In the Studio
50TH ANNIVERSARY VINYL “GOOD VIBRATIONS” RELEASE
The Beach Boys and Capitol/UMe will release “Good Vibrations (50th Anniversary Edition)” on a 12-inch sunburst vinyl EP worldwide on October 7. The EP features the original 7" single version, an alternate studio take, an edit of the song with elements from various sessions, an instrumental, and a live version from a Honolulu rehearsal in August 1967, plus the single's B-side, "Let's Go Away For Awhile." A pull-out lithograph of the single's original Japanese cover art is included in the EP package, which features the original 1966 U.S. single cover art on its front. More information.
There is also a “Good Vibrations”-themed video-making contest for fans in North America and the U.K. For contest details, go to TheBeachBoys.com/goodvibrations. (updated 8-31-16)
BECOMING THE BEACH BOYS ALBUM
Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite and Dorinda Morgan Sessions was released on August 26, 2016. This album includes the sessions for nine of the Beach Boys' earliest recordings as a group, 1961-62, before they signed with Capitol Records. The 2-CD set features demos, all available takes, studio banter, and master recordings, for a total of 63 tracks. Watch the trailer for the album here. (updated 8-31-16)
PET SOUNDS (50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION) BOX SET
The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (50th Anniversary Edition) was released worldwide on June 10, 2016 in several configurations, including a 4CD/Blu-Ray Audio collector's edition presented in a hardbound book. This includes the original album remastered in stereo and mono, plus various mixes, session outtakes, alternate takes, and previously unreleased live recordings. There are also a 2CD and digital deluxe edition pairing the remastered album in stereo and mono, with highlights from the collectors edition's additional tracks, and a remastered, 180-gram LP edition of the album in mono and stereo with faithfully replicated original artwork. More. (updated 6-11-16)
BEACH BOYS LIVE IN CHICAGO 1965
A new Beach Boys archival concert album, Live in Chicago 1965, was released Dec. 11, 2015 in digital format. The album has two complete shows with Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine, plus some bonus rehearsal tracks. This release joins Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered and Unplugged as 2015's end of the year archival treats. (updated 12/11/15)
NEW ARCHIVAL BB PARTY! RELEASE
In celebration of the Party! album's 50th anniversary, Capitol/UMe released a deluxe, expanded edition of the album, titled Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered and Unplugged, on Nov. 20, 2015. This 2-CD and digital set features 81 tracks, including the orginal album without the overdubbed party sound effects, plus 69 more songs and dialog from the Party! recording sessions. The package also includes photos from the sessions, essays by Beach Boys historians Alan Boyd and Craig Slowinski, and notes by Mark Linett. A vinyl LP of the Party! album's original 12 tracks, remixed, and remastered in the “Uncovered and Unplugged” style, is also available. More. (updated 10-23-15)
MIKE LOVE'S 2015 CHRISTMAS SINGLE
Mike Love has released a solo single, “(You'll Never Be) Alone on Christmas Day,” available for purchase in digital format. (updated 12/9/15)
NO PIER PRESSURE
Brian Wilson's album, No Pier Pressure, was released on April 7, 2015. NPP features a number of guest star appearances, including She & Him, Kacey Musgraves, Nate Ruess (of fun.), Sebu Simonian, and Mark Isham. Al Jardine, David Marks, and Blondie Chaplin also contributed to the album (cover photo by Daria Wilson). More. (updated 1/3/16)
TWO NEW BB DIGITAL RELEASES FOR 2014
Capitol Records has put out two new archival BB releases, recorded in 1964. Keep an Eye on Summer — The Beach Boys Sessions 1964 features takes, outtakes, and alternate versions of songs from the Boys' 1964 LP sessions, as well as live BBC performances (46 songs in all). The Beach Boys Live in Sacramento 1964 features both of the full live shows that were recorded for the 1964 Concert album, plus some bonus tracks (37 songs in all). Keep an Eye on Summer and Live in Sacramento are both available for download on iTunes and Amazon now. (updated 1/20/15
THE BIG BEAT 1963 DIGITAL RELEASE
Capitol Records has released The Big Beat 1963, a compilation of archival Beach Boys tracks and Brian Wilson productions for other acts. Consisting of mostly previously-unreleased rarities, this collection of early material is a digital-only release, available December 17, 2013. More. (updated 12/11/13)
“GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”
Al Jardine and Sean Lennon have recorded a mostly a capella remake of John Lennon's anthem, “Give Peace a Chance” for Bono's ONE project. Al also recorded a new version of “If I Had a Hammer” with Richard Barone. Watch the video here. (updated 6/12/13)
MADE IN CALIFORNIA CD BOX SET
The Beach Boys' Made in California, a career-spanning box set, is set for a August 27 release. This 6-CD set includes previously unreleased and long sought-after tracks, including “Goin' to the Beach,” “California Feelin',” “Soul Searchin',” “You're Still a Mystery,” “(Wouldn't It Be Nice To) Live Again,” and more. The set also debuts 17 unreleased live recordings, dating from 1965-95, and a disc full of rarities selected by the band and the producers with longtime Beach Boys fans in mind. More info here. (updated 6/11/13)
NEW CATALOG REISSUES IN STEREO AND MONO
Twelve Beach Boys studio albums have been digitally remastered by Mark Linett and released on CD and digitally, most featuring mono and stereo mixes on the same disk. The albums are Surfin' U.S.A., Surfer Girl, Little Deuce Coupe, Shut Down, Volume 2, All Summer Long, Today!, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), Party!, Pet Sounds, Smiley Smile, Sunflower (stereo mix only), and Surf's Up (stereo mix only). These releases mark the stereo debut of Smiley Smile and Party!, while Today! and Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) are being released in stereo for the first time in their entirety. (updated 9/24/12)
Reader's Digest Music released a new box set in early July 2012 titled The Legendary Beach Boys. This package includes a 2-CD compilation of 36 of the BBs' biggest hits, plus a bonus CD of their new album, That's Why God Made the Radio. This 3-disc set is available for pre-order at the Reader's Digest website, and costs $34.96, with free shipping. (6/15/12)
The Beach Boys' first new studio album since 1996, That's Why God Made the Radio, was released on CD, digital, and vinyl in 2012. The principals are Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks.
- Think About the Days
- That's Why God Made the Radio
- Isn't It Time
- Spring Vacation
- The Private Life of Bill and Sue
- Daybreak Over the Ocean
- Beaches in Mind
- Strange World
- From There to Back Again
- Pacific Coast Highway
- Summer's Gone
The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Commemorative 'ZinePak was released May 1, 2012. This package includes an 11-track CD featuring the new version of “Do It Again,” plus a 72-page magazine with rare photos and new interviews with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks. The BB 'ZinePak will be sold only at WalMart. (4/20/12)
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 3, 2012, on Waterfront Entertainment/Robo Records. The CD will have three bonus tracks, including “Waves of Love” (with Carl Wilson vocals), “California Dreamin’” (featuring Glen Campbell, David Crosby, and John Stamos) and a remake of “Sloop John B” (based Al's book, Sloop John B: A Pirate’s Tale). For more info, see story below. (updated 4/2/12)
THE SMILE SESSIONS
Capitol Records released the Beach Boys' long-lost album Smile, in November 2011. Titled The Smile Sessions, the set is available in multiple versions — a two-CD set; a two-disc vinyl edition, a limited-edition boxed set, and digital. Mark Linett and Alan Boyd co-produced the release.
The Smile Sessions box set consists of five CDs, two vinyl LPs in gatefold covers, two vinyl 45s (Heros & Villains and Vege-Tables) with pic sleeves, a reproduction of the original Smile insert booklet, a poster of Frank Holmes' cover art, and a 60-page hardbound book. (Click on the image below to see the box set package.) An Intro to Smile video with interviews from the individual Beach Boys, Mark Linett, and Alan Boyd is now available from the BBs' YouTube channel. Footage from one of the Good Vibrations recording sessions is included in the intro video.
The book has liner notes from Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, and Bruce Johnston, as well as contributions from artist Frank Holmes, Peter Reum, Craig Slowinski, Tom Nolan, Dominic Priore, Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford, Diane Rovell, Dean Torrence, Mark Volman, Michael Vosse, David Anderle, and Danny Hutton. There are also lyrics, illustrations by Frank Holmes, previously unreleased photos, an in-depth sessionography, and more. (updated 10/28/11)
Smile Sessions links:
- The Beach Boys' official YouTube channel keeps adding new Smile goodies. See the BBs talk about Smile, watch Brian demonstrate the light-up version of the box set and explore the details of the box set in an animated unboxing video.
- Read the full track lineups at RollingStone.com.
- Explore special Smile package combinations at Capitol's official Beach Boys site.
- Get updates from the official Beach Boys Facebook page.
- Listen to interviews about The Smile Sessions with Mark Linett, Alan Boyd, and Jon Stebbins at Iconfetch.com.
- See who won the contest to create videos for Heroes & Villains and Good Vibrations at Tongal.com.
- The UK magazine Mojo, in prelude to The Smile Sessions' release, put out a Mojo '60s Special issue, with a focus on Smile. The special issue includes a remastered 7" yellow vinyl single of the Beach Boys' Cabin Essence and Wonderful. (updated 8/26/11)
Brian Wilson has released In the Key of Disney, an album of Brian's takes on 11 Disney film music classics. Tracks include Baby Mine, I Just Can't Wait to Be King, Stay Awake, and When You Wish Upon a Star (the song that inspired Surfer Girl). Listen to Heigh-Ho/Whistle While You Work, courtesy of brianwilson.com. The album is on Disney Pearl Records. Available in stores, online, and iTunes; Amazon is offering versions with bonus tracks. (updated 8/25/11)
Brian also contributes a track to the new multi-artist Buddy Holly tribute album, Listen to Me. Brian does his own take on the title song, Listen to Me, now available as a free download from RollingStone.com. The extended EPK is also available for viewing on YouTube. (updated 8/20/11)
The Beach Boys reunited in the studio this summer (2011) to test the recording waters once again, working on a new version of Do It Again. (7/9/11)
The Beach Boys have released a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl single of Don't Fight the Sea (the group track from Al Jardine's A Postcard from California, listed under their individual names) backed with Friends (a capella), a previously unreleased version from 1968. Proceeds from this single will benefit Japanese Red Cross relief efforts. Don't Fight the Sea 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 1 and Part 2. (updated 4/22/11)
In celebration of Record Store Day, Capitol/EMI has released a limited edition vinyl pressing of The Beach Boys' Good Vibrations, backed with Heroes and Villains. 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 4/7/11)
David Marks plays guitar on a new Francine Reed track, Surrender, which was written by BB collaborator Stephen J. Kalinich and Jez Graham (of the Summertime Blues Band). Now available as a download single from iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. (3/6/11)
Brian Wilson's newest album project, Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin, has been released. Tracks on BWRG include Rhapsody in Blue, "The Like in I Love You, Summertime, I Loves You Porgy, I Got Plenty of Nothin, It Ain't Necessarily So, 'S Wonderful, They Can't Take That Away from Me, Our Love Is Here to Stay, I've Got a Crush on You, I've Got Rhythm, Someone to Watch Over Me, and Nothing But Love. A bonus track is available for those who purchase the album from iTunes. (updated 8/11/10)
Carl Wilson's second solo album, Youngblood, has been reissued on CD by Iconoclassic Records. Youngblood was originally released in 1983 and as a Japanese import CD in the early '90s. This will be the album's first release on CD in the U.S. (updated 9/26/10)
Al Jardine's new album A Postcard from California will be released digitally on iTunes, Tuesday, June 29, 2010. (No information is available at this time on other possible formats.) The track listing and audio samples are available at Alan's website at www.aljardine.com.
Alan has been working on the new album over the last few years. He will be joined by some very special guests on this project, including Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love, David Marks, Bruce Johnston, sons Matt and Adam Jardine, as well as Steve Miller, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell of America, David Crosby, Neil Young, Glen Campbell, Flea, Scott Mathews, Norton Buffalo, Alec Baldwin, and more...
The album touches upon California's history, climate, and energy problems, as well as various ecological topics. It also revisits the BB classic Help Me Rhonda, with additional vocals by Steve Miller. A video of the song is posted on Alan's website.
One of the songs, Don't Fight the Sea was recorded in the late '70s/'80 for a proposed environmentally-themed duo album between Jardine and Mike Love, but was never completed. The song was not intended to be on a Beach Boys album, but group members were happy to lend their voices to the song, including the late Carl Wilson. Additional vocal and instrumental overdubs were recently added by Alan, Mike Love, and Brian Wilson.
Throughout the years, Alan has written and produced most of the ecological and social-themed songs for Beach Boys albums, including the California Saga suite from the group's 1973 Holland album, Don't Go Near the Water and Lookin' at Tomorrow.
Also appearing as a special guest in an impromptu video is actor Alec Baldwin, reading Tidepool Interlude, a tribute to California and its natural beauty written by Stephen John Kalinich, while Alan is shown producing the session. This video will also be released on Alan's website and YouTube on Tuesday, June 29, 2010.
BBFC's October 2007 interview with Al also appears on his website, in the Articles section. (6/23/10)
Brian Wilson and Alan Jardine are part of the all-star supergroup singing on the new version of We Are the World, recorded on February 1, 2010. 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 3/9/10)
A new 20-track Beach Boys compilation, Summer Love Songs, is set for a May 19 US (May 18 international) release from Capitol/EMI in CD and digital download formats. SLS will include Dennis Wilson's rare track "Fallin' in Love" (aka "Lady"), a song that has been released only on imports previously. There will also be some new stereo mixes of classic BB songs. (4/6/09)
Brian Wilson has recorded a new version of The Christmas Song as a holiday gift to his fans. You can hear the song at Brian's website. (12/17/08)
Just in time for the holidays, Al Jardine is offering a new tune, Big Sur Christmas, as a special gift for streaming or for download on his website. You can download the song as an mp3 by clicking on the MP3 button at the bottom left of the Big Sur Christmas webpage. (11/25/08)
Brian Wilson has released That Lucky Old Sun on Capitol Records. Capitol has an official website for TLOS (all-Flash site, plugin required). Brian is also touring behind the new album. For more details, see Brian's website or his MySpace page. (updated 8/22/08)
Stephen John Kalinich's 1969 collaboration with Brian Wilson, A World of Peace Must Come, will finally see release on Sept. 23, 2008. The album combines poetry performance with musical backing. (8/10/08)
Dennis Wilson's long out-of-print solo album was reissued June 17, 2008 on Caribou/Legacy. The two-disc set, titled Pacific Ocean Blue: Legacy Edition, contains a remastered version of his acclaimed 1977 solo album Pacific Ocean Blue, as well as his previously unreleased Bambu album, considered a lost classic by rock historians. Overall, this set includes 20 previously unreleased tracks from Dennis, as well as new liner notes (by David Leaf, Jon Stebbins, Ben Edmonds and David Beard) and photos (by Dean Torrence). For a special bonus track, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins contributes new vocals and lyrics to Denny's instrumental track "Holy Man." (A second Hawkins version of "Holy Man" has instrumental augmentation by Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor; it will be released separately and is not part of the POB:LE set.) An EPK video about POB:LE can be viewed here (link provided for information only). Audio clips may be heard at the POB:LE website, along with photos. (updated 6/23/08)
The Beach Boys: U.S. Singles Collection — The Capitol Years (1962-1965) was released on June 10, as a limited edition boxed set of 16 CDs and as a digital collection. Each of the deluxe boxed set's CDs includes an original single's A and B-sides, plus other versions of most tracks, from additional mono and stereo mixes to live recordings. Eight previously unreleased mixes are among the new collection's 66 tracks. For details and more information, see Capitol's Beach Boys website. (updated 6/9/08)
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 23 (while supplies last) at Hallmark Gold Crown stores. Full details may be found at the official CD website and at www.esquarterly.com. (updated 5/28/06)
One year after the birth of her daughter, Lola Sofia, Carnie Wilson has released her first ever solo album, A Mother's Gift: Lullabies From The Heart. A Mother's Gift is a collection of traditional and new songs, including a duet with her dad Brian on "You Are So Beautiful" and her take on two of her Beach Boy uncles' songs. Carnie's mother Marilyn also appears on the disc, as do her sister Wendy and cousin Justyn. The album is being released through Big3 Records, in celebration of Mothers Day, and may be ordered from www.carniewilsonmusic.com. (4/25/05)
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 12/1/05)
The reunited Wilson Phillips (Carnie and Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips) have released a new CD, California. The album has a West Coast theme and features songs first made famous by fellow Californians. The women pay homage to their parents with new versions of "Monday Monday" and "In My Room." Brian Wilson guests on "In My Room" (vocals and piano). (updated 9/7/04)
There's a new Al Jardine song, "California Recall Blues," available for free download at his website (Flash plugin required). Alan also has a children's project scheduled for release in spring of 2005 through Byron Preiss. The book is titled Sloop John B and includes an accompanying CD.(updated 5/12/04)
David Marks has an all-new CD of original material, Something Funny Goin' On available via his website. (updated 1/27/04)
The latest platinum Beach Boys compilation, Sounds of Summer collects 30 of the band's Top-40 singles, including their four No. 1 hits, “I Get Around,“ “Help Me, Rhonda,” “Good Vibrations,” and “Kokomo.” A limited edition version of the collection, Sights & Sounds of Summer, includes a DVD of vintage BB footage packaged with the CD. (updated 6/29/04)
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 180-gram audiophile vinyl LP format, as a 2-record set which includes 4 instrumental tracks from the BWPS sessions. Brian also released a UK-only single version of “Wonderful”/“Wind Chimes.” The limited-edition 7" single is on Must Destroy/Nonesuch Records and comes in three different colors of vinyl. (updated 10/10/04)
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 “Soul Searchin’”), among others. Tracks include “City Blues,” “Desert Drive,” “The Waltz,” “A Friend Like You,” and “How Can We Still Be Dancin'?” More information can be found on Brian's website. (updated 8/18/04)
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 5.1 surround sound. It includes seven bonus music tracks; a 1966 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 6/29/04)
One in a Million is a special release CD that accompanied the Winter 2004 issue of Endless Summer Quarterly, with new and previously unreleased recordings from:
- Billy Hinsche (“One in a Million”)
- Scott Bennett with Brian Wilson, Nick Walusko, and Jeff Foskett (“No Wrong Notes in Heaven”)
- Michael Angeloff with Carl Wilson (“Here and Now .... Is Forever [acoustic version]”)
- David Marks (“You and I”)
- Al Jardine (1996 version of “California Saga”)
- Alan Boyd with Brian Chidester
- In Blooms' Justyn and Carl B. Wilson (“Baby Blue”)
- Carl B. Wilson (“Touch Your Skin,” co-written by Stephen J. Kalinich)
- Gary Griffin with Jeff Foskett (“I Wanted You to Know”)
- Adam Jardine (“While You Sleep”)
- Stephen Kalinich (“The Magic Hand”)
- The Olive Branch
- Dennis Diken
- And others
Please note: The Winter issue and CD are available to DW Bash attendees and ESQ subscribers only. Order today at Endless Summer Quarterly, P.O. Box 470315, Charlotte, NC 28247. Subscription rates are US $25 for 4 issues ($30 for Canada and Mexico; $35 throughout the rest of the world). Sample issues are $8 ($10 outside U.S.). U.S. funds only. Make checks payable to: Endless Summer Quarterly. ESQ accepts Paypal payments, pay to email@example.com. For more information, visit the ESQ website (Flash player required). (updated 4/17/04)
The Beach Boys' Live at Knebworth 1980 performance has been released on CD in the UK on Eagle Records. The album is available in stores and also through online retailers. The U.S. release is out under the title Good Timin: Live at Knebworth 1980. The concert is also available on DVD/VHS.
KNEBWORTH PRESS RELEASE:
Beach Boys — Lost Recordings Recovered
The tapes were filed away, some mislabeled and ultimately forgotten. This historic concert was to be the last time that the original Beach Boys — Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Alan Jardine — [along with sixth Beach Boy Bruce Johnston] would appear together on a UK stage.
On a cold and rainy summer night in June, 1980, the Beach Boys played to a capacity crowd at a rock festival in England — a rocking, stomping show that got the crowds up on their feet and brought a bit of California sunshine to the tens of thousands of fans who packed the show. It was a great and special evening for both the Beach Boys and their fans — and one of the few from that era that featured all six Beach Boys — Mike, Carl, Dennis, Alan, Bruce, and Brian. The setlist covers all of the essential hits, as well as a few gems from the group's L.A. (Light Album) and Keepin' the Summer Alive albums from 1979 and 1980.
Mike's in top form, Carl's vocals are exquisite as ever, Al shines on a few numbers of his own, Bruce lends solid enthusiastic support throughout, Brian quietly plugs away at his grand piano as usual, and Dennis, recently reinstated in the band after a year's hiatus, pounds out the beat with a relentless abandon that keeps the entire group on their toes. You can see Dennis' strength in his first beats of the drums as the show opens.
The concert was videotaped and recorded on then state-of-the-art multi-track tape for a possible album and worldwide TV special that never happened. A few clips were shown in a 1980 segment of ABC's 20/20 on the group. A few song clips were used in the group's own 20th anniversary TV special, and a rough mix of the album was prepared by Bruce Johnston and Steve Desper, yet never saw the light of day until recently. The tapes were filed away, some were even mislabeled and ultimately forgotten, until a production and research team began work on the Grammy-nominated Endless Harmony special in 1998. As a result, all of the videotapes were uncovered, yet only the 24 track audio masters needed for Endless Harmony, which included "Darlin" and "God Only Knows," were taken to final mixes.
For the first time ever, all of the elements from this historic concert were finally located and are now brought together from all of the original video and audio tapes to make a truly unique presentation of the legendary Beach Boys. (2/19/03)
Alan Jardine's first solo release, "PT Cruiser," is now available via his website. The CD features the finished track, an instrumental-only version, and an a capella version. Cost is $10.00 (US) plus $2.95 shipping. You may order online through PayPal with a credit card, or send a check or money order to Al Jardine CD, P.O. Box 471128, Charlotte, NC 28247. Checks need to be made out to "Jardine Tours," with "PT Cruiser" in the note line. To join Al's fan club, please send a check for $20 U.S. (payable to "Jardine Tours") to Al Jardine Fan Club, 225 Crossroads Blvd, Box 435, Carmel, CA 93923, or sign up online. Go to aljardine.com for more information on Al's CDs and club. (Please be advised that this is an all-Flash site, plug-in required.) (updated 4/13/02)
Brian Wilson has released a new version of “White Christmas,” available for download on his website along with a holiday message. Styx joins Brian and his band on the new recording, and Brian has returned the favor by providing vocals on a track from Styx's new album, Cyclorama. (updated 2/16/03)
Brian Wilson has released Pet Sounds Live CD, recorded in England earlier this year. The album is on Sanctuary Records. Some of the international releases will have bonus tracks. More details on Brian's website. (5/9/02)
Brian Wilson and Blondie Chaplin appear as guest vocalists on Anton Fig's (drummer for The Late Show with David Letterman) new album, Figments. Brian and Blondie sing on "Hand on My Shoulder," and Blondie appears on other tracks as well. For more information and to hear song samples, please visit Fig's website. (4/12/02)
The special Carl Wilson promotional CD Long Promised Road is now available again. Through a special arrangement with the Central L.A. Unit of the American Cancer Society, Surf's Up Collectibles is offering copies of Long Promised Road for only $50, plus shipping, with the majority of the proceeds from each sale benefitting the ACS. More details here.
Alan Jardine, Family & Friends' CD Live in Las Vegas, is now available via Al's website. Samples and liner notes can be found on the CD Baby ordering site. Al is also taking a related act, Al Jardine's All Star Beach Band, out on the road. This configuration will also incorporate band members (and songs) from both the Surfaris and the Ripchords. (updated 5/28/02)
Brian Wilson has recorded a brand new version of “Silent Night.” 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, “On Christmas Day,” is now available on the anthology 20 Christmas Stars III (Kid's Records, CMND-0149). The CD benefits the Children's Health Charities and seems to be found only at Wal-Mart and Surfs Up Collectibles. (updated 12/21/01)
Several of Brian Wilson's solo songs, including “Lay Down Burden” and “Love and Mercy,” are featured on the Orange County soundtrack. The Beach Boys' song “Fourth of July” is featured on a new patriotic compilation called United We Stand, set for a Nov. 6, 2001 release on Capitol. All proceeds from the album benefit the American Red Cross. (updated 1/27/02)
Brian Wilson's Live at the Roxy album has been reissued for sale in stores on Oglio Records. The retail version of the album will have three bonus tracks. The Japanese release has different bonus tracks, as does the UK version. (updated 1/17/02)
A new BB album, a two-CD anthology of B-sides, alternate takes and rarities (including home rehearsals), called Hawthorne, CA, is now out. Read the full Hawthorne, CA liner notes at Capitol's BB site and enter to win a free copy of the Hawthorne album signed by Alan Jardine, Mike Love, and Bruce Johnston. (5/25/01)
All Capitol '60s 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. 2, 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/20/20 and Concert/Live in London. With the release of the '70s and '80s 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 5/21/01)
The Honeys Collection CD, a comprehensive anthology of their music career, contains songs written and produced by Brian Wilson. (6/6/01)
The Beach Boys' live performance of “God Only Knows” from Farm Aid 1996 is included in a new 2CD compiliation of music from various Farm Aid benefits over the years. The BB's “Feel Flows” is featured both in Cameron Crowe's new film Almost Famous and on the accompanying Grammy-winning soundtrack album.
A new reissue of the Beach Boys' Lost and Found album, titled Surfin' has been released on the Varese Sarabande label, with Gary Usher bonus tracks featuring several BBs as session musicians. (5/12/00)
The Beach Boys “Greatest Hits” packages have been revamped with a new series of anthologies. Previously issued hits anthologies will be phased out. Vol. 1 is a reissue of 20 Good Vibrations, retitled Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: 20 Good Vibrations. The new companion volume Greatest Hits, Vol. 2: 20 More Good Vibrations covers the period 1963-70. Both albums were released on September 21, 2000. A third anthology, Greatest Hits Volume 3: Best of the Brother Years) was released in early February, 2000. Covering the period of 1970-1986, tracks include “Add Some Music To Your Day,” “Susie Cincinnati,” “This Whole World,” “Long Promised Road,” “Disney Girls (1957),” “‘Til I Die,” “Surf's Up,” “Marcella,” “Sail On, Sailor,” “The Trader,” “California Saga (On My Way to Sunny Californ-i-a),” “Rock and Roll Music,” “It's OK,” “Honkin' Down the Highway,” “Peggy Sue,” “Good Timin',” “Goin' On,” “Come Go With Me,” “Getcha Back,” and “California Dreamin'.” For more details and news of related events, visit Capitol Records' BB website. (updated 2/23/00)
The Endless Harmony album consists almost entirely of previously unreleased Beach Boys recordings, including live, studio, and alternate takes. For a detailed description of Endless Harmony's tracks, click here to read Brad Elliott's liner notes. The album is a companion soundtrack anthology to a video biography, Endless Harmony: The Beach Boys and Their Music, which airs periodically on VH-1. Directed by Alan Boyd, this documentary includes recent and vintage interviews, performance highlights, and rare footage. (A longer home video version will be released by Capitol on March 14, 2000.) (8/22/99)
MORE PROJECTS OF NOTE
Brian Wilson has recorded a new Christmas record, “On Christmas Day,” with his current touring band. The song is available for download on Brian's website. Brian says: “This is a little Christmas present from me to you. Thanks again for your loyalty and support during all these years and I hope to see you in your home towns maybe sometime next year. I hope you enjoy the Christmas record as much as I enjoyed making it.” (12/13/00)
Rhino Records has rereleased Brian Wilson's 1988 solo album, Brian Wilson, with bonus tracks, some previously unreleased. (updated 10/27/00)
Former BB Blondie Chaplin (most recently heard and seen backing the Rolling Stones) is finishing up a new solo album, Fragile Thread. Visit the Flames fan site for more information.
David Marks has a new CD, Work Tapes, out. For more information, visit Dave's website. (10/15/99)
Alan and Matt Jardine contributed a track, “Papa Loved Mama,” to the Garth Brooks tribute CD, New Friends in Low Places. (updated 8/24/99)
Brian Wilson recorded a version of “Little Deuce Coupe” with Brian Setzerfor the MOM III album on Surfdog Records, to benefit the Surfrider Foundation. (updated 7/99)
Pet Sounds was reissued on CD and vinyl with both mono and stereo versions of the classic album, plus bonus track. Click the link to read Brad Elliott's liner notes and track notes for the album. (updated 8/31/99)
One (or more) of Brian Wilson's Midwest shows was recorded for later presentation on HBO and for a possible live album to be released later this year.
Mike Love has contributed a track to the ABBA — A Tribute to the 25th Anniversary Celebration album on Relativity Records. “On and On and On” originally appeared on Mike's solo album, Looking Back with Love.
The Beach Boys' classic, “Don't Worry Baby,” has been digitally remixed in a Surround Sound version of the song that was done for the new Drew Barrymore film Never Been Kissed. A RealAudio interview with Brian and Drew can be found on Capitol Records Never Been Kissed soundtrack website. (5/12/99)
Brian Wilson's 1998 solo album Imagination.
Bruce Johnston's project with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Sounds: Music of the Beach Boys.
Ultimate Christmas, is a reissue of the '64 Christmas album in its entirety, plus bonus tracks from the unreleased '77 Christmas album. For a detailed description, read Brad Elliott's Ultimate Christmas track notes.
Brian Wilson provides backing vocals to Tammy Wynette's version of “In My Room,” on the multi-artist tribute collection dedicated to Wynette, Tribute to Tradition.
The Jardines. Alan Jardine has recorded some tracks for an album with his sons Matt and Adam, aka The Jardines.
Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and David Marks guest on José Hernandez and Mariacho Sol de Mexico's album, Acapulco Girls.
Pet Sounds Sessions, The Beach Boys' four CD box set with mono version, stereo mix, demos, alternate mixes, vocal- and instrumental-only versions, and a 120-page CD-size book; available in stores now.
Salute to NASCAR, Bruce Johnston, Mike Love, David Marks, and Dean Torrence's limited-release album of automotively-themed classics.
Perfect Harmony, a specially-packaged, limited-edition Beach Boys compilation from Capitol
Brian Wilson joins his daughters for four tracks on Carnie and Wendy's recent album, The Wilsons.
Brian Wilson and his daughters appear on a various artists compilation CD called Christmas Spirit, a benefit project for the Children's Defense Fund.
Bruce Johnston and Mike Love guesting on the King's Singers' album Spirit Voices.
Brian Wilson does an acoustic piano number on Windham Hill's Songs Without Words, a various artists instrumentals album.
Beach Boys' track on MOM II, a Surfrider Foundation benefit project.
The Beach Boys' 1996 album, Stars & Stripes, Vol. 1
Carl Wilson Remembered
Photo courtesy Henry Diltz.
(l to r) Carl Wilson, Gerry Beckley, and Robert Lamm during the BLW sessions.
Like a Brother, the long-awaited Gerry Beckley/Robert Lamm/Carl Wilson album on the Transparent Music label is now available in stores. Tracks include Carl's “I Wish for You,” “Run Don't Walk,” “They're Only Words,” and the title tune (written for brother Brian.) Carl is also featured lead vocalist on “Today.” A press kit, audio clips for the whole album, release details, and purchasing info are available at the America Fans home page.
LONG PROMISED ROAD: CARL WILSON LIMITED-EDITION CD
The special Carl Wilson promotional CD Long Promised Road is now available again. Through a special arrangement with the Central L.A. Unit of the American Cancer Society, Surf's Up Collectibles is offering copies of Long Promised Road for only $50, plus shipping! And the majority of the proceeds from each sale goes to the ACS.
The CD contains Carl's work as a solo artist (in better sound quality than the long-unavailable Japanese CD issues of his solo albums) and those contributions he made to the Beach Boys. The tracks on the CD are: “Long Promised Road,” “Feel Flows,” “The Trader,” “Full Sail,” “Goin' South,” “Keepin' the Summer Alive,” “Livin' with a Heartache,” “Hold Me,” “Hurry Love,” “Heaven,” “What More Can I Say,” “Givin' You Up,” “One More Night Alone,” “Rockin' All Over the World,” “What You Do to Me,” “Of the Times,” “It's Gettin' Late,” “Maybe I Don't Know,” and “Where I Belong.”
Copies can be ordered online with a credit card or by mail order. Complete information, including shipping costs to anywhere in the world, can be found at Surf's Up Collectibles. Supplies are limited. When these last copies are sold, there will be no more available! (updated 12-23-01)
BBBRITAIN CARL TRIBUTE CONCERT CD
Beach Boys Britain has announced the release of their Carl Wilson Tribute Concert CD, a recording of highlights of performances by fans from last December's Carl Wilson Charity Tribute Concert in London. All profits go to benefit Imperial Cancer Research. To order, send a check made payable to Beach Boys Britain for £10 (plus £1 postage UK, £2 elsewhere, UK funds only) to: Carl Wilson Tribute CD, c/o Alan Poole, Flat 2, 26 Barton Road, Hereford, HR4 0AY, England. All overseas orders will be sent by airmail. (6/2/99)
More Tributes and Dedications
Michael Angeloff's CD, Here And Now.... Is Forever, available from his website, features one of Carl Wilson's last recording performances. Michael will be making a donation from each CD sale to The Carl Wilson Foundation. (4/5/00)
Former BBFC rep John Hunter Phillips has released a new CD, Diamonds on the Beach, “devoted to the songs of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson.” Billy Hinsche, who wrote the liner notes, performs a duet with John on “One More Night Alone.” A portion of the proceeds from this endeavor ($1.00 per CD) will go to The Carl Wilson Foundation. (1/14/00)
The Pet Sounds Mailing List (an email list for Beach Boys fans) has put together a various artists' CD of original songs inspired by the BBs called PSML Loves You. (2/24/00)
It's Only Roy (formerly Grown Men) have released an eponymous full-length CD featuring “Gentle Soul,” a song written about and dedicated to Carl Wilson. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Carl Wilson Foundation. The CD costs $12.99, plus S/H, and is available from their website, which also features sound clips, photos, and a message board. Contact Rick Bell for more information. (3/30/00)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1999 release Echo has a song, “Room at the Top,” in tribute to Carl.
America's album Human Nature features a track called “Hidden Talent” with Carl Wilson and Robert Lamm (of Chicago) on background vocals. The album is also dedicated to Carl.
Longtime BB friend Christopher Cross has dedicated his album Walking in Avalon and a live cut on the recording (“Think of Laura”) to the memory of Carl Wilson, saying that Carl was a great friend and the biggest influence on his singing. (4/16/98)
Liner Notes Archive
Phil Galdston's liner notes for Beckley Lamm Wilson's Like a Brother
A full listing of Brad Elliott's Beach Boys' and related liner notes online:
TWO LANE BLACKTOP RELEASE ON DVD/BLURAY
Two Lane Blacktop, the 1971 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 25 movies added to the U.S. National Film Registry in 2012. (updated 1/8/13)
NEW RELEASES FOR 2012
The Beach Boys' Live in Concert: 50th Anniversary, featuring footage from their Phoenix, AZ concert, was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in Nov. 2012. Billy Hinsche's Home Movies was released in December 2012, featuring previously unseen footage and photos from the Hinsche and Carl Wilson families, including the Wilson brothers and other Beach Boys. (updated 12/2/12)
BB REUNION ON PBS' FRONT ROW CENTER: The Beach Boys made an appearance on the PBS music series Front Row Center. This 1-hour episode features footage from the BB's May 2nd 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 28, 2012. (updated 8/29/12)
BILLY HINSCHE'S BB VIDEOS: Billy Hinsche has made a number of videos using his own personal of footage, taken on the road with the Beach Boys and home movies. BB-related titles include 1974 — On the Road with The Beach Boys, 24 Hours, Dennis Wilson Forever, Carl Wilson — Here and Now, and Know the Road (Redux) — Rock 'n' Roll Travel Tips. For more information, go to Billy's website. (updated 11/29/12)
A biopic of Dennis Wilson's later years, tentatively titled The Drummer, has lost its lead actor and executive producer. Aaron Eckhart, who had been signed to portray DW, recently bowed out of the project. Vera Farmiga is set to play Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac), Rupert Grint as Stan Shapiro, and Chloe Moretz as Jennifer Wilson. The filming start date is now undetermined. Dennis' son Carl B. Wilson and daughter Jennifer will serve as co-producers on the film. Music from Dennis' Pacific Ocean Blue, as well as previously unreleased Dennis Wilson and Beach Boys music will be featured in the soundtrack.
In other movie news, a script for a Brian Wilson biopic has been completed. Yet another film project, a fictional story based on The Beach Boys' music, is also in the works. (updated 6/21/12)
Billy Hinsche brings us a second BB-themed documentary this year! 24 Hours is a fun look at the BB's 1991 tour (as they travel to 5 cities in one 24-hour period). The single-disc DVD is now available at www.billyhinsche.com. See the trailer here on YouTube. (updated 8/9/11)
Billy Hinsche's documentary on Carl Wilson is now available. Carl Wilson — Here and Now is a 2-disc DVD package and is now available from www.billyhinsche.com. See the trailers here and here on YouTube.
Billy is also teaching guitar classes online via SKYPE. For more details, go to his website. (updated 6/5/11)
Al Jardine has a whale-watching video available for viewing here. (2/8/11)
A 2-disc expanded version of Billy Hinsche's DVD, 1974 — On the Road with The Beach Boys (Director's Cut), with additional archival video, vintage film, personal photos, and special guest appearances, is now available from his website. Filmed during April and May, 1974, this DVD offers an unique, first-hand look at the BB's life on the road. 1974 is $35, plus shipping. (updated 12/18/10)
Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1962-1969 is a new documentary film investigating Brian's work as a composer, primarily with The Beach Boys. Bruce Johnston, David Marks, Billy Hinsche, Danny Hutton, Carol Kaye, and Hal Blaine appear, along with others. The documentary is currently set for release on DVD on November 23, 2010. (10/5/10)
A new film project, based on The Beach Boys' music, is in the works. John Stamos (Glee) is co-producer. (10/5/10)
The T.A.M.I. Show, a 1964 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 L.A. before an ecstatic audience, the T.A.M.I. 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 3/21/10)
A new 60-minute documentary film on the life of Dennis Wilson has been created for the BBC4 Legends series and will premiere in the UK on Friday, February 26, 2010 at 9 p.m. 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 1/13/10)
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 2004's London Smile concerts. The show is being released on DVD along with a live performance of Brian Wilson Presents Smile in May, 2005. (updated 3/10/05)
Bruce Johnston's 1975 solo UK TV performance of “Disney Girls” is included on the The Old Grey Whistle Test 2 DVD. (10/14/03)
Two Brian Wilson DVD/VHS videos, Pet Sounds Live and Brian Wilson on Tour, are available. More details and track listings can be found on Brian's website. (updated 6/8/03)
A combined DVD of The Beach Boys: An American Band (full-length version) and the Brian Wilson documentary, I Just Wasn't Made for These Times has been released for home video. (updated 2/17/03)
Brian Wilson is the subject of a TNT star-studded tribute held on March 29, 2001 at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. The show was taped for television and is now coming out on home video. Release date for An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson is currently set for Nov. 6 in the U.S. and Nov. 5 in the U.K (Aviva International and Direct Video Distribution). DVD and VHS formats will be available in both countries.
Hosted by actor Chazz Palminteri, the guest roster also included Cameron Crowe, Evan and Jaron, the Go Go's, Sir Elton John, the Harlem Boys Choir, Heart, Dennis Hopper, Rachel Hunter, Billy Joel, Aimee Mann & Michael Penn, Ricky Martin, Sir George Martin, Phil Ramone, Darius Rucker, Paul Simon, Matthew Sweet, Jimmy Webb, Justyn Wilson, Wilson Phillips, Vince Gill, and David Crosby. Brian performed Pet Sounds with his current touring band and various vocalists.
The DVD is presented in DTS, Dolby Digital Surround Sound and Dolby Digital stereo. DVD extras include a bonus track “Do It Again” performed by Brian and nephew Justyn Wilson, interviews, and a photo gallery.
- Our Prayer — The Boys Choir of Harlem
- California Girls — Ricky Martin
- Help Me Rhonda — Ricky Martin
- Surfer Girl — Paul Simon
- In My Room — David Crosby, Carly Simon, Jimmy Webb
- The Warmth of the Sun — Vince Gill
- I Get Around — Evan and Jaron
- God Only Knows — Elton John
- I Just Wasn't Made For These Times — Aimee Mann, Michael Penn
- Don't Worry Baby — Billy Joel
- Sail On Sailor — Darius Rucker, Matthew Sweet
- You're So Good to Me — Wilson Phillips
- Good Vibrations — Heart, Jubilant Sykes, The Boys Choir of Harlem
- Surf's Up — David Crosby, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb
- Heroes and Villains — Brian Wilson
- Wouldn't It Be Nice — Elton John, Brian Wilson
- Fun, Fun, Fun — Brian Wilson, All Star Ensemble
- Barbara Ann — Brian Wilson, All Star Ensemble
- Love and Mercy — Brian Wilson, The Boys Choir of Harlem
Capitol has officially announced the U.S. video release for Endless Harmony on March 14, 2000. The video will contain material that did not appear in the televised version, plus bonus clips. VHS and DVD. (1/10/00)
Cable channel American Movie Classics (AMC) is airing a month-long BB festival in March. Endless Harmony will be shown on in two parts on March 18 and 25 respectively. A different Beach Boys American Pop segment will run each Saturday night in March, 10 pm.-midnight. The Lost Beach Boys Concert and other appearances by the group will be included. (2/5/00)
ABC's four-hour television miniseries, The Beach Boys: An American Family, will air in two parts on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 27 and 28 (9-11 p.m. ET, both nights). ABC now has a website for the show, with photos and a trivia quiz. The Rick on TV site also has photos from the miniseries.
Produced by John Stamos, the series focuses on The Beach Boys' early days and their relationship with Murry Wilson. Portraying the Wilson brothers: Frederick Weller as Brian, Nick Stabile as Dennis, and Ryan Northcott as Carl. Other castings include Matt Letscher (Mask of Zorro) as Mike Love, Ned Vaughn as Alan Jardine, Jesse Caron as Bruce Johnston, Dublin James as Dave Marks, Kevin Dunn as Murry Wilson, Alley Mills (The Wonder Years) as Audree Wilson, and Amy Van Horne as Marilyn Wilson. [Note: This program is available on DVD. Viewer beware — inaccuracies abound, especially in part 2, and the fake facial hair is hilarious.] (2/12/00)
The A&E Network is reairing its BIOGRAPHY: Brian Wilson: A Beach Boy's Tale on February 20 & 21, 2000. A home video version is available from A&E's website. (1/26/00)
The full-length version of Brian's St. Charles, IL Imagination performance from last year, featuring Bruce Johnston and others on backing vocals, is now available on home video.
Two Lane Blacktop, the cult film classic starring Dennis Wilson and James Taylor, has also been released on home video. (11/99)
The Lost Beach Boys Concert, a closed-circuit live performance from 1964, shown recently on the AMC channel, is being prepared for release on home video in VHS and DVD formats. It is available from Music Video Distributors for $9.98. Call 1-800-84-MUSIC, ext. 231 or visit MVD's website for ordering details. (10/99)
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