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1968 - Wake the World: The Friends sessions
1968 - I Can Hear Music: The 20/20 sessions
1968 small.jpg  1968b - small.jpg 

In the tradition of a seemingly-endless streak of great Mark Linnet/Alan Boyd remixed/mastered copyright releases, these LPs contain some pure delight.  The session cuts/versions are nearly as good as 1967 - Sunshine Tomorrow.  Like the original LPs, I enjoy the Friends Sessions more than 20/20...yet the latter release is almost worth the price just for the eight minutes of "Been Way Too Long"!
  
I, too, wish these were on CD - and it's a legitimate gripe.  But they're not.  It doesn't mean you should miss out on this great music (I mean, these are part of 'the vault'!).  I'm glad there are available FLAC files (Tidal has a fair price) - With FLAC, you can play top-quality files directly from USB or burn to a CD.  Liner notes would be nice though.

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Nearly liner notes! - from Mark and Alan themselves.  Interesting background(s)...didn't know I was listening to Audrey last week!  And the '68 rap.  You should read this:

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/how-the-beach-boys-lost-late-sixties-gems-got-a-second-life-779012/

And really, really good news for "1969" - Early Sunflower cuts and...my newest avatar thingy, "Breakaway" [biggrin][thumb][thumb]

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Nearly liner notes! - from Mark and Alan themselves.  Interesting background(s)...didn't know I was listening to Audrey last week!  And the '68 rap.  You should read this:

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/how-the-beach-boys-lost-late-sixties-gems-got-a-second-life-779012/

And really, really good news for "1969" - Early Sunflower cuts and...my newest avatar thingy, "Breakaway" [biggrin][thumb][thumb]


Thanks for the informative interview.  However, it didn't address the question of why this material was/ will not be released on CD, as was Sunshine tomorrow. To me, that's a HUGE consideration.

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Thanks for the informative interview.  However, it didn't address the question of why this material was/ will not be released on CD, as was Sunshine tomorrow. To me, that's a HUGE consideration.

Danny
I understand Danny...I think they were faced with a short turnaround, so download release was doable.  Of course, it takes $$ to produce/distribute physical media...not so much with digital.  

But as I said in my OP, don't let these gems go by just because you need to finish the burn-to-CD process - I happen to know you like to explore ALL their music, Danny. [wink]

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Bugsy,  Thanks for all of this.  I do have to get these downloaded one of these days.  The cd format is gone now anyway. Like buying a newspaper or magazine - too costly to make for what you return. So like anything now - purchase and click and it's yours.  Someday, when you are flying around with your jetpack, you won't need a car. 

Thank goodness for Mark and Alan doing all of this to preserve and re-educate us about what is out there.  The key to this is:  Mostly it’s because the Beach Boys always controlled their masters, after the first album. It was in their contract. So rather than turning in the multitracks to Capitol, they . . . well, mostly they left them behind wherever they were working!  

Otherwise they would have had tapes become recorded over and lost forever. What I always find most interesting is Brian's process in how he did ALL of this - playing, arranging, vocals, producing, assembling.  He was doing it all!

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