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Hey everybody! I was searching the board and I realized the Today! album didn't have its own thread. I think it's a fantastic album and in my opinion, it's fairly underrated. The instrumentation is wonderful and it is a precedent to Brian's later work. Also, I love the concept of half the album consisting of upbeat tunes and the other half being made of ballads. And, as always, the harmonies are excellent. I would love to hear any thoughts or comments you have to share!
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Excellent point GGH. How can there not be a thread for Today!

In terms of albums, next to Pet Sounds for me come 'Today' and 'Love You' both of which have that Side1/Side2, extrovert/introvert, fast songs/pretty ballads, fun in the sun / moon on the ocean structure -the two faces of Brian's genius I suppose.

Today is a great experimental album. Even the title seems to say -forget surfboards, this is what the beach boy guys are doing now. When I Grow Up and In the Back of My Mind are incredible baroque pop records like nothing that had come before. Then you have the dreaminess of Please Let Me Wonder and So Young and the pathos of Kiss Me Baby. All no less truthful than they are beautiful.

But it's not all about side 2. I like to maintain the A-side B-side pairings from single releases if I can, so I re-arrange Today a little. I put When I Grow Up / She Knows Me together and Good to My Baby next to that -interesting lyrical connection with the latter two. Good to My Baby and Don't Hurt My Little Sister are both terrific rock and roll records taking the Spector approach somewhere more architectural. The lyrics are dumb fun too although Don't Hurt My Little Sister makes perfect sense lyrically with a female lead -with even the sly little suggestion that the singer perhaps has some feelings herself for the guy she is giving the warning to?

Of all the experiments on Today two don't quite work, I think: Help Me Ronda and Dance Dance Dance. Of course Brian perfected Rhonda on the single version and he did what he had attempted to do, but just missed, with Dance Dance Dance -that is, combine the Spector technique with the British Invasion style- soon after on Do You Want to Dance.

Today! like a lot of Brian's work, has that funny, slight surface that you can just take for itself if you want to, but beyond that, what depths if you care to look into them!
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Good points cretanwelsh! I think the whole album was a great step forward for Brian and the band. I love all the songs, which happens often, but not on every album I hear. Even though I'm usually not nuts for Dennis vocals, I think Do You Wanna Dance is a great opening track. The Boys did some excelkent covers that they really made their own. Good To My Baby and Don't Hurt My Little Sister are just awesome. I really like that transitional sound that combines early sixties BBs with mid sixties. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) is another favorite of mine. Interesting concept and interesting harpsichord! Help Me Rhonda is fantastic. You can never go wrong with that one. Dance Dance Dance is just plain fun. It has a great riff throughout the song and the Rickenbacker sounds amazing. Please Let Me Wonder is, in my opinion, one of the prettiest songs Brian ever wrote and it never gets old. The vocals are my favorite part of I'm So Young. I may not be as crazy about Kiss Me, Baby as a lot of other people, but I think it's a great addition to the album and it fits in very well. She Knows Me Too Well is a great song vocally, instrumentally, and lyrically. Brian pours his heart out once again. We get that in the next song as well, In The Back Of My Mind, which is one of my favorite songs sung by Dennis in the sixties. However, it was a little obvious when Brian replaced Dennis for a few moments towards the end (which he later did for Carl during Good Vibrations). Overall Today! is a marvelous album, and its one of my top 5 BBs albums.
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Love the Today album. You two have made a lot good points; right on reviews, except for the one on how Brian missed on Dance Dance Dance. Boy, do I disagree with that! It has always been one of my favorites and I am thrilled to have heard Brian perform it the last few years. In fact, I heard it on the radio last evening while driving in my car and I cranked it up. The rock and roll, the energy, the great ML vocal and the best part - Brian's falsetto vocal in the chorus. The fuzz guitar. It's just a wow BB song. And Brian up there on the chorus fade at the end... For my money and opinion (lol) just an excellent Beach Boys record.
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Dance Dance Dance is awesome!!! I recently learned to play it and I play it EVERY DAY on my Rickenbacker. I think it's just wonderful. Occasionally I hear it on 60s on 6 but that's the only station that ever plays it. The other day I heard Don't Go Near The Water on the Loft. Imagine that!
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Can you set alerts on your version of sirrus XM? I have Beach Boys, Brian Wilson and Dennis Wilson set. A lot of channels play BB songs. 60s on 6, Deep Cuts, Love(channel 17- plays God Only Knows, Wouldn't It Be Nice and Don't Worry Baby alot), Stevie's Garage, Loft , Jimmy Buffet channel, Tom Petty channel, rarely, but on occasion The Bridge and 70s on 7. If you ask me the 70s on 7 should play Sail On Sailor, Rock and Roll Music, It's OK, and Good Timin' regularly. Alas, they don't. But with my Alerts, I hear Beach Boys alot. On rare occasion Brian and Dennis sings.
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Can you set alerts on your version of sirrus XM? I have Beach Boys, Brian Wilson and Dennis Wilson set. A lot of channels play BB songs. 60s on 6, Deep Cuts, Love(channel 17- plays God Only Knows, Wouldn't It Be Nice and Don't Worry Baby alot), Stevie's Garage, Loft , Jimmy Buffet channel, Tom Petty channel, rarely, but on occasion The Bridge and 70s on 7. If you ask me the 70s on 7 should play Sail On Sailor, Rock and Roll Music, It's OK, and Good Timin' regularly. Alas, they don't. But with my Alerts, I hear Beach Boys alot. On rare occasion Brian and Dennis sings.
Like Jimmy Buffet, among others, the Beach Boys warrant their own channel on Sirius/XM, don't you agree Curt?  At least temporarily like Billy Joel.

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There's a great breakdown of the sessions (and also for summer days outtakes and others) from Craig Slowinski at -

http://www.tiptopwebsite.com/custommusic2/craigslowinskicom.pdf 

It includes studio dialogue and session player lists. There's also the Rhonda "Murray Wilson Session" account.

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Like Jimmy Buffet, among others, the Beach Boys warrant their own channel on Sirius/XM, don't you agree Curt?  At least temporarily like Billy Joel.


Just having this conversation on Wednesday! BB should be next in line for that.
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Can you set alerts on your version of sirrus XM? I have Beach Boys, Brian Wilson and Dennis Wilson set. A lot of channels play BB songs. 60s on 6, Deep Cuts, Love(channel 17- plays God Only Knows, Wouldn't It Be Nice and Don't Worry Baby alot), Stevie's Garage, Loft , Jimmy Buffet channel, Tom Petty channel, rarely, but on occasion The Bridge and 70s on 7. If you ask me the 70s on 7 should play Sail On Sailor, Rock and Roll Music, It's OK, and Good Timin' regularly. Alas, they don't. But with my Alerts, I hear Beach Boys alot. On rare occasion Brian and Dennis sings.

I've heard Dance Dance Dance, Wouldn't It Be Nice, God Only Knows, Fun Fun Fun, and Catch A Wave on 60s on 6. I've heard Long Promised Road on Tom Petty Radio and Feel Flows on Deep Tracks. I heard Don't Go Bear The Water on the loft. I heard Marcella on 70s on 7 and Kokomo on 80s on 8. I feel like I've heard some on Classic Vinyl too. I've never tried setting alerts before! That would be awesome.

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NOW we're getting to something - the Today album. A gem for the Beach Boys and really for pop music in the 60's.  From top to bottom - great (excluding the Bull Session = why?)  Rated one the top albums in many "lists" and of course it's not hard to understand why.

Remember that some of it is recorded before the December (64) breakdown and some of the album was after - so, in reality, it is Brian on and after the brink.  Brilliant in design and texture - the rocking/uptempo side and the ballad/introspective side. 

Some comes and goes from the album and spirit of the album>

Pre-Pet Sounds?  Most certainly.

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Recorded after, Today, but more in the direction of Pet Sounds:


Sir Bruce certainly appreciated (also listen to his Do You Wanna Dance):


Brian was going in the right direction - but at what cost? 




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Like Jimmy Buffet, among others, the Beach Boys warrant their own channel on Sirius/XM, don't you agree Curt?  At least temporarily like Billy Joel

Yes, Bugs! A Beach Boys channel is WAY over due! The Beatles just got theirs this week, And yes, I have also heard Beach Boys on the XM Classic Vinyl channel. Left that one off. I am about to spin the Today/Summer Days(and Nights twofer. This conversation has got me inspired. As a kid getting turned onto the BB I didn't have Today for quite awhile, but did have Spirit of America. Good To My Baby, Dance Dance Dance, Do Ya Wanna Dance (love Denny's lead), When I Grow Up To Be A Man, and Please Let Me Wonder always blew my mind. Today is such a wonderful album and giant move forward for Brian and the Guys.

Oh, yeah...Denny is singing!

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I am totally going to write the people at Sirius XM a letter. The world NEEDS a Beach Boys channel.
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