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BeachBoysAR312

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kds, I actually originally came across the album on Pandora a few years back either on the normal Brian station or on my regular one but since I got Spotify about 2 or 3 years ago, I've been able to listen to the full album there. My point though is that while I love how it's on Pandora and that it can be streamed on Spotify, I just wish it was on the regular radio stations, that's all. Happy Holidays, everyone!
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Bugs...I want to be clear here...I absolutely do not hold the young programmers of today in contempt.  [Their employers on the other hand? ... 100% Yes.]  The fact that these young folks weren't exposed to the roots music and artists the way I was is not their fault.  Top 40/Top 50 used to be a hit/gold presentation.  Mind you when I started to listen full time...they only had to go back 7 or 8 years to 1954 and I got to hear it all.  They did it.  They covered it all...and they continued to for another 3 decades.  They did it 'til videos entered in to muddy the view.  Back in the day it wasn't the Big Band and Crooner era stuff they played.  It was classic Rock 'n' Roll and R & B and the Country which aligned itself as the roots of Rockabilly.  Guys and gals in their 30s...today's budding programmers...would have to make the 60 years , or so, of the History of Rock 'n' Roll their main hobby from an early age in order to be at all prepped for anything which smacked of being fodder for a wide appeal station...no matter what the current genre.

I don't want to get into my programming philosophies here as it would be almost a tirade and boring for most.  Suffice it to say that in order to be good at anything...you had better darned well know your stuff.  Most don't.  It costs too much to hire prepared talent AND it's not in line with corporate radio policies which don't support the concept of having the audience THINK for themselves.
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I hear ya Lee - And I do understand your point when I think about it in terms of your occupation.  I suppose mine was (much) more of a general comment, mirroring other behavior of the younger generation(s). 
On various occasions, I've taken some time to expose younger folks to some roots of rock (and other genres) - but with limited success.  Like films, classic-TV, etc., it does become a bit overwhelming to connect the dots to present works.  Just seems to be so easy in theory...sit someone down and say "now listen to this!"  But of course, first, you have to get them to turn off their phones/tablets/laptops.

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kds, I actually originally came across the album on Pandora a few years back either on the normal Brian station or on my regular one but since I got Spotify about 2 or 3 years ago, I've been able to listen to the full album there. My point though is that while I love how it's on Pandora and that it can be streamed on Spotify, I just wish it was on the regular radio stations, that's all. Happy Holidays, everyone!


I agree.  

But, like I said before, FM radio traditionally won't touch newer material from legacy artists.  At least we all know better. 
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I've been wearing out my 'Beach Boys Christmas' vinyl since Thanksgiving. I really need to start listening to Brian's album. 'On Christmas Day' is one of my favorite Christmas songs ever.
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I agree.  

But, like I said before, FM radio traditionally won't touch newer material from legacy artists.  At least we all know better. 


Sadly that's the case re FM radios. But we all know what the real "radio" is. [smile] 
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I've been wearing out my 'Beach Boys Christmas' vinyl since Thanksgiving. I really need to start listening to Brian's album. 'On Christmas Day' is one of my favorite Christmas songs ever.
That's one of my favorites on the album too. Just a great album altogether but really, 'Christmas Day' and 'Christmassey' are my favs.
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I've been listening to various tracks of the BW album here and there, and I plan to listen to the full album at some point this weekend.  We're taking a Christmas related road trip this weekend, so the BW album is on the CD list for the car ride. 
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You know, I have to echo what Brian said about his fans in Europe being bigger fans.  They must be to be able to buy this Brian Christmas album in vinyl, at a reasonable price.  The same cannot be said for the U.S.  I was thinking, in anticipation of boxing and moving, I have momentarily misplaced this CD...but would really like to hear it during Christmas season, so I wanted to buy the vinyl.  Well, it could be mailed to me at a reasonable price from Europe by...January 15-30.  uh.  No good.

Similarly, shouldn't we all by now have the Paley Sessions?  (both collections?).  Well, you can buy online from a German bootlegger, but in the U.S. you're kind of stuck with an overpriced 'Sweet Insanity' bootleg that includes only some of the Paley stuff.  'Adult Child' can be had right now in America, at 77$ or so. 

Now someone is going to say 'yeah, but download blah blah onto I-device.'    and I am freezing cold to that suggestion.  I also do not know how to do it.   Why the heck is SpongeBob's Christmas album only a 'e' release here in the states?   I don't know how to plug something like that into my car.  Europeans are lucky in some ways.
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John,

I don't agree with it at all, by US music buyers are moving away from tangible media.  

CDs are still my preferred way of listening to music.  Other than some streaming on Pandora, I like to have real copies.  
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After reading everyone here, I need to do my final gift order doing my jolly elf-self impersonation to get and give five copies of this album to friends and family.  I may have more friends and family than this - but it's like "five golden rings"! Who gets one of these?

Everything that Brian has been doing has his quality behind it and I have only heard bits and pieces of this but it's time to lay down the $$$$.  Happy holidays and give the gift that keeps on giving - Brian's music!

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After reading everyone here, I need to do my final gift order doing my jolly elf-self impersonation to get and give five copies of this album to friends and family.  I may have more friends and family than this - but it's like "five golden rings"! Who gets one of these?

Everything that Brian has been doing has his quality behind it and I have only heard bits and pieces of this but it's time to lay down the $$$$.  Happy holidays and give the gift that keeps on giving - Brian's music!


Now that's the Christmas spirit! The recipients will, I'm sure, love the album.

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Interesting perspective (and I say that with the respect you're due...actually doing it as you do, Lee). 
Seems to be yet another reflection of a young, mobile society these days - they don't appear to want to spend the time to learn the history of ______ (fill in the blank).  Accordingly, this is just one of several aspects of life that seems so watered-down now. For years...No, decades.


Bugs,

I fully agree. 

Most of the younger generation listens to music, but I don't know how many are true music fans.  It's more like background noise.  They hear a song they like, download it on their phone, and listen to it in their earbuds while shopping at the Whole Foods.  

I don't know how many younger people (let's say under 35)  actually take time to listen to full albums anymore.  Or, if they hear a song from an older artist, explore more of their catalog / history.  

Back on topic.  I think I've said this before, but I'd love to see Brian do a Christmas tour at some point where the setlist is mostly made up of songs from both his and The Beach Boys Christmas albums.  Maybe, then, he can finally play piano on Santa Claus is Coming to Town. 
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Here in the Baltimore area, the only BB Christmas songs you're likely to hear on the radio are "Little Saint Nick", "The Man With All The Toys" and "Frosty, the Snowman",
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Here in the Baltimore area, the only BB Christmas songs you're likely to hear on the radio are "Little Saint Nick", "The Man With All The Toys" and "Frosty, the Snowman",


I'm also in Baltimore.  I'm assuming you're referring to 101.9.  I think they used to play Santa's Beard at one time, but I haven't heard it in a few years.  

The closest they get to BW is when they play Wendy and Carnie's "Dear Santa" on which Brian apparently plays piano.  

Kinda funny that, in Baltimore, Christmastime is really the only time you hear The Beach Boys on the radio in Baltimore.  
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