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 21 
 on: April 23, 2015, 07:07:20 PM 
Started by Joost - Last post by Joost
My track by track review of No Pier Pressure:

This Beautiful Day: Sounds a bit like 'Summer's Gone', the final song on the last Beach Boys album, and I guess it's fitting that Brian's first solo album after that one starts with a similar sounding song. Not one of Brian's most convincing vocals, but still a decent little album intro.

Runaway Dancer (w/ Sebu Simonian): Just painful. I hate it. Absolutely hate it. This just might be the very worst song that Brian ever had anything to do with in his life. I was in my teens in the 1990s and I absolutely despised all that electronic dance music that my peers were listening to. So it almost feels like betrayal to hear electronic beats and synths like those on a Brian Wilson album. Oh, and I also hate saxophones.

Whatever Happened (w/ Al Jardine & David Marks): Even after Al's solo album 'A Postcard From California' and the 2012 Beach Boys album 'That's Why God Made The Radio', it's still a thrill to hear a brand new song with more than one Beach Boy singing on it. This song does sound a bit like an outtake from Brian's 'Imagination' album, and that's not a good thing. A bit too plastic.

On The Island (w/ Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward of She & Him): Nice one. Very sunny, very mellow, a bit wacky (in a good way), reminds a bit of the very cool 1968 Beach Boys song 'Busy Doin' Nothing'. And I love Zooey's voice. Downside is that it sounds like a She & Him song with Brian guesting on backing vocals, rather than a Brian Wilson song.

Half Moon Bay (w/ Mark Isham): A somewhat unremarkable instrumental, although it does remind of the two instrumentals on 'Pet Sounds'. A bit too jazzy for my taste, but still pleasant enough.

Our Special Love (w/ Peter Hollens): An entirely a capella song with beat boxing. Yuck. Comes way too close to R&B (not the real rhtyhm & blues, but the slick modern kind) and whatever all those boy bands (Take That, Boyzone) were making in the 1990s and 2000s.

The Right Time (w/ Al Jardine & David Marks): Pleasant song, Al sounds great as always. The chorus sounds too much like 'Lay Down Burden', though. This is self-plagiarism, basically.

Guess You Had To Be There (w/ Kacey Musgraves): So far, this is hands down my favorite song on the album. Some really gorgeous melodies here. Nice, laid back arrangement. I like it a lot.

Tell Me Why (w/ Al Jardine): No, this is not the Beatles song. Fairly mediocre and a bit too sappy. I do love that Al is on so many songs on this album.

Sail Away (w/ Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine): This is a fun song. I like the subtle Sloop John B melodies. Blondie's voice aged really well. He sounds cool. Especially with Blondie's vocal, this would've been a great song for 'That's Why God...'.

One Kind Of Love:  Pretty good one, probably the second best song on the album. Some beautiful things going on in the string and brass arrangement.

Saturday Night (w/ Nate Ruess): I don't mind that this album has so many guest singers. But since this is a Brian Wilson album, it doesn't make sense that he gives someone else the lead vocal on almost an entire song. So again, this just sounds like Brian guesting on someone else's song. Having said that, I do like Nate Ruess's voice and this song is really catchy.

The Last Song: Lana Del Rey was supposed to sing on this, but she never finished her vocals. Someone on a Beach Boys forum wrote that this is "The bastard love child of Bruce Johnston and Dennis Wilson at their most sappy. This tries to be another Summer's Gone but fails to do so," and I think that's a pretty good description.

BTW: There's also a "deluxe edition" with 3 extra songs (including a new version of the 1965 Beach Boys song 'Summer Means New Love', this time with vocals), and a Target exclusive version with 5 extra songs (the "deluxe edition" bonus tracks plus a 1975 demo of 'In The Back of My Mind' and a new version of the 1988 Brian Wilson track 'Love and Mercy').

 22 
 on: April 23, 2015, 06:54:32 PM 
Started by Joost - Last post by Joost
Hey, how about some Beach Boys news?

* Jack Rieley passed away last Friday. He was The Beach Boys' manager in the early 1970s, he co-wrote many of their songs in these years, he sang lead on the song 'A Day in the Life of a Tree' and he was the narrator on the 'Mt. Vernon and Fairway' EP.

* Brian's new album 'No Pier Pressure' was released this month. It features guest appearances by Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward (She & Him), Sebu Simonian (Capital Cities), Nate Ruess (Fun) and Beach Boys members Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin. Unfortionately, I have to say that it's one of my least favorite Brian Wilson albums. I still love 'That Lucky Old Sun' and 'That's Why God Made the Radio', so I expected much more from this.

* The Brian Wilson biopic 'Love & Mercy' premiered on the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, but it will finally be in US cinemas on June 5, 2015. Reception so far is pretty positive. Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lioWzrpCtGQ

* The Carl Wilson biography 'Long Promised Road' is set to be released on September 29.

* 'I Am Brian Wilson', the second Brian Wilson autobiography, is set to be released on October 8. There already is a Brian Wilson autobiography from the 1990s called 'Wouldn't It Be Nice', but Brian has admitted that he didn't even read (let alone write) that one.

 23 
 on: April 23, 2015, 06:34:16 PM 
Started by pc31 - Last post by Bobber
In The Grapes with Al.  glassesslip


 24 
 on: April 23, 2015, 06:27:07 PM 
Started by tkitna - Last post by Joost
Wow, that's quite a shock... We've both been on this board since 2004. I think I can speak for the both of us and say that we never really were each other's favorite board member, but I never felt that he wasn't a nice guy, just that we were somehow on different wavelengths (if that makes sense)... From as far as you can judge a person by some posts on an online forum, he seemed like a very authentic and passionate person to me. Even from those really short sentences he often posted you could tell that he had to be quite a unique character. It's a shame that we'll never see those pop up again.

My condolances to everyone who knew him.

 25 
 on: April 23, 2015, 06:24:38 PM 
Started by Bobber - Last post by Bobber
Here is my list of files. You know that you can use the Videolan VLC player with .zip files. Greetings.


Yep, you are complete.  :)

 26 
 on: April 23, 2015, 06:21:53 PM 
Started by pc31 - Last post by Bobber
No pics of me! :P

He! I'm still busy photoshopping!

 27 
 on: April 23, 2015, 04:40:46 PM 
Started by pc31 - Last post by In My Life
No pics of me! :P

Ah, now I see how you got around and why you saw everything!

 28 
 on: April 23, 2015, 03:22:33 PM 
Started by pc31 - Last post by The End
No pics of me! :P

 29 
 on: April 23, 2015, 03:09:16 PM 
Started by tkitna - Last post by The End
:'(
When I saw this topic my heart skipped a beat. I couldn't believe! So sad!
Pc was with us since the first days of the forums, I remember him since 2002, when he registered in older version of forums as soon as I launched the Beatles forums. (Al do remember) He used to be an interesting man, sometimes we didn't understand him, sometimes he didn't understand us, but he was a good man indeed.

Condolences to you Todd, to Marshall's family and friends!!!

I know what you mean Dmitry, I thought he would be around forever - he was such a unique character and will be sorely missed.

AL

 30 
 on: April 23, 2015, 02:25:40 PM 
Started by Bobber - Last post by prlj64
Here is my list of files. You know that you can use the Videolan VLC player with .zip files. Greetings.

# Directory Lister Pro listing
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The Beatles - 2000 The BBC Archives Disc 01.zip
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The Beatles - 2000 The BBC Archives Disc 16.zip
The Beatles - 2000 The BBC Archives Disc 17.zip
The Beatles - 2000 The BBC Archives Disc 18 SC1.zip
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The Beatles - 2000 The BBC Archives Disc 20 BBCBN.zip
The Beatles - 2000 The BBC Archives Disc 21 The Beatles Abroad.zip
The Beatles - 2000 The BBC Archives Disc 22 (totp 1).zip
The Beatles - 2000 The BBC Archives Disc 23 (totp 2).zip
The Beatles - 2000 The BBC Archives Disc 24 (The Beatles On Television) Mp4 Version.zip
The Beatles - 2000 The BBC Archives Disc 24 (The Beatles On Television) Vob Version.zip
The Beatles - 2000 The BBC Archives Disc 25 Bonus Material.zip

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