31, 2020, 02:22:36 PM
I remember I first heard it on the 11 pm news....and being beyond shocked. As others have mentioned, in those pre internet/social media days, I had no idea of his struggles, or the dissension within the band for that matter. Social media, or lack thereof, actually made things easier from that perspective,. Still  I was shocked, and very sad. He was one of a kind, and left a tremendous legacy.
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