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Myra928

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Hey Myra - Haven't seen you on here lately.  You, the determined gal who pedals across the Brooklyn Bridge to see Brian...while wearing that awesome Pet Sounds shirt!
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Hey Myra - Haven't seen you on here lately.  You, the determined gal who pedals across the Brooklyn Bridge to see Brian...while wearing that awesome Pet Sounds shirt!
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Sorry I haven't been here in a while. I was busy with my new hobby playing the ukulele. Not only did I bike to Brooklyn, but also to New Jersey to see Brian. I am going to see Brian next month in Manhattan. However, my bike is out of commission due to an accident last December. So I have take a subway this time.
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I've pre-ordered this.

I'm not crazy about the word "anthology," though- too tied to The Beatles in my mind. A simple "Best of Brian Wilson" would have done just fine. Oh well.

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The album name doesn't bother me. But looking at the track list again, while listening to "Some Sweet Day, I am again struck about how easy it should have been to make this a double cd. Several great songs by Brian are not included:

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This Whole World (from IJWMFTT)
Meet Me In My Dreams Tonight
Imagination
South American
Where Has Love Been
California Feeling (from Brian Wilson Selects BB Classics - guess this is considered a BB track)
Wanderlust
Wonderful (from BWPS04)
Desert Drive
What Love Can Do
Morning Beat
Live Let Live
Going Home
Southern California
This Beautiful Day
Whatever Happened
Sail Away



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The album name doesn't bother me. But looking at the track list again, while listening to "Some Sweet Day, I am again struck about how easy it should have been to make this a double cd. Several great songs by Brian are not included:

Orange Crate Art
This Whole World (from IJWMFTT)
Meet Me In My Dreams Tonight
Imagination
South American
Where Has Love Been
California Feeling (from Brian Wilson Selects BB Classics - guess this is considered a BB track)
Wanderlust
Wonderful (from BWPS04)
Desert Drive
What Love Can Do
Morning Beat
Live Let Live
Going Home
Southern California
This Beautiful Day
Whatever Happened
Sail Away




Seems like a pretty bare bones collection.  Maybe it'll entice some people who've been attending BW shows the last few years to give his solo catalog a chance.  

But, I wish they did an expanded one with one disc "best of" and one disc of rarities, soundtrack and tribute songs, odds and ends, etc.  
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It's great to see Brian's solo career get attention, but he's released enough in the last 29 (29!) years to make any selection controversial. 

They couldn't call it Brian's "Greatest Hits" because he hasn't been topping the charts.

"The Best of" wouldn't have been right, because it's not. 

"Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology" isn't right either, because it implies there won't be another one.

"Playback: A Brian Wilson Anthology" would have been fine. It would have meant "Here's a bunch of songs Brian has released. We weren't sure which ones to pick, but we hope you'll like them and want to hear more".


PS: No "The Last Song"? Seriously? But maybe that will be on "Another Brian Wilson Anthology".

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The more I look at the cover, the more generic of a release it looks.  Plus, the title "Playback."  It really looks like one of those mass produced comps like "Icon," "Essential" or "20th Century Masters." 
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Just a late bulletin:  Anthology, a few weeks ago, ascended into my Elantra (car club) collection.  That is to say it is now among the 100 CDs I drive around with.  It's in very refined company, you can be sure.

Listening today, I especially appreciated two of the tracks from Brian's Live at the Roxy set.  I love the melody of "The First Time," although the lyric baffles me still.  "This Isn't Love" appeared a few years back as a beautiful piano piece.  This version includes the lyrics of (who else?) Tony Asher.  I especially like the backing vocal arrangements on both tunes, just magical.

A FAVORITE BRIAN WILSON MOMENT from the Roxy show.  Brian asks members of the audience to name their favorite song.  A woman in the audience yells out, "Brown-Eyed Girl"!

BRIAN:  "Brown-Eyed Girl"?  Well, I'll be goddamned!"
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I just finished another listen of this compilation, one year after it's release.  STILL strong.  Very, very good remastering.  And without resurrecting the discussion of the chosen tracks for this volume (I think we all agreed there are plenty of excellent track choices for Volume 2), I'll just say this - I'm still GLAD I bought this collection last year...even though I already had all but the two new tracks.  It's given me the opportunity to share Brian's more-recent music with others who never realized he's still active (even here in California).  But beside that, it's given me a very good CD to put on when I want to hear a cross-section of Brian Wilson's solo works.

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I'd add that the remastering on these tracks make them better than the originals.  My car stereo doesn't lie.

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This collection hits all the spots for me.  I play it often.  I like the way the sequence is put together.  It's a definitive time capsule of Brian's solo work.  It covers a fine era.
Edit: And I still hope to hear "Run, James, Run" in concert someday.

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