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Wes

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I know that some artists in the past several years have gone back in and either enhanced or re-produced some of their key albums (Jeff Lynne for one). That said, would anyone want to hear Brian re-do his 1988 album? I love that album and still listen to it but it is now dated because of the heavy synth use. I wouldn't mind hearing it done as any of the following:

1. Keep all his original vocals but update the music itself

2. Keep his original lead but have his current band help out with backing vocals and arrangement

3. Update the whole album (vocals, backing track, arrangement)

4. Do an acoustic version of it (ala "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" doc). Only problem with this is that I'm not sure how some of the tracks would fare as acoustic ("Let It Shine").

Thoughts?
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i just wish they would restore the fadeout of "Melt Away". The original '88 issue featured a seesawing harmony counterpoint to the fading "MEEELLTTT AWWAAYSSS".

It was actually a very gorgeous touch to the song and I've often wondered about the wisdom of that decision. When the '88 DeLuxe Edition came out, that omission was glaring...and I miss it. Can't find that original either...at least not on iTunes. You have to have the original disc.
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I don't know that I ever noticed the omission but I think I know what you are talking about in the original. Since I have the original as well as the deluxe edition I will go back and compare the two.

I do wish that the released version of 'Love and Mercy' had the additional verse about God though.
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Garneau Mike Woonsocket

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Zappa did this to several of the Mothers re-issues and they all sounded great! I'm all in favor of Brian updating his '88 solo album. It's such an excellent album, every song. I'd love to hear it without the synthy production.
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Great album! One of Brian's best in my opinion. I originally owned it on cassette, LP and then CD. Used to listen to it multiple times a day. This is when I was delving deeper into the story of the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson. Melt Away had quickly become my favorite song of all time because I felt like the song was saving me. 
I would love to hear the album remixed. I'd study the productions as a kid and would always hear something new I had heard before. It's a great record. Yeah, there's too much electronic/synths getting in the way much of the time, which dates it. But if you can except it for what it is.... Pet Sounds is a period record too! There's classic albums. There's always going to be a record that sounds like a period record. But I wouldn't redo the record. It's perfect! One of my favs! 

I remastered a select few cuts from the original '88 release and I'm listening to it now after having read this thread. The percussion just pops and it's such and fantastic track! Thanks for bringing up this topic. I would really love to hear the backing tracks or vocal mixes of the album. Some tunes I just love to hear what's going on in the mix that you can't hear under all the vocals.
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I, too, love this album. But I'm always surprised with how little love Let It Shine gets. Might be my second favorite track (after Love & Mercy, of course). I'm a huge Jeff Lynne fan, and always felt that track was the perfect blend of their two musical voices. Thinking I heard somewhere that they did not get along all that great in the studio, and maybe that's why only one song together. Can anybody shed any light on that?
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I recall reading at the time that Brian really didn't like "Let It Shine", and the rumor was he had very little to do with composing it, something which was later semi-confirmed on the 2000 reissue when the liners revealed that his contribution to writing it was the opening and closing vocal rounds.
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That is a superior song. Prolly any removal of Brian's muse and input is precisely because of a psychic clash of titans (BW/JL). Kinda similar to a more recent unravelling (BW/JB). In any event, LIS is magnificent; it is VERY Brian !
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      I don't think Brian would ever consider re recording this.  The only thing I could see happening is possibly remixing certain songs for the album.  And that would probably only be done to coincide with an Anniversary of the album.  Maybe when it's like 30 years old.   I actually really like most of Brian's first solo album even if it is heavy on the 80s digital production similiar to the mid to late 80s Beach Boys recordings.
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I thoroughly love Brian Wilson '88. It was at this time that I first got into Brian, so the album has always held a special place for me.

I agree that the chances of re-recording it are slim. Although, who knows? With the movie and soundtrack coming out, maybe there is something special that can be done with it.

I'd love to see the album performed live as part of a Love and Mercy tour.

What an incredible wall of vocals/harmonies Brian builds up on this album.



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ok. kinda creepy
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Wes

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I agree regarding the above two songs - 'Let It Shine' and 'Melt Away' are both underrated in my opinion. I am a big Jeff Lynne/ELO fan which probably helps with LIS. I remember when this album came out I listened to it and thought, "This time Brian really IS back". I also remember Terrance Trent D'arby being asked to sing on it ('Walkin' The Line') who at the time was supposed to be the next up and coming big thing. Pretty sure the only hit he ever had was 'Wishing Well' but was definitely an odd combination. From what I recall the critics loved this album as well. However, I also recall a Mike Love interview where he of course put it down. I believe he said it was a 'turkey' of an album...or something along those lines. My least favorite track was "Baby Let Your Hair Grow Long". I don't dislike it...just my least favorite.

Anyway those are a few things I recall from when the album was released.
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"I also recall a Mike Love interview where he of course put it down. I believe he said it was a 'turkey' of an album...or something along those lines."

I don't remember the "turkey" reference, but I DO quite clearly remember Mike saying in an interview (Kokomo was a hit at the time) "Well, we see who has the #1 single in the charts!" This was also around the same time as Mike's legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction speech. Probably the beginning of my intense dislike and mistrust of him. I have tried, over the past 25 years, to keep an open mind about Mike Love, but he just keeps being that same guy. Really hard to forgive, much less like. All that said, I do truly like Daybreak Over The Ocean, on TWGMTR. It's a really beautiful track. Go figure!

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Daybreak Over the Ocean is a beautiful track? Ugh! I find it nauseating. I don't even wanna go into it. But to each his own.

Yes, Let it Shine and Melt Away are extremely underrated!


I think the first tour Brian did in '99 I saw him in Philly and it was standing room only. Suddenly he begins playing Melt Away and I went outta my mind!!! That was a thrill. I really wish he'd play more selections from his solo work. There are a lot of solid cuts to choose from.

 I would add these to his set list: on second thought... he might have to simply cut out the beach boys stuff. There's a lot of great material here....

Love and Mercy
Melt Away
Let it Shine
Meet Me in My Dreams Tonight
Rio Grande*
Your Imagination
She Says that She Needs Me
South American
Dream Angel
Cry
Lay Down Burden
Don't Let Her Know She's an Angel
Desert Drive
City Blues
Midnight's Another Day
Nothing But Love
The Like in I Love You
Baby Mine

Okay, so there's 18 really strong cuts from the last 26 years! If you want you can fill it out with some more obscure tracks like, Marcella, In My Car, Let's Go to Heaven in My Car, Spirit of Rock n Roll....

I'm sure it'd be a boat load of work to have to learn all these new songs to play live. It's much easier to go out and play the same songs the band has been playing for the last 15 years.

But these are great songs I think people would love to hear live! It's not the Beach Boys, it's the magic behind the Beach Boys!
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Nah, leave it the way it is. 

Definitely keep Brian's backing vocals. 

I love the band but I prefer my Brian albums as Brian only. 
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