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« on: August 17, 2010, 10:31:27 am »

I had that solo album Brian Wilson came out with around 1995.  I forget the name of it, sold it long ago.  It sounded a lot like "Pet Sounds" and had the minor hit "Your Imagination."  That was my brief infatuation with the "Pet Sounds" Beach Boys era.  Didn't last long.  Apparently the surviving BBs are getting back together to tour next year, probably because no one wants to see Mike Love touring as "the voice of the Beach Boys."  What a jerk.  Anyway, Brian is supposed to be part of it.

There's something about Mike Love that just oozes sleaze.  I wouldn't be surprised if somewhere in an alternate dimension instead of finding them as musicians you'd be driving down some SoCal street and see a "Parazaider/Love Used Cars" as Walt Parazaider exudes a similar (although a little bit less smarmy) air.

For solo Beach Boys I thought Dennis's work was the best.  While you could hear the Beach Boys influence, you could also tell he was trying to set himself apart from the band.  I was glad to see the deluxe edition of Pacific Ocean Blue including material from his unreleased follow-up album, Bamboo released a year or two ago.  That relese was long overdue.  I wouldn't mind seeing/hearing a DVD audio version of that album to really enjoy its full majesty.
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