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Great followup to "1962-69" DVD with lots of insightful interviews. A MUST for all Wilson fans!
on 29 October 2012
The UK-based Chrome Dreams DVD label (distributed in the US by MVD) has really grown in quality over the year. Their earlier productions had just a few music journalists and no real music of the artist on them. They were just "OK" but beginning with the predecessor to this DVD "Brian Wilson - Songwriter 1962-69" things really improved and I raved about it to every Wilson or Beach Boy fan. This one picks up where that volume ended and spends much of its time on the post Pet Sounds period, especially the Warner Reprise years. The commentators include Bruce Johnson and Mark Volman plus a bunch of Wilson biographers as well as their early years Manager and their recording engineer. All are entertaining to listen to. My favorite (but this is subjective) is music professor Philip Lambert who sits at a piano and demonstrates his comments on Wilson's composition elements. There is a lot of vintage footage though you do have to realize that some is silent because of copyright issues. But there is plenty of music that Chrome Dreams got from non-US sources and is included here as well as some that they give credit to.
If you haven't seen the earlier one, you'll want to start there but if you have seen it, you'll want to know about this one. It ends with the failed "IMU" release on Columbia when Wilson heads off on his own solo career. My guess is that there will be a third volume forthcoming about the solo years and into the recent "Smile" project. I'll sure be looking for that.
I'll defer to my fellow reviewer, Johnny Rebel, for more details but I wanted to also add info re: the "Bonus features" on this DVD. In addition to lengthy "text" bios of all the interviewees (in print a bit too small for most eyes) there are three segments (each about six minutes) of additional interviews. First is the aforementioned Lambert dissecting " Do It Again", then three others telling stories of Wilson "out of the studio" doing pranks and finally, the BB manager Fred Vail on the never-completed 1970 Wilson-solo country album "Cows Come Home To Pasture" (Vail still has the tapes but says he has no time to release them!)
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