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Meltaway

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I am not a great reviewer & I have only heard the 13 track version, but the Australian RS review is not accurate IMHO.
It is a melodic album beautifully played, the Youtube versions of the songs we have all heard do not do it justice.
Brian's work tends to grow on me and I am sure this album will repeat this trend. That said I really like it and there are many songs that love. If I was reviewing it rolling stone style I would (on first listen) give it 4 1/2 stars.
Brief comments on tracks:-
  1. This Beautiful day – short intro full of harmonies

  2. Runaway Dancer – sounds far better when not on youtube

  3. Whatever happened –Gorgeous

  4. On the Island – Bosa Nova sound

  5. Half Moon Bay – Instrumental with lovely harmonies

  6. Our Special Love- Pleasant but unremarkable (probably a grower) - played again deffo a grower lovely song...

  7. The Right Time – Loves this song …we all know it

  8. Guess you had to be there- Again known by us all ..a potential hit

  9. Tell Me Why –Ballad think this will be  a grower – Al sounds great - second play - yes a grower [smile]

  10. Sail Away – Known to us all – benefits from not being a youtube download!

  11. One Kind Of Love – Ballad Brian Solo

  12. Saturday Night – strong song  mid tempo

  13. The Last Song – Beautiful big production in places

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gwfrenay

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I, too, have heard the 13 song version today, and think it is everything we all hoped for, and more. This is a very mellow album, but that seems so perfect for Brian at this point in his life. I shouldn't be surprised by this, given that Brian is a master arranger, but the harmonies throughout are simply stunning. They are the main texture to nearly every track, and even when Brian is not singing lead, his presence is always there, due to the wash of harmonies on every track.

I pretty much concur with Meltaway's assessment: the songs we already know are top notch, and the ones I hadn't heard yet, are full of beautiful surprises. I've been listening to Brian's music for over 50 years, and the fact that he is still operating at such a high level is truly amazing. I've been looking forward to this album for years now, and I have to say it exceeds my very high expectations! Brian Wilson foever!

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gwfrenay

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PS: Songwriting credits list Joe Thomas as co-writer on 12 of the 13 tracks. I know he has some detractors on here, and I, myself, never thought he was the best fit for Brian on Imagination (1998).

But given his work on TWGMTR and now this, it would seem Brian has found a very simpatico collaborator in Thomas. It sounds like a perfect match, that seems to place Thomas alongside Gary Usher, Tony Asher, Roger Christian, Mike Love  & Van Dyke Parks as a very formidable foil to Brian's many musical gifts!

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Robert Gordon

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Dr. Eugene E. Landy had many credits associated with Brian's work. He would have many more had he kept on. There were other "real" collaborators then. There are also now, real collaborators.

Joe is a manager, and a good one. A very good manager.
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gwfrenay

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Robert. maybe you know much more about this than I do. But we're not in the era of Alan Freed and Col Tom Parker, where managers and promoters took songwriting credit as a matter of course. And the fact that 8 of the 12 songs he's listed on are ONLY he and Brian, would lead one to believe that he is truly collaborating with Brian. And certainly, with his Landy past, wouldn't Brian and his inner circle be loathe to go down that road again? These are really beautiful, well-written songs, musically AND lyrically. If you choose to believe that Brian wrote them alone, and gave Thomas a co-write credit as some kind of manager deal, so be it. I feel otherwise.
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Ang Jones

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I've heard most of this now and I agree - I used the computer to check out anagrams of No Pier Pressure and the one I like best is Reopen Surprise because though we've heard snippets and isolated tracks, this album is still Christmas morning with enticing, beautifully wrapped packages waiting to be discovered.

I have always loved Our Special Love - I think this track is amazingly good. 

I've ordered the deluxe version. Can't wait to hear the whole thing but Brian - thank you.
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Robert Gordon

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example: "Your Imagination" credit goes to Wilson-Thomas-Dahl. Fact: Brian Wilson and Jim Peterik wrote the song.
There are MANY examples. There are many ways to "get credit". The bad old days? Probably worse.

Again, Joe is a very VERY good manager. And clever. May we be apprised of his catalog apart from Brian Wilson? (leaping off of turnbuckles do not count)

If Thomas is to be considered with Asher and Parks, then the list MUST read thusly: Joe Thomas, Tony Asher, Gene Landy, Van Dyke Parks, et al.

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Jeremy L

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   For some reason I thought "Somewhere Quiet"(Summer Means New Love with lyrics) would be on the main album.  Although I do plan on getting the Deluxe version.

    I hope the album does well for Brian and I know some more casual fans do pay attention to the critics.  But I'll make up my own mind once I hear all of NPP.  All these so called hip critics usually mention Pet Sounds and Smile and then try to suggest Brian has lost it.  Brian is obviously in a different period of his life and he's not going to make Pet Sounds or Smile type albums in 2015.

     Who knows what will happen but I truly hope that Capitol pushes "Guess You Had To Be There" as the second single.  If Brian is ever going to have another big hit single that is the one.  I'm not necessarily saying it'll shoot to number one but in my opinion it does have the potential to chart high.  And younger listeners who don't even know about Brian might dig it for Kacy Musgraves.  Her vocals are very good on the song.  I'm actually now thinking about checking her own album out.   I'm not a huge country fan but I dig her style of singing and did listen to some of her songs on YouTube.

       I know Brian keeps taking about doing an all out rock n roll album but for the most part Brian seems to generally like keeping his music mellow.   And there is nothing wrong with that.  I think the mellowness reflects Brian's state of mind.
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Robert Gordon

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Brian and Jim not Joe have also written the new "Sail Away", another terrific contribution.

Joe is a talented individual and is very important to the extension of output, against all odds. Had someone proclaimed 40 yrs ago that Brian Wilson would create music in 2015 which is undiminished from anything he had ever done, they would have been certifiable. Yet here we are.

Joe is a GREAT manager and promoter.
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HonoredGuest

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How long have you known Jim? Does he still have the Eye of the Tiger? 
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Robert Gordon

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hi hg, if you or Brian or Jim walked up to me right now, the only one i would know would be Brian. I do not know you or Jim at all.

I believe that the Ides Of March still preform.
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