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thorgil

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Imo Sail Away is one of the happiest songs ever (unsurprisingly, curmudgeons dislike it). It seems to celebrate, more than anything else, Brian, Al and Blondie's joy in singing together after so much time.
And for me, the joy in listening to it is further boosted by knowing that it will be followed by the equally great "One Kind of Love", another "reunion" of sort, of Brian and Scotty.
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thorgil,

I agree 100% about Sail Away.  There's a sense of joy on that song.  

As much as I like TWGMTR, that same effortless air of joy wasn't present on that album.  

As I said, this should be the anthem for the Summer of 2015.  
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I love Randy Newman's Sail Away, love Van Dyke Parks' and now I love Brian's. In complete agreement about the feeling of happiness and also agree that NPP has such a more relaxed feel than TWGMTR. The collaborations from younger vocalists add texture because of the different voices without IMO making the album feel less cohesive though I have read this criticism in some reviews. In fact I think TWGMTR is a less cohesive album.
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I went for a walk/jog a few nights ago and decided to listen to No Pier Pressure. It had been a while since I had heard it, and I'm really glad I stepped away from it for a while. 

Everything sounded brand new to me. Tell Me Why, GYHTBT, Sail Away, Whatever Happened, This Beautiful Day, even Our Special Love sounded just right. The only one I had lost a little love for was 'Runaway Dancer'....but even that I enjoyed.

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Overall sonic highlights for me were individual to specific instruments.


Guitarfool, this is exactly why I love this album so much. Tell Me Why has these deep brass instruments placed throughout the track, and they give the song a real dimension. Every track on there has some small but big detail that makes the track shine. There are so many moments like that peppered throughout this album. Anywho, sorry to dredge up an old thread like this, but hearing this album again made me want to read/post about it. 

I hope Brian is proud of this one!


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My wife and I had this on in the car while we were on vacation last week, and it still sounds great.  

Luckily, one of our favorite watering holes in Ocean City still has a lot of tracks from NPP on their jukebox (sometimes with those Touchtunes things, new tracks tend to drop off pretty quickly).  
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I still listen to it, almost every week. Among Brian's solo albums, and despite all the non-BB guests, it's the one with the most Beach Boy-ish vibe. It's more Beach Boy-ish than TWGMTR. [smile]
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I do agree that NPP is Brian's most Beach Boy sounding solo album (even though I prefer TLOS).  


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Over a year later I still come back to the album for a listen, and it still floors me with how great it *sounds*. So well recorded, the definition of individual instruments is amazing considering how full some of the tracks are with instrumentation. I still say it's a "headphones" album, for those whose ears appreciate a well recorded and mixed album on those sonic levels.

As I said when I first heard it, the electric bass sounds are as good and as pure as any I've heard in a long time. The sonics of the bass tracks bridge a gap between 1965 Brian when that tone was necessary on a few cuts, and a pure, we'll recorded and very "round" bass tone of the modern day.

Some of the songs themselves have aged better than others. I like the album taken as a whole, but of course I'll go back to my favorites. Guess You had To Be There as I'll repeat for probably the 56th time is a terrific song and production. It could have/should have been a single.

The Right Time - Another very, very strong song and production. Al nails it, and I love the "Pet Sounds" style multiple guitar arrangement. Very catchy song.

NPP sits right up there with the best of Brian's solo output, in my opinion.

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Agree 100% on NPP's sound quality. "So well recorded, the definition of individual instruments is amazing considering how full some of the tracks are with instrumentation." Indeed. It's especially uncanny how the bass lines stand out without ever being loud.
Though my fav is "Sail Away", I'm surprised myself at how many times, if I have the time to listen to just a song, it's "The Right Time". I still stand by the comment I posted here at first listen: "What a cheerful, catchy jingle!" [smile]
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I'm surprised myself at how many times, if I have the time to listen to just a song, it's "The Right Time"


This is probably the track from NPP that reminds me most of Brian's mid-60s pop songs. It's short, catchy, and it sounds great. Al Jardine, my god I hope he is used a lot if Brian records that rock-n-roll album soon. 

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I see it, and hear it, as the ultimate love song album dedicated to everyone you've ever loved, or wanted to love,
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Agreed, wholeheartedly.  Such an excellent album - and yes, so very BBs and so very beautifully recorded.  And as Brian says, he  "writes love songs."  That term works on so many levels for so many people.
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I just listened to it yesterday for the first time in a month or so. It made me smile, it made me get a lump in my throat, and it made me dream. What else is there for a record to do?
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