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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mike Kowalski and Ed Carter play on Nick Drake's Bryter Layter album, 1970. on: January 22, 2018, 08:16:39 AM
In 1968, Mike Kowalski and Ed Carter were members of a band in London called The New Nadir who supported the likes of Ten Years After, Jethro Tull and Jeff Beck at The Marquee Club.
Producer Joe Boyd signs the band to his company Witchseason Productions, home of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, John & Beverley Martyn, among others.
Boyd asks Mike and Ed to record on a number of tracks on Nick Drake's Bryter Later as he needs a rhythm section for one of that album's sessions.
So the connection is Joe Boyd and Witchseason Productions.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Holland was released 45 years ago today. on: January 10, 2018, 06:43:53 AM
A couple of posters on this thread have been asking if there's been a good book about Holland. I remembered the Shelley Benoit booklet that I first read in Kingsley Abbott's Back To The Beach compendium, and found a link to it here :

Should tell you quite a lot about the making of Holland - not everything, but fills in several gaps !
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Musical Discussion: The Bee Gees on: October 24, 2016, 08:56:41 AM
A very underrated band. I started a similar thread back in 2013 here :,16716.0.html

There are some good posts, it would be great to revive this discussion with the current board membership.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: I Love Kokomo on: June 14, 2016, 11:25:48 AM
Carl's vocal tag is the soul of Kokomo !
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: situation with Yes and Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman reminds me of the BB's on: May 21, 2016, 05:24:16 AM
Went to see the current version of Yes last week. A phenomenal gig despite the issue of the band's current "is it really Yes without so and so ?" lineup (Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, vocalist Jon Davison and bassist Billy Sherwood).
Playing the albums Drama and Fragile in full plus other highlights, Steve Howe in particular was on fire, bassist Billy Sherwood did a sterling job covering the much-missed Chris Squire and I found a new appreciation of how tricky their music can be.
It was loud, pompous, excessive, prog-tastic and on this showing, I'd definitely go and see them again.

Setlist :

Onward (Chris Squire tribute)

Drama set -

Machine Messiah
White Car
Does It Really Happen ?
Into The Lens
Run Through The Light
Tempus Fugit

Time & A Word
Siberian Khatru


Don't Kill The Whale
Owner Of A Lonely Heart

Fragile set -

Cans & Brahms
We Have Heaven
South Side Of The Sky
Five Percent For Nothing
Long Distance Runaround
The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)
Mood For A Day
Heart Of The Sunrise

Starship Trooper
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2016 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour) on: May 20, 2016, 12:29:37 PM
Any danger of this going back on topic, please, mods ?

Actually, I know the answer to this question - there will be some reports from London soon, so hopefully that'll steer things in the right direction...
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Lifetime ban on AGD on: May 20, 2016, 11:42:08 AM
Just watched this - particularly like the way AGD introduces himself and tells the host of his passion for our heroes...
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Kokomo Evian Advert ! on: May 20, 2016, 11:07:09 AM
An advert for Evian Water with a cover of Kokomo - what fresh hell is this ?! *

*Disclaimer : I like Kokomo, but this is terrible...
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 'Darlin' featured on The Big Bang Theory TV show on: December 14, 2015, 08:42:59 AM
Having now actually seen the clip :

It's very nice and all, but is it worthy of all this fuss ?

Btw, I love The Big Bang Theory !
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Opinions on LGBT rights on: December 04, 2015, 03:00:29 AM
When Sean O'Hagan of The High Llamas met up with The Beach Boys to discuss producing an album for them :

Sharing whole article for context, but drawing particular attention to the following paragraph :

'Mike Love was less than hospitable. "He called me a blueboarder straight away, because I'm from England. 'You're all blueboarders,' he said. I was stunned. But it's weird - he's totally homophobic, but he struts about like a Seventies camp queen, doing his little breath mint wiggle. "Why all the gay moves, Mike?" ' *

*board has automatically changed words above to "blueboarder", the rest of the article's a fascinating insight into how BB-land worked at the time...

11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Check out Brad Mehldau’s God Only Knows on: December 01, 2015, 02:27:10 AM
An interesting and uplifting interpretation. I'm familiar with Brad's work but hadn't heard this before, thanks for sharing.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Mike Love Article/Interview from Yahoo/The West Australian on: November 19, 2015, 09:24:36 AM
At least the interview comes with an up-to-date photo of the touring BB's - quite a good one too...
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What if the band had their own Geffen/Azoff/Grant type Manager? on: November 16, 2015, 02:48:12 PM
It seems fairly obvious from their chequered history that our heroes would definitely have benefited from a strong manager - God Only Knows what would have happened with a bit of stability, continuity and consistency.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Lady Lynda: A Masterpiece on: October 05, 2015, 12:45:15 AM
I love the acapella sections, wish they could go on a bit longer. And I agree, the Knebworth version is great...
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Unread Carl Wilson Interview from 1982 on: September 12, 2015, 05:19:10 AM
"These kids would buy these huge Marshall amps, crank them up and those simple little melodies would just roar."

Marshall amps ?

Correct me if I'm wrong but surely the sound of Dick Dale and other contemporary surf pickers would come from California's own Fender amps and reverb units ?
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Some cool \ on: August 01, 2015, 03:55:19 AM
Any demand for a Beachago tour in 2016 or beyond ? International, of course...
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Good M&B \ on: July 22, 2015, 11:19:26 AM
Ahem...surely the big news here is that Mike is considering adding "Trader" and "Feel Flows" to the setlist ?
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's music being influenced by 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon music on: July 19, 2015, 04:32:39 AM
According to "Wouldn't It Be Nice", the Brian pseudo biography, he used to watch Mr Rogers' Neighbourhood every morning.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Carol Kaye is at It again on: July 17, 2015, 08:55:06 AM
Not de-railing this thread too far, but as a 5-string player myself, it's not all about going down to the low B - playing runs further up the fingerboard is made easier and there are more options for finding the required notes.

To dismiss 5-string basses as tasteless is frankly untrue and insulting to players who use them and love them.

(By the way, I also love 4-string basses - I'm playing my 4-string fretless at a gig tonight !)
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: RIO GRANDE - INDIAN WISDOM on: July 15, 2015, 09:16:35 AM
Timothy White mentions "Indian Wisdom" as a Smile track in "The Nearest Faraway Place", however, I'm with Andrew - I've never seen such a track mentioned anywhere else as being a part of Smile.
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: July 14, 2015, 02:48:29 PM
Just bumping this from the "Mid '80s Yamaha Keyboard" thread, but what's with Bruce giving Foskett a little slap around the chops at 6.40/6.41 ?  Huh
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Mid '80s Yamaha Keyboard on: July 14, 2015, 05:40:15 AM
Never mind about that - I'm more concerned by the little slap round the chops Bruce gives Foskett at 6.40/6.41  Huh
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Carol Kaye is at It again on: July 13, 2015, 10:09:45 AM
Have just got back from seeing "Love & Mercy" and can safely report that Carol Kaye is shown to be nothing but one of the top studio musicians of the day...
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Fendertones raise the bar with \ on: June 15, 2015, 01:56:07 AM
Fabulous - a real treat !
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: So Tough/Holland=Barely any Brian on them and yet..fave albums of many here. on: June 14, 2015, 01:21:26 AM
Am I the only person who thinks KTSA isn't actually that bad ?
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