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Summer, 1988:

Listening again to The Brian Wilson Anthology (Vol 1, please!) I think again about Brian’s self-titled debut LP of July 1988.  Though I was a grown adult, I wasn’t developed enough to have caught on to the brilliance of Brian Wilson yet (and I suppose I didn’t hear it on the radio).  So…to those of you reading this who were, what were your thoughts when you first heard this at the time of its release? 

I think about the music I was listening to in 1988…the music on the radio in 1988…the way we learned of information in 1988 – and I honestly feel I would’ve fallen completely in love with this LP and been awed to the point of starting my Brian Wilson research 25 years before I ultimately did.  It would’ve been much harder, that’s for sure – but 25 more years of fun.

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Summer, 1988:

Listening again to The Brian Wilson Anthology (Vol 1, please!) I think again about Brian’s self-titled debut LP of July 1988.  Though I was a grown adult, I wasn’t developed enough to have caught on to the brilliance of Brian Wilson yet (and I suppose I didn’t hear it on the radio).  So…to those of you reading this who were, what were your thoughts when you first heard this at the time of its release? 

I think about the music I was listening to in 1988…the music on the radio in 1988…the way we learned of information in 1988 – and I honestly feel I would’ve fallen completely in love with this LP and been awed to the point of starting my Brian Wilson research 25 years before I ultimately did.  It would’ve been much harder, that’s for sure – but 25 more years of fun.

Please share…

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I grew to like it but a little unsettling to hear his voice. The prescription drugs he was being forced fed at the time from Landry really took its toll.
How that guy avoided a lengthy jail session is beyond me.
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Bugsy,

I was out of it by the end of the 80's.  I may have been into country by that time but I went with the changes.  Remember that this was the MTV era.  I know that I was listening to Nanci Griffith by this time as well. I did buy the Brian album as it came out and gave it a good listen and probably shelved it.  I also got the second album.  My awakening back to Brian was with Live at the Roxy.  The sound and the band was all there.

Many of the Brian interviews from this time are difficult to view but there are some good ones.  Here's one:
youtube.com/watch?v=59Hvr7xrdaY

He doesn't emulate anyone anymore.  Yes! 


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I met the new Brian record with mixed emotions...As far as I could decipher...the Beach Boys were pretty much toast.  'Brian's Back' had just not 'happened'...and as that was the case...the group just sort of sank...and sank...glug.  The times...they had a - changed.

Oh sure there was that Levine production in '85 with California Calling, I Do Love You and It's Getting Late which was OK...but really?  Meh!!!  Steve Levine?  Boy George?  WTF!!!  And there was Do It Again/85 ... aka Getcha Back.  No.

So when we hit '88 and suddenly there was this new album from Brian...well...YA!!!  The thing is though...it was kind of, I thought, a baby steps record.  And who was this Landy guy?  Seemed like an insert.

Love and Mercy?  Not really.  It's never been a song I've ever really latched onto.  Not then.  Not now.
Melt Away?  Yep.  That one was worthy of more plays.  Still...There was something missing
One For the Boys?  Yep.  This one was a vintage kind of Brian 'thing' and it proved that ***HE*** could still do it.

I liked side 2 more.  Rio Grande showed that Brian could still put together some different ideas and concepts to achieve something more than just a tune.  THAT was good.  But it wasn't what Brian used to be able to do.  Still it gave me hope of something better which, as it turned out, would be a bit of a wait to in order to discover.  7 more years actually and Orange Crate Art was it.  Van Dyke provided Brian with everything he needed to get his feet wet w/o a bully telling him/yelling at him in terms of what he HAD to do.

Meanwhile a week after 'Brian Wilson' 'Kokomo' was released.  Carl saved that song from being yet another Beach Boys/Mike love disaster.  Only Somewhere Near Japan interested me at all until TWGMTR.

Slowly Brian would find his footing.  Slowly his output improved likely due, in no small part part, to the input of decent people with actual talent.  The Beach Boys though?  They would just sink from sight...at least until they added a 'new guy' [or 3] to their fold [for all too brief a period of time] in 2012.

Then there's now.  'They're' "beached".  ***He*** isn't.  'It' was reborn in 1988...but this time it would take some time.  NOW look how many people care again...how many attend the shows...and post...or tweet...or do whatever people do these days...to support Brian.  He's come a long way from 'Brian's Back'.  He's come a long way since his 'eons' with that Landy guy.  He's still hundreds of light years ahead of his crazy bald head of a cousin...and, unlike, Mike, Brian Wilson still has many a race to run.  He IS 'back'.  He's doing more 'laps' even as I type.  We'll hear the results soon.
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Interesting perspectives...keep 'em coming.
I suppose with that 25+ years of fun I referenced, there would've also been a lot of frustration.

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Nice perspective, Lee and let'sgoaway. I hope there are more here who will give us their reactions to Brian's '88 LP as it happened. Are there very many still here on the board who lived it through?
I was young and listening to popular music when The Beach Boys were hitting hit after hit. Then things changed big time in 1964... "the year of everything". The Beatles hit and you didn't hear much Beach Boys on the top pop stations after 1966 in my neck of the woods except during the summers. I did see the Capitol Fourth massive concerts on the National Mall but mostly that was it. I went for the party. I didn't become curious again until the Kennedy Center honor piqued my interest. I decided to see a show and then ended up buying all of the solo album ups to date (through TLOS) all at once. I'd also read a bit about Brian's story by then so I had some background before I heard '88. I'd play the 1995 "Caroline, No" and then the original from Pet Sounds back to back. You could just hear what a struggle life must have been between those times. But I also had SMiLE to listen to as well as TLOS. It was great for me. From Gershwin to NPP it became a true pleasure...the whole BB saga... and I got back a bit of that early enthusiasm I had listening to music as a kid. Honestly, if someone had played the '88 BW album for me when it came out I probably would have not remembered it or thought it remarkable in any way. Things happen as they will.

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I thought this time Brian really WAS back. It wasn't perfect but like finding bits of treasure. Like getting a message from an old friend. They have aged but you can still see what you loved about them and the longer you are together, the more you realise your feelings haven't ended and neither have their talents.


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