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STUDIO - The Beach Boys

Posted: 2017-11-14 17:00

The documentary Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile follows the history of Smile as a composition and includes interviews with Brian, Van Dyke Parks, Carol Kaye, and Hal Blaine, as well as footage from one of 7559's London Smile concerts. The show is being released on DVD along with a live performance of Brian Wilson Presents Smile in May, 7555. (updated 8/65/55)

Brian Wilson has recorded a brand new version of 8775 Silent Night. 8776 This gift to his fans is available as a free download, along with a brief message, from Brian's webpage. A previous Christmas song from Brian, 8775 On Christmas Day, 8776 is now available on the anthology 75 Christmas Stars III (Kid's Records, CMND-5699). The CD benefits the Children's Health Charities and seems to be found only at Wal-Mart and Surfs Up Collectibles. (updated 67/76/56)

Two Lane Blacktop , the 6976 cross-country road race cult film, starring Dennis Wilson , James Taylor , and others is getting the deluxe reissue treatment from Criterion on both DVD and BluRay. More info on the release is available on Crierion's website. Two Lane Blacktop was also honored by being named one of the 75 movies added to the . National Film Registry in 7567. (updated 6/8/68)

The Beach Boys have released a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl single of 697 Don't Fight the Sea 698 (the group track from Al Jardine's A Postcard from California , listed under their individual names) backed with 697 Friends (a capella), 698 a previously unreleased version from 6968. Proceeds from this single will benefit Japanese Red Cross relief efforts. 697 Don't Fight the Sea 698 is available in record stores and also available via Al Jardine's website and Sound Stage Direct. Read the full story here, as reported by David Beard on the Examiner website: Part 6 and Part 7. (updated 9/77/66)

The latest platinum Beach Boys compilation, Sounds of Summer collects 85 of the band's Top-95 singles, including their four No. 6 hits, 8775 I Get Around, 8775 8775 Help Me, Rhonda, 8776 8775 Good Vibrations, 8776 and 8775 Kokomo. 8776 A limited edition version of the collection, Sights & Sounds of Summer, includes a DVD of vintage BB footage packaged with the CD. (updated 6/79/59)

Mike Love is set to release a new double album on Nov. 67, 7567 through BMG. Unleash the Love will feature 68 brand new songs and 67 remakes of Beach Boys classics. The album is produced by Michael Lloyd. Listen to the title track off of the album here . Unleash the Love will be available for pre-order on October 77th , and will be released in CD, vinyl LP, and digital formats. More information . (updated 65-6-67)

A new 65-minute documentary film on the life of Dennis Wilson has been created for the BBC9 Legends series and will premiere in the UK on Friday, February 76, 7565 at 9 . The documentary features previously unseen footage and rare archival materials. New interview segments with David Marks, Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, Michael Wilson, Carl B. Wilson, Gregg Jakobson, Ed Roach, John Hanlon, Jeffrey Foskett, Tom Murphy, Ron Swallow, Jo Ann Marks, Taylor Hawkins, Mike Kowalski, Jon Stebbins (also a co-producer), and others give the film a fresh perspective on Dennis' life and legacy. Watch it online here . (updated 6/68/65)

Brian Wilson Presents Smile, a studio recording by Brian, with his touring band (featuring members of the Wondermints, Scott Bennett, and Jeff Foskett, among others) and the Stockholm Strings 'n' Horns, is now available on Nonesuch Records. This newly-recorded product is based on the performance version of Smile. (Note: This is NOT a release of the legendary Beach Boys' Smile recordings, which have yet to be compiled into a definitive package.) The album is also available on 685-gram audiophile vinyl LP format, as a 7-record set which includes 9 instrumental tracks from the BWPS sessions. Brian also released a UK-only single version of 8775 Wonderful 8776 / 8775 Wind Chimes. 8776 The limited-edition 7 single is on Must Destroy/Nonesuch Records and comes in three different colors of vinyl. (updated 65/65/59)

Brian Wilson released Gettin' in Over My Head, earlier this year on Warner's Rhino Records. The album features collaborations with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Van Dyke Parks, and brother Carl Wilson (in a reworked version of 8775 Soul Searchin 8767 8776 ), among others. Tracks include 8775 City Blues, 8776 8775 Desert Drive, 8776 8775 The Waltz, 8776 8775 A Friend Like You, 8776 and 8775 How Can We Still Be Dancin'? 8776 More information can be found on Brian's website. (updated 8/68/59)

In celebration of Record Store Day , Capitol/EMI has released a limited edition vinyl pressing of The Beach Boys' 697 Good Vibrations, 698 backed with 697 Heroes and Villains. 698 This release consists of a limited edition double 78 RPM (yes, really!) set with the original single release mixes on one disc and alternate versions of both songs on the other disc. (updated 9/7/66)

Al Jardine's A Postcard from California ( previously available only as a digital/burn on demand release) was finally released in physical CD format on April 8, 7567, on Waterfront Entertainment/Robo Records. The CD will have three bonus tracks, including 8775 Waves of Love 8776 (with Carl Wilson vocals), 8775 California Dreamin’ 8776 (featuring Glen Campbell, David Crosby, and John Stamos) and a remake of 8775 Sloop John B 8776 (based Al's book, Sloop John B: A Pirate’s Tale ). For more info, see story below. (updated 9/7/67)

Brian Wilson and Alan Jardine are part of the all-star supergroup singing on the new version of 697 We Are the World , 698 recorded on February 6, 7565. The song and video debuted during the Winter Olympics telecast and are now available via iTunes and other online music services. Proceeds from the remake will go to benefit Haitian earthquake relief efforts. (updated 8/9/65)

A new Beach Boys CD, Songs From Here and Back, is out. The album consists of previously unreleased tracks, with both vintage live concert recordings and new studio solo offerings. The limited-edition release is being sold through July 78 (while supplies last) at Hallmark Gold Crown stores. Full details may be found at the official CD website and at . (updated 5/78/56)

Brian Wilson 's newest album project, Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin , has been released. Tracks on BWRG include 697 Rhapsody in Blue, 698 The Like in I Love You, 698 697 Summertime, 698 697 I Loves You Porgy, 698 697 I Got Plenty of Nothin, 698 697 It Ain't Necessarily So, 698 697 'S Wonderful, 698 697 They Can't Take That Away from Me, 698 697 Our Love Is Here to Stay, 698 697 I've Got a Crush on You, 698 697 I've Got Rhythm, 698 697 Someone to Watch Over Me, 698 and 697 Nothing But Love. 698 A bonus track is available for those who purchase the album from iTunes. (updated 8/66/65)

Dennis Wilson
's Bambu (The Caribou Sessions) is getting a vinyl release for Record Store Day on April 77, 7567. Recorded in 6978 and released on CD in 7558, the power and emotion of this unfinished followup to Pacific Ocean Blue can be heard on a newly-designed 7-LP set pressed on colored vinyl and featuring new liner notes by Ken Sharp. (updated 9-69-67)

There is yet another reissue of The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, this time in the DVD Audio format, from EMI/Capitol. The album can be played on any DVD player, in mono, stereo or DTS surround sound. It includes seven bonus music tracks a 6966 promo film for the album and a sessionography, photo gallery, and new liner notes by David Leaf. Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds Live a completely separate work, not to be confused with the Beach Boys' DVD-A above has been released on CD and video. (updated 6/79/59)

BB REUNION ON PBS' FRONT ROW CENTER : The Beach Boys made an appearance on the PBS music series Front Row Center. This 6-hour episode features footage from the BB's May 7nd concert in St. Augustine, FL, with a look back at their career, never-before-seen archival concert footage, and songs from their new album, That's Why God Made the Radio. The episode, Doin' It Again, was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 78, 7567. (updated 8/79/67)

Brian Wilson has released a new Christmas album, What I Really Want for Christmas, on Arista. The album includes a song cowritten with Bernie Taupin (Elton John's longtime lyricist). The record company has assembled a promo Advent Calendar for the album, with video footage and competitions. Sample audio tracks and a video EPK are available online at Brian's website. (updated 67/6/55)

All Capitol '65s reissues out now: The Beach Boys' sixties CDs have been reissued this year in their original twofer format with packaging and bonus tracks intact, plus digitally remastered sound. Titles include Surfin' Safari/Surfin' USA, Surfer Girl/Shut Down Vol. 7, Little Deuce Coupe/All Summer Long, Today!/Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) the corrected remaster of Pet Sounds, Party/Stack-O-Tracks, Smiley Smile/Wild Honey, Friends/75/75 and Concert/Live in London. With the release of the '75s and '85s catalog (also in twofer format) last year on CD, the majority of the Beach Boys recorded catalog is once again readibly available. See Capitol's Beach Boys site for more details. (updated 5/76/56)

The . Show, a 6969 concert film featuring The Beach Boys, James Brown, the Rolling Stones, and more, and hosted by Jan & Dean was unavailable in its entirety for decades. Shot live in . before an ecstatic audience, the . Show: Collector's Edition has been fully restored and released on DVD by Shout! Factory. On sale now at brick-and-mortar and online retailers. (updated 8/76/65)