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This is only my second foray onto this site - which, I have to admit, I stalk on a daily basis - but I have to disagree with the generally unfavourable reviews of The BB with the RPO. Yes, Fun, Fun,Fun is bloody awful, and GOK only goes to prove that Brian's original is a perfection that cannot be matched - but the rest is pretty good (Kokomo excepted - that **** shouldn't be allowed to sully the band's name). And, if it brings the band to the attention of a new generation, or to people who missed them the first time round, then to me that is a good thing. Let's face it, for those of us who became fans in the 60's, could we ever have imagined that they would be in the UK charts in 2018? Best wishes to all. 
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It's a bloody mess!
However! Disney Girls is absolutely magic!
The rest is pretty disgraceful and not fair.
I expected better, but in these times, I'm not surprised.
Hopefully Pt.2 will be better.
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Well, when your family is gone for a month, like mine, you try to find entertainment...like going to YOUTUBE.  I saw a short video where Brian commented on this release, and had nice things to say about 2 songs.

His favorite was the version of 'Warmth of the Sun.'  I can understand what he is saying--this is one of the tunes where the orchestra is thinking a little bit themselves about harmonics.   Often, they seem so respectful of Brian that it comes off just like playing along unnecessarily in the background.   The other was 'Don't Worry, Baby'--he liked how the orchestra followed the key change. 

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Well, when your family is gone for a month, like mine, you try to find entertainment...like going to YOUTUBE.  I saw a short video where Brian commented on this release, and had nice things to say about 2 songs.

His favorite was the version of 'Warmth of the Sun.'  I can understand what he is saying--this is one of the tunes where the orchestra is thinking a little bit themselves about harmonics.   Often, they seem so respectful of Brian that it comes off just like playing along unnecessarily in the background.   The other was 'Don't Worry, Baby'--he liked how the orchestra followed the key change. 

I saw that too, John (through a link on this website, I think).  And it may have been the same interview in which Brian said...

"I’m not gonna retire. I refuse to retire. I love our music. I love my band members. And I love singing." 

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yeah, that's right, Bugs! 

I suppose critics like kds are going to say (not without merit), 'Warmth' and 'Don't Worry' are SO magnificent, up there Top 5 songs he ever wrote, so of course, you could play a kazoo along with them and it would still be beautiful.

btw, if memory serves, this video was done very recently, and it makes me very happy to say, Brian looked relaxed and pain-free.  (so the back surgery must have been a success).

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...btw, if memory serves, this video was done very recently, and it makes me very happy to say, Brian looked relaxed and pain-free.  (so the back surgery must have been a success).

You are right John.  I recall thinking the very same thing while watching that video...thanks for mentioning it for all - it's an important point! 
(It may be just our hunches, but it feels so true)*

*as one who's lived for 20 years with constant spinal pain, it's easy to see Brian's relief in this video here - in fact, I recall his GREAT band mates talking a couple years back about being aware of his pain...yet impressed that he never complained.  To me, that's just exceptional - and further proof how special Mr. Brian Douglas Wilson is. [thumb]

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