Carl and the Passions - So Tough/Holland

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Schinder
The Beach Boys' 1972 release Carl and the Passions-So Tough finds the group updating their sound with some success, adopting a convincing blue-eyed-soul style that meshes surprisingly well with the band's trademark harmonies. Despite his brother Brian's relative prominence in the songwriting credits, it's largely Carl Wilson's show, and he shines on such memorable numbers as "Marcella" and "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone." His brother Dennis, meanwhile, contributes a pair of heart-tugging tunes, "Make It Good" and "Cuddle Up," while new members Blondie Chaplin and Rikki Fataar take the spotlight for a song each. Holland, the product of an ill-conceived attempt...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Schinder
The Beach Boys' 1972 release Carl and the Passions-So Tough finds the group updating their sound with some success, adopting a convincing blue-eyed-soul style that meshes surprisingly well with the band's trademark harmonies. Despite his brother Brian's relative prominence in the songwriting credits, it's largely Carl Wilson's show, and he shines on such memorable numbers as "Marcella" and "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone." His brother Dennis, meanwhile, contributes a pair of heart-tugging tunes, "Make It Good" and "Cuddle Up," while new members Blondie Chaplin and Rikki Fataar take the spotlight for a song each. Holland, the product of an ill-conceived attempt at recording in the title country, is rather patchy but does feature Carl's ace epic "The Trader," Dennis's tender "Only with You," and the partially Brian-penned hit "Sail on Sailor," sung with gusto by Chaplin. This is the only two-CD entry in the twofer series, with the albums divided into individual discs to allow for the inclusion of Brian's sweetly daffy mini-opera "Magic Transistor Radio," which was packaged as a 7" single with Holland's original vinyl release.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Capitol's 2000 two-fer reissue program of Beach Boys LPs continued apace with 1972's Carl and the Passions - So Tough and 1973's Holland, a pair of albums whose quality, style, and sound fit each other perfectly. After ten years of alternating sun-and-fun with doom-and-gloom, the Beach Boys were in obvious need of a musical recharge during the early '70s; the growing roots rock movement led by the Band and the Grateful Dead provided them with a new direction, and the group re-emerged by 1972 as an earthy, socially aware unit complete with long, scraggly hair Mike Love's contributions coming from under his chin instead of on top of his head. Carl and the Passions - So Tough salutes American roots music with nods to blues-rock "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone," "Here She Comes" and gospel "He Came Down". Brian's lone contribution is the solid rocker "Marcella," and Dennis crystallizes his growing mastery of the ballad with the album-closers "Make It Good" and "Cuddle Up." One year later, little had changed -- this despite the relocation of the entire band and their studio to the Netherlands for a working holiday or morale booster. "Steamboat" and "Leaving This Town" are generic mid-tempo rockers, and the Mike Love-Al Jardine collaborative suite known as "California Saga" is irretrievably cloying. Inconsistent contributors Brian and Dennis come through yet again, the former with a pair of comparatively good songs "Sail On, Sailor," "The Trader" and the latter with another perfect ballad "Only With You". Though these two LPs don't suffer from the maudlin production and songwriting that would plague many of the Beach Boys' later albums, Carl and the Passions - So Tough and Holland were distinct disappointments to fans and critics after the heights of Sunflower and Surf's Up. [Kudos go to Capitol, who faced a bit of a quandary with the reissue of these albums: they would've fit perfectly on one CD, but compilers sacrificed a projected single-disc set by adding the rare "third" side of the Holland record -- a Brian Wilson fairy tale named Mt. Vernon and Fairway -- and offered the two-disc set with only a slight increase in price.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2000
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724352569427
  • Catalog Number: 25694
  • Sales rank: 65,744

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beach Boys Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ray Kennedy Composer
The Beach Boys Producer
Van Dyke Parks Composer
Brian Wilson Composer, Producer
Blondie Chaplin Composer, Producer
Mike Love Composer, Producer
Carl Wilson Composer
Daryl Dragon Composer
Ricky Fataar Composer, Producer
Rob Fraboni Engineer
Al Jardine Composer, Producer
Dennis Wilson Composer
Tandyn Almer Composer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Jack Rieley Composer
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