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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / New Brian Demo: “I Feel This Love” 1987 on: January 31, 2022, 01:50:16 PM
Once again, Brian Wilson never fails to surprise me. Completely new and cool sound! Much more organic than the 88 album we got instead.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Welcome Back! on: January 16, 2022, 02:32:22 PM
Oh I am so happy this board is back! Here's to looking forward to a Holland/Carl and the Passions boxset this year? 
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) on: November 26, 2021, 01:20:07 AM
Rock and roll has direct quotes from Country Feelin as well as a bridge from Concert Tonight from Sweet Insanity. Never thought I’d hear that again.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: August 26, 2021, 11:39:36 PM
I think It’s Natural is one of my favorites here. Should have been finished. I love the vibe and instrumental here.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Demos posted to Brian Wilson's website on: July 20, 2021, 01:03:10 PM
Don't forget this different mix of Desert Drive 

Best personal music news in a long time in my opinion. Love all of these tracks.
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything on: May 29, 2021, 03:31:18 PM
Sadly, unlike us who love the boys to death, they kind of "peaked" in the late 60's. They never received the commercial success they got before. So much good music, and I also think the BB's inspired songwriters behind the scenes... So I am at least happy about that.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Long Promised Road to be released in June! on: April 29, 2021, 03:05:31 PM
This could be very special. Or not.

This will be very special. Or not. But it will.
I think it will bc this will be the first sighting of BW in about a year now. Will be nice to get some interview snippets and hopefully some recording snippets.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: California Music: Add Some Music on: April 22, 2021, 10:20:47 PM
Why is this album mastered so badly? Everything sounds distorted and fuzzy, it really distracts from actually listening to the thing...

Also it's fun to hear Ram Raj again, thanks Mike.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Dennis’ contributions to L.A. on: April 21, 2021, 07:58:12 AM
Falsetto in my sense after studying music for many years is singing above the break of the voice, without the undertones of the chest. IMO Brian's is easily distinguishable and most iconic. The BB's stack their voices in 4's, 6's, or 8's (at the most), and are mostly doubled, making any falsetto part sound bigger (have more depth). Carl had the smoothest transition from chest to head voice (falsetto). Bruce's voice gets weaker and quieter as it moves to head voice (falsetto), same for Al. In LA, what makes the voices sound odd, is that they play around with their iconic vocal stack due to Brian's unwillingness to participate. M.I.U. was probably the last album to feature the traditional vocal stack of the Beach Boys that we come to recognize as the Beach Boys sound. I think there was a struggle to try and replicate this sound in LA, so it is naturally difficult to pinpoint as to who is on top, and so on.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: March 26, 2021, 03:06:02 PM
Personally if Desper is really being left out of the conversation, I think it's needlessly dumb. His sound is what made those albums what they were in the first place. I can understand not wanting to commit to new quadrophonic mixes, but it sounds to me that the archivists just want to rush the music out, and are probably underbudgeted. But in the end, I don't come into this set for anything else but the music, and assume that there are always going to be politics at play. That's the nature of being a Beach Boys fan. It's messy, and you gotta wade through all the politics in order to get into the music. Hopefully we can hear from Desper's perspective, but in the end, the fact that this music is getting reissued in the first place is a cause for joy in and of itself.
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Looking Back With Love - Official Release on: March 16, 2021, 07:23:12 PM
I have a vinyl rip of it, but I am currently listening to the Spotify release now. I like about half this album, but I think there should have been more Beach Boys involvement personally.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Fred Vail and his Country Album with Brian on: March 11, 2021, 01:28:48 PM
So is Fred's Gofundme up yet?   Love the idea of a fan-financed completion of "Cows."   If 600 BB fans put in $50 each...
I'll put in $75 if we get all the tapes.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Some Brian Footage that I Found Today (with Elvis Costello) on: January 30, 2021, 04:38:54 PM
Here is this big ol dump of Brian Wilson footage for a documentary. Does anyone know what this is from or what this is for? In the meantime, enjoy an almost movie length trove of Brianisms.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's vocal decline - when is it first noticeable to you? on: January 20, 2021, 07:29:16 AM
There's another one from April '78 that doesn't go around, called I Really Love You, and it's bizarre. It sounds like his MIU voice on sleeping pills.
I'd love to personally hear this. MIU Brian's voice is so interesting and just a strange anomaly.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: SWD Study-Videos --- update on: January 16, 2021, 04:27:42 PM
Thank you for this information and all of your contributions to Beach Boys history. It is always a treat to hear you 50 years (and more) after the genesis of some of my favorite albums! I hope you have a great 2021! 
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Obscure City-Pop Brian Wilson Cover on: December 15, 2020, 09:28:56 PM
I recommend Tatsu's discography if you like barbershop/beach boys harmonies. Big Wave is the tip of the iceberg... I've got the majority of his albums if you want to listen... Sort of reminds me of what would happen if Brian would strike out on his own, develop his musical instrument abilities on bass, and split off the Beach Boys in early 1970! In an alternate world maybe...
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: December 03, 2020, 01:29:19 PM
Well now I'm more confused - and, admittedly, I have not gone to the honored guests thread -

If you can send a signal to 4 speakers, surely you can record that signal (output) and then press that as 4 discrete channels on any medium that stores more than 4 channels.

What am I missing?

The issue is that you can't send a signal to 4 speakers in this case.  Desper never did a mix with 4 discrete output signals.  His device is for two speakers.
So is this system like Prologic 2 where you get different frequencies bounced to different speakers?
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: November 28, 2020, 01:38:55 PM
While watching Norbit.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 6 copies left of LONG PROMISED ROAD: SONGS OF DENNIS AND CARL WILSON LIVE on: November 27, 2020, 09:22:21 PM
Now there are only 5 copies left. 
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: November 23, 2020, 05:32:17 PM
One thing that is interesting about this 1970 release (samples) is that the only song I have not previously heard here is You Never Give Me Your Money. There is no other "outtake" here which has remained out of public hearing.

There are 2 possibilities:

1. The tapes from this year (1970) have been mined/leaked to such an extent that there is not a single song that we didn't know about still in the archives.

2. There will still have to be a small copyright dump prior to Christmas to protect a few other things.

Any thoughts?
As a rebuff to no. 2 I have not heard much of these outtakes. Yeah I've heard the usual, but these mixes will no doubt sound much better. LOVE the alt outtake don't go near the water.
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Alt LA: Replace 10:51 HCTN with 4:28. Add Still I Dream Of It and It's Over Now on: November 19, 2020, 12:31:13 PM
1. The album would still flounder in the charts.
2. This would make LA a more democratic album, and probably better than what came out.
3. No, the production would have to get cleaned up ala MIU in order to become "listenable" I think a new Brian lead and some new drums and percussion would have to be employed in order to make these two songs fit sonically.
4. No, Brian was already petering out at this point due to his divorce from Marilyn at this time, he would have retreated into bed even if different musical events occurred. The man was checked out emotionally since MIU. The band might not have received as much scorn in the media, but I don't think they would have received any more respect if Brian compositions were in it. If LA came out in place of MIU then there would probably be a different story. But, 1979 was way too late in trends for the kind of music the Beach Boys were making in the first place to garner any sort of respect.

The Beach Boys were a joke at this point, both live, and in studio, and wouldn't regain some semblance of a footing until the 80s. I don't think one album can change that trajectory, unfortunately.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: November 15, 2020, 01:09:25 PM
I guess this spells the end of the Beach Boys eh? If there are no new albums to produce, does this mean the dream is over?
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Trump fundraiser in Orange County featuring Mike and 'The Beach Boys' on: October 18, 2020, 09:49:45 PM
I think this is going to drag the band down and alienate young listeners moving forward. This leaves me absolutely livid, as I love this group with all my heart, but my brain is shattered. C'mon. This is horrible optics, and is just going to completely kill this band's legacy. This is not a drill.
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Rolling Stone once again chooses top 500 albums, Pet Sounds is once again at #2 on: September 22, 2020, 04:01:44 PM
There are also two albums with BBs on backing vocals on the list:

129. Pink Floyd, The Wall
214. Tom Petty, Wildflowers

The biggest surprise for me was the Beatles' Revolver (#11) ranking higher than Sgt. Pepper's LHCB (#24).

Who is on backing vocals for these albums???
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 14, 2020, 04:47:22 PM
Hearing about the drama surrounding this set's release/non-release really shows that sometimes things never change. It's tradition at this point that any good beach boys music doesn't come out and we get left with misguided table scraps and bitter feelings. Here's hoping there is a change in the cards this time...

I don't have much hope left and I wish I haven't heard about the set in the first place...
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