Friday, May 25, 2018

Where the hell have you been, you lazy bastard?!?

          Remember how on my last album-related post, I said, "hopefully I won't be writing the next follow-up post in March"? Well, technically I was right, because now it's almost June and I still don't have a follow-up post. So, what have I been up to? Just school stuff, relationship stuff, life stuff. You know, stuff that's more important than sharing music with people so that they don't have to pay for it. But enough of that. I've decided to start post more Beach Boys rarities on YouTube. This time, however, it will be on a different channel, so that my main channel (which I've had for over ten freakin' years at this point) won't face the possibility of termination. My new channel, appropriately named "jiggy22", can be found at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy0EXazGkhlyduTo6GkOrDA

          I've already posted a few really cool videos up there so far, including clean versions of "We Got Love", "Out in the Country (Demo)", and a kickass stereo remix of "Guess I'm Dumb". I also posted a couple of new videos on my channel, prior to making this new channel decision, one of which is an extremely rare Brian Wilson demo recorded in 1977, entitled "A Little Somethin'". Check it out below!

A Little Somethin' (Demo)

Big Sur (Original Version) (HQ)

Ten Years of Harmony

Ding Dang (1976 Rehearsal)

Guess I'm Dumb (Stereo Remix)

Walking on Water (Demo) (Cleaned Up)

We Got Love (HQ)

Bruce and Terry - Don't Run Away (Backing Track)

Almost Summer (Demo) (Cleaned Up)

The First Time (Demo)

Christmas Time (Cleaned Up)

Still I Dream of It (Alternate)

Jan Berry and Brian Wilson - Don't You Just Know It (Stereo)

          Cool stuff, isn't it? So go subscribe to jiggy22. Right now! Do it! As for what will become of this blog? I'm sure I'll still post something every once in awhile, but I'm busy with a lot of stuff at the moment. Summer semesters, new significant other, work, an enormous alternate Beach Boys history project, among other stuff. But in the meantime, I can find the time to post a few videos to this channel, so there's that for you all to look forward to. So yeah, go subscribe before BMI forces me to take them all down again! ;)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Link Removals

          Hey everyone, just got a notice from mega.nz that the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) requested to remove my link for my alternate version of Revolver. I'm sure this won't be the only link they request to have taken down, so just in case, I'd recommend downloading everything off this website that you don't already have. Thank you.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Celebration - Celebration & Disco Celebration




          Hey everyone, long time no see! Sorry for the long, long, LONG delay, I've just been preoccupied with a lot of stuff at the moment. I was planning on posting an expanded Ultimate Christmas collection the week before Christmas, but I got tied up with a lot of holiday stuff, so that unfortunately never came to fruition. I may still get around to posting that when the time comes. A lot of people have been commenting "RIP" and all that jazz, but I can assure you that this blog will never die. At least not until the heat death of the universe 100 trillion years from now, but I think we've got a little bit more time until that happens! Anyways, since I've been gone for so long, I thought it'd be smart to include the remaining two Celebration albums in one post, just to speed things up a little bit. I know a lot of people out there have never even heard the Disco Celebration album yet, so I don't want them waiting another two months to hear it! Both of these albums are sourced from high-quality vinyl rips, and since neither have ever gotten CD releases, this is certainly the best they'll ever sound!

          Celebration, released in late 1978 by Pacific Arts Records, features quite a few tracks already familiar to Beach Boys fans. These include a reggae-reworking of the 1967 single "Gettin' Hungry", "She's Just Out to Get You", featuring Mike on vocals (which was earlier recorded by American Spring in 1977 - released on their It's Like Heaven album in 1986), "I Don't Wanna Know", which would later be recorded by Mike for his First Love album, before being re-recorded for his 2017 Unleash the Love album (half of the album I actually really like. ESPECIALLY "Ram Raj"!), "Starbaby" which would be attempted by the Beach Boys in late-1979 during the Keepin' the Summer Alive sessions - yet remains unreleased, "Go and Get That Girl", which was recorded by the group during the M.I.U. Album sessions, and included on the track listing for the rejected Merry Christmas from the Beach Boys album, "How's About a Little Bit of Your Sweet Lovin'", also recorded by the Beach Boys during the M.I.U. Album sessions, and included on the track listing for the rejected California Feeling album, and "Country Pie", featuring Mike on lead, which was performed by the Beach Boys during their 1977-78 tours. Overall, it's a pretty solid album! The same cannot be said about Disco Celebration.

          Disco Celebration, released in limited quantities in 1979, features Mike only as a co-writer, providing no vocals to the album at all. Tracks include the infamous "disco-ization" of "California Girls", as well as "First Love", featuring the original backing track from Mike's rejected album, albeit with a new lead vocal performed by band-member/producer Paul Fauerso. The only good things I can say about this album are that "First Love" is pretty good, and the album cover is nice. That's it. Hopefully this post will help with those curious about the album, but personally, it's something I could live without.

          Anyways, I hope you enjoy this nice double post for today. I hope you all had a fantastic start to your new year, and hopefully I won't be writing the next follow-up post in March! Enjoy, and look for more coming soon!


Celebration

Side A:
1. Gettin' Hungry (Brian Wilson/Mike Love)
2. Sailor (Dave Robinson/Ron Altbach)
3. Lovestruck (Ed Tuleja/Ron Altbach)
4. She's Just Out to Get You (Mike Love)
5. I Don't Wanna Know (Mike Love)

Side B:
1. Starbaby (Mike Love)
2. Go and Get That Girl (Ed Tuleja/Ron Altbach)
3. How's About a Little Bit (Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Diane Rovell/Ron Altbach)
4. Song of Creation (Dave Robinson/Ron Altbach)
5. Country Pie (Ed Tuleja/Ron Altbach)


Disco Celebration

Side A:
1. Disco Symphony (Mike Love/Ron Altbach)
2. You Can Count on Me (Mike Love/Ron Altbach)

Side B:
1. California Girls (Brian Wilson/Mike Love)
2. Party Girl (Mike Love/Ron Altbach)
3. First Love (Paul Fauerso)


Download Links:

Celebration - mp3: https://mega.nz/#!b49QiArD!8WZTWp-0AM2uklHd8LkfR0GzUEBdrIwE-ER6gj-8vw4

Disco Celebration - mp3: https://mega.nz/#!mhUASBRJ!lhdVU0cUlhGkN5zeZTQ-lnfTtjmeCsJgXpamErTubHI


Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Celebration - Almost Summer (Soundtrack)



          Here, I present Almost Summer, the first soundtrack album by Mike Love's "side group" during the late '70s, Celebration. The album was released on May 8th, 1978, and fails to chart. It's leading single, "Almost Summer", however, received a considerable amount of airplay upon its release, and charted at #28 in the US. This album is presented here in its original, unaltered form, in the highest-quality vinyl rip possible. The first three tracks feature Mike Love on lead vocals, while the tracks "Summer in the City" and "It's OK" are performed with Dave Robinson on lead. "Lookin' Good" and "Christine and Bobby" are instrumentals, primarily based off of the Beach Boys' song "She's Got Rhythm" from the M.I.U. Album. "Island Girl" is a lengthy instrumental performed with Charles Lloyd on flute. The final two tracks feature no involvement from Celebration at all; "We Are the Future" is performed by the group High Inergy, while "She Was a Lady" is performed by Fresh.

          Overall, not much else to say about this album. Mike's leads are pretty good for the '70s material, and certainly should've been released by the Beach Boys instead. The rest of the album is...eh. I've only decided to post it here since it's pretty hard to come by nowadays! I'll be posting the remaining two Celebration albums in high quality as well, so be on the lookout for those in the coming weeks. Thanks for looking, and check back for more soon!


Side A:
1. Almost Summer (Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Al Jardine)
2. Sad, Sad Summer (Mike Love)
3. Cruisin' (Mike Love)
4. Lookin' Good (Ron Altbach)
5. Summer in the City (John Sebastian/Steve Boone/Mark Sebastian)
6. It's OK (Brian Wilson/Mike Love)

Side B:
1. Football (Charles Lloyd/Ron Altbach)
2. Island Girl (Charles Lloyd)
3. Christine and Bobby (Ron Altbach)
4. We Are the Future (T. Laws/M. Bolton/J. Holiday/F. Womack)
5. She Was a Lady (Bill Pratt)


Download Link:

mp3: https://mega.nz/#!z0tW2LwK!Li5l0tyqvK43mHcWcTsXQvke0o4TojQmHuy8EXWqF60


Enjoy!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Beach Boys - Soul Searchin'



          In 1992, after being freed from the conservatorship of Dr. Eugene Landy, Brian Wilson immediately called up his old collaborator Andy Paley, requesting that the two begin writing material together. Paley agreed, and over the course of the next five years, would compose and record around two dozen new songs for a potential project. Whether this project were to be a new Beach Boys album, a new Brian Wilson solo album, or something else altogether wasn't exactly known at the time. Flash forward to 1995, and the pieces of the puzzle start falling into place. Brian is able to convince the other Beach Boys to record some of his new material, with singer/songwriter Don Was as producer. Three sessions took place in mid-November before said puzzle began to fall apart. Carl apparently disliked the material, and reportedly walked out of a session for the song "Dancin' the Night Away", thereby killing the short-lived reunion album. In its place came the dreadful Stars and Stripes album, which, despite some nice backing vocals by the group, I really don't feel like taking a deeper look into. The point of this post today is to try to put together what this potential Beach Boys reunion album could have sounded like.

          In total, we have about 25 Wilson/Paley recordings to choose from:
- The Boogie's Back in Town (What Rock and Roll Can Do)
- Chain Reaction of Love
- Dancin' the Night Away
- Desert Drive
- Elbow '63
- Frankie Avalon
- Gettin' in Over My Head
- God Did It
- Going Home
- I'm Broke
- In My Moondreams
- It's Not Easy Being Me
- Marketplace
- Mary Anne
- Must Be a Miracle
- Proud Mary
- Saturday Morning in the City
- Slightly American Music
- Some Sweet Day
- Soul Searchin'
- Sweets for My Sweet
- This Could Be the Night
- This Song Wants to Sleep with You
- Where Has Love Been?
- You're Still a Mystery

          Plus two new Wilson-Asher compositions:
- Everything I Need
- This isn't Love

          First, let's eliminate all the tracks with vocals performed by Andy Paley.
- The Boogie's Back in Town (What Rock and Roll Can Do)
- Chain Reaction of Love
- Dancin' the Night Away
- Desert Drive
- Elbow '63
- Frankie Avalon
- Gettin' in Over My Head
- God Did It
- Going Home
- I'm Broke
- In My Moondreams
- It's Not Easy Being Me
- Marketplace
- Mary Anne
- Must Be a Miracle
- Proud Mary
- Saturday Morning in the City
- Slightly American Music
- Some Sweet Day
- Soul Searchin'
- Sweets for My Sweet
- This Could Be the Night
- This Song Wants to Sleep with You
- Where Has Love Been?
- You're Still a Mystery
- Everything I Need
- This isn't Love

          Now, we eliminate all of the songs that sound more like Andy Paley songs than traditional BW/BB songs.
- The Boogie's Back in Town (What Rock and Roll Can Do)
- Chain Reaction of Love
- Dancin' the Night Away
- Desert Drive
- Gettin' in Over My Head
- God Did It
- Going Home
- I'm Broke
- In My Moondreams
- It's Not Easy Being Me
- Marketplace
- Mary Anne
- Must Be a Miracle
- Proud Mary
- Saturday Morning in the City
- Slightly American Music
- Some Sweet Day
- Soul Searchin'
- Sweets for My Sweet
- This Could Be the Night
- This Song Wants to Sleep with You
- Where Has Love Been?
- You're Still a Mystery
- Everything I Need
- This isn't Love

          And then we eliminate all the songs that sound more like Brian Wilson solo songs than possible BB songs (as in, if Brian played these songs for the other Beach Boys, they'd laugh and immediately reject it).
- The Boogie's Back in Town (What Rock and Roll Can Do)
- Chain Reaction of Love
- Dancin' the Night Away
- Desert Drive
- Gettin' in Over My Head
- God Did It
- Going Home
- I'm Broke
- In My Moondreams
- It's Not Easy Being Me
- Marketplace
- Mary Anne
- Must Be a Miracle
- Proud Mary
- Saturday Morning in the City
- Soul Searchin'
- Sweets for My Sweet
- This Could Be the Night
- This Song Wants to Sleep with You
- Where Has Love Been?
- You're Still a Mystery
- Everything I Need
- This isn't Love

          Now let's eliminate some tracks that will eventually be released by Brian as a solo artist in superior form.
- Chain Reaction of Love
- Dancin' the Night Away
- Desert Drive
- Going Home
- I'm Broke
- In My Moondreams
- It's Not Easy Being Me
- Must Be a Miracle
- Proud Mary
- Soul Searchin'
- Sweets for My Sweet
- This Could Be the Night
- Where Has Love Been?
- You're Still a Mystery
- Everything I Need
- This isn't Love

          Okay, now it seems we're getting somewhere! Let's take a look at the tracks we have so far, shall we?
- Chain Reaction of Love
- Dancin' the Night Away
- Desert Drive
- I'm Broke
- In My Moondreams
- It's Not Easy Being Me
- Must Be a Miracle
- Proud Mary
- Soul Searchin'
- You're Still a Mystery
- Everything I Need
- This isn't Love

          Okay, we have twelve tracks to choose from now. Regarding the length of the songs here, I'd opt for a standard 10-track album. So two more must go! "Everything I Need", while a fantastic song, is more of a Wilson/Phillips recording, with Brian providing backing vocals. BTW, look for Jeff Foskett's cover of this track from around 2004, featuring Brian again on backing vocals, it's fantastic! And as for "This isn't Love", there's an amazing solo piano performance of this track by Brian, featured on a compilation album entitled Songs Without Words. But if I kept it, then I'd end up with three instrumentals on the album, which'd sound quite lackluster if you ask me. So, it shall be scrapped. So, what do we have now?
- Chain Reaction of Love
- Dancin' the Night Away
- Desert Drive
- I'm Broke
- In My Moondreams
- It's Not Easy Being Me
- Must Be a Miracle
- Proud Mary
- Soul Searchin'
- You're Still a Mystery

          Of these two tracks, "You're Still a Mystery" and "Soul Searchin'" were 100% completed by the Beach Boys. "Dancin' the Night Away" features vocals by Carl and Mike on the bridge, and was intended to be finished by the group before Carl walked out. "Desert Drive", though left unfinished as a backing track, certainly has that Beach Boys feel to it, lifting the bridge melody from 1965's "Salt Lake City". "In My Moondreams", another instrumental, has that same feel to it. According to Andrew G. Doe's Bellagio 10452 website, during the three November 1996 Beach Boys sessions, the tracks "It's Not Easy Being Me" and "Must Be a Miracle" were also apparently worked on, driving me to believe that they were in serious consideration for this proposed reunion album. In Mike's new(ish) autobiography, Mike mentions that Brian was working on a cover of "Proud Mary", and he was looking forward to having the Beach Boys record it together. So it'd only make sense to include it here, wouldn't it? With "I'm Broke", Andy's backing vocals sound eerily similar to Al Jardine's at points. Plus, Brian recently performed the track live with Al back in 2015, giving it another connection to the Beach Boys (I guess). And as for "Chain Reaction of Love", though certainly a weird song that I'd expect the other Beach Boys to reject, I can't help but hear Mike singing the bass vocals during the coda section. Plus we've got the Al-esque backing vocals showing up again. So, how does the final product sound? Let's find out!

          Side A kicks off with the wonderfully unique intro of "You're Still a Mystery". This is the MiC mix, featuring re-recorded Brian vocals from about 1998. However, I'll let that one slide, as this is certainly a much higher-quality mix than the unreleased 1995 version. In order to match the length of the 1995 version, I looped the outro by a couple of stanzas. After that comes "Proud Mary", presented here in a unique true stereo mix featured on the Brian Wilson Goodies bootleg found online. Thankfully, Andy Paley does his best Mike Love impersonation during the second version, further adding the illusion that this is supposed to be a Beach Boys recording. What a fantastic recording BTW, probably within Brian's top 10 ever covers IMO. The rockin' "I'm Broke" follows, featuring relatively simple lyrics, though a really cool arrangement and melody behind it. Things cool down a little bit for the next track, the tender "Must Be a Miracle". This would have been a good one for Carl to sing, it's a sweet song made for a sweet voice. This track is presented in a duophonic stereo mix, as the track has unfortunately only been bootlegged in mono format. Side A closes with the lovely instrumental "In My Moondreams". This track was actually released in 1995 on the obscure Pulp Surfin' various artists compilation. But hey, the more officially released material, the better!

          Side B blasts off with the fantastic title track, "Soul Searchin'", featuring perhaps Carls last great lead vocal before his 1998 death. Not surprisingly, the superior 2013 mix from MiC is used here, as opposed to the version featured on Brian's Gettin' in Over My Head solo album. Mike's bass vocals during the chorus make the song for me! Following is the third song that the Beach Boys worked on during these sessions, "Dancin' the Night Away". Also known as "Baywatch Nights", this track exists only as a partially completed work, with vocals only present for the bridge section. Regardless, what still exists sounds as good as anything the boys had done before. The next track, "Desert Drive", is even more incomplete. This track exists only as a finished back track, with no vocals known to have been recorded. Of course, Brian re-recorded and completed this song for Gettin' in Over My Head, but the less said about that album, the better. Next up is Brian's fantastic "It's Not Easy Being Me", evoking emotions similar to the ones found in "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" from Pet Sounds. Probably one of the absolute greatest tracks to come out of the Wilson/Paley sessions, it's such a shame it hasn't been officially released yet! The album closes out with Brian's bizarre, quirky, and inventive "Chain Reaction of Love". Can I imagine the other Beach Boys approving of lyrics such as "when she comes up near me/just like Einstein's theory/one kiss, I discovered/leads right to another"? Probably not, but inane lyrics aside, a properly-record Beach Boys version of "Chain Reaction of Love" would have seriously kicked ass!

          And finally, we must create a proper album cover for this "imaginary" Beach Boys album. I decided to take the album cover of the Beckley/Lamm/Wilson collaboration Like a Brother, brush out the original text, and replace it with The Beach Boys and the name of this album. I mean, it makes sense, doesn't it? "Soul Searchin'"? Clouds? Heaven? Yeah, good enough! So, how does Soul Searchin' compare to the rest of the Beach Boys' discography? Well, it certainly isn't Pet Sounds or Sunflower, but it certainly isn't Summer in Paradise for that matter! The Wilson/Paley sessions resulted in some of Brian's best-ever solo material, and one can only wonder just what might have been had the group been more open to it. Anyways, enjoy, and look out for more coming soon!

Side A:
1. You're Still a Mystery (Brian Wilson/Andy Paley)
2. Proud Mary (John Fogerty)
3. I'm Broke (Brian Wilson)
4. Must Be a Miracle (Brian Wilson/Andy Paley)
5. In My Moondreams (Brian Wilson/Andy Paley)

Side B:
1. Soul Searchin' (Brian Wilson/Andy Paley)
2. Dancin' the Night Away (Brian Wilson/Andy Paley/Mike Love)
3. Desert Drive (Brian Wilson/Andy Paley)
4. It's Not Easy Being Me (Brian Wilson/Andy Paley)
5. Chain Reaction of Love (Brian Wilson/Andy Paley)

Download Link:

mp3: https://mega.nz/#!qwtTUDJT!MhPUlmwQ4j3vXs5S_tWVw8y-b0B7EISdpmYrUgqcNs0


Enjoy!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Beach Boys - The Fading Rock Group Revival



          In 1969, the Beach Boys terminated their contract with Capitol Records, signing up with Reprise Records shortly afterwards. However, Capitol still required one more album from the group, and so, recording sessions began for what would have become the final studio album with the record label. Initially known as Reverberation, the album was (jokingly) referred to as The Fading Rock Group Revival by Bruce in an interview. If this album had in fact been released, I'm almost 99% certain it would have used the Reverberation title. However, I'm much more of a fan of the joke title, so it shall be used here. On June 19th, 1970, the Beach Boys assembled a master tape labelled simply as Last Capitol Album. The track listing went as followed:

1. Cottonfields (Mono Mix)
2. Loop de Loop (Flip Flop Flyin' in an Aeroplane)
3. All I Wanna Do
4. Got to Know the Woman (Mono Mix)
5. When Girls Get Together (Instrumental Track)
6. Break Away
7. San Miguel
8. Celebrate the News
9. Deirdre
10. The Lord's Prayer (Duophonic Mix)
11. Forever

          However, unsatisfied with the final product, the group instead decided to hand in what would become the Live in London album. Of the songs that made up The Fading Rock Group Revival, "All I Wanna Do", "Got to Know the Woman" (in stereo this time), "Deirdre", and "Forever" would later appear on the Sunflower album a month later. "When Girls Get Together" would later appear on 1980's Keepin' the Summer Alive (featuring its original vocals, along with a kick drum overdub recorded in 1976). Two years later, "San Miguel" would be included on the Ten Years of Harmony compilation album. "Loop de Loop" would be included on the 1998 Endless Harmony Soundtrack, although with a new lead vocal recorded by Al. And of course, "Cottonfields", "Break Away", "Celebrate the News", and "The Lord's Prayer" had already seen official release before the album was assembled.

          As for this blog post, I'll be trying to represent a version of the album as close as possible to the "finished" master. Being a 19-year-old college student, I of course have no access to the original master, so some improvisation had to come into play here. The two biggest problem tracks were "Got to Know the Woman" and "When Girls Get Together". As far as I know, no true mono mix of "Got to Know the Woman" circulates, so I had to create a fold-down mix in its place. A similar issue was with the duophonic mix of "The Lord's Prayer", which I created simply using audacity. And regarding the instrumental version of "When Girls Get Together", thankfully it circulates of the All This is That bootleg, but it doesn't exactly match the length of its finished counterpart. So, some audio editing tricks had to be utilized in order to extend the track to its proper length. As for the track "Break Away", I decided to use the fantastic single mix made by ThatOneBeachBoyManiac, though I decided to speed it up by 3% to match it's original 45 release. I'd like to thank Dudd from the Smiley Smile forum for sharing one of his own custom Beach Boys album covers, which I was able to edit to feature the intended The Fading Rock Group Revival title.

          Anyways, thanks for checking it out if you do. Post may be coming in a bit slower now, seeing as I'm back in school again, so sorry to everyone who's expecting two-three posts a month, cause that can't happen at the moment! Enjoy, and check back here again very soon!

Side A:
1. Cottonfields (Huddie Ledbetter)
2. Loop de Loop (Flip Flop Flyin' in an Aeroplane) (Al Jardine/Brian Wilson/Carl Wilson)
3. All I Wanna Do (Brian Wilson/Mike Love)
4. Got to Know the Woman (Dennis Wilson)
5. When Girls Get Together (Brian Wilson/Mike Love)

Side B:
1. Break Away (Brian Wilson/Murry Wilson)
2. San Miguel (Dennis Wilson/Gregg Jakobson)
3. Celebrate the News (Dennis Wilson)
4. Deirdre (Bruce Johnston/Brian Wilson)
5. The Lord's Prayer (Albert Hay Malotte)
6. Forever (Dennis Wilson/Gregg Jakobson)


Download Link:

mp3: https://mega.nz/#!v5V13CIR!_C8SPumtb94V-kRT2YBQKEw9D2UL3AsGofbD_DqbXyw


Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Beach Boys - Lei'd in Hawaii (Original)



          With the release of Sunshine Tomorrow in June came the long-awaited release of the lost "live album", Lei'd in Hawaii. As most fans know, this album was recorded in September after the original Hawaii tapes (from August 25th/26th) were deemed unusable. The plan was to overdub the newly-recorded tracks to fake the appearance of a live Beach Boys concert, but the entire project was scrapped before this occurred. I originally featured my own version of this lost album way back last year, of which was a mix between the studio recordings and the live recordings from August. Made for a pretty inconsistent listen now looking back on it! Here, I'd like to revise this album, and present it to all of you in its original intended format (live overdubs excluded obviously).

          One thing I was pretty surprised to learn was that, in addition to the 11 tracks included on Sunshine Tomorrow, two more tracks were intended for the album: "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" and "Barbara Ann". These tracks would have been taken from the live performances in Michigan from 1966 (of which was also when the group performed their newest single, "Good Vibrations", for the second time ever). Thankfully for us, both shows were released late last year on the Graduation Day 1966: Live at the University of Michigan album, so no crappy bootlegs will be plaguing us today! But then we have to decide exactly which performance of these two songs we should use for this album. In the case of "Barbara Ann", I'll be using the performance from the first show, as the second performance of the song doesn't actually close out the show (Brian comes onstage to perform  "Johnny B Goode" with the group). I do, however, use the initial closing remarks from the second performance (before the group comes back onstage). In the first performance, Mike yells out to the crowd, "we gotta clear out for the next show!", I just felt like it wouldn't make that much sense ending the album with that remark. But I digress. As for "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away", I ultimately decided to use the performance from the second show, as I feel like it's the overall stronger attempt by the group between the two takes. And where to sequence these two tracks on the album? Well, as "Barbara Ann" was the closer for both the Michigan and Hawaii concerts, that one should be obvious. And in the Michigan concerts, the group would perform "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" immediately before "California Girls". So it'll be the same case for here as well!

          In terms of mono vs. stereo, a few minor issues come into play here. Out of the 11 newly-recorded tracks we have for our album here, "The Letter", "Help You, Rhonda", "California Girls", Surfer Girl", "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring", "God Only Knows", and "Good Vibrations" have all been officially released in stereo. "You're So Good to Me" is also available in stereo, but only on lower-quality bootleg releases. The two remaining tracks, "Intro" and "Sloop John B", are only available in mono. So, we must mix these into duophonic stereo by slightly un-synching one of the channels with the other. Something like a hundredth of a second or something like that! My previous duophonic stereo attempts don't really sound that good in comparison (especially the early Beatles stuff - blech! I'll be updating some of those download links with much better duophonic mixes in the near future). So hopefully these'll fare much better in comparison!

          Overall, while not on the same "legendary lost album" status as other BB projects such as SMiLE, Adult/Child, and Bambu, I find Lei'd in Hawaii to actually be a pretty enjoyable listen. Hearing the group strip down these early tracks in a Smiley Smile-type fashion, complete with Brian's beloved baldwin organ, is pretty damn trippy to listen to, I'd say! Would it have been a smart idea to release it in late '67? Definitely not. For a group trying to progress its image as a sophisticated rock group, releasing a fake live album containing nothing but old material and covers would have only resulted in endless mockery by the "hip crowds" of the time. But listening to it now, fifty years later, where the group's legacy has already been secured, it's a pretty tight record. I hope you feel the same. Enjoy, and I'll see you later with the next post!

Side A:
1. Intro (Fred Vail)
2. The Letter (Wayne Carson Thompson)
3. You're So Good to Me (Brian Wilson/Mike Love)
4. Help You, Rhonda (Brian Wilson/Mike Love)
5. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away (Lennon & McCartney)
6. California Girls (Brian Wilson/Mike Love)
7. Surfer Girl (Brian Wilson)

Side B:
1. Sloop John B (trad. arr. Brian Wilson)
2. With a Little Help from My Friends (Lennon & McCartney)
3. Their Hearts Were Full of Spring (Bobby Troup)
4. God Only Knows (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher)
5. Good Vibrations (Brian Wilson/Mike Love)
6. Barbara Ann (Fred Fassert)

Download Link:

mp3: https://mega.nz/#!Tl0QBARI!-VInofzGsH5PA_THHgo4GaMlkEs4HlOTPeiBG2x075Q


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