Monday, 19 August 2013

First Love / Country Love

A twofer of unreleased Mike Love albums from October/November 1978. Joy!
First Love (which contains "Brian's Back") is rather good, but as the album's history ended in lawsuits it's unlikely it'll ever achieve release.
Country Love was an attempt to gear Mike towards a country audience, a move that was slightly misguided given such family classics included on the album as "Wrinkles". Honestly it isn't all bad ("Brand New Start" ain't half bad really), but it's clear from many of the recordings that Mike's voice wasn't built for country.
See also Mike's 3rd unreleased solo album Mike Love Not War.
If you'd like an in-depth analysis of Country Love by a renowned critic, click here.

First Love
01. First Love
02. Too Cruel
03. You're Looking Better
04. Little Darlin'
05. I Don't Wanna Know
06. Brian's Back
07. Viggie
08. The Right Kind Of Love
09. Sumahama
10. Daybreak
11. Tricia (bonus track)

Country Love
12. Today I Started Loving You Again
13. Dallas
14. Beth On The Mesa
15. Brand New Start
16. Baby I'm A Changed Man
17. Rock 'n' Roll Country Bride
18. Everything I Touch Turns To Tears
19. Wrinkles
20. My Side Of The Bed
21. Everyone's In Love With You
22. Some Sweet Day
23. Hey Good Lookin' (bonus track)

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Saturday, 10 August 2013

Mok's SMiLE

Well, it seems I forgot about this one! Here's an essential Smile edit, which dates all the way back to 2001.

"This project consumed all of my free time for the spring of 2001. I started to feel very frustrated, and if I was getting down (without any pressure from a label or a demanding fan base), I could only imagine what Brian must have felt. Instead of going with the idea that I could 'finish' Smile, I went down another road. I felt that I was happy, for the most part, with listening to the bootlegs, but felt that too much was repetition and too much was of poor fidelity. So, I decided to make a 'Smile' that was listenable, of reasonably high fidelity, and in an order I find pleasing. I cut together all of the parts of the 'songs' that I loved hearing, in a way that satisfied me. It was also important to me to use only the original material and add no 'newly recorded' parts, as I feel the material can still stand on its own."
- Mok

Some more details from Ear Candy mag



Here's a Smile edit from the Smiley Smile board's very own hypehat, "an anarchic approach not unlike the AlternateBrianWilson mix".

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"Stay in school, kids."
     - His grace, hypehat