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Feelin-Frisky

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I'm 62 and have been a Brian fan since '63. Somehow "Imagination" got by my attention when it came out ('98)--probably the promotion snafu. But I can't stop listening to it now (in 2018) and play my guitar to all the songs. I love everything on Imagination and hold it with "Smile" as his two most complete works. Sound off here "Imagination" fans.
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Hey FF - Glad to see you enjoying this very good LP.  While I like other BW LPs more than Imagination, it is still a strong piece of work - especially his vocals (which are almost entirely his...background included).

Are you sure you've heard all his (solo) works?  Three years ago, Brian released 'No Pier Pressure' - which is a very strong LP.  Some fans don't quite care for all the 'guest artists' on NPP, but I think they show off his talent for production.  And ten years prior to this, he came out with 'That Lucky Old Sun' - which is more like 'SMiLE' in it's themed approach.  

Just want to make sure you've heard 'em all (which is much more than this short list).

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Thanks for responding, bugs. When I read "I am Brian Wilson" I made it a point to get everything I was missing which included No Pier Pressure and, of course, Imagination. I attended the "Smile" concert at Carnegie Hall in NYC in 2004 and saw two of the shows on the Luck Old Sun tour--one in Coney Island and one in Westbury NY. I started the thread on Imagination because I'm aware that there was some rancor about its failure to do well. And since none of the concerts after Smile included any songs from it as far as I can remember, I'd hate for this album to remain sort of obscure. It is so rich and gorgeous.

I played it for one of my brothers and he thought it had to be a top Beach Boys record (him being far less the fan and discographer than I).
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I think Imagination is one of Brian's most consistently good solo albums.   Personally, I'd probably rank it just below TLOS and probably just above NPP.    

South American is one of my favorite BW solo songs.   I'd love to hear Brian and Buffett knock out a couple more tunes together.  
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It was the end result of a very creative period: the Andy & Brian sessions (this is the bootleg to seek! one name: 'Slightly American Music') amidst transition away from unfit psychologist.  So, yes, Brian sings great but the songs like the title cut and 'Happy Days' etc., are really great too.

With kds: 'That Lucky Old Sun' over all, remains Brian's best overall solo album.
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I think Imagination is one of Brian's most consistently good solo albums.   Personally, I'd probably rank it just below TLOS and probably just above NPP.    

South American is one of my favorite BW solo songs.   I'd love to hear Brian and Buffett knock out a couple more tunes together.  


Yeah, South American is infectious. Nobody does anything like that.
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I would probably take imagination over TLOS and NPP. Brian’s singing is the strongest on this album and his tribute to Carl is beyond touching, there really isn’t much to dislike about the album and I strongly disagree that it is overproduced.
No matter what Brian does his efforts are always going to be compared to Pet Sounds by the critics, the ironic part is that album was dismissed by them when it first came out.

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I would probably take imagination over TLOS and NPP. Brian’s singing is the strongest on this album and his tribute to Carl is beyond touching, there really isn’t much to dislike about the album and I strongly disagree that it is overproduced.
No matter what Brian does his efforts are always going to be compared to Pet Sounds by the critics, the ironic part is that album was dismissed by them when it first came out.



You qualify as an official fellow Imagination fan.
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Hi all,

Imagination is an excellent CD.  Each song is well done and unique.  A must have for BW fans.  
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Yes, it's my favourite Brian record. 

And most played Brian CD. 

Good to know I'm not alone. 
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