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    They were my favourite band for a long while, up untill my discovery of The Beatles!

    My dad had a greatest hits cassette of theirs we used to listen to when we were on a family outing down to the seaside in the summer. The actual collection is 'Summer Dreams' and every single track on it (28 all together) is bloody fabulous.
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    SMiLE is actually the only Brain album that I know and have. Really do love it.

    I'm not aware of George Gershwin, but I'll be sure to check out this new Brian album. And DEFINITELY must get tickets for this show in London next year. I'm guessing he performs the Beach Boys classics too?
    I've never seen him live, but he usually does a spread of Beach Boy hits with a few of his solo songs (track down Love & Mercy, that's a lovely song). That said, I think the London show is going to be mainly Gershwin songs.

    On the Brian Wilson message board there's talk that he'll end up doing multiple UK shows, here's hoping!
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    (Original post by Panda Bear)
    SMiLE is actually the only Brain album that I know and have. Really do love it.

    I'm not aware of George Gershwin, but I'll be sure to check out this new Brian album. And DEFINITELY must get tickets for this show in London next year. I'm guessing he performs the Beach Boys classics too?
    Normally Brian does a good spread of Beach Boys and solo songs (check out Love & Mercy, it's beautiful), but in London I think he'd just be doing Gershwin songs. That said, on the Brian Wilson message board there's murmurs that he'll play more than 1 show if the tickets sell well.

    Speaking of the message board, there's a post this morning about plans for a mamma mia style film with BB songs. It'll raise awareness of their music, but it'll further cement them as a "good time" band and ignore the really deep stuff that they did. Hmmm.
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    'In My Room' is one of my absolutely favourite songs. :love: The harmony on that track is just perfect.
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    Well, believe it or not, practically all of the 'History' section of the Wikipedia article about the 2004 Smile album was written by me - I'm pretty proud of that. Some of the stuff on there, like my comparison of Mrs O'Leary's Cow to a ghost train, hasn't been written on any sources to my knowledege so I suppose it could fall under an opinion but it's stayed up and none of it is 'false'. And, to be honest, I didn't even like the album when I first heard it. But there are so many quirky outtakes available on Youtube from the 60s that don't come across in the 2004 Smile, although the 2004 album does have strong production. The album, especially in the second part, can come across as overly serious and is a taste that is not for everyone, certainly not all the time. But it does have fun parts like Heroes & Villains, Barnyard and In Blue Hawaii.

    Some of my favourite parts:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnUf1...eature=related
    Im In Great Shape - I Wanna Be Around - Workshop

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq5fm4SdPEI
    On A Holiday

    The day before Brian Wilson's concert in Edinburgh (his band now being some of the Wondermints - not sure if they are all Wondermints), I booked 2 tickets and ended up with front row seats. Unfortunately very little Smile stuff played as he was promoting his album That Lucky Old Sun.

    I also sent an e-mail to lyricist Van Dyke Parks about the Smile album and got a reply back within 2 days. I can't claim to be greatly knowledgable about all of The Beach Boys / Brian Wilson's albums but I know their major hits, the background to Pet Sounds and Smile and I also like the Friends album.

    To be perfectly honest, I've never listened a lot to their surf music as it is played so much and feels milked so much (to the detriment of the likes of Smile). I'd rather listen to the B52s or REM for some sunny pop.

    I don't honestly think that they ever out-Spectored Spector in a single though (e.g. River Deep Mountain High or Be by baby) and I think that 'God only knows' sounds inspired by that second tune more than a bit.

    Little Saint Nick:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSynDh_K0EE

    Anna Lee, The Healer:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lH6-MEPCEI

    When a man needs a woman:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gazmQ...eature=related

    Little Bird:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BLyX...eature=related
 
 
 
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