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Gettin'in Over My Head [VINYL] [Import]

Brian Wilson Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (22 Jun 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0002ABT1W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 748,390 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome addition to Brian Wilson's canon 3 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm pretty sure that some reviewers are negative about this album because of what it's not. It does not pretend to be another Pet Sounds or SMiLE...it is a collection of high quality songs, most of which would fall into the pop category and not far removed from most of Brian's work with the Beach Boys. Take the album for what it is and you should enjoy.
The opener sees Elton John in Crocodile Rock form, giving a punchy lead vocal to one of the albums rockier tracks. We then have the closest we shall ever get to a new Beach Boys song with Carl Wilson duetting with Brian on a song that almost sounds like a 50's ballad. Finally on the third track Brian gives us his first lead vocal and though his voice isn't what it was, the 62 year old Wilson still sounds like nobody else. The voice is instantly recognisable and hauntingly beautiful, it just doesn't quite have the range it once did - but who's voice does at 62?!?
Standout tracks include the title song, which is a beautiful song full of Brian's trademark harmonies, and Desert Drive which is another song from Brian in Beach Boys mode. A personal favourite of mine is "Fairy Tale" which also features some fantastic harmonising and multi-tracking of Brian's voice.
What we have here is the first album actually produced and arranged by Brian Wilson since the late 1970's, without outside interferance. It is not a concept album, the songs have no cosmic link and once you realise this and just sit back to enjoy the excellent music, the experience is very pleasing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 27 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
Had this been the first solo Brian Wilson release, I would have been saying 'brilliant', 'wonderful' or 'the master returns'. However, what we have here is a good album that disappoints, on several levels.

Firstly, the use of cod-American, Kentucky-fried vocalist Elton John, whom I cannot stand, is disappointing. Surely, this album will be purchased so that fans can hear Brian Wilson, not a mediocre, has-been like Reg Dwight. Brian (and his advisors) got it wrong. Brian Wilson does not need to enlist the services of Elton John (nor anybody else, for that matter) to help sell his records. A good song has been ruined by the presence of Elton. Similarly, 'Soul Searchin', the last song to be recorded by The Beach Boys, in c.1995, has no place here. This song was written by Brian, but Carl gave it his own magic and it remains 'his' song, albeit unreleased. However, having said that, it remains one of the better songs on the album. The use of Paul McCartney is OK as his presence is minimal and the song 'A Friend Like You' remains a strong vehicle for Brian. 'City Blues' features Eric Clapton but his marvellous guitar solos do not eclipse Brian's wonderful multi-tracked vocals. This songs was a real hit on his 2004 tour, too.

'Don't Let Her Know She's an Angel' is far better on Brian's (unreleased) album, 'Sweet Insanity', as is 'Gettin' in Over My Head' and 'Make a Wish'. These 'new' versions are inferior and lack the passion and power of the earlier versions. 'Rainbow Eyes' however, is only slightly inferior, being almost identical to the original, in its arrangement, but missing out the line 'sweet insanity', which is poignant. It is as though the song has been sanitized.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Made today for 60s times 25 April 2008
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
Anyone ever noticed how Brian Wilson is looking like Paul McCartney?
The ex Beatle turns up here as one of the guests-maybe showing a Ringo Starr influence
The sleeve art by Peter Blakely is another pointer towards the Beatles and is certainly a vast improvement on the sleeve of Smile
Elton John's appearance here is a reminder that the Beach Boys mad a cover of Crocodile Rock.
A few more covers would have been welcome here.After all Brian Wilson's future depends on just how many 60s songs he covers
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait....... 24 Jun 2004
By A Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Brian Wilson is often called a genius. This is a difficult one to define but it is without doubt that he with his various compatriots over the years has brought us some of the most enjoyable popular music ever created. He has also created some the most odd and troubled songs. After his renaissance in the late 90s and his subsequent live touring he has shown that his "twilight years" will not see him going for the pipe and slippers quite yet. This album (his first solo effort for 6 years) sees him resurrect some old songs and dish up some new ones too. He has also seen fit to bring in some "guests". One of these is his deceased brother Carl with whom he duets (through the miracle of modern science) with on "Soul Searchin'". This works fine. As does Elton John ("How could we still be dancin'"), Eric Clapton less so on City Blues (solo recorded in another country and patched in), the guitar sounds a little strident and, in places, unnecessary. The one he definitely didn't need was one Paul McCartney. "A friend like you" is a pleasant ditty, the sort that Wilson can carry off quite well in a quaint sort of way, not mawkish, just "pretty". Having McCartney, talented as he obviously is (he was in a popular 60s beat combo, The Beatles apparently) endlessly vocally 'noodling' with the same phrase is just plain irritating. The highlights of the album for me are the title track and "Don't let her know she's an angel", in my opinion classic Wilson songs. All in all, a good and for the most part, very listenable album that should stand repeated playing. As a parting shot, I would say that these recordings stand up much better than the live renditions of some of them that I have seen and heard during the recent touring concerts. 4 out of 5 stars then.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oops!
I have been a fan of Brian Wilson since the 60's and I feel very disappointed with this album. The melodies are "samey", showing nothing original and the lyrics for the most part... Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2008 by G. Cotterill
4.0 out of 5 stars A real good effort
Brian Wilson is often called a genius. This is a difficult one to define but it is without doubt that he with his various compatriots over the years has brought us some of the most... Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2005 by TeamScoop
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
I love BW but this is a shallow effort. Poor songs, poor production, poor performances. If you are new to BW start elsewhere.
Published on 13 Jan 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars I have to admit it's gettin better
Well the first time I heard the album I was a little depressed, but I have worked on it and I am coming round to quite liking it! Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2004 by john william potter
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Brian's greatest solo effort, but it has its merits
I was eagerly waiting for Brian's new album and though it wasnt quite what I expected it to be, still there are several good songs on it, proving that Brian hasnt lost it. Read more
Published on 25 July 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars The Last Waltz
This collection of "lost" Wilson gems [dating back in one case to 1967]should represent closure on the Wilson is a Genius myth,there is someone walking about who once was Brian but... Read more
Published on 19 July 2004 by Mr. J. Crowther
5.0 out of 5 stars Those spiritual sounds
It's hard to be objective about a new Brian Wilson release...this is the man who has influenced popular culture and the music industry more than most, and who has been through so... Read more
Published on 7 July 2004 by A. G. Gladwin
3.0 out of 5 stars Brian Wilson Doing What He Does Best
After a six year wait Brian wilson Returns with a follow up to 1998 Imagination. Gettin In Over My Head. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2004 by Mr. D. J. Levesley
3.0 out of 5 stars Curates Egg For Sure!
As a Beach Boys fan for over 30 years a new Brian Wilson album is always eagerly awaited. So what has it to offer? Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous sounds
With this album Brian Wilson shows why he is revered as producer, arranger of glorious vocal harmonies, and song-writer. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2004 by Mr Mark Robinson
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