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626  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The final aborted Beach Boy's album on: December 06, 2007, 07:48:27 PM
Sadly, I don't have it, and can't find it in an image search. It was small and in color with the photographer's name on the side.
627  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The final aborted Beach Boy's album on: December 06, 2007, 04:50:46 PM
No. The picture is definitely '94 - '96, with Brian at a grand piano, and Al, Mike (wearing a loud sweater), Carl and Bruce surrounding him. Definitely in a studio.
628  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The final aborted Beach Boy's album on: December 06, 2007, 03:11:16 PM
Does anyone know either where, or with whom, the whole "Carl walked out of the '95 sessions" story came about? While talking with Mike Love about the sessions, he seemed to me to have felt very positive towards the working arrangement. The only negativvity towards the project was from what I've read/heard of Carl bailing, and of course Bruce's downplaying of the material and importance of the sessions. There was a photo taken of the group during the Don Was sessions, that's been around for a while, although some have said it's actually fron the S&S sessions (the guys around Brian at a piano) -- any clarification on which sessions that was taken at? I've ALSO read that Carl had wanted "Run Don't Walk" to be included in any future project with the band. My question again; where and to whom are these "facts" (first) attributed to?
629  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The final aborted Beach Boy's album on: December 04, 2007, 09:36:56 PM
In a 2005 interview I conducted with Bruce Johnston, I asked him to shed some light on the aborted reunion sessions.

Here's a direct quote from Bruce: "That was a courtesy to Brian for us to be there. Brian certainly wasn't at any kind of peak in those days, but we respected his history and achievements for us to go and record with him and see what it might sound like. We were just trying to support someone who had been successful and good for us. I think if you use your ears, you'll hear that those tapes don't really lift off. It's fine -- but not fine enough."
630  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brief Anecdote Re \ on: November 19, 2007, 10:53:00 AM
That's it for the BB's in the book, and the incident actually got him pulled from working with the Beach Boys. I just interviewed Ken extensively, and reminded him that there was a reason for his doubts as to hit-potential of "Barbara Ann" -- namely the failure "The Little Girl I Once Knew." He agreed but said he had forgotten to mention it in the book. Highly, highly recomended read. A really sweet guy too.
631  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Stebbins to Write 5 More Beach Boy Books on: May 31, 2007, 06:34:46 PM
"ROCKY PAMPLIN: The Snuggling Beach Boy"
632  Smiley Smile Stuff / Ask The Honored Guests / Re: The Mark Linett Thread on: March 31, 2007, 02:35:43 PM
Wow. I never knew that those were among the missing. What a shame. I'm curious if there was a definitive "new" mix made of "Wouldn't It Be Nice To Live Again," as it was among the tracks (early on) being considered for the project.

By the way, I'm looking forward to the new 'Berries CD/DVD.

Howie
633  Smiley Smile Stuff / Ask The Honored Guests / Re: The Mark Linett Thread on: March 31, 2007, 12:31:02 PM
Hey Mark --

I have an advance of the album and the new mixes sound fantastic. Question: Was there a specific reason why "The Little Girl That I Once Knew" wasn't remixed for stereo? To me, it's the only real dissapointment on the set. The song is BEGGING for a remix.

Keep up the good work,

Howie
634  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New \ on: March 10, 2007, 02:09:49 PM
Unfortunately, judging from the tracklisting to the comp, NOBODY will be asking the "dumb" question of, "Hey, how tall was Denny???" If you sneeze, you miss him.

Wouldn't It Be Nice to Live Again?
635  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Books on the late 60's/70's L.A./Laurel Canyon scene.. on: December 07, 2006, 07:52:13 PM
I second the Hoskyns book. An awesome read, expertly researched.
636  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: December 01, 2006, 05:30:45 AM
Man!!! I'm so psyched that tunes like "Make It Good," "Sounds Of Free," "Rainbows," "I'm Going Your Way," and "Celebrate The News" are going to be included on the upcoming WARMTH OF THE SUN compilation.

... Oh wait.

I forgot.

We're getting "Wendy" again.
637  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Peacemaker Al Jardine? on: October 08, 2006, 04:48:04 PM
Actually Peter, that was from the interview I conducted with you for Launch Radio Networks just prior to the book being released. Rock Online must be one of the affiliates that posted my story.

Great interview, I really appreciated your time -- but rest assured that soundbite transcription was just as is you said it. Nothing was changed.

All the best,

Howie
638  Smiley Smile Stuff / Ask The Honored Guests / Re: The Jon Stebbins Thread on: September 19, 2006, 05:58:31 AM
Hey Jon -- although its (somewhat) easy enough to figure out the songs that Dennis performed during his solo spots from say '71 through '73, I was wondering if you -- or anybody -- has a definitive list of group songs that hey played keyboards on. There are so many shots of him on keys -- the one where he's up front wearing that tuxedo from '73 comes to mind, as well as him playing (I think) a Moog in the gatefold of of the IN CONCERT LP. Any ideas?
639  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Brian album announced on: September 06, 2006, 12:24:57 PM
I seem to recall reading/hearing that Brian (or his management) had stated once that the Paley sessions were only considered "demos" for use in securing a deal. Was that the actual case?

Brian also stated to me that Mark Linett was not engineering the project.
640  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Dennis Wilson's POB - any news? on: September 04, 2006, 09:53:19 PM
According to what Al told me, if at any time a group member recorded, the tape was owned by Brother. While we're on the subject of these Guercio-era tapes; who actualy owns the Garby Leon sessions? Who owns "Stevie?" Who owns, and actually holds possession to, the Brian/Dennis Village Recorder session tapes. From what I've been able to gather, BRI did NOT finance these sessions.

I'm confused as to what the actual BRI agreement is. Do they own the tape because of the partnership, or of the financing? If the former was the case, how is it that all the BRI members -- excluding Al, yet including Dennis -- were able to sign seperate, solo production deals within the confines of such a stringent partnership agreement?Huh There seems to be a weird game of pick and choose going on there.

If in 1979, an "All Alone" remake DID occur, which is absolutely possible (although between the two versions of "All Alone," I'm prone to believe that the earlier '78 version was used for "EH"), that would make BRI (by default) a 50% co-owner of the legendary Dennis/McVie tapes as well. No?

Also, any recordings that were done while Dennis was effectively "fired" from BRI, in the early '80s -- and there are undoubtedly more than we think -- MIGHT be owned by Dennis' estate. Although he was still effectively a "partner" he was terminated from the group on several occassions. Does anyone know the actual legal ramifications of his early '80s firings? What a mess. There is no one looking out for this guy. He deserves so much better.
641  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Dennis Wilson's POB - any news? on: September 04, 2006, 06:27:14 PM
RE: "ALL ALONE": I'd be willing to bet that Guercio was never even contacted. I don't remember seeing a "by kind permission of" in the credits of the song. With all those masters residing at Brother, I'm sure no one -- Guercio included -- even noticed.
642  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Dennis Wilson's POB - any news? on: September 04, 2006, 11:27:13 AM
I've spoken in depth about getting Dennis work -- namely the fully owned BROTHER material ('Poops'-era, pre-Guercio work) -- released to not only Al Jardine (BRI partner), but to Carnie, Carl B., as well as both Jonah and Jutsyn Wilson (MAJOR BRI partners). All of them seemed shocked at the amount of Dennis' unreleased material gathering moss in the Brother vaults and were ALL for getting any and all of Dennis' work out of the vaults and onto the streets.

Al insinuated to me that that BRI does not want to lock horns with Guercio over the rights to Dennis' material. He did seem genuinely excited about the amount of Dragon-era masters that are in the vaults -- and owned by BRI.

One thing is for certain; it's a real mess as to who owns what. Think about this; Guercio owns POB & BAMBOO, yet "River Song" and "Rainbows" pre-date Dennis' deal with Guercio and were arguably paid for and owned by BRI. "Love Surrounds Me," "Baby Blue," and most recently "Al Alone" were DEFINITELY paid for by Jimmy G -- yet BRI owns those tracks. I'm not sure if there was a deal with Guercio to use "All Alone" for 'Endless Harmony,' but I'd be pretty surprised if there was. Stebbins would know best.

Don't forget -- Dennis has NO corporate vote in BRI. He has as much say in the family business as Blondie Chaplin does. 
643  Smiley Smile Stuff / Ask The Honored Guests / Re: The Jon Stebbins Thread on: September 02, 2006, 02:54:39 PM
Hey Jon -- Can you shed any light on whether Dennis was docked payment in '70/'71 for his various missed shows, due to injury or filming? Obviously, when forced out of the band during the various stretches in the early '80s he indeed WAS docked; but I was wondering if during the early '70s no shows, he still was able to take his cut of each gig, ala Brian.

Also, is there any evidence that the substitute drummers throughout the years (Figueroa, Dennis Dragon, Kowalski, etc...), were paid additionally for drumming on these Dennis-less concerts?
644  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's mid to late 70's work and California Feeling on: August 18, 2006, 07:09:28 AM

What was it that you liked about The Beach Boys again, Andrew?
645  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's mid to late 70's work and California Feeling on: August 18, 2006, 06:20:34 AM
I think "Sunshine" is a pretty underrated Wilson/Love collaboration. Granted; the track's production is RIDICULOUS, but the song ranks at least with "Roller Skating Child," and the better tunes off MIU. Personally, I can find something special about just about every Wilson/Love co-write.


"California Feelin'" is marred -- as is "Sweet Sunday Love"; another great Wilson/Love "SONG" -- by lousy production and a phoned-in vocal by Carl.

Imagine CF with a more engaged Carl vocal, and just a piano -- if Alan Boyd could find the proper elements to make that happen, I'd love to see it realized/released after Dennis' 2,475 unreleased tracks get issued. (Man, the cool things this band could be doing with their catlogue rather than handing down orders to remix "Hang On To Your Ego" again...) I've also never been that big a fan of Kalinich's lyrics for the tune. (Sounds a bit like a tourist brochure at times.)

The "lost classic" from this era is "Almost Summer." A real gem that's gotten a bad rap throughout the years.
646  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Country Air on: August 11, 2006, 04:21:54 AM
I agree. I prefer it to both PET SOUNDS and SUNFLOWER. I think what's put a lot of people off is the horrible pinched mono mix. Alan Boyd proved with the stereo "Let The Wind Blow" mix, what that material is really capable of sounding like. Whether Brian over-credited Mike for ALL of those songs (to make up for past sins perhaps?) is debatable, but whatever magic that that team DID have is very much evident on that album.

WILD HONEY is major on every level -- the guitar break in "A Thing Or Two" alone is one of Rock's coolest moments. I'd love to see a 40th anniversary remix with the Heider "Hawaii" tracks thrown in as a bonus. As a matter of fact, I think that SS, WH and FRIENDS deserve a very similar reissue stadegy as the latter-day Fleetwod Mac catalogue has been given -- remixed disc, shadow disc with alternates/outtakes.

It's something that Brother should pursue. The overhead in doing something like that is ridiculously low. It would all be profit. The bottom line is; that in view of the fact that we're about to get the 15th reissue of PET SOUNDS and a true stereo version of WILD HONEY isn't availible, is pathetic.
647  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Country Air on: August 10, 2006, 02:08:01 PM
WILD HONEY is by far my favorite BB LP. And although you would never know it from his setlists; Brian Wilson told me  he digs it too.
648  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: River Song/Rio Grande lyric on: August 08, 2006, 07:36:26 PM
How about Brian pinching some of the melody from the Jardine/Wilson "Lookin' Down The Coast" for "Walkin' The Line" -- listen to them back to back, especially the "mountain lion's lair (?)" vs. "and that's no lie" bit.
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