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I finally "get" the Beach Boys.

Postby Arpangel » Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:44 am

Hard day in the garden, both of us completely exhausted last night, came in to the kitchen, the radio is stuck on BBC6 Music, what the hell is that! I’m thinking, what is this!
Sounds really weird, like it could be a bunch of kids messing about in the studio, it’s all over the place, it’s great! I really can’t pin it down, it could have been done at any time, in the past, or in the future!
The track is "Cabin Essence" by the Beach Boys, it’s amazing, they caught me off guard, my mind was blank and they took advantage of it, I’ve never liked the Beach Boys, but this has changed my mind completely, I’m going to have to listen closely now, it’s amazing how music can affect us when we don’t have any preconceptions about it, if only I could turn this feeling on and off at will.

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Re: I finally "get" the Beach Boys.

Postby Eddy Deegan » Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:09 am

I've never been a massive Beach Boys fan but there are some tracks they've done that I like very much indeed and they were great at beautiful vocal harmonies; Our Prayer, for example.
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Re: I finally "get" the Beach Boys.

Postby RichardT » Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:09 am

Arpangel wrote:Hard day in the garden, both of us completely exhausted last night, came in to the kitchen, the radio is stuck on BBC6 Music, what the hell is that! I’m thinking, what is this!
Sounds really weird, like it could be a bunch of kids messing about in the studio, it’s all over the place, it’s great! I really can’t pin it down, it could have been done at any time, in the past, or in the future!
The track is "Cabin Essence" by the Beach Boys, it’s amazing, they caught me off guard, my mind was blank and they took advantage of it, I’ve never liked the Beach Boys, but this has changed my mind completely, I’m going to have to listen closely now, it’s amazing how music can affect us when we don’t have any preconceptions about it, if only I could turn this feeling on and off at will.

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Have a fresh listen to Good Vibrations and God Only Knows, IMO two of the greatest pop songs ever written.
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Re: I finally "get" the Beach Boys.

Postby Folderol » Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:18 am

:thumbup: for Good Vibrations. Especially considering when it was released, it really shook up the market. Oh, and well thought out vocal harmonies was always their trademark.
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Re: I finally "get" the Beach Boys.

Postby Luke W » Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:55 am

I saw Brian Wilson a few years back and it was an incredible show. I knew it would be good but I was completely blown away, some amazing songs.
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Re: I finally "get" the Beach Boys.

Postby Arpangel » Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:55 am

Oh yes, Brian Wilson, I’m looking at him in the studio :shocked:
A truly inspired individual, and yes, those harmonies, and very strange arrangements.
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Re: I finally "get" the Beach Boys.

Postby Albatross » Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:42 am

Delve deeper, Angel. He/they were real innovators and they have been touching my life for, well, ever.

I mean who could be bothered to put drawing pins into each hammer on a piano to get a bit more 'click' to the sound? Brian Wilson.
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Re: I finally "get" the Beach Boys.

Postby Tim Gillett » Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:18 pm

The Beach Boys were great for many of us growing up. Some top songs and arrangements.

Another lesser known but great song IMO was Brian Wilson's Guess I'm Dumb, sung here by Glen Campbell who could do the demanding vocal justice. Brian Wilson produced it.

https://youtu.be/_5sWIzjUEPo
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Re: I finally "get" the Beach Boys.

Postby Stratman57 » Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:46 pm

If I'm not mistaken, "tack" pianos have been around since the late 1800s, hardly a Brian Wilson innovation. However, I like the theremin on Good Vibrations.

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Re: I finally "get" the Beach Boys.

Postby Albatross » Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:56 pm

Thanks for putting that straight, I'll have to be a little more careful with the credits.
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Re: I finally "get" the Beach Boys.

Postby Stratman57 » Tue Apr 20, 2021 1:05 pm

Maybe he'd been listening to Mrs Mills. :)

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Re: I finally "get" the Beach Boys.

Postby Arpangel » Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:17 pm

Albatross wrote:Thanks for putting that straight, I'll have to be a little more careful with the credits.

Yes you will, I was doing it when I was ten, my parents went crazy when they went to,play the piano!

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Re: I finally "get" the Beach Boys.

Postby MOF » Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:20 pm

Have a fresh listen to Good Vibrations and God Only Knows, IMO two of the greatest pop songs ever written.
Agreed, there is a lovely stereo version of God only knows, the master for Good Vibrations has gone awol apparently so no stereo version.
The Beach Boys don’t do it for me all the time and those trademark backing vocals seem to mostly be the same style in every song.
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Re: I finally "get" the Beach Boys.

Postby Howdy Doody Time » Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:23 pm

RichardT wrote:
Arpangel wrote:Hard day in the garden, both of us completely exhausted last night, came in to the kitchen, the radio is stuck on BBC6 Music, what the hell is that! I’m thinking, what is this!
Sounds really weird, like it could be a bunch of kids messing about in the studio, it’s all over the place, it’s great! I really can’t pin it down, it could have been done at any time, in the past, or in the future!
The track is "Cabin Essence" by the Beach Boys, it’s amazing, they caught me off guard, my mind was blank and they took advantage of it, I’ve never liked the Beach Boys, but this has changed my mind completely, I’m going to have to listen closely now, it’s amazing how music can affect us when we don’t have any preconceptions about it, if only I could turn this feeling on and off at will.

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Have a fresh listen to Good Vibrations and God Only Knows, IMO two of the greatest pop songs ever written.

Absolutely right IMHO ABBA's Chiquitita comes close.
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Re: I finally "get" the Beach Boys.

Postby OneWorld » Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:36 pm

The Beach Boys a were rum bunch, with Dennis Wilson hooking up with Charles Manson and almost got Manson a record deal. And apparently one of the Beach Boys couldn't stand surfing, the whole California beach set wasn't his thing. But apparently, to set the mood when he was writing he had a load of sand dumped in the room and wave noises playing.

In a more general sense there is a really good book about the the California Surfing Sound or more to the point the Swinging 60's Stateside.

The book is called "Everybody had an Ocean"

One story tells of 2 aspiring musicians who needed money to pay for a demo and so they kidnapped one of the Gettys, one of the sons. They wanted a $100,000 dollars, when they made contact he offered $1million, buy the kidnappers said "No, that's ok, we only want $100,000" They arranged to meet at a Texaco gas station but in the area, there were several, one not too far away. The kidnappers went to the Texaco station and waited, and waited. So they found the phone number of the other gas stations and asked.....

"Is Paul Getty there?" - "No, now F*** off"

"Is Paul Getty there?" - "Who's Paul Getty?"

"Is Paul Getty there?" - "Yeah sure, he just rolled into the garage, he comes every night" (The garage owner was joking) anyway believing him, the kidnappers said "Great, ask him to wait there, we'll be along in 10 minutes"

They left that garage and went to the other, in the meantime Paul Getty turned up at the first garage while the kidnappers were at the other garage, he stayed a short while gave up and went home!
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