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Jeremy L

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   Obviously Brian will be spending most of his Spring and Summer focused on the Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary tour and I hope to be able to catch one of the shows.

    But I still hope Brian is planning to work on his Rock N Roll album that he teased a bit during some shows on the last tour with "Honeycomb" and "Keep On Knockin".  Brian's been talking about this album for ages and I'm interested in hearing what he comes up with.   But then again for all we know Brian might already secretly be at least in the early stages of preparing the Rock N Roll album.
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Let's hope so. A dozen great covers, including "Proud Mary" of course, and a couple new rockin' gems by the greatest songwriting team now around, i.e. Brian Wilson & Scott Bennett. Brian, Al, Blondie, Matt and Band all sailing away on that boat. I can almost hear it in my ears... [smile]
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YES! I've probably written my idea here before, but I'll write it again....

I would love to see this album come out. I would also like to see it as a concept album of sorts. Yes, Brian could just go ahead and do a straight album of 12 or so covers.....or he could make this album mimic that of a 60s radio station. The opening could have the sound of someone cycling through radio stations, then BAM you hear a radio station jingle (like the 'Wonderful KYA' radio spot) then the DJ (they could find a classic disc jockey from back in the day to do the narrations) could introduce the first song.

Between every few songs you could have an advertisement or two (for the Radiant Radish and sandbox pianos haha). Before the last song have the DJ conduct a short interview with Brian himself. Make the last song be an original tune that Brian writes with Scott that is inspired by all the songs on the album.

Anyways, Brian's cover of 'Listen To Me' gives me great hope that an album full of classic covers would sound amazing. However they do it, I can't wait to hear it!

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HAL,

That's an interesting idea.  Kinda sounds like The Who - Sell Out.  
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Oh, HAL2591 I love that idea.
Wish this site had a 'like' button!

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Might work...although...The Carpenters already did that [kinda poorly] on side 2 of their 1973 lp 'Now and Then'.  And yes...the Who faked one with the Sell Out lp as mentioned...and THEY did it rather well.

Not sure here.  I guess Darian could help Brian to conceptualize it.  Brian's more the song/music/arrangements guy with "dog ears".

I know Brian had talked about doing a Rock 'n' Roll album for about 10 years now...maybe 11 or longer BUT...

Really?

I like Brian's own new and unique albums more that his ALL COVERS releases.  [not to say that his covers aren't great mind you.  *THEY* just can't out write/compose him]
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Great idea, Hal. And I agree with Lee that Darian should help to conceptualize it, he's the best at that.
About covers vs. originals: I prefer music written by Brian Wilson to literally ANYONE ELSE's. You are right again, Lee: nobody outwrites Brian.
So, in my dream world, the fabled R&R album would be 15 original Brian Wilson-Scott Bennett (and one other collaborator now and then) tunes with just one cover: Proud Mary. But that would be putting too much (pier?) pressure on Brian, so I'd be more than satisfied with just 2 original songs.
And that would be my only correction to Hal's idea: divide the album in two parts, like it were an "old" LP, and make an original tune close each part. [smile]
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I, too, prefer Brian originals...and I'd love to see at least 2 originals on the album. But I also love his covers...the Disney album is played regularly on my system.

I love that Brian has gravitated to recording covers throughout his whole career. He knows when something is good, and is never afraid to make the song in his own vision. This rock-n-roll album is going to kick some ass methinks!

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HAL; I really love the concept you outlined above. I for one, enjoy Brian's cover versions of songs he loves, and am looking forward to hear what he has got in mind. Personally , I want to hear his take on Coconut Grove by the Spoonful. And I want him to release the version of Proud Mary he cut at Scott's in 2006. I have several others but I would be typing all night, so I will only say this : Brian: " Don't You Care" , Buckinghams. Then I can die in peace !
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   Brian turning the Rock N Roll album into a bit of a concept album sounds cool.   Even though the Rock N Roll album would obviously primarily be a covers album, I wouldn't mind hearing Brian come up with 2 or 3 originals that can fit in with the classics he covers.   Generally I would say no more covers albums and that I want original material from Brian and his band.  But having said that the Rock N Roll album seems like something he's pretty passionate about and has been expressing his desire to make it for quite a while.
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'Coconut Grove' and 'Don't You Care' would be fantastic. I'd love to hear him cover 'He's A Rebel' by the Crystals. Change the vocals to reflect a male perspective ("She's A Rebel"), slow up the tempo a bit, I can hear Al singing a great lead on that track.

Would also like to hear another Buddy Holly cover, and perhaps a nice short a cappella of 'It's A Blue World'

Also, glad you like that idea, Ray! I flippin loved the concept for TLOS - it makes it more of a place than just another album. And I'd like to see another album from Brian like that.

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   There are a ton of songs I wouldn't mind hearing Brian cover.   "Don't You Care" would be an interesting one.
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Ray's comments are perfect.  Brian always picked songs I wouldn't have thought of as that interesting and then I'd hear him make them brilliant.  He just hears stuff most of us don't - and then he turns it into (dare I start another argument?) genius.  My jaw always dropped.

Many have come out, but others haven't.  

He kept talking to me about "Spooky" - but I think that may have been personal.  I guess I creeped him out sometimes. Or maybe he liked the song.  Who knows?

"Baby Come Back" was another he mentioned that I don't see come up often, but then, I'm not a scholar like many of you, so this may be old news.
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Debbie, I also heard a radio interview with Brian where he was asked about his favorite records, or whatever the question was, and he mentioned "Spooky" there too! It is a pretty cool song...I think the chord changes and overall jazzy flavor might have been the draw on that one. I know I like the song for those reasons.

Don't You Care has the same kind of appeal for me...feature major 7ths on a song with a great sound and I'm hooked. Of course Chicago's first album had Beginnings and Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is, and Questions 67 & 68...Guercio picking up where the Buckinghams left off with the heavy brass and jazzy flavor in rock. Adding to Don't You Care, I'd love to hear Brian tackle Beginnings.

Wonder what Brian feels about similar songs that have that jazz angle like "Undun" by the Guess Who, and even earlier something like You Didn't Have To Be So Nice by the Spoonful, Laugh Laugh by the Beau Brummels, or Tell Her No by the Zombies.

It was great to hear so much cross-pollination of styles in those years.

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Almost forgot...a favorite of mine for decades after finally finding out who did it. I hear a lot of Brian's style in the writing and sound of this, and it's set to what I'd call a "Hal Blaine Shuffle" beat, conmplete with my fave major 7th chords:

"More Today Than Yesterday" by The Spiral Starecase. If it's a wish list for covering classics, I'd put in a vote for that one. Not rock and roll, per se, but just a song I really love.


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