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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Cool interview with Steve Levine on: May 21, 2021, 07:04:13 PM
I'd never read or heard anything about Levine's time with the band and his work on the album before the interview. He seems like a very nice and straightforward person. He obviously has great respect and affection for Brian. His stories are an interesting glimpse at the man behind the public image.

When you consider his background and success at the time, the production is exactly in line with what you'd expect. They didn't hire him for a Beach Boys-style production, they obviously hired him to make a contemporary album. Steve definitely brought the modern technology available at the time to the group, and I'm sure it was a culture shock for a band used to working like the old days back at Western, Gold Star, Brother Studios, or even Brian's house.

It's not a bad album, it's just not what most people expected.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Monte Hellman RIP on: April 21, 2021, 08:01:16 AM
Monte (who's worked with some great actors) was VERY complimentary of Dennis. In the commentary track for the film, he said that Dennis was an ideal actor in the sense that he was the most unselfconscious actor he ever directed. Dennis did his scenes as though everything that was happening was real. He seemed completely unaware of being filmed. Dennis' only real issue was remembering his lines (though there weren't that many of them).
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Dennis’ contributions to L.A. on: April 20, 2021, 06:08:15 PM
Back in my BB listening infancy, I thought it was Brian singing on Baby Blue since I'd heard some of his singing around the LOVE YOU-era.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: A little video about Guess I'm Dumb on: April 20, 2021, 06:06:30 PM
Thanks for the analysis! Amazing the level of sophistication that Brian was working at during this period.

Does anyone else hear Brian saying "awesome!" at around 2:22?
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: April 20, 2021, 06:01:27 PM
It better not be September. Awful time to release a Beach Boys box set, especially Sunflower.

"We're sure to sell a million units in September!" Wink
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: April 15, 2021, 09:27:20 PM
It's coming.
It's major.

The machine is at full speed.

Thanks for that Howie! Just those few words are enough to dispel the kind of speculation that tends to dominate discussion on message boards.

I've been thinking back to reading David Leaf's book, THE BEACH BOYS AND THE CALIFORNIA MYTH, in the 80's and being fascinated and at the same time saddened at all the work that was done by the group during this period being met with indifference in the States along with much being shelved.
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Don Randi on: April 10, 2021, 01:04:17 PM
I've mused before about the "Wrecking Crew" and other studio musicians who played on those peak-Brian 1964-67 sessions: did they have any sense or appreciation at the time of the special magic in which they were participating or was it just another ho-hum gig no different than scoring another peanut-butter commercial?   It's always heartening to see how many of them truly did (and do) get it, speaking glowingly of Brian's sessions during that period.  This is clearly true of Don and is/was also true of Hal Blaine, Lyle Ritz, Leon Russell, Glen Campbell and even the not-always-charming Carol Kaye.

From what I can gather, many of the session musicians would cancel other dates if they had the opportunity to work for Brian as they found it interesting musically and really liked Brian.

I wish I could find the interview footage of Leon Russell talking about Brian. Leon said that the term genius gets thrown around a lot in music, but that in Brian's case, he was in a league of his own. Leon was VERY complimentary of Bri. High praise coming from someone of Leon's talents.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: August 19, 2020, 09:56:54 PM
I just signed the petition and donated some extra money to spread the word.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Why aren't the Beach Boys ever played on classic rock radio? on: June 25, 2012, 06:06:17 PM
Sirius/XM channel Deep Tracks regularly plays SUNFLOWER through HOLLAND era tracks.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread For VIP Experiences on: June 22, 2012, 06:49:02 PM
Sorry for those with bad experiences at the Meet And Greets. Could be the opportunity of a lifetime or a huge letdown. Glad that the concert experiences have been much better!
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's problem's...again on: May 03, 2012, 04:14:19 AM
quote]"I take Luvox for depression, Klonopin for anxiety and Clozaril to help with the voices and help me sleep at night."
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I didn't know Brian was on Clozaril, but can comment on the treatment from personal experience as a pharmacist: Clozaril is the drug of last resort for schizophrenia due to its possible serious effects on white blood cells.  Because of this, patients on Clozaril are required to be on a national registry and have to pass blood tests before any new doses are given. Patients may have to have labs done as often as every week, and their labs must stay within set levels to continue treatment. It really is a miracle drug for schizophrenia, as I have treated patients who were totally unresponsive before treatment, but after starting the medication were able to interact and lead much more fulfilling lives.
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's problem's...again on: May 01, 2012, 03:04:41 PM
I don't know if its easily explained or not, but it seems Landy's chemical abuse of Brian in the early 90's did more damage than anything else. Find an interview of Brian from '76-77 and compare it to almost anything from the 90's. Brian seemed lucid and very self-aware during his first "comback", but there are some heartbreaking interviews from the 90's that makes Brian's current state almost a miracle. If Landy had continued his "treatment", Brian might not even be here today. I don't even want to legitimize Landy with derogatory terms.

Brian is a true survivor.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Best Sounding MONO \ on: April 26, 2012, 03:49:06 PM
CD:  Japanese Greenline or DCC
Vinyl: two-fer with CARL AND THE PASSIONS
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Combining \ on: April 23, 2012, 02:54:43 PM
If I had to trim anything from SUNFLOWER it would be "At My Window" or "Tears In The Morning". I can only imagine the grief when WB rejected the first lineup.  Anyone else agree with Leaf that the disappointment over SUNFLOWER was a big reason Brian took another step back from the group?
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: When was Brian at his lowest ebb??, !976?, 1982?, 1991?. And why discuss... on: March 20, 2012, 03:10:49 PM
Brian seemed together mentally in the mid 70's (at least based on the interview footage I've seen from AMERICAN BAND, Mike Douglas Show, etc.).  The early 80's seemed to be his lowest ebb physically. I've seen some heartbreaking interviews from the early 90's where Brian seems totally out of it.

Can someone  help me understand Landy's prescriptive authority? Wasn't he a clinical psychologist, not  a psychiatrist? Do psychologists in California have prescriptive powers? Was it even legal for him to give medications to Brian? I've never found an answer.
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