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kaycee0101

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I was goofing on youtube and came across this posting. It is an obscure album named "Sweet Insanity". I have never seen this one. Any info would be appreciated...





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It could've/and probably should've still been an officially released album, and because Brian is essentially the sole composer, you gotta say it has merit and is worth buying.

BUT. 

the but is large, because Landy dominated the lyrics and he was not really a songwriter (take out the word really).   

You can hear it in its entirety on Youtube.  (which we are so fortunate for, since Brian is not the chronic litigator that say Prince was...)
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Sweet Insanity was the second Landy-associated album, and Brian's intended second solo studio album. I remember being waiting for this album, and hearing rumors all over. (This was before the Internet got big - so any kind of news was catch-as-catch-can.)

I even called Sire Records at one point to ask about Brian's next album, and the person who answered said, "Oh no! We're not releasing that album!"

A few years later, ABC and Diane Sawyer did an exposé of sorts about Landy's control of Brian. (Great job, by the way.)(See link below.)

In that show was a tantalizingly short clip of "Rainbow Eyes" (at around 15:00 in the video linked below.) and said that it was from an album rejected by Warner Records.

I finally got a bootleg copy. Some of the songs were re-done for Getting In Over My Head. I prefer the GIOMY version of "Don't Let Her Know She's An Angel" - better lyrics, and flutes instead of those syrupy strings. There's also a demo version somewhere with just Brian at the piano with yet another set of lyrics.

I like the tune and arrangement of "Brian" (aka "Thank You") a great deal, but not the lyrics.

Be careful - there are 2 "versions" of Sweet Insanity on youtube. The original had no Paley tracks.

AGD can probably add more info and correct any misinformation I may have inadvertently passed along.

The Sawyer expose is here:



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It never ceases to amaze me how deep of an artist Brian Wilson is. Sometimes I imagine what it would be like to go into his collection and just spend a day(or a week) listening to all of his stuff(released or not). Thank you all for the info... In some of these songs there is still the "essence" of Brian even though some of the lyrics may not be his. I can hear some lyrics that may be his( I think some of them come from an addiction point of view) and his feelings going through the long road home. I would love to get a hold of some bootleg stuff...really really interesting!  Thank you again...   KayC
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BTW I think that the album should have been released maybe minus one song....

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Kaycee?  Which song do you think should not have been released?   (I'm a curious sort).

I think Brian's memories are spot on and accurate: 'there were some good songs, mostly they were demos, but we couldn't release it because the master tape was stolen.'    Brian is 'factual' as he says.

I'm not sure how careful one has to be.  This bootleg is now usually bloated to 2 CD's with extras such as B sides, but the same thing happens today with official releases.   Plus, the Paley songs help!

Bear with me on this analogy:  it's kind of Brian's 'Sometime In New York City' when John Lennon and Phil Spector released an album with some great melodies BUT some of the lyrics coming out of John's mouth (which for no reason at all, were not written by John)...boy, amateurish and embarrassing on repeat listenings?  In this regard, 'Jersey Shore' might have selected the acid test for predicting how you are going to feel about this album: what do you think of 'Thank You'.  Wonderful melody.  But those words just aren't Brian's personality.  They were instead, from the resident non-medical doctor/medication-dispensing criminal but pretend to be Brian's own words about himself.  Lastly, Brian is NOT a person who can't write lyrics (See, e.g., 'In My Room,' 'This Whole World,' & 'Til I Die').  This album is a test for the 'lyrics don't matter folks.'  Am I saying the words are worse than 'Adult Child'.  Yes, I am.  MUCH worse.

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The album title makes me cringe. Who came up with that? :-/
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I know.  The title should have been "Sweet Paycheck" with a picture of Landy going to the bank (on the front).  Then, for fans' wish fulfillment, there would be a picture of Landy going to jail on the back. [smile]
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For those not familiar with the song, 'Thank You (aka, Brian)' has lyrics where Brian takes his family and friends to task for never caring about him.  It's all borderline acceptable and palatable, other than the sing-song cadence, until it gets to his never caring 'brother.'  It is singular because the one still alive--Carl, must have represented an off-the-charts level threat to Landy and Landy-control.  So, in Landy's self-interest, he has Brian singing these lines about how Carl never really cared about him, because Brian was so creative and needed to grow, by embracing the new and throwing out the old.   Even if Mike and Carl and Audrey are not your favorite people in the world, this becomes a highly-offensive song to many Brian/Beach Boys fans.  In short, it was factually untrue.  Of course Carl cared about Brian.  [I'm hoping Debbie and Lee can correct me if I go astray here...].
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Carl was Brian's right hand guy for years.  Musical ideas were always quietly bounced off of Carl and his opinion and input were listened to and often implemented.

While cut off from the world...and family...who knows what brainwashing successfully went on with Landy and his domination over Brian?  [over the short term]

I went for a private lunch and a couple of hours one on one with Carl just 'cause I asked him how Brian was doing and whatever happened to David?  I'd say he cared a TON.  First, most importantly and most heavily guarded?  Carl's family/private time.  And 'they' say he was a GREAT uncle.

He even went to Murry's funeral.
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Probably the album--in whatever form it was in at the time, became evidence against Landy to show he was in violation of patient/pretend doctor confidence.   That is, in counseling/therapy, a patient may speak (in supportive privacy) about worries that some close family member did something or said something that caused them distress.  But Landy made conclusary song lyrics everyone can hear, about how 'they never cared':  everyone had always been gas-lighting Brian--especially Carl!, EXCEPT his new friend/father/pretend medical doctor/meal ticket who was, er, really creative too with his hippy slang book and whatnot, so he understood these fellow-genius things.  In the 1978 Rolling Stone magazine article, David Felton mentioned the issue of patient privilege (to talk to the world about Brian's private therapy) and this issue had not occurred to Landy...So, they called and Brian said, 'sure, talk about whatever you want.'

Perhaps in Landy's defense, his surviving heirs will argue that these 'Sweet Insanity' songs were not meant to be an album, but just therapy.  Maybe it was even they who 'stole' it so it would never be released.  If so, I wonder why they didn't reveal this when Landy died.      
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Hi John B,

I think that "Water builds up" should not have been on that album.  (This one that I had listened to on youtube may not be the real album). Not because I do not care for it, but it sounds like a folk song that does not fit with the concept. As for the "Thank You" song, I know from experience that when someone goes through coming off an addiction, they will sometimes act different from who they really are, and some things have to be "purged". I don't know Brian personally, but I feel confident that he would never speak about his family in a negative light(or anyone else for that matter). I have seen many interviews and when he has to speak about negativities, he addresses it, but without saying anything bad. I wonder if that also had something to do with him not releasing it besides the tapes going missing. I think it may come from the saying, "If you don't have anything to say that is nice, don't say anything at all." I can relate to him in many different ways. I had an abusive but loving father, I have 4 brothers, and addiction is all over my family, so I completely understand about his life. I am just so happy that he made it to the other side. God had other plans for him. I am so glad that he has found happiness and we can all thank music for having him here today. Thank you for all of your reply. You are a very interesting writer!
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thanks, kaycee, but I'm just a superfan (with similar issues in my family) like you.
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Oh yeah...I wanted to say something about Carl and Dennis. I have seen interviews of them and  I know they both loved Brian tremendously and would do ANYTHING for Brian. There is NO DOUBT in my mind that that is the case. Being in the reality that they all had growing up solidifies their relationships ten fold. That being said, you cannot control someone's actions. Everyone has reasons for everything that they do and whether they are "right" or "wrong" judgement can be a harsh thing. All of my brothers have their own personalities and feelings/actions towards me, but when it comes to family, we all share the same experience growing up and that makes us so much closer in the end. I have so much admiration and respect for Carl and Dennis. Their music was unbelievable as well and I wish that I could hear some bootlegs of their stuff. I was blown away by Pacific Ocean Blue...
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Oh and one last thing...

"Til I die" was the first song that I had ever heard by the Beach Boys besides "Good Vibrations" when I was growing up. I almost fell on the floor from a completely visceral reaction. I could not believe that Brian Wilson could articulate my feelings better than I could in a song. There is NO doubt that he wrote those lyrics. This song still to this day, makes me tear up...so much pain... Thanks to Wikipedia on a late late night that I had found it. Only explanation to me is divine intervention...and Brian Wilson's music continues to heal on a daily basis! How is THAT for being a SUPER FAN! I will be forever grateful ...
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