Beach Boys, The


Band members               Related acts

- Al Jardin -- vocals, guitar (1961-)

- Mike Love -- vocals (1961-)

- Brian Wilson -- vocals, bass, keyboards (1961-)

- Carl Wilson (RIP 1998) -- vocals, guitar (1961-)

- Dennis Wilson (RIP 1983) -- vocals, drums, percussion

  (1961-)

 

 

- Celebration (Mike Love)

- Al Jardin (solo efforts)

- Brian Wilson (solo efforts)

- Carl Wilson (solo efforts)

- Dennis Wilson (solo efforts)

 

 

 

 


 

Genre: pop

Rating: 4 stars ****

Title:  Wild Honey

Company: Capital

Catalog: ST 2859

Year: 1967

Country/State: Hawthorne, California

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: --

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 5094

Price: $15.00

 

Critics have never been particularly generous towards 1967's "Wild Honey".  That's unfortunate since the album's far better than those critics would have you believe.  Released as front man Brian Wilson continued to wrestle with internal demons and the band tried to figure out a future musical direction, the results weren't exactly the band's creative masterpiece, but made for a surprisingly enjoyable release.  The first Beach Boys album to be group-produced, to my simplistic ears at least part of the album's charm rested with its quirky mix of conventional pop ('Aren't You Glad') blue-eyed soul moves (Carl Wilson's cover of Stevie Wonder's 'I Was Made To Love Her') and the plain strange (the "Smile" salvaged 'Mama Says').  While their trademarked vocal harmonies remained intact ('Let The Wind Blow'), the album was far loser and more laidback than earlier releases.  Heard today it certainly sounds dated, but that gave the set a soothing, nostalgic flavor that's nothing short of wonderful.  Highlights included the thermion-propelled title track, the glistening hit 'Darlin'' and the rocker 'Here Comes the Night' (not the Van Morrison/Them song).  Backed by a brief American tour the album managed to hit # 24.  It also spun off a pair of top-40 hit singles:

 

- 'Wild Honey' b/w 'Wind Chimes' (Capitol catalog number 2028)

- 'Darlin'' b/w ''Here Today' (Capitol catalog number 2068)

 

 

"Wild Honey" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Wild Honey  (Brian Wilson - Mike Love) - 2:37

2.) Aren't You Glad  (Brian Wilson - Mike Love) - 2:15

3.) I Was Made To Love Her    (Cosby - Hardaway - Sylvia Moy - Stevie Wonder) - 2:04

4.) Country Air  (Brian Wilson - Mike Love) -  2:19

5.) A Thing or Two  (Brian Wilson - Mike Love) - 2:40

 

(side 2)
1.) Darlin'   (Brian Wilson - Mike Love
) - 2:11

2.) I'd Love Just Once To See You  (Brian Wilson - Mike Love) - 1:49

3.) Here Comes The Night  (Brian Wilson - Mike Love) - 2:41

4.) Let The Wind Blow  (Brian Wilson - Mike Love) - 2:19

5.) How She Boogalooed It  (Mike Love - Bruce Johnston - Alan Jardine - Brian Wilson - 1:09

6.) Mama Says  (Brian Wilson - Mike Love) - 1:04

 

 

 

 


Genre: pop

Rating: 3 stars ***

Title:  Close-Up

Company: Capital

Catalog: SWBB-253

Year: 1969

Country/State: Hawthorne, California

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: double LP; gatefold sleeve; small cut out hole top right corner

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 5095

Price: $15.00

 

With the band in creative disarray, Capitol Records continued to churn out Beach Boys product.  Released in 1969, "Close Up" simply repackaged "Surfin; USA" and 'All Summer Long" as a two-fer.  New cover for the gatefold sleeve, but no new music.

 

"Close-Up" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Surfin' U.S.A.   (Chuck Berry) - 2:20

2.) Farmer's Daughter   (Brian Wilson) - 1:49

3.) Stoked   (Brian Wilson) - 2:02

4.) Lonely Sea   (Gary Usher - Brian Wilson) - 2:20

5.) Shut Down   (Brian Wilson - Roger Christian) - 1:50

 

(side 2)
1.) Noble Surfer   (Brian Wilson) - 1:50

2.) Honky Tonk   (Doggett - Scott - Butler - Shepard) - 2:00

3.) Lana   (Brian Wilson) - 1:40

4.) Surf Jam   (Carl Wilson) - 2:00

5.) Finders Keepers   (Brian Wilson) - 1:43

 

(side 3)

1.) I Get Around   (Brian Wilson) - 2:10

2.) All Summer Long   (Brian Wilson) - 2:05

3.) Little Honda   (Brian Wilson) - 1:50

4.) We'll Run Away   (Brian Wilson - Gary Usher) - 2:00

5.) Don't Back Down   (Brian Wilson) - 1:50

 

(side 4)
1.) Wendy   (Brian Wilson) - 2:20

2.) Do You Remember   (Brian Wilson) - 1:37

3.) Girls On the Beach   (Brian Wilson) - 2:25

4.) Drive In   (Brian Wilson) - 1:50

5.) Our Favorite Recording Sessions   (Brian Wilson - Dennis Wilson - Carl Wilson - Mike Love - Al Jardine) - 3:06

 

 

 

 

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