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The Beach Boys in their
trademark striped shirts
prior to a concert in their
glory year of 1964.

between 1961 and March '62
before they signed with Capitol.
There are 63 tracks showing how
the band built their earliest songs,
the most fascinating perhaps
being their construction of "Surfin'
Safari" and "Surfer Girl," including
multiple takes, overdubs of backing vocals, and the final master.
At the same time, Jim
Murphy's book Becoming
the Beach Boys is a deeply
researched, 436-page look into

GREAT VIBRATIONS
terpiece Smile, his autobiography
chronicles his inspirations, production and recording concepts,
and yes, his illness - and subsequent resurrection in later years.
Wilson tells of his love for Rosemary Clooney's "Tenderly," the
Four Freshman, and Phil Spector's
productions - all of which colored
his conception of the American
teenage pop opera. And he
talks about first discovering the
electronic voice of the theremin,
which he'd famously later use
in "Good Vibrations," as well as
conceiving of and recording the
intro to the band's trademark
song, "California Girls," while on
acid. Wilson's story of the inner

Brian Wilson The Beach Boys
Becoming the Beach
with Ben
Boys: The Complete
Greenman
I am Brian
Wilson

Hite & Dorinda
Morgan Sessions

The Beach
Boys
Classic
Albums: Pet
Sounds

workings
of the
Beach Boys and his
own musical genius
makes for a page turner.
It's also a chilling read at times.
His narrative is anything but
straightforward as he bounces
back and forth in time, freeassociating events and layering
stories atop each other. If you're
at all a fan, you need this book.
Two new musical collections
arrive at the same time, providing insight into how Wilson and
band made their music. Becoming
the Beach Boys is a two-CD set
collecting multiple takes and even
rehearsals of just nine songs cut

Jim
Murphy

Brian Wilson

Becoming the
Beach Boys,
1961-1963

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Brian Wilson &
Friends: Live in
Concert

December 2016

The Beach Boys

Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary
Deluxe Edition
the early days of the band that
began as the Pendletones.
The 50th anniversary of the
Beach Boys' 1966 masterwork
Pet Sounds is celebrated with
a deluxe edition comprising
four CDs and a Blu-ray Audio
disc in a hardbound book. This
includes the remastered original
album in mono and stereo, plus
a new hi-res instrumental mix,
as well as session outtakes, alt
mixes, previously unreleased
live recordings, and hi-res mono,
stereo, and 5.1 surround mixes.
In addition, the documentary
Classic Albums DVD/Blu-ray tells
the behind-the-scenes story of the
making of the album, including 30
minutes of additional interviews.
Finally, Brian Wilson &
Friends is a CD/DVD set from
his 2014 show at Las Vegas'
Venetian Theatre featuring Al
Jardine. - Michael Dregni

Beach Boys photos courtesy of Capitol Records

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t's ironic - and tragic - that
Brian Wilson leads off his longawaited memoir explaining the
voices he hears in his head. He's
referring to the mental illness that
has troubled his life and career,
but he soon segues into the other
voices he hears in his head - a
near-mystical ability to envision
songs with layers upon layers
of vocal harmonies that became
the enduring legacy of the Beach
Boys.
From Brian, his brothers, and
cousin Mike Love's 1961 single
"Surfin'" through the glory days of
1964 when the Beach Boys were
one of the biggest bands in the
land, to the then-unfinished mas-


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