Carl and the Passions - So Tough

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All Music Guide - John Bush
With the addition of drummer Ricky Fataar and guitarist Blondie Chaplin to the lineup, the Beach Boys entered a period of surprisingly earthy arrangements, obviously based on what they'd been hearing on cooler outlets like FM radio and AOR. Kicking off with the rough Carl Wilson rocker "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone," Carl and the Passions - So Tough cycles through all manner of roots-based rock; Fataar and Chaplin lead the band through a bluesy number "Here She Comes" and a country song complete with steel guitar "Hold On Dear Brother", while Mike Love exercises his spiritual side on the gospel-inspired "He Came Down." The songwriting was neither as solid as 1970's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
With the addition of drummer Ricky Fataar and guitarist Blondie Chaplin to the lineup, the Beach Boys entered a period of surprisingly earthy arrangements, obviously based on what they'd been hearing on cooler outlets like FM radio and AOR. Kicking off with the rough Carl Wilson rocker "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone," Carl and the Passions - So Tough cycles through all manner of roots-based rock; Fataar and Chaplin lead the band through a bluesy number "Here She Comes" and a country song complete with steel guitar "Hold On Dear Brother", while Mike Love exercises his spiritual side on the gospel-inspired "He Came Down." The songwriting was neither as solid as 1970's Sunflower nor as idiosyncratic as 1971's Surf's Up though, and the few fans left from the '60s were undoubtedly turned off -- if not by the weak songs, then certainly by the muddy sound. Still, there are a few moments of beauty: Brian's "Marcella" is a mid-tempo gem, and side two ends with three excellent ballads, "All This Is That," "Make It Good," and "Cuddle Up" the latter two featuring heart-wrenching performances by Dennis. [Carl and the Passions - So Tough was made available in 2000 as half of the two-fer compilation Carl and the Passions - So Tough/Holland.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2008
  • Label: EMI Japan
  • EAN: 4988006862708
  • Catalog Number: 70533
  • Sales rank: 228,900

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beach Boys Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Brian Wilson Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Mike Love Vocals
Carl Wilson Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
The Beach Boys Producer
Brian Wilson Composer, Producer
Blondie Chaplin Producer
Mike Love Composer
Daryl Dragon Composer
Ricky Fataar Producer
Al Jardine Composer, Producer
Stephen Moffitt Engineer
Dennis Wilson Composer, Producer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Jack Rieley Composer
Dennis Quartet Wilson Producer
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