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Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

15 Mar 2005
4.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 15 Mar. 2005
  • Release Date: 24 Jan. 2009
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
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  • Total Length: 1:15:47
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  • ASIN: B001F360XM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,576 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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We have long waited for the master to reappear in in recorded form - given his still continuing feud with other Beach Boy members, that wrecked the best band in the world. With the assistance of his guru/psychiatrist, Dr Eugene E Landy(described by Brian on the sleeve notes as his 'life saver')Brian created an eleven-track walk through new material that has many echoes of what might have been. Much of the material is melancholy and introspective and you can hear the soul-searching and tormented genius at work - the words and music wrenched achingly from his mind. The album opens with a strong work alluding to Brian being in a cinema watching the deteriorating world. The hook 'the loneliness of this world it's just not fair' calling to mind the 'Caroline No!' yearning that Brian introduces into so many of his personal songs. The voice is not so pure now, but he still hits the high notes. All the lead and backing vocals are Brian's - harking back to the Pet Sounds tour de force. The highlights of the album: Melt Away - Brian saying he is a secret guy, but when he is with this girl he feels his heart 'unlocking'. Baby Let Your Hair Grow Long - A staccato track - again echoing 'Caroline No' with the 'where did your long hair go'questioning the changing status of relationships. Little Children - a simple, short song - interesting for naming Wendy and Carnie, his children, and how they acted as kids. Meet Me In My Dreams Tonight - another one of Brian's dream allegories - put to a rousing rhythm but this time it has the hopeful end 'there's a wonderland waiting for you and I'. One For The Boys - an a capella virtuoso performance from Brian. He does hit all the high notes here; just as if he had never been away.Read more ›
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The best thing Brian Wilson has turned out since "Sunflower" (1970). You hold your breath for the first few seconds but when the chorus of "Love and Mercy" kicks in you know you're in for a treat. The album is really Brian with helpers; most of the songs are co-written with others and/or co-produced as well. Needless to say, some combinations work better than others. One of the best is with Jeff Lynne (ELO, Travelling Wilburys) on "Let it shine", which combines the best elements of both men's song-writing and producing talents - curiously it's instantly recognisable as a Wilson song and a Lynne song. There are no dud tracks on this album although the eight minute opus "Rio Grande" may not be to everyone's taste as it is a little self-indulgent. The album has a strong 80s feel about in places where it is synthesiser heavy. Having said that, this album has a number of treats on it that make it worth buying - "Night Time", "Meet Me In My Dreams Tonight", "Love and Mercy", "Melt Away" would all grace any album, and the a capella fun of "One for the Boys" might just remind you of a certain Californian group! There are a good number of better Brian Wilson efforts that you ought to have before this (Pet Sounds, Friends, Today!, All Summer Long) but it is a good solid album and definitely worth the cash.
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I am one of Brian's fans who considers him to be, not only a genius but a God. This album, the remaster, had a production cost of one million dollars. I guess $1,000,000.00 is about 500,000 pounds. Regardless, this album is worth all of it. "Love and Mercy" sounds great on the first listening as well as the eighty-seventh. On "Let It Shine" you can actually hear the brilliant melding of Brian and Jeff Lynne. I do believe that this version, the remaster is superior to the original release. Goodbye Dr. Landy.
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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 July 2015
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I was surprised to find here only a dozen or so reviews of this sublime recording, particularly since it came out as long ago as 1988. This is a remastered deluxe reissue, and it's great to have it. It's as good as any Beach Boys album.
The song Love and Mercy blazes out of the speakers like a sunburst, BW's voice like he's raring to go. What a perfect way to begin.
I could go through every track, but I'd rather pick out highlights from an album with not a single dud track (though one or two are perhaps a touch less inspired than the others).
When I first had this on LP I was besotted and beguiled by Melt Away which, according to the notes in the superb booklet, seems to be Brian's favourite track too. It has a melody to die for, and encompasses in about three minutes what he's been striving for all his life. I'd rather hear this one perfect song than the overrated, overplayed Good Vibrations any day.
Baby Let Your Hair Grow Long is great fun, one of a few that have more than a hint of a Spector 'wall-of-sound' production.
One For the Boys is an a capella peon to his old band, all swirling ecstatic harmonies - BW takes care of almost all the many vocal parts on all songs.
The last five songs are, in their different ways, wonderful: the slower, ruminative, blissful, and utterly lovely There's So Many, the exultant, uncomplicated Night Time, and the glorious Let It Shine glowing with an inner musical light that is impossible, indeed futile, to resist.
Oddly enough, the eight-minute extravaganza that is Rio Grande which closes this stunning set of songs is probably my least favourite track (which might partly explain why I always preferred the Beach Boys of Do It Again and California Girls to the BB of Good Vibrations and Heroes & Villains, good as they are).
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