Tag: The Beach Boys

Brian Wilson på turné

af Karsten Jørgensen

Flere og flere store musiknavne har annonceret turnéer i det kommende år, og nu har den gamle Beach Boy, 79-årige Brian Wilson, også meddelt, at han indleder en mindre amerikansk sommerturné, som begynder den 7. juni og varer indtil den 26. juli.

Turnéen foregår i tanden med et andet stort 1960’er/1970’er-navn, gruppen Chicago, som bliver det andet hovednavn.

The Brian Wilson Band tæller, foruden Wilson selv, både Al Jardine og Blondie Chaplin blandt sine medlemmer – to musikere, som også var med i The Beach Boys i velmagtsdagene.

Nyheden om turnéen kommer kun godt fjorten dage efter, at Brian Wilson den 19. november udsendte et nyt album, ”At My Piano”, med Wilson alene ved klaveret sammen med 15 instrumentalversioner af hans kendte kompositioner. Albummet er det første nye studiealbum med Wilson siden ”No Pier Pressure” i 2015.

Trackliste:

God Only Knows
In My Room
Don’t Worry Baby
California Girls
The Warmth of the Sun
Wouldn’t It be Nice
You Still Believe in Me
I Just Wasn’t Made for these Times
Sketches of Smile: Our Prayer/Heroes and Villains/Wonderful/Surf’s Up
Surf’s Up
Friends
‘Til I Die
Love and Mercy
Mt Vernon Farewell
Good Vibrations

Nyt bokssæt med The Beach Boys

af Karsten Jørgensen

Efter det musikalske højdepunkt i 1966 med mesterværket ”Pet Sounds”, efterfulgt af det følgende års ambitiøse, men ufærdige projekt ”Smile”, mistede Brian Wilson og The Beach Boys både pusten og en stor del af den goodwill, de havde opbygget hos deres publikum.

De følgende år lå Brian underdrejet, plaget af psykiske problemer og stof- og alkoholmisbrug, og var i bedste fald kun aktiv på halv eller kvart tid, og de plader, The Beach Boys udsendte – ”Smiley Smile”, ”Wild Honey”, ”Friends” og ”20/20” – var ujævne, uinspirerede og havde svært ved at appellere til tidens smag og strømninger.

The Beach Boys ved en koncert i Central Park, New York, 1971

En delvis rehabilitering fandt dog sted i 1970-1971 med albummene ”Sunflower” og ”Surf’s Up”, der i højere grad var egentlige gruppeprojekter, i modsætning til tidligere, hvor Brian Wilson næsten enevældigt havde domineret gruppens kreativitet og retning. Der var væsentlige bidrag fra både Brian (”’Til I Die” og ”This Whole World”), Carl Wilson (”Long Promised Road”), Bruce Johnston (”Disney Girl”), og ikke mindst viste disse plader også, hvor meget Brians anden lillebror Dennis var vokset som sangskriver, tydeligst med sangen ”Forever”. Samtidig var temaerne med kærlighed og sol og sommer delvis udskiftet med sange som ”Don’t Go Near The Water” og ”The Day In The Life of a Tree”, som viste en 1960’er-gruppe, der bekymrede sig om natur og miljø.

På et nyt bokssæt bliver denne periode nu sat under lup og revurderet. ”Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971” udsendes den 27. august af Capitol/UME, både som dobbelt cd, dobbelt vinyl, firedobbelt vinyl og en deluxe-udgave med 5 cd’er.

Deluxe-udgaven, som består af i alt 133 sange, indeholder remasterede versioner af ”Sunflower” og ”Surf’s Up”, plus live-versioner, alternative versioner, samt en del hidtil uudgivne sange fra denne periode, som var betydelig mere kreativ, end salgstallene fra den pågældende tid lod ane. En kuriøsitet er bl.a. The Beach Boys’ version af sangen ”Seasons In The Sun”, der nogle år senere var et stort hit for Terry Jacks.

Trackliste for deluxe-udgaven af ”Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971”:

CD 1:
Sunflower:
Slip On Through (2019 master) (2:19)
This Whole World (2019 master) (1:58)
Add Some Music To Your Day (2019 master) (3:36)
Got To Know The Woman (2019 master) (2:43)
Deirdre (2019 master) (3:30)
It’s About Time (2019 master) (2:57)
Tears In The Morning (2019 master) (4:07)
All I Wanna Do (2019 master) (2:36)
Forever (2019 master) (2:42)
Our Sweet Love (2019 master) (2:41)
At My Window (2019 master) (2:32)
Cool, Cool Water (2019 master) (5:03)
Sunflower Promo 1 (previously unreleased) (0:59)
Sunflower Live:
This Whole World (Live 1988) (2:10) [Sunflower Live]
Add Some Music To Your Day (Live 1993) (3:23) [Sunflower Live]
Susie Cincinnati (Live 1976) (2 :46) [Sunflower Live]
Back Home (Live 1976) (3:15) [Sunflower Live]
It’s About Time (Live 1971) (3:45) [Sunflower Live]
Riot In Cell Block 9 (Live 1970) (3:34) [Sunflower Live]
Bonus Tracks:
Break Away (original 1969 single mix) (2:55)
Celebrate The News (previously unreleased 2020 mix) (2:37)
Loop De Loop (previously unreleased 1969 mix) (2:59)
San Miguel (previously unreleased 2020 mix) (2:33)
Susie Cincinnati (previously unreleased 2020 mix) (3:02)
Good Time (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (2:56)
Two Can Play (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (2:06)
Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) (2021 stereo mix – previously unreleased) (3:21)

CD 2:
Surf’s Up:
Don’t Go Near The Water (2019 master) (2:41)
Long Promised Road (2019 master) (3:32)
Take A Load Off Your Feet (2019 master) (2:32)
Disney Girls (1957) (2019 master) (4:08)
Student Demonstration Time (2019 master) (3:59)
Feel Flows (2019 master) (4:44)
Lookin’ At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) (2019 master) (1:57)
A Day In The Life Of A Tree (2019 master) (3:09)
Til I Die (2019 master) (2:32)
Surf’s Up (2019 master) (4:14)
Surf’s Up Promo (previously unreleased) (1:02)
Surf’s Up Live:
Take A Load Off Your Feet (Live 1993) (2:35)
Long Promised Road (Live 1972) (4:14)
Disney Girls (Live 1982) (4:23)
Surf’s Up (Live 1973) (4:58)
Student Demonstration Time (Live 1971) (4:42)
Bonus Tracks:
Big Sur (previously unreleased) (2:35)
HELP Is On The Way (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (2:31)
Sweet And Bitter (previously unreleased) (2:33)
My Solution (previously unreleased) (3:44)
4th of July (2019 mix – previously unreleased) (3:11)
Sound of Free (1970 single mix, 2019 master) (2:22)
Lady (Fallin’ In Love) (1970 stereo mix – previously unreleased) (2:21)
Seasons In The Sun (previously unreleased) (3:27)

CD 3:
The Sunflower Sessions:
Sunflower Promo 2 (previously unreleased) (0:59)
Slip On Through (track and backing vocals – previously unreleased) (2:47)
This Whole World (long version track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:10)
Add Some Music To Your Day (track and backing vocals – previously unreleased) (4:35)
Deirdre (track – previously unreleased) (3:34)
It’s About Time (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (2:53)
Tears In The Morning (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (4:08)
All I Wanna Do (session intro, track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:46)
Forever (session highlights – previously unreleased) (3:36)
Forever (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:01)
Our Sweet Love (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (2:39)
At My Window (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (2:50)
Cool Cool Water (alternate 2019 mix – previously unreleased) (6:24)
San Miguel (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (2:57)
Loop De Loop (track – previously unreleased) (2:49)
Good Time (session intro, track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (4:27)
When Girls Get Together (track – previously unreleased) (1:47)
Slip On Through (alternate 1969 mix with session intro – previously unreleased) (3:25)
Our Sweet Love (string section – previously unreleased) (1:00)
San Miguel (backing vocals excerpt – previously unreleased) (1:00)
Break Away (Tag) (backing vocals excerpt – previously unreleased) (0:18)
Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) (a Cappella – previously unreleased) (2:44)
Good Time (backing vocals excerpt – previously unreleased) (0:19)
This Whole World (backing vocals section – previously unreleased) (1:05)
Add Some Music To Your Day (a cappella – previously unreleased) (3:30)
Got To Know The Woman (a cappella – previously unreleased) (2:52)
It’s About Time (backing vocals excerpt – previously unreleased) (0:50)
All I Wanna Do (a cappella – previously unreleased) (2:58)
Forever (previously unreleased 2019 a cappella mix) (2:52)

CD 4:
The Surf’s Up Sessions:
Don’t Go Near The Water (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:45)
Long Promised Road (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:38)
Take A Load Off Your Feet (alternate vocal – previously unreleased) (2:28)
Disney Girls (1957) (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (4:17)
Student Demonstration Time (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:46)
Feel Flows (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (5:02)
Lookin’ At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) (session intro and alternate mix – previously unreleased) (2:43)
A Day In The Life Of A Tree (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (2:55)
Til I Die (long version with alternate lyrics – previously unreleased) (4:47)
Surf’s Up (2019 mix – previously unreleased) (4:08)
(Wouldn’t It Be Nice To) Live Again (extended 2019 – previously unreleased) (6:50)
Don’t Go Near The Water (previously unreleased 2020 a cappella mix) (2:36)
Long Promised Road (a cappella – previously unreleased) (4:00)
Feel Flows (backing vocals excerpt – previously unreleased) (0:33)
Disney Girls (backing vocals excerpt – previously unreleased) (0:36)
A Day In The Life Of A Tree (backing vocals excerpt – previously unreleased) (0:32)
Til I Die (a cappella – previously unreleased) (2:36)
Surf’s Up (a cappella – previously unreleased) (4:04)
Bonus Tracks:
I Just Got My Pay (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (2:43)
Walkin’ (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (2:44)
When Girls Get Together (previously unreleased 2020 mix) (3:45)
Baby Baby (previously unreleased) (3:13)
Awake (previously unreleased) (3:44)
It’s A New Day (previously unreleased) (2:20)

CD 5:
Bonus Disc:
This Whole World (alternate ending – previously unreleased) (1:41)
Add Some Music To Your Day (previously unreleased alternate version) (3:27)
Don’t Go Near The Water (alternate version – previously unreleased) (2:42)
Surf’s Up Part 1 (1971 remake track with 1966 Brian vocal – previously unreleased) (1:41)
Soulful Old Man Sunshine (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (3:14)
I’m Goin’ Your Way (previously unreleased alternate mix) (2:24)
Where Is She (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (2:22)
Carnival (Over The Waves/Sobra Las Olas) (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (1:34)
It’s Natural (previously unreleased) (2:35)
Medley: All Of My Love / Ecology (previously unreleased) (5:05)
Before (previously unreleased) (2:25)
Behold The Night (previously unreleased) (2:26)
Old Movie (Cuddle Up) (previously unreleased) (3:37)
Hawaiian Dream (previously unreleased) (4:33)
Settle Down / Sound Of Free (basic session outtake – previously unreleased) (2:17)
I’ve Got A Friend (previously unreleased) (2:26)
Til I Die (piano demo – previously unreleased) (1:55)
Back Home (previously unreleased demo) (2:20)
Back Home (alternate version – previously unreleased) (2:34)
Won’t You Tell Me (demo – previously unreleased) (2:01)
Won’t You Tell Me (previously unreleased 2019 mix) (2:54)
Barbara (previously unreleased 2020 mix) (2:59)
Slip On Through (early version track) (2:48)
Susie Cincinnati (basic session highlights – previously unreleased) (3:05)
My Solution (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:04)
You Never Give Me Your Money (previously unreleased) (0:40)
Medley: Happy Birthday, Brian / God Only Knows (previously unreleased) (2:47)
You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone (track & backing vocals – previously unreleased) (3:32)
Marcella (a cappella – previously unreleased) (3:27)

The Beach Boys sælger deres sange

af Karsten Jørgensen

Sidste år solgte en stribe af verdens største rockstjerner rettighederne til deres sange for tre-cifrede millionbeløb, og vel at mærke i dollars.

Bob Dylan var den mest prominente, og fik angiveligt mellem 300 og 400 millioner dollars for sine mere end 600 sange. Neil Young solgte halvdelen af sine rettigheder for ca. 150 millioner, mens navne som Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham, Blondie, Chrissie Hynde og andre lå i den ”billige” ende med priser på 100 millioner og derunder.

The Beach Boys fra velmagtsdagene i 1960’erne

Nu har The Beach Boys som de foreløbig seneste også solgt deres sange, til selskabet Iconic Artists Group, men uden at angive en købesum.

”Mens vi ser frem til at fejre vores forestående 60 års jubilæum, ønsker vi en partner, som kan hjælpe os med at udvide mulighederne i vores brand og fortsætte traditionen som et band med musik, der har overlevet tidens tand”, skrev Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine og Carl Wilsons arvinger i en fælles udtalelse.

”Vi er overbevist om, at Iconic er den ideelle partner og har tillid til, at The Beach Boys’ fortsatte eftermæle er i de bedste hænder”.

The Beach Boys som gruppe har udgivet mere end 30 studieplader siden 1961, men har ikke turneret sammen siden 2012. Der er dog rygter om, at gruppen vil finde sammen igen og fejre deres 60 års jubilæum med en ny turne.

Brian Wilsons yndlingsguitarist er død

af Karsten Jørgensen

Guitaristen Nicky Wonder, som dannede gruppen The Wondermints og i mange år spillede i Brian Wilsons backinggruppe, er død, kun 59 år.

Brian Wilson og Nick Walusko

”Det er med stor sorg, at jeg må meddele, at vores elskede Nicky Wonder døde sidste nat, mens han sov”, skrev Wilson på sin hjemmeside onsdag. ”Som I sikkert kan forstå, er vi stadig i chok”.

Nicky blev født Nick Walusko den 22. maj 1960, og dannede i 1992 gruppen The Wondermints sammen med Darian Sahanaja. Begge var de store fans af Brian Wilson, som de senere mødte ved en velgørenhedskoncert i Los Angeles, og det førte til, at Brian Wilson i 1999 turnerede med The Wondermints som backing.

I 2004 medvirkede gruppen på Wilsons indspilning af det legendariske ”Smile”-projekt, og Nick var derefter fast guitarist på Wilsons soloplader ”Gettin’ In Over My Head”, 2004, ”That Lucky Old Sun”, 2008, ”Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin”, 2010, ”In The Key Of Disney”, 2011, og ”No Pier Pressure”, 2015.

Nicky Wonder medvirkede også på The Beach Boys’ genforeningsalbum ”That’s Why God Made The Radio” i 2012.

“Nicky var min yndlingsguitarist, og jeg har altid elsket den måde, han kunne bruge sine fingre på instrumentet”, skrev Brian Wilson om musikeren, som døde den 6. august.

Ny biografi om Beach Boys-legenden Brian Wilson

af Karsten Jørgensen

20. juni fylder Brian Wilson 77 år, og samme dag giver hans gamle gruppe The Beach Boys – dog uden Wilson – koncert i Roskilde Kongrescenter. Men så længe behøver man ikke vente, hvis man vil blive klogere på de gamle strandløvers liv, levned og musik.

Allerede imorgen, den 14. juni, udkommer min nye bog, ”Brian Wilson og The Beach Boys – Historien om et forpint geni”, som sætter fokus på Wilsons musikalske betydning både indenfor rammerne af The Beach Boys og i hans mere end 30 år lange solokarriere

På over 300 sider fortæller jeg om Brian Wilsons musikalske rejse med surfersangene i begyndelsen af 1960’erne, til det majestætiske og eksperimenterende album ”Pet Sounds” og smertensbarnet ”Smile”, der først blev kasseret, men siden taget frem igen og fuldført i soloregi næsten fyrre år senere. Oveni det hele beskrives de mange genvordigheder med både familie, bandkammerater og psykiateren Eugene Landy, som det meste af et årti styrede ham både fysisk og mentalt og forvandlede ham til en viljeløs zombie, og gjorde det endog meget svært at vende tilbage til en næsten normal tilværelse.

Hvordan kunne Brian Wilson i sin barndom og ungdom leve under en tyrannisk fars både korporlige og psykiske mishandling, og samtidig skrive musik af næsten overjordisk skønhed – her tænkes ikke mindst på mesterværket ”Pet Sounds” – som bogstavelig talt fik Paul McCartney til at græde af bevægelse?

Jeg giver mit bud på årsager og bevæggrunde i ”Brian Wilson og The Beach Boys – Historien om et forpint geni”, som udsendes af forlaget Haase den 14. juni.