Saturday, 29 March 2014

Spit of America

A follow-up of sorts to Endless Bummer, this is Spit of America: Further Atrocities In The Beach Boys Canon, brought to you by sorrowful masochists Judd and Bubbly Waves. It features such essentials as the Celebration cut of "Gettin' Hungry", both sides of Mike and Dean's "Jingle Bell Rock" single, and (in saving the best 'til last) the absolute masterpiece "Spirit of the Forest", a charity single that Brian guests on.

01. Mike's Arbor Day Spot (extended version)
02. Fun Fun Fun (feat. Status Quo)
03. Gettin' Hungry (Celebration)
04. Wrinkles
05. Howdy From Maui
06. Oh! Those Girls (Mike's hair metal track)
07. Can't Stop Talking About American Girls
08. Happy Birthday America
09. Imagine (Mike Love - live)
10. Kokomo (alternate version)
11. Forever (Stamos lead)
12. Jingle Bell Rock (feat. Dean Torrence)
13. Let's Party!
14. California Recall Blues
15. Spirit of the Forest (12'' version)

Download here


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Wild Honey (stereo mix by Memory Man)

Memory Man's stereo mix of the Wild Honey album. Includes fake stereo mixes of "Aren't You Glad", "I'd Love Just Once To See You", "How She Boogalooed It", and "Mama Says".

Download here (flac, 155mb)

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Live Box (1965-1968)

Two shows in Michigan, plus rehearsals and radio spots!

Download here (320kbps mp3s + artwork)

Monday, 24 March 2014

Good Elements

Here's a free-form compilation by a friend of mine, SirQuacky, who also recently completed a restoration of Frank Zappa's film 200 Motels. This is apparently one in a series of "mixtapes", and here he tackles the SMiLE Sessions and other Beach Boys bits and pieces. Many tracks have been remixed and on a couple he's even added a new instrumental part here and there. It comes highly recommended!

Side One
Our Prayer (20/20)
Heroes And Villains* (SirQuacky Edit)
Do You Like Worms?* (SMiLE Sessions)
She Gives Speeches (Smiley Smile Plus)
The Old Master Painter* (SMiLE Sessions)
You're Welcome* (SMiLE Sessions)
Gettin' Hungry (Smiley Smile Plus)
Vegetables (Smiley Smile Plus)

Side Two
Cabin Essence (20/20)
Wonderful (Smiley Smile Plus)
Diamond Head (Friends)
Little Pad (Smiley Smile Plus)
Wind Chimes (Smiley Smile Plus)
'Til I Die (Surf's Up)
Surf's Up (Surf's Up)
Whistle In (Smiley Smile Plus)

* = Mono mix     Bold = important mix

Download side 1
Download side 2

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Smile (Stereo Mix by Memory Man)

Another stereo mix of Smile, plus a ton of bonus tracks.

01. Our Prayer
02. Gee
03. Heroes and Villains
04. Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
05. I'm In Great Shape
06. Barnyard
07. My Only Sunshine
08. Cabin Essence
09. Wonderful
10. Look (Song For Children)
11. Child Is Father Of The Man
12. Surf's Up
13. I Wanna Be Around/ Workshop
14. Vega-Tables
15. Holidays
16. Wind Chimes
17. The Elements: Fire
18. Love To Say Dada
19. Good Vibrations
20. You're Welcome
21. Heroes and Villains (part 1 - stereo)
22. Heroes and Villains (part 2 - stereo)
23. Good Vibrations (instrumental sections)
24. He Gives Speeches
25. Wonderful Tag
26. Carl Wilson
27. You're With Me Tonight
28. Cool Cool Water
29. I Don't Know
30. Tune X
31. Smile Retail Promo Advert
32. Carl Wilson - Coda


Sunday, 16 March 2014

SMiLE (Odeon, 2nd Edition)

The second edition Odeon bootleg of Smile.

Download here

SMiLE: Reflections

A Smile mix from June of last year, by Mujan.

Side 1

Side 2

"So, as you can probably tell from the terminology, this is a two suite, "what would SMiLE have been had it came out in the 60s?" mix rather than the three suite "everything and the kitchen sink" mixes I've seen a lot of recently. My goal was to make a tight, flowing album. No mood or rhythm killing starts and stops like in the official 2011 release, and no BWPS fly-ins. I tried to give each side its own thematic identity, and I purposefully used a track order as different from the '04/'11 standard as possible.

"I call it, SMiLE: Reflections, with Side One representing a look back on America and Side Two on Childhood. All audio is from the boxset except Look which I took from SMiLE AD 4.0, which is by far the best version of that song (in my opinion) and which I had no chance of topping. The pics in the video are by me. Please enjoy, constructive criticism is highly encouraged. If nothing else, it's a unique mix if I say so myself, and I hope it gives others ideas. Additional info is in the video descriptions." - Mujan

Track List:

Side One
Our Prayer/Gee
Heroes and Villains
Cabin Essence
Do You Like Worms?
Mrs. O'Leary's Cow
Heroes and Villains (Reprise)

Side Two
You're Welcome/Whispering Winds
Wind Chimes
Child is Father of the Man
Look (I Ran)
Cool, Cool Water
Second Day
Surf's Up

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Random Rarities

Here's a collection I made of a few tracks that can be quite hard to come by (including a high quality 'We Got Love'), along with some other tidbits such as my own mix of 'Can't Wait Too Long'.

01. In The Back Of My Mind (instrumental)
02. Wonderful K.O.M.A.
03. Heroes and Villains (Lei'd In Hawaii)
04. Can't Wait Too Long
05. I Was Made To Love Her (Rehearsal)
06. Oh Yeah!
07. Fig Plucker
08. America, I Know You
09. Loop de Loop
10. 'Til I Die (Alternate Mix)
11. Out in the Country
12. We Got Love
13. Rollin' Up To Heaven
14. Mony, Mony
15. Rock and Roll Music (hot mix)
16. Everybody Wants To Live
17. Drip Drop (Teardrops On My Bed)
18. I'm Begging You Please
19. Oh Darlin' (Alternate Version)
20. Oh Lord

Download here

Goodbye Surfing, Hello God!

Here's a beast of a boot; 178 tracks, all in flac, of material mostly from the 20/20 period. We have full mixing sessions of "Help Me Rhonda", "Little Bird", "Never Learn Not To Love", "Be With Me", "Bluebirds Over The Mountain", "Time To Get Alone", and "The Nearest Faraway Place", as well as an amalgam of other goodies such as "Harmony Friends", "Oh Yeah!", "Fig Plucker", alternate mixes and vocals, and a full live show in Washington DC from 11/19/67!

flac (1.42 gb)
mp3s (192kbps, 401 mb)

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Bedroom Tapes & Brian/Piano

Cover by Judd

A new article has been published in LA Weekly that shines a light on one of Brian's more ambiguous periods. It gives details into songs not very well documented, some not known to have existed, and is an intriguing read all the way through. If you haven't read these yet, check 'em out here:

Reading these two articles inspired me to go and collect what was available of these tapes. After I collected everything that was 'out there,' I then had to prune it down to only the unreleased tracks because posting officially released songs would be naughty/illegal.

Track listing goes like this (arranged chronologically, as best I could):
1. "Walkin'" - Incomplete, 1970 take.
2. "Back Home" - A piano demo from 1970 with Al and Brian.
3. "Add Some Music" - An alternate lyric version.
4. "Won't You Tell Me" - A rather awkward song with Carl and Brian sharing lead. 
5. "My Solution" - An infamous song Brian cut on Halloween.
6. "Awake" - An 1971 demo of the Spring song.
7. "Daddy Dear/Susie Cincinnati" - A rather rare demo that Brian recorded in Holland circa 1972.
8. "Good Timin'" - The incomplete track cut in 1974 - track and lead vocal.

Cover by Judd

Compiling the previous collection inspired me to collect this one. 

I've always had a love for piano demos, not entirely sure why. To do my best to explain it: it's like hearing a master craftsman using their favorite tool to convey their work. Pianos were Brian's instrument of choice and it gives you the chance to understand and see exactly how he wrote it and how it evolved into the song it became.

There's also an air of rawness and honesty to these demos. It's Brian being himself, singing the songs he wrote. What's not to love?

Track listing goes like this (also arranged chronologically, as best I could):
01. "Little Red Book" - A song cut in 1968, originally thought to be for Smile, but it's now believed to have been a gift for Marilyn. 
02. "Awake" - A 1971 demo for the Spring song. 
03. "Daddy Dear/Susie Cincinnati" - A rather rare demo recorded by Brian circa 1972 in Holland.
04. "Fairy Tale Music" - A demonstration performed for a journalist who stopped by to talk to Brian.
05. "That Special Feeling" - A demo recorded by Brian for his supposed first solo album.
06. "It's Over Now" - This song's details are unknown to me.
The Love You Auditions:
07. "It's Over Now" - A tad subdued in delivery, this is the first song Brian delivers, and the band responds with silence.
08. "They're Marching Along" - The purported second song auditioned and first one to elicit a response.
09. "Still I Dream of It" - Brian's soul-bearing wonder of a song again lands in silence.
10. "Love Is a Woman" - Another song to fall flat on its face.
11. "Mona" - Interesting to hear Brian sing this, but, once again, SILENCE.
12. "Airplane" - The first song to finally get some praise. Mike sounds excited as Brian croons through this song.
13. "Let's Put Our Hearts Together" - Mike really shows approval at the end of this one, and that probably made Brian a tad more confident.
14. "I'll Bet He's Nice" - Brian really settles in and absolutely nails this one. Goddammit, that bridge gives me goosebumps. 
15. "I'm Begging You Please" - A demo recorded in 1978 for L.A. (Light Album). One wishes he could have finished it and had a larger presence on the album. 

If nothing else, you should download one of these for the rare, disappeared-from-the-internet 1972 demo of "Daddy Dear/Susie Cincinnati." His falsetto is pretty great on it, but he seems to struggle through both as he can't really remember how either song goes. A fascinating listen, nonetheless.

Bedroom Tapes: this is a link
Brian/Piano: this is another link

Saturday, 1 March 2014

The Beach Boys : Goodies, Part 1 & 2


Today I'm here to share something that, like my last post (Seattle, 1970), has all but dried up on the internet. Thanks to a friend's determination, I'm able to share it with you all.

A compilation of Wild Honey and Friends stuff (plus "Amusement Parks U.S.A and "Heroes and Villains" from the Lei'd in Hawaii era), there's some interesting stuff you won't hear elsewhere. Such as: "Darlin'" with a harp tag, a "Meant for You" instrumental, and a few different versions of "Wild Honey" (different mixes, certain instruments dropped out.)

The "Amusement Parks" seems to be just a work-in-progress missing a few overdubs, like Brian's maniacal laughter. The Lei'd in Hawaii "Heroes and Villains" is an interesting listen, too - it's what (seems like) is the full session tape. You can hear them recording the different overdubs, and, at one point, you can hear Brian sing "Lately, I've been eatin' so much pussy" clear as a bell.