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« on: July 19, 2021, 09:17:32 AM »

Just saw this, so apologies if there's already a thread. I checked Brian Wilson's website for tours and noticed a link to the 1995 version of Desert Drive on YouTube. Found here: https://youtu.be/Md__7YYNbxA The description mentions more demos available on his website. Many of these I've never heard in such good quality before.

These are divided into different decades and include the Paley sessions: https://brianwilson-2022.squarespace.com/1990s

His 80s work: https://brianwilson-2022.squarespace.com/1980s

And Love You demos: https://brianwilson-2022.squarespace.com/1970s

Plus That Lucky Old Sun demos: https://brianwilson-2022.squarespace.com/2000s

Includes a lot of famous bootlegs (Bob Dylanless Spirit of Rock 'n' Roll, what was called Turning Point is apparently named "Angel," Terry She Needs Me, some of the Paley sessions) and some real curiosities (like an alternate mix of Sunshine, a version of Let's Go To Heaven In My Car which sounds nearly identical to the single, and a clip from the tracking session for Child Is The Father Of The Man and Surf's Up).

Is a Brian-centric box set imminent? Or are these just a website exclusive?
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2021, 10:16:35 AM »

Just saw this, so apologies if there's already a thread. I checked Brian Wilson's website for tours and noticed a link to the 1995 version of Desert Drive on YouTube. Found here: https://youtu.be/Md__7YYNbxA The description mentions more demos available on his website. Many of these I've never heard in such good quality before.

These are divided into different decades and include the Paley sessions: https://brianwilson-2022.squarespace.com/1990s

His 80s work: https://brianwilson-2022.squarespace.com/1980s

And Love You demos: https://brianwilson-2022.squarespace.com/1970s

Plus That Lucky Old Sun demos: https://brianwilson-2022.squarespace.com/2000s

Includes a lot of famous bootlegs (Bob Dylanless Spirit of Rock 'n' Roll, what was called Turning Point is apparently named "Angel," Terry She Needs Me, some of the Paley sessions) and some real curiosities (like an alternate mix of Sunshine, a version of Let's Go To Heaven In My Car which sounds nearly identical to the single, and a clip from the tracking session for Child Is The Father Of The Man and Surf's Up).

Is a Brian-centric box set imminent? Or are these just a website exclusive?

The song on here as "Angel" that was bootlegged as "Turning Point" is actually titled "So Long." The "unknown harmonies" track on here was uploaded to Soundcloud a while back; that's a later version of the same song.
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2021, 11:13:09 AM »

WHOAH. This is amazing. I have a deep affection for many of these tunes, incredible to hear them in perfect sound quality after poor quality boots for years.

Yes, what indeed was the purpose of BW's people posting these? Definitely begs the question.

Also these were clearly posted roughly without quality control; at the end of Turning Point, there's 17 seconds of silence with a few random blips of other songs for a split second.

Not that I'm complaining.
I just wonder if these are up as a temp/test thing, listen to them while you can folks.

Really digging the Let's Go to Heaven in My Car demo, especially the cut-from-the-final-version response vocals on the choruses.
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2021, 11:53:40 AM »

Yes, what indeed was the purpose of BW's people posting these? Definitely begs the question.

Probably for people to listen to
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2021, 11:54:18 AM »

Holy crap! Well, there we have it. That's pretty much a rarities dump that equates to a whole new record.
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2021, 01:07:01 PM »

Christmas came early.  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2021, 03:34:07 PM »

Soul Searchin' sounds maybe a little compressed (?) , but it's the original version (and far superior one imo)! Love that Carl ooh oh ooooohhh hoooh on the start of the verses  Love
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2021, 03:51:18 PM »

I know the lyrics aren't the greatest, but I freakin' love the "Spirit of Rock and Roll"....   I can't listen to that one without hours later still be singing to myself, "The spirit, the spirit, the spirit of rock and roll"

Interesting how "Black Widow" was rewritten as "Let's Do It Again."   I forgot, was Black Widow itself recycled from something else?
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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2021, 05:10:05 PM »

I know the lyrics aren't the greatest, but I freakin' love the "Spirit of Rock and Roll"....   I can't listen to that one without hours later still be singing to myself, "The spirit, the spirit, the spirit of rock and roll"

Interesting how "Black Widow" was rewritten as "Let's Do It Again."   I forgot, was Black Widow itself recycled from something else?

Nothing from Brian's own career. It's got a very strange, unique riff in the verses that he hadn't used before and hasn't used since
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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2021, 05:48:57 PM »

I’ve always loved I’m Broke. Nice to hear in better quality finally.
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« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2021, 06:42:22 PM »

Yes, what indeed was the purpose of BW's people posting these? Definitely begs the question.

Probably for people to listen to

I'd tend to think this would be done with more fanfare and publicity as part of some sort of overarching project that would be announced, but maybe they are just dropping little goodies for people at random. Time will tell. In any case I am grateful to hear these songs.
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« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2021, 06:44:14 PM »

I know the lyrics aren't the greatest, but I freakin' love the "Spirit of Rock and Roll"....   I can't listen to that one without hours later still be singing to myself, "The spirit, the spirit, the spirit of rock and roll"

Interesting how "Black Widow" was rewritten as "Let's Do It Again."   I forgot, was Black Widow itself recycled from something else?

Nothing from Brian's own career. It's got a very strange, unique riff in the verses that he hadn't used before and hasn't used since

This song has some of my favorite melodies from Brian's entire solo career. Very strange indeed, some ascending vocal melodies that almost didn't quite seem to make sense yet they sound killer, and a very unique BW type of way.

Also how about all of those guitars on the demo of "sunshine" from 1997? Definitely very unexpected to me.
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« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2021, 08:14:37 PM »

Yes, what indeed was the purpose of BW's people posting these? Definitely begs the question.

Probably for people to listen to

I'd tend to think this would be done with more fanfare and publicity as part of some sort of overarching project that would be announced, but maybe they are just dropping little goodies for people at random. Time will tell. In any case I am grateful to hear these songs.


New documentary coming out soon.
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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2021, 12:22:53 AM »

It's the two 2004 Smile sessions which brought me the most pleasure. Apart from being revelatory, (those horns on Look, wow!), they also brought it home to me again just how authentic the 2004 version of Smile was, even down to the ensemble nature of the recordings. To hear such a session recording complete with Brian on talk-back.... is simply magical.

I would love to hear these complete sessions. Perhaps if I make it to 2054.
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« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2021, 09:12:27 AM »

I am awestruck. What a treat we get to hear these (and in such good quality)!
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« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2021, 10:12:19 AM »

A whole lotta fascinating stuff, all over the six-dimensional map that is Brian's life and career. But that last part of the "Surf's Up" session, when the track is put together with the piano prominent and punchy as all get-out, with the chords alternately floating and bouncing, is definitely what the music of heaven must be like--and if it isn't, I ain't going there!  Smokin
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« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2021, 11:46:46 AM »

Rolling Stone has covered it: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/brian-wilson-tour-demos-rarities-new-website-1199434/
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« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2021, 11:50:21 AM »

This is a nice dump of a sampling of outtakes. It seems like these are unedited versions in some cases of clips Brian's Instagram had posted in previous years.

And it does sound like they're more or less un-futzed with. The '86 Usher Demos and the '95 Paley tracks are the same mixes more or less that we've heard before, but now in MUCH better sound quality.

Finally, a near-pristine copy of the original '95 lead vocal for "You're Still a Mystery", and also "Gettin' In Over My Head."

One might be surprised they left "Terry She Needs Me" off the 2000 BW '88 reissue CD, but it does have a lot of missing lyrics, and no backing vocals. Still interesting.

Nice to have a pristine '86 "Spirit of Rock and Roll" as well.
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« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2021, 01:03:10 PM »

Don't forget this different mix of Desert Drive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md__7YYNbxA 

Best personal music news in a long time in my opinion. Love all of these tracks.
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« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2021, 04:27:26 PM »

Two things I noticed:

1. Each track has Album and Track # metadata. "Brian Wilson Personal Songs" in the Album field for almost all. Two say "Wilson/Paley Sessions". Track numbers are not sequential.
2. Under 1970s for "Brian Talks About the Songs", the "It's OK" track is actually a video file, if you find the direct link. But it's only an archival photo with the audio playing over. Text appears saying "Brian on "It's OK"".
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« Reply #20 on: July 20, 2021, 06:07:31 PM »

Also, the two "Wilson/Paley Sessions" tracks have this cover artwork:



And most tracks are dated 2012.
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« Reply #21 on: July 20, 2021, 07:20:41 PM »

So thrilled to have an official release of the original You're Still a Mystery vocal! Would love to be able to purchase this, but wow, what an unexpected treat.
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« Reply #22 on: July 20, 2021, 09:22:53 PM »

Christmas came early.  Grin

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« Reply #23 on: July 21, 2021, 02:17:12 AM »

I particularly enjoyed Sunshine. Clearly an album of Imagination demos would have been miles better than what was actually released.
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« Reply #24 on: July 21, 2021, 05:36:53 AM »

This is all amazing stuff! I've always treasured those 80s and 90s songs and to finally hear them in good sound quality is fantastic. It's incredible how these recordings didn't come out the way they are. I swear the Paley recordings would have been a critical smash for Brian in the 90s - although probably not a huge commercial success, but then again Imagination didn't exactly sell like hot cakes either, so...
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