Talk about a euphemism, they look more like Boyz-2-Geezers than The Beach Boys I recall! Then again, who am I to talk about aging well? The most ravaged of the bunch is clearly Brian Wilson, largely due to his well documented battles with mental illness and a slew of medications. Wilson’s artistic masterpiece was the 1966 album Pet Sounds, which was heralded more after it’s time than in it’s day.
‘Tis the season for reunions, and the Boys are celebrating their 50th year with the release of an album that reunites Wilson with Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks. The new album is being hailed as reminiscent of Pet Sounds.
“From There to Back Again” the three-song suite that ends the album particularly evokes the melancholy so diametrically flip side to the band’s signature surf, sand, car and babe ballads.
Two founding members of the band, Brian’s brothers Dennis and Carl Wilson have passed on, and so have many of their fans. But scores more of us are still around, battlling presbycusis but still able to appreciate our favorite sounds. The title of the new album is an interesting choice, That’s Why God Made The Radio. Here’s a bit more background, and a play of the title track.
All of this can’t hold a candle for me to the brilliant song composed and produced by Brian Wilson around the same time as Pet Sounds, but held off the album and issued as a single in late 1966. Personally speaking, few songs can rival the artistry of Good Vibrations. Happy Anniversary, Boys!