Sign up Latest Topics
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment   Page 2 of 6      Prev   1   2   3   4   5   Next   »
Deb#1

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 1,831
Reply with quote  #16 
I listen to NPP a lot. And that's a very nice write up, HAL.
My favorites have changed some over time. Whatever Happened was an early on favorite and still is one of the best. I loved Runaway Dancer live. I remember how the floorboards of the Mann Center in Philly pulsated with the steady beat. My heart had no choice but to match it. Don't Worry has a great lyric. The Last Song still tears me up. I'm an easy touch, but I've come to appreciate every track on the album.
But the song that is really punching my card these days is One Kind of Love. With Brian's lead backed by those beautiful swelling harmonies in the background it soars for me. And that French horn, wow! I can't say how much I'd like to see it win big at the Oscars.
It's so nice to share the love of this album with you all. Thanks, HAL.

__________________
Time, time, time
See what's become of me
While I looked around
For my possibilities
I was so hard to please”

0
Al Forsyth

Registered:
Posts: 3,401
Reply with quote  #17 
HAL and all,thank you for posting this wrap up and salute to a great Brian Wilson album.  Conceptually, maybe TLOS has it beat there but the range of music with NPP shows Brian to be taking on so many styles and handles it perfectly.  The younger featured artists add something as well. 

When this was added to the ending credits of L&M you just had to stop.


Nate says it best - how diverse a songwriter that Brian is:


I'm playing it now to reconnect.

__________________
A diamond necklace played the pawn...
0
jeanniegenious

Registered:
Posts: 161
Reply with quote  #18 
The song, after the prayer, blew me away. So many ingredients Brian had to combine, right amt of sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, to take that jazz and blues, and still turn it into a hot sunny southern California pop sound, it was all him!! I felt so comfortable with a calif feel, not choked up with too much jaznaszz and blues, and the island song so sweet, visions of kokomo and stepped on apoptop...that will b mine this coming summer, all thru the sand.my Hawaii shirt getting worn out. Gosh, thank u hal you really got me going someone gave me this as gift recently and I was soo afraid to open it, for fear of not understanding it...you did it hal!! Thank-you!! And I still can't get over brians daughter did the cover. Nice. Not to mention listening to brians Christmas CD!! Thanks!!Happy holidays!!!you
0
jeanniegenious

Registered:
Posts: 161
Reply with quote  #19 
I m may have some of these songs out of order, so much to get into now!! Runaway dancer reminds me of that one Billy Joel song, and Katie Perry and alittle bit of up up and away. I don't mean a copy, just how it hits my own ears. But ever so upbeat Brian Wilson!! Still loving on the island, so happy, zippy it sticks with you
0
HAL2591

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 333
Reply with quote  #20 
Quote:
I loved Runaway Dancer live. I remember how the floorboards of the Mann Center in Philly pulsated with the steady beat.


Yes! I was at the Mann as well and that song rocked! I loved the slightly more acoustic vibe the track had in concert....but it certainly didn't lose any of the energy the album version has!

And totally agree about One Kind Of Love - Brian's harmonies in that second verse and bridge are tremendous.

__________________
"My God, it's full of stars!"
0
Andre

Registered:
Posts: 23
Reply with quote  #21 
Months later, I've got to go with "Whatever Happened" as my favorite. I'd love to hear some of the demos or early versions of some of these tracks like "Talk of the Town," might be a fun thing to stick up on the website for us. AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT SAY. HMMMMMMMMM?
0
Lee Marshall

Registered:
Posts: 2,378
Reply with quote  #22 
While there is, with absolutely no doubt at all, a song here or there on EVERY Brian Wilson solo album which is truly GREAT...some albums containing even more than 2 or 3 exceptional songs...next to BWPS...I still prefer No Pier Pressure to every other solo effort Brian has given us over these past [almost] 30 years.  Mind you I still think that Orange Crate Art is outstanding too.

No Pier Pressure is [here comes a lousy cliché] the gift that keeps on giving.  The thing is...that's exactly what it is.  The extra input from [basically] his guest 'Beach Boy's who get to come in and add their vocals to a Brian Wilson 'joint' [Thanks Spike] is too cool.  It was, as well, when Dean Torrence did it back in late '65.  It was when Willie Nelson and all those Country stars did it back in the day.  It's been great most of the time through the past 1/2 century when Al, Blondie, Carl, Dennis, Bruce and Mike did it as well.

I don't listen to those who cast it aside.  I like it.  That's all that counts.  [to me [tongue]]
0
Al Forsyth

Registered:
Posts: 3,401
Reply with quote  #23 
I forgot to add that while shopping recently I came across a vinyl copy that has been signed by Brian.  Do I hold onto it, or send it along as a gift to a friend who collects signed copies of things and is equal to me as a fan for ALL of these years? Very tough decision but Brian did NOT sign in front of me so...

Again, salient posts keep on coming about this album:

Different kinds of moods?  A quest for something?  He did this with the talent that he had and what talent there is on this from production to sound to the writing to the performances. Just listen to them.  
Look back at this and relate to what HAL started with this thread:

The voice sure is an instrument!

__________________
A diamond necklace played the pawn...
0
HAL2591

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 333
Reply with quote  #24 
Quote:
I'd love to hear some of the demos or early versions of some of these tracks like "Talk of the Town," might be a fun thing to stick up on the website for us. AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT SAY. HMMMMMMMMM?


YES. Look at how happy fans were with the BW88 Re-issue demo tracks. I would love a track or two of Brian's piano demo for 'Whatever Happened', or any early iterations of 'One Kind Of Love'.

__________________
"My God, it's full of stars!"
0
Cretanwelsh

Registered:
Posts: 148
Reply with quote  #25 
Been waiting to read this thread and it hasn't disappointed. Thanks Hal.

With a few months to get perspective on NPP one thing seems clearer than ever. This is Brian Wilson, a very hard working 70 year old guy, giving it all to put out quality commercial product. If it feels like the far ground of his inspiration, that's no criticism: it makes it seem as if he really fulfilled his genius after all. Must've been hard later on for someone whose creativity burnt so brightly in his twenties that the light is going to shine for centuries.

And now to have Whatever Happened and Sail Away etc. from Brian in 2015 - these elegies in sunshine that are like something new in the world -nothing short of wonderful.
0
curt lambert

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 427
Reply with quote  #26 
I find myself listening to NPP about once a week now. Played the crap out of it for weeks and weeks when it came out. I am very grateful to Brian for this album. Like some have recently written here, I am a huge fan of What Ever Happened, Tell Me Why, Sail Away, and One Kind Of Love. I think this is an excellent Brian Wilson record. To be in his 70s and creating this music for us and himself - wow! Very grateful and thrilled. As I said to my brother the other week, "how cool is it that we have been loving Brian and the Beach Boys since we were 11-12, and now over 40 years later we are still getting new music, seeing Brian live in concert and still thrilling to his music?" NPP will be a favorite till the end of my days.
__________________
...feel the vibrations and all the sensations...
0
Gentizzy

Registered:
Posts: 348
Reply with quote  #27 
Alright already! I'll go get the album LOL.

Have some of the songs downloaded, but will go to Target tomorrow to get the 'deluxe' edition with the extra tracks. One of our suburban stores has a couple of copies left.

So happy about the pleasant conversation here. Just checked another fan site where they're arguing over the definition of a 'sound check'. Gotta keep those Good Vibrations happening!

__________________
"Qui bene cantat, bis orat."
0
HAL2591

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 333
Reply with quote  #28 
Gentizzy, you won't be disappointed!

If you get the Target deluxe edition, I recommend skipping tracks 9-11 when you listen. They plopped the bonus tracks right in the middle of the record and it throws off the flow of the album a bit (in my opinion). The original 13 track lineup is perfect.

I do love the bonus tracks though - 'I'm Feeling Sad' sounds like it could be a cut off Friends - purely Brian Wilson. And 'Somewhere Quiet' has one of Al's most powerful vocals of the last 30-40 years.

__________________
"My God, it's full of stars!"
0
guitarfool2002

Super Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 485
Reply with quote  #29 
The vocals on Somewhere Quiet are Brian and Al singing unison on the chorus, and Brian on the verses.  [smile]

I love the vocal blends throughout this album.

__________________
[BxNUByo] 
0
Summer Days

Registered:
Posts: 29
Reply with quote  #30 
I am a big fan of this album since its release. BW has truly worked his butt off with friends old and new to create a 21st century production. It is timeless in production and inspiration!
0
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.