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Akosito

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"i miss my pre internet brain!" when i would feel cheer joy on getting a new album. I would get chills hoping id get my money's worth and id go to the record store memorize where the songs on each album stood. Not to mention the constant reading of music newspapers
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this forum is giving me back that so thanks
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Glad to hear.  
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Okay, back on point, Carl sings of 'reading the funnies together' on "Sweet Sunday Kind of Love."  Brian "takes a look at the paper" on "I'm Feeling Sad."  Both album covers have something to do with the ocean.
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I think John has submitted an excellent, thought provoking, sincere piece. I found myself agrreing with so much of it, but have to admit that apart from 'My Diane' i hated and still do, hate the MIU album. Apologies to everyone who has a different opinion.

On the rare occasions that I've written anything on the site I have always said that I no longer expect Brian to reach the Olympian heights that he once did, and yet, he can still produce one or two gems that just amze and move me.
We all have different opinions on NPP, personally, Ithink its a fine album, its not great, but it has enough of those 'Brian chords and little pieces' of his genius to enthrall me at times. 'The Last Song', for me is stunning.
I have been mesmerised by Brian's music since discovering it way back in 1975/6, he has done so much musically since 1961 that I'm just delighted that he seems to be in a good place-if anyone deserves that its him. Whatever he does or does not do next is fine by me. I, we, I'm sure just want him to be happy
Coming back to John's piece, well done John, you make some fine points and I'm sure there's lots of opinions on what you wrote
Its great that we can all discuss, agree/disagree here but most importantly, that we all love the music of Brian Wilson
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Well written John but if I am to be honest, I can't stand most of MIU. It is probably the least-listened Beach Boys album I own. As you and I have discussed before, I did not like PP when the clips first surfaced and based on those clips I might tend to agree with you on this comparison but once it was officially released I really liked it. I have already listened to it about 5 times more than I have listened to MIU. I get where you are going with the comparisons but to me the quality of the both the musical and lyrical writing on PP is worlds beyond MIU.
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I like NPP quite a lot, but sadly can't say the same for MIU. In the latter case, just the song titles are enough to give me the shudders (Pitter Patter???), but never as much as M.I.U. itself, which seems harmless enough until you know what it means. "Maharishi International University" must be the worst title ever concocted for anything.
Good songs would have redeemed even that, of course, but as it came out the album should have been called M.I.A. (Missing in Action).
As for similarities between the two albums, there are Brian and Al in both, and that's about it for me.
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Kds, another excellent post of yours about the genesis of hard rock, but I'd add the Grand Funk Railroad, one of the most underrated groups. In my opinion, their hard rock had unsurpassed purity and strength. And they still exist, and tour with two of the three original members!
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Thorgil,

I'll agree as I'm a big Grand Funk fan, and I think their constant exclusion on the RNRHOF ballot is insulting.  

I've seen Mark Farner live a few times, and he puts on a killer show.  I haven't seen the Brewer / Schaker (sp?) GFR, but I was in Ocean City, MD when they were playing an event and good hear We're an American Band and I'm Your Captain.  They did a good job on both.  
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Kona Coast recalls Hawaii.  Peggy Sue is well done.  Pitter Patter is actually a half-decent NEW song and Come Go With Me is also OK...if you like the Beach Boys as an oldies band.  Sadly...that is what they had become.  Their oldies...other peoples' oldies.

The creative spark had been doused...most of the 'new' songs were WAY below standard.  And that was true of every album after Holland 'til TWGMTR.

To compare MIU to NPP?  No way.  The Beach Boys were MIA back in '78.  [or at least it sounds like it]

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By the way...I don't mind being quoted but at NO time did I EVER say that we're all here because of Pet Sounds.  We're all here because the Beach Boys did some FANTASTIC things between 1963 [Surfin USA] and late 1973 [Beach Boys in Concert...2 record set].  They were also terrific live through most of the 70s [and of late]

Pet Sounds is just one of several pinnacles.

Periodically they would add in a song or 2 here and there post '73...but no NEW studio album after Holland would be universally accepted as great.  Why?  Because they weren't,

But Brian and Dennis made at least 1 GREAT solo album each after Holland.

No...I'd say we're mostly here because we respect Brian Wilson.  [and that certainly includes his active and willing work with the Beach Boys]
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Quote from John B;

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Thanks, kds.  I do try to be fair.


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