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This review is from: Hawthorne, Ca: Birthplace Of A Musical Legacy (Audio CD)
Released after the "Endless Harmony" soundtrack, but closer to the "Pet Sounds" & "Smile" box sets, containing mostly demo/Alternative/instrumental/A Cappella versions of previously released tracks.
I always find these types of albums absolutely fascinating, showing the journey songs take from inception to completion.
Some of the highlights for me:
"Devoted to you"
A really pretty version of the Everly Brother song originally featured on "The Beach Boys Party!" album, but with all the silly party over-dubs removed.
"Time to get alone"
From the"20/20" album, but extended with added orchestral score & a cappella ending.
"A Time to live in dreams"
A previous unrealised heartfelt ballad by Dennis Wilson & Stephen Kalinich (who Dennis worked with on the "Friends" album). Recorded towards the end of 1968.
"Add some music"
The vocals on this song are so incredible you forget that all the rest the music has been removed.
The sound quality on this album is excellent, especially the new stereo remix, which are crystal clear, allowing you to hear all the vocals & musical instruments perfectly.
So if you the type of music fan who likes to take a peek behind the creative curtain, this record will be right up your street.
Dreadful album cover though, is that guy in the hat supposed to be Mike Love?
*The price of this CD seems to fluctuate between £6 to £25, so if you are interested in purchasing the album, I would advise you be a little patient & hang on till the price drops.*