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15 Big Ones/Love You
     

15 Big Ones/Love You

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by The Beach Boys
 
When it was released in 1976 amid a noisy and unwarranted "Brian's Back" hype, 15 Big Ones -- comprised largely of covers of classic pop and rock-n-roll tunes, including the band's hit reading of Chuck Berry's "Rock 'n' Roll Music" -- was considered something of a disappointment. Yet the album actually retains a charming, childlike

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When it was released in 1976 amid a noisy and unwarranted "Brian's Back" hype, 15 Big Ones -- comprised largely of covers of classic pop and rock-n-roll tunes, including the band's hit reading of Chuck Berry's "Rock 'n' Roll Music" -- was considered something of a disappointment. Yet the album actually retains a charming, childlike innocence that complements Brian's hazy but oddly impassioned renditions of such familiar numbers as the Dixie Cups' "Chapel of Love" and the Righteous Brothers' "Just Once in My Life." Elsewhere, Al Jardine makes an impression with the good-humored rocker "Susie Cincinnati." The vaguely loopy vibe of 15 Big Ones blooms into full-on lunacy on the jubilant, idiosyncratic The Beach Boys Love You, on which such freewheeling, unhinged numbers as "Let Us Go on This Way," "Honkin' Down the Highway," "Roller Skating Child," "Mona," and "Johnny Carson" pulsate with an inventive spirit that, in its own screwy way, makes Love You as much of a personal statement as the seminal Pet Sounds.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Learning quickly from the utter failure of their modernist, roots rock bent (circa 1972-1973) and the overwhelming success one year later of their greatest-hits package Endless Summer, the Beach Boys returned to the studio in 1975 with the newly conferred status of America's favorite oldies act. Content to give the people what they wanted, the group cobbled together a few of their favorite oldies (hoary chestnuts like "Rock and Roll Music," "Chapel of Love," "Talk to Me," "Palisades Park," "Blueberry Hill," and "In the Still of the Night") and balanced the set with a few eccentric originals. Unfortunately, the oldies just don't work in the slick production context of the mid-'70s, and despite a few fan favorites ("It's OK," "Had to Phone Ya") among the originals, 15 Big Ones was yet another red flag to the commercial public that the Beach Boys were as out of touch as ever. Its follow-up (1977's Love You) is a distinctly different album altogether, and perhaps the best the band released during the '70s. Originally projected to be a Brian Wilson solo effort, Love You features all originals and is packed with Wilson/Love compositions, a parade of endearing oddities like "Let Us Go On This Way," "Roller Skating Child," and "Honkin' Down the Highway." True, the oddball lyrics and skeletal synth-heavy productions are far removed from the group's classic late-'60s sound, but fans of the sillier side of Brian Wilson will dig Love You almost as much as 1971's Surf's Up. And the band even looked back to its prime with a quasi-suite on side two ("The Night Was So Young," "I'll Bet He's Nice," "Let's Put Our Hearts Together") reminiscent of Brian's endearing adult-child persona. Buy this two-fer for the wonderful Love You, then program your CD player to catch the scant nuggets on 15 Big Ones

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2000
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0724352794522
catalogNumber:
5050755
Rank:
48101

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beach Boys   Primary Artist
Toni Tennille   Background Vocals
Brian Wilson   Organ,Harmonica,Piano,Horn,Background Vocals,ARP,Moog Bass
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Charles Lloyd   Bass
Bobby Shew   Drums
Jerry Cole   Guitar
Lyle Ritz   Bass
Julius Wechter   Percussion
Roy Wood   Saxophone
Ron Altbach   Flute,Accordion,Harpsichord
Hal Blaine   Drums
Arnold Belnick   Violin
Ed Carter   Guitar
Dennis Dreith   Clarinet,Saxophone,Clavinet
Gene Estes   Percussion
Ricky Fataar   Drums
Henry Ferber   Bass
Billy Hinsche   Guitar
Jim Hughart   String Bass
Jules Jacobs   Clarinet,Clavinet
Jardine   Background Vocals
John Kelson   Saxophone
William Kurash   Violin
Jay Migliori   Flute,Horn,Saxophone
Jack Nimitz   Saxophone
Henry Roth   Violin
Tommy Tedesco   Accordion
Marilyn Wilson   Background Vocals
Sidney Sharp   Violin
Michael Love   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brian Wilson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Ensemble
Mike Love   Composer
Chuck Britz   Engineer
Ed Carter   String Ensemble
Dennis Diken   Liner Notes
Billy Hinsche   String Ensemble
Lewis   Composer
Earle Mankey   Engineer
Stephen Moffitt   Engineer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Diane Rovell   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Dean Torrence   Original Design Concept
Wells   Composer
Michael Love   Composer
Jim Evans   Illustrations
Charles Barris   Composer

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15 Big Ones/Love You 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is easily the most unbalanced double album CD in the Beach Boys collection. 15 Big Ones is mostly uninteresting oldies covers mixed in with some lightweight Beach Boys originals. The originals ''It's OK'' and ''Had to Phone You'' are great. ''That Same Song'' is charming, and ''Susie Cincinnati'' is decent fun. Mike Love's ''Everyone's in Love With You'' may be ultra-corny, but it is extremely pleasant. The covers of ''In the Still of the Night'' and ''Just Once in My Life'' are the only good covers, and they are beautiful. 2 stars out of 5. Love You is simply a masterpiece, and one of the three best Beach Boys albums. It is written almost entirely by Brian Wilson alone. The first half is full of great rockers, while the second half is full of beautiful, ultra-moving and soul-baring ballads. All six cuts from ''Solar System'' to ''Airplane'' are phenomenal, and the Beach Boys' vocals are brilliant. 5 stars out of 5. 15 Big Ones may not be too good, but Love You makes this CD a must-hear.