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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian going on tour with Chicago next summer on: November 30, 2021, 04:22:04 PM
Never been to KC. A good place to celebrate your 80th birthday? 🤔

06-20 Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theater
Starlight Theater is fantastic. Saw Paul Simon there several years ago. Here's a video I made:
https://youtu.be/7fV0E2Lftao?t=258
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Bernard Haitink on: October 27, 2021, 04:05:55 PM
Sad

I have whole bunch of CD's with him as conductor.

In fact, in a freaky coincidence, I was literally just 3 minutes ago listening to Mahler's 8th with him conducting! And I didn't even know he had died until I read this post 3 minutes later!
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Won't you tell me why Won't You Tell Me was left unreleased? on: October 19, 2021, 07:08:32 PM
For those who haven't heard it, here's Rick Henn's demo vocal, which is a lot more proper than the rough Brian/Carl runthrough.  Unfortunately only half the track is here, but you can get the idea:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0PE-ARIJ70

This Sundazed single comes with an extensive writeup where Henn explains that Murry came up with the melody line and he did everything else.  This conflicts with Brian's claim that he wrote the song.   
Thanks for the link, I'd never heard this one before.

Yeah, it sound like something from their earlier days. Or even something in the 80's maybe.
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Rest in Peace, Don Everly on: September 04, 2021, 06:11:00 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Egs6MEMjxc
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: RIP Charlie Watts on: August 24, 2021, 04:24:22 PM
Sad
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Rest in Peace, Don Everly on: August 23, 2021, 03:42:14 PM
Sad
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Production quality of the Sunflower/Surf's Up era on: August 19, 2021, 04:12:43 PM
What you heard is probably the change from 4-track tape machines being standard at Abbey Road to 8-track machines first being used widely on the White Album, apart from the independent studios the band would book outside Abbey Road. The simple fact of having more free tracks to overdub and not have to "bounce" sub-mixes to free up more tracks, or what they called "reduction mixes" in the UK, made the fidelity increase immediately. The more bounces that needed to be done, the worse the sound quality would get as each bounce or reduction mix was done. Every time you mix down and copy three or four tracks over to one, you lose fidelity and control over the overall mix. Whatever you're bouncing down becomes locked in - You have no more control over individual tracks. Even going from 4 to 8 tracks made a difference.
Yeah, I kinda figured that would be the case ... actually, after I wrote that I read the Wiki article on the White Album and it noted that partway through its recording, the Beatles insisted they start using some new 8-track equipment that had been sitting in the studio unused for several months.

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An even more startling change happened with "Abbey Road" when they changed gear and started using solid-state boards and preamps versus the older tube equipment. Listen to the White Album, then put on "Abbey Road". It's a drastic change in fidelity and overall sound.
I never noticed that particular change. I'll have to give the 2 albums another listen.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Production quality of the Sunflower/Surf's Up era on: August 18, 2021, 06:32:04 PM
"Low-fi" may or may not be the best word, but in general I meant that sort-of muddled sound you hear on a lot of those albums of those days.

As an aside, because it's not quite the same thing, but even when I was a teenager I always noticed the huge sonic difference between Sgt Pepper and the White Album. It was like they got an entirely new set of recording equipment at Abbey Road studios between those albums. Clearly there was a lot of new recording engineering stuff that was going on back then.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Production quality of the Sunflower/Surf's Up era on: August 18, 2021, 04:49:40 PM
And come to think of it, JA's Volunteers album also has a similar muddled sound:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxA3Q96a8XE
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Production quality of the Sunflower/Surf's Up era on: August 18, 2021, 04:39:29 PM
^Here we go:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3uaXCJcRrE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5yK1EpMV0U

Same kind of dampened sound as This Whole World:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPe78FgI9ro
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Production quality of the Sunflower/Surf's Up era on: August 18, 2021, 04:35:44 PM
I actually can see what the OP is talking about. There is a lot of stuff in the early 70's that has a similar low-fi sound to it. Carole King's Tapestry album and James Taylor's albums of the same era have a similar sound. It sounds like they were recorded in a studio that was covered with sound-dampening materials on the wall, or something.
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: DUSTY HILL ZZ TOP Bass Player R.I.P. on: July 28, 2021, 04:24:43 PM
Sad
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Playlist suggestions for Country Rock songs on: July 15, 2021, 04:18:55 PM
How about stuff from the Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead or American Beauty albums?
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The layout of Columbia Studio, Hollywood on: July 13, 2021, 03:08:08 PM
This is a classic nerdy-style BB thread topic here on SmileySmile, LOL.
15  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles on: June 08, 2021, 04:30:49 PM
Is it just me or does it seem as if the Beatles' overall popularity has cooled a little these days?  Not that I put much stock in Rolling Stone but it was a tad eye-opening when Sgt. Pepper unceremoniously dropped off the top spot of their "500 Greatest Albums" list and fell into the teens.  And besides that they just don't seem to be getting quite as much general attention they usually get.  I don't have much evidence to base this off but just have noticed that vibe in the last few years. 
The Rolling Stone thing was their reaction to criticism that they had too many white male rock bands at the top of the list.

I think over time their popularity will gradually fade, but no different than anybody else. I mean, not even Beethoven is as popular as he was 100 years ago.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Anniversary of Event that influenced a Beach Boy song on: May 05, 2021, 03:52:01 PM
"America was stunned on May 4, 1970"

It just occurred to me that this event took place on Star Wars Day. :D
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: RIP Rusty Young of Poco on: April 19, 2021, 03:38:52 PM
I'd heard Crazy Love many times (great song!) but never paid attention to who performed it until now.

RIP. Sad
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What if the Wilsons had had a neighbor that played drums in 1961? on: March 01, 2021, 03:16:32 PM
He might have gotten better as time wen on. But it seems to me if he'd been a good player in the 60's they would have utilized him more?
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: What if the Wilsons had had a neighbor that played drums in 1961? on: February 25, 2021, 04:21:44 PM
The main "what if" I wonder about the BB's would be what if Mike Love was a much better saxophone player? He could have played a lot more sax parts in their songs, sorta like Clarence Clemons was for Springsteen. So he would probably also have sung less. And maybe if he had sung less he wouldn't have tried to claim co-writing songs he didn't really contribute much to the writing of.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson Barry Gibb Instagram Exchange on: February 17, 2021, 04:16:39 PM
Really nice!!
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Phil Spector died on: January 25, 2021, 03:24:35 PM
Some while ago on Youtube I watched a video with an interview with him somewhere in the 60's, well before his accident, and even back then he was a very strange guy - very awkward and seemingly socially very introverted, or something. I guess one of those eccentric genius types.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 8 Bit Pet Sounds - must listen! on: January 19, 2021, 04:01:11 PM
LOL.
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Phil Spector died on: January 17, 2021, 03:18:38 PM
RIP, with complex feelings.
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A on: January 11, 2021, 06:11:54 PM
Lately I've been listening to Ralph Vaughn Williams' symphonies.
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles on: December 28, 2020, 03:18:58 PM
I'm amazed there's still 55 hours of never released anything of the Beatles.
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