6:00 AM GMT 22/06/2011
Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe of Beach Boys albums
“Pet Sounds aside, what’s your favourite Beach Boys album?” Yesterday’s typical mid-morning MOJO office starter-for-ten elicited excitable support for Surf’s Up (in spite of Al Jardine’s horrible song about his feet) and Carl And The Passions “So Tough” (especial Dep Ed “props” for Dennis Wilson’s gorgeous closer, Cuddle Up). Holland is my shout, an exile’s ode to Americana beautifully embroidered by the underrated non-Brians plus newcomers Blondie Chaplin and Ricky “Stig O’Hara” Fataar. Dennis’s chooglin’ Steamboat, Mike Love’s country-waltz, California Saga/Big Sur, but most of all, Carl’s lonesome diptych The Trader more than hold their own against Brian’s effortlessly anthemic Sail On Sailor. It was not a good time for the latter, under a braincloud and barely present at sessions, bafflingly transplanted to the tiny Dutch village of Baambrugge by eccentric Beach Boys manager, Jack Rieley. Instead he toiled over a curious, six-part sound-story – Mount Vernon & Fairway (A Fairy Tale) – its narrative of a boy prince visited by magic, phosphorescent transistor radio a barely veiled allegory of his own lonely childhood, its beautiful Moog-y theme collides with Jack Rieley’s narration of Wilson’s increasingly wigged-out lyrics. Originally a free 7” EP with the vinyl album, it’s probably the most compelling reason to invest in Holland, the Beach Boys’ least-heard (and certainly last) great record.
Posted by Danny_Eccleston at 6:00 AM GMT 28/08/2008
The Beach Boys – Carl And The Passions “So Tough” (Brother, 1972)
The Band – Northern Lights-Southern Cross (Capitol, 1975)
The Byrds – Untitled (Columbia, 1970)