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vick614

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I have always loved as far as solo albums go "That lucky old sun" its just such a personal statement by Brian I dare say its his latter day "Pet Sounds", as far as solo song I love "The waltz" just a cool song to my personal taste.
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TLOS, and from it "Midnight's Another Day."
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For some reason I don't want to call TLOS a solo album because, as you, and many say, it is a Pet Soundsish song cycle (although more deliberate) which was done with a collection of people (Scott Bennett and his Mrs. and of course VDP) and the band just was all over this as the Wrecking Crew II and vocal crew.  I enjoy, love, respect, EVERY song on that piece!

When I think solo I go back to fave songs, Your Imagination, Lay Down Burden, and Love and Mercy.  These proved, to me, that the man STILL had it in him and that HIS gift just never left him.  He just took a break - a much deserved one.

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Rio Grande would be among my favourites. So would Melt Away. Melt Away and Little Pad (Beach Boys' song I know but can't help the overlap!) are two songs I often find myself singing. Both have beautiful melodies. Neither would probably be considered as Brian's best work but the sweetness and delicacy of each is very special indeed. They are gentle songs and that is quite a rarity.
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love and mercy,fairytale,midnight's another day,southern california,cant pick just one! he must be the leader of the beach boys!! lol
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tlos for an album
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SMiLE - I think SMiLE was always a solo album in a way, even had SMiLE come out in 1967. We don't call Beethoven's 5th 'Beethoven and the Berlin Philharmonic (pick your orchestra) 5th. The Beach Boys contributed mainly as vocalists but it was Brian's and Van Dyke's brainchild. SMiLE was a love child, one of whose parents took off, with several foster parents who to begin with resented the threat it posed to their financial security but as time passed realised how valuable it was and capitalised on it. SMiLE the love child, whose parents reunited to pass on its birthright.
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maybe this might be transferred to the BW sub-forum ?
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Aside from being dated I still like his first one. It was just such a joy to see Brian resurface during that time and there are some great songs on there. Maybe they should release a new version and strip it down or at least update the sound.
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Ang Jones

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Andrew is right - this whole thread really belongs in the BW forum, especially my post, actually, which might annoy Beach Boys' fans. (But in fairness, the Beach Boys made a magnificent job of those SMiLE vocals.)

Also in fairness, what does general discussion comprise if not about: a) Brian Wilson or b) the Beach Boys? Unless we are allowed to go 'off topic' our general discussion is almost inevitably going to include stuff relating to one or the other!
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SMiLE if it's considered a BW solo album...I guess it should, but to me it doesn't feel that way. The BWPS version feels to me a hybrid of some kind, even though it's really not. So if not SMiLE, then TLOS.

Solo song: Here, definitely, I consider the SMiLE songs to be mostly of '60s vintage, so I'll say "Southern California."
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I would have to say for me: SMiLE 2004 and TLOS. I consider them solo albums even though he had some collaborators. I like Brian Wilson '88 and Imagination too, of course.

Songs: Gosh, so many. Midnight's Another Day, Lay Down Burden, Southern California, Blue Hawaii, Where Has Love Been, Melt Away, Rio Grande, Morning Beat, Going Home, Love and Mercy, Heroes and Villains (SMiLE 2004), and Getting In Over My Head.

And I'm lovin' this guy's stuff with The Beach Boys in 2012! lol

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is it right to consider SMiLE 2004 a solo album? if it is then its right up there with tlos
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Man, that seems like an impossible question to answer. If I had to pick though, i'd probably choose Rio Grande as my favorite song and Lucky Old Sun as my favorite album. Unless, Smile is on the table of course.
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