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Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

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Brian Wilson's first solo album created a good share of media hoopla upon its release. This was not necessarily because of the music, but simply because his very existence -- or, at least, proof of his existence via his first fully engaged recording project in about a decade -- was greeted as a cause for celebration. Although it did not shift tons of units, it did

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Brian Wilson's first solo album created a good share of media hoopla upon its release. This was not necessarily because of the music, but simply because his very existence -- or, at least, proof of his existence via his first fully engaged recording project in about a decade -- was greeted as a cause for celebration. Although it did not shift tons of units, it did spark a landslide of ecstatic-to-charitable reviews, largely because so many critics were eager to latch on to any evidence that Wilson's musical genius was still intact. Viewed more coldly after the hype faded, this self-titled release is an odd, flawed creation, certainly leagues above the Beach Boys' post-'70s output, yet certainly leagues below Wilson's best work with that group in the '60s. While he retained his gift for catchy melodies and dense, symphonic production, there was a forced stiffness to both the songwriting and execution. Much of the blame for the album's mixed success can be laid upon its sterile, synthesizer-laden arrangements and echoing percussion, which epitomized some of the less attractive aspects of late-'80s production. However, the songs were not among Wilson's best, either, their hooks pleasant but easily fading from memory, the lyrics full of ambiguous romantic optimism completely belied by the nervous, mannered vocals. The concluding eight-minute suite, "Rio Grande," was a self-conscious and, again, only partially successful attempt to match the grandeur of the miniature conceptual pieces Wilson was penning in the Smile era. For all that, it remains the best album of Wilson's solo career, principally because he has recorded so little material since then, and written even less. The 2000 Warner Archives/Rhino reissue adds more than a dozen bonus tracks, including demos, backing tracks, and alternates of songs from the album. [The disc was re-released in 2015.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2015
Label:
Rhino Flashback
UPC:
0081227954376
catalogNumber:
25669
Rank:
20555

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian Wilson   Primary Artist,Organ,Percussion,Piano,Chimes,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Bells,Emulator,Vibes,Lead
Christopher Cross   Background Vocals
Michael Andreas   Flute,Saxophone
Michael Bernard   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Jeff Bova   Keyboards
Terence Trent D'Arby   Background Vocals
Andy Paley   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Russ Titelman   Background Vocals
Baystate Bluegrass Band   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Mandolin
Stuart Blumberg   Trumpet
Jimmy Braower   Shaker

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Composer,Producer
Brian Wilson   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Josh Abbey   Engineer
Michael Bernard   Sound Effects
Jeff Bova   Programming
Andy Dean   Composer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer,Remixing
Nick Laird-Clowes   Composer
Mark Linett   Engineer,Remixing
Andy Paley   Composer,Producer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Russ Titleman   Producer
Eugene E. Landy   Executive Producer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Ron Klohs   Engineer
Jim Linkner   Engineer
Craig Vogel   Engineer
Bill Botrell   Engineer
Andy Payley   Producer
Bill Dimit   Engineer
Jimmy Braower   drum programming

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