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trecas

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It's been a long long time since I've posted, but I'm curious as to how many of you still regularly listen to Lucky Old Sun and what your thoughts are on it.

I listen to it about once a month and it just seems to grown on me more and more. I'd say it's my second favourite Brian album after BWPS.

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It is my favorite by Brian I think. I listen to it all the time!! I never get tired of it.  Forever shell be my surfer girl was the first song my oldest daughter ever sang...from the back seat one day in a little tiny voice!    I just really really like it! The show from that tour was fantastic and I wish I could have it with all the video clips along with it...so good
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I hope your story about your daughter gets passed on to Brian.
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i still listen to it. I love the whole album start to finish. My favorites....live let live...oxygen to the brain....midnigh's another day....forever she'll be my surfer girl....southern California....morning beat....and i love can't wait to long....they did as good as the beach boys on that one
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TLOS as well as Pet Sounds are resident in the disc changer. TWGMTR is generally resident but may get swapped out temporarily, usually for another BW or BB disc. It's not too long before it finds it's way back again. That leaves me two spots that swap at whim.
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I listen to it quite frequently. As BW solo discs go, it is right up there with BWPS. It has lost very little of its freshness.  IMHO, the Big Guys best solo effort (to date.)
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GREAT album ...creative explosions are a good thing.  This is "complete work" top to bottom.  Yes, we all need to get back to this one and listen. 


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Still is high in the rotation list.

As a regular business traveler to Chicago from New York (and back home of course) hear (pun intended) is a tip for fellow NY travelers:  start playing TLOS about one hour into the flight - just as Going Home starts to play - the NYC skyline appears in the distance.  Great tonic for business travel.  Oh yes - reserve a seat on the left side of the plane for the full effect.
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While I love BWPS I find I listen to Lucky Old Sun more often. Still love it. I have most of the songs from that record on my ipod (no VDP poetry) but nothing from BWPS. I was holding my breath when I first put on the cd hoping it would be better than his last couple of recordings before BWPS. Don't know if it was finally getting Smile done or what but after I heard the opening vocals on "That Lucky Old Sun" I felt like I was hearing the Brian from 1966. My favorite Brian albums in order: Pet Sounds, TLOS, BWPS, Summer Days. 
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TLOS - an unbelievable, unforgettable piece of music. It's like a rollercoaster. Every feeling you can have (except aggression) is represented: from feeling holidays romantic to being uplifted, from self-reflecting to really moving, from silly fun to deadly sadness. The VDP narratives, imo, give a haunting depth to it, make upcoming laughter freeze before it comes to surface. Nothing is able to characterize Brian more adequate than the words "Lucky Old Sun". I remember I was scared and full of worries when I first heard "nodded off in a bandroom, woke up in history". Did I get something wrong ?

And isn't "can you picture me in you family tree ?" / "hey bonita muchacha, I need to know that I've gotcha" the most irresistable speech to conquer a woman's heart ?

On every listen I still trap myself finding new facettes, new aspects. Great stuff, one of the most outstanding albums from the 21st century so far.

A BIG compliment to Scott Bennett. The lyrics are nothing but excellent and sometimes very deep. Whenever you see him on stage, you can't believe it's that funny guy's work.

Another big compliment to the old guy's lead vocals. Some people have two complete puberty vocal changes in their lives.

5 stars without any restriction.

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aoverland@hotmail.com

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Yes- Southern California is one of the best things Brian has ever done. Good to hear that others still remember this album. Proof he's still making great music! - Allan
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Midnight's Another Day makes me cry like a baby. It's so beautiful! Tugs on my heartstrings. It's most definitely one of my favorites.
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Vinyl?  A great big high 5 to fallbreaks from another analog fan.  But I am slightly troubled by the observation that TLOS is Brian's second best solo work after Smile.  The two are so very different that I have a problem in trying to say one is better than the other, just as I have a problem trying to put a ranking on Smile, Pet Sounds and TLOS, even though I think those three represent the apex of Brian Wilson as a composer.  TLOS is, to me at least, a very personal musical statement from Brian Wilson...perhaps even more a personal statement than much of Pet Sounds.  Listening to the album givews rise  to a reflection if not a revelation of the man himself looking back from the perspective of his mid 60s...far different from the perspectives of the 20-something Brian at the time of Pet Sounds, and in many ways far more revealing.  Smile is something quite different to me, reflecting more general perspectives in the three suites and their themes.  These two works as entireties touch the listener in very different ways, iMHO, which I guess is the source of my trouble with ranking the two.  Needless to say, however, I do consider it one of Brian Wilson's finest musical achievements and one that will in time grow in appreciation.

I do have to mention, however, that I have always believed it unfortunate that Brian's TLOS tour was so limited.  The live performances of Smile were widely presented and generated so much interest by audiences in so many locations, although the interest was certainly fueled by the legendary status of the "lost album."  But the TLOS tour was so limited that only a fraction of the folks who saw Smile performed had the opportunity to see Brian do TLOS live in its entirety.  The live performance was quite an experience.  Had it been presented more widely, I believe that much more interest in the album would have been generated.  Even though unlikely, I do hope that Brian might decide to do the full live performance of this album again at some future date.  Perhaps we might get one or two cuts from the album in the coming appearances though.  Would be great to hear.
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Smile, Pet Sounds and TLOS...I think those three represent the apex of Brian Wilson as a composer.


Amen brother. Your entire post well said. 
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OK, I feel like compiling a list of my three favorite BW solo albums- what is yours?

1) BWPS- The unthinkable happens:The legendary album is finally finished- and beautifully, to boot.
2) Brian Wilson- The sound definitely harkens back to it's time (the 80's), but classic cuts like Love and Mercy, Melt Away and There's So Many are timeless, and signal Brian really is back. Rio Grande and One For The Boys are sublime.
3) TLOS- After BWPS, we get even more new Brian Wilson magic; a very strong and musical album throughout. Nice to see VDP's contributions.
Honorable mention: The Gershwin album- In some ways, my favorite BW solo album. Great interpretations of some of Gershwin's best songs, and you have to love the two new songs. George and Ira would have been very proud.
- Allan
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