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Keri

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This is a thread for those who have nice things to say about Gettin' in over my head. I have read many putting it down, if you want to do that please start a different thread.

For me this album gives me a huge smile, it is so Brian, it's funny, it's a crazy patchwork and it brought a whole lot of songs that had been leading nefarious lives outside of the public arena into it.

How could we still be dancing has some great Elton piano pounding and the line "how could we still make music after MTV?" really cracks me up. An excellent energetic rocker.

Soul Searchin' has a real 50's vibe about it, Carl's voice is of course great. 

You've touched me - does just that, it is that real innocent Brian with yearnings for eternity and soul. Also love the fiddle and the honking sax.

The title track has such a beautiful intro on the vibes and again that tender heartfulness just does me in. 

City Blues I'm not so fussed with, Desert Drive is kind of retro Beach Boys, good track but I'm not overly fussed with it.

A friend like You - This one gets a fair bit of flack, But Brian and McCartney both have a real sentimental streak and it warms my heart to hear it, it's got some nice changes and love the harp, the pauses, the drum fills. Cool arrangement, really tender song.

Make a Wish is the first of the Sweet Insanity songs, kind of Brian's "Imagine" but much quirkier. 

Rainbow eyes - I like this better, romantic, odd, great arrangement.

Saturday Morning in the City - To me this is a great slice of life, a real gem, with it's trademark whistles, bells and horns, this is pop with plenty of bubble and snap. The lyrics are just fabulous. This track is worth the price of admission alone.

Fairytale - This track epitomises the open hearted tender magic that appears in many of the songs on this album. It takes me on a journey through some great musical changes that are fully supported by the fairytale lyrics it takes me back to Magic Transistor radio but this is much happier and uplifting.

Don't let her know she's an angel - One last track from Sweet Insanity and maybe my favourite. I think they found their rightful home on this album.

The Waltz - Excellent final track, really funny clever lyrics that I just love hearing Brian sing. Really cool fiddle.

The production is kind of dry, but I prefer it to Imagination's although it is probably the lack of Brian's hand in the arrangements that makes me prefer this album's sound. 

Overall an amazing hodgepodge all sorts of ideas stitched together it suits it's strange collage cover by Peter Blake. Not an ambitious album but one i love. Any other lovers of this album want to come out of their closets and say what it does for them? 

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Its not an album I tend to listen to a lot but I still love "The Waltz" (more for the music than the lyrics), "How can we still be dancin" is a great track but seemed to work far better when Brian did it on tour and "Soul Searchin" is another fine song. Not his best work by any means but I certainly don't regard it with the same disdain as some other fans.
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By no means my favourite album but I love Saturday Morning in the City. This song, like Lines, shows what Brian could do if he was writing  for a musical. I've mentioned before how very like Gershwin's American in Paris the song is. Perhaps it is the theatre aspect of the music that puts a lot of people off but it's a part of Brian's talent that has been relatively unexplored.

I actually do like Desert Drive. Retro Beach Boys, true, but just good fun.

I think City Blues could be much improved with a different arrangement, perhaps something more soulful.
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I've always liked this album, had a chance to tell Brian that when he came online.  It's an odd collection for sure but the variety and guests make it interesting for me.  Those songs suit the guests perfectly (I'll say no more!!).  Soul Searching is my most listened to track, even when looking at stuff on youtube I often seek out Solomon Burke to watch his live version.
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I like the album..love fairytale....city blues, soul searchin, and the remake of rainbow eyes....
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Spookily enough I've had a listen this mornning and after listening to TWGMTR solidly for a couple of weeks, I amd quite enjoying GIOMH, I don't think it would be in my top 10  but there you go,it's rough at the edges and has humour, unlike the new album.

There is a lot of rubbish on the album but Fairy Tale is a hilight for me and The Waltz

I dislike about 7 tracks on there though . .

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I like Desert Drive, City Blues, Soul Searching and the title track. There is promise in some of the other tracks too, but it seems like not enough care was taken with some of the vocals. The Waltz however, is beyond redemption in my eyes. Easily in my top 5 worst Brian / BB tracks of all time (and the future too!)
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I absolutely agree. I really love this album too. I thought it was a real turning point from the prior releases for many reasons including, without limitation, the cover art, guests, song selection, arrangements, Carl's singing on Soul Searchin' from the Paley sessions, VDP's involvement, etc.  The song GIOMH alone makes the album a fav of mine.  I hope Brian releases It Isn't Easy Being Me from the Paley sessions someday too.  I also thought Brian really asserted himself with Rainbow Eyes which Diane Sawyer blasted him on from a 20/20 episode back during the Sweet Insanity period.  In sum, I view this album as a point where Brian really did what he wanted - at least that is how it feels for me.  Great subject and thanks, 

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This one is a mixed bag for me. I really love Saturday Morning in the City and Desert Drive. Soul Searching and the title track are nicely done. Several songs just don't work for me (Fairy Tale may be my least favorite BW/BB song, and Rainbow Eyes is a close second.) But that's the great thing about art. The beauty lies within the listener.

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waltz is great . . highlight of the album, far superior to cliched Desert . . City et al . . but that's just my opinion, there's an outside chance I may be wrong! :-)
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I like the Paley stuff, not  great deal more though!
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I think GIOMH receives too much bad criticism. I like it as an easy-listening Brian album - especially "Desert Drive", "Soul Searchin'" and "The Waltz". I'm not overly keen on the stuff from "Sweet Insanity", but it does sound better, here. The album reminds me of a very happy time seven years ago. I won a competition in Time Out that enabled me to get a free copy of the album and be one of the first ten people to meet Brian at a signing at HMV, Oxford Street. The album was playing loudly in the store and sounded good. A great evening followed the signing when Scott Bennett played the Borderline with band members including Taylor and the Stockholm Strings.
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Love this cd.  I think it was so underrated and if it hadn't come out around (before) Smile, different ball game for a lot of folks I would imagine. nfm 
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Thanks for all the feedback, I'm glad that others get some joy from this album too. 

Silvana: 

glad you love the album. How Could we still be dancin' does make a great start to the album. Sorry you don't like the track with Macca, I can understand that, two giant of popular music it's a lot to live up to and it's only a slight song. Paul only sings a single line, but i like how it's a sentimental appreciation, it's warm hearted. Each to their own

 

Ang:

 You mentioned the parallel between Saturday Morning in the City. and Gershwin's American in Paris, I've just got a double CD The Very best of Gershwin which has An American in Paris on it and yes, yes I like it too both these tracks do share that story telling aspect and are both really bubbly. 

 

 

Patricia R:

I've always liked this album, had a chance to tell Brian that when he came online.  It's an odd collection for sure but the variety and guests make it interesting for me.  Those songs suit the guests perfectly (I'll say no more!!).  Soul Searching is my most listened to track, even when looking at stuff on youtube I often seek out Solomon Burke to watch his live version.

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Chris S:

So glad to hear someone else praise Fairytale and Rainbow Eyes. In Phillip Lambert's book Inside the Music of Brian Wilson he singles out Fairy Tale and writes that it "...revives the tradition of key mobility...with typical ease and seemlessness...The highlight is the ending, which layers together the main tune from the chorus (Your heart's my hope my kingdom and my destiny"), the ascending stepwise line first heard in the chorus base line but now sung ("fairy tales come true") and rich backing vocals as heard earlier. Textures like this make it very easy to draw a line of historical development from the Four Freshman, through "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "God Only Knows " and all the way to 2004"

 

john potter:

Yes, to me this album actually has the most humour of any of his solo albums, and yes it is rather rough at the edges. I kind of liked the idea that Brian wanted to sing nearly all the vocals too, makes it more personal.

 

David:

, loved your enthusiasm for the album. I'm not  keen on the Sweet Insanity album, but I'm really glad that he took some of those songs and gave them a good home. 

 

John E:

 Wow I wouldn't have thought of it as an easy listening album, I'd put Imagination in that category. Music has an amazing power to conjure particular times and places for us, glad this album is associated with some good ones for you.

 

fred groman:

GIOMH fills a lot of gaps for me. It is probably Brian's quirkiest solo album, it's his left field album. It's strange it coming out so close to SMiLE but they're both recreations of a lot of earlier material.  To me they both do something for Brian in coming to terms with his past. SMiLE's shadow is long though.

 

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I also think this is an underrated album (which just means I like it more than most people seem to). But I only started enjoying it after figuring out how to play it:

1) listen to the opening of How Could We Still Be Dancin' and hit the forward button before Elton starts singing

2) play the next five tracks all the way through (the high points for me being Soul Searchin', the fade on You've Touched Me and Desert Drive)

3) hit the forward button 4 times to skip A Friend Like You (yuck), Make a Wish and Rainbow Eyes (I like the rougher versions of the last two on Sweet Insanity)

4)  play the next three tracks (the high points being Saturday Morning and Don't Let Her Know, especially the last one)

5) and then decide whether or not to play The Waltz -- I usually play it because I like the music and the cello (?) bit at the end, but Van Dyke, who is clearly so talented, did a really poor job with the rhyming couplets -- the lyrics read like a first draft).

Listening to the album this way, it's not one of my favorites, but it's always enjoyable.

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