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Caroline Now!: The Songs of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Schinder
Tribute albums are always a tricky business, but this all-over-the-place 24-track collection is a surprisingly cohesive listen. The motley assortment of artists paying tribute to Brian and his band here are generally from the world of alternative/indie rock, so it's not surprising that they largely mine the more shadowy margins of the Beach Boys' catalogue for material. The distinguished cast includes such Wilsonophile indie-pop darlings as the High Llamas, Saint Etienne, Eric Matthews, Teenage Fanclub singer Norman Blake, BMX Bandits leader Douglas T. Stewart, Vaselines/Eugenius mainman Eugene Kelly, and Belle and Sebastian member Stevie Jackson, as well as a handful...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Schinder
Tribute albums are always a tricky business, but this all-over-the-place 24-track collection is a surprisingly cohesive listen. The motley assortment of artists paying tribute to Brian and his band here are generally from the world of alternative/indie rock, so it's not surprising that they largely mine the more shadowy margins of the Beach Boys' catalogue for material. The distinguished cast includes such Wilsonophile indie-pop darlings as the High Llamas, Saint Etienne, Eric Matthews, Teenage Fanclub singer Norman Blake, BMX Bandits leader Douglas T. Stewart, Vaselines/Eugenius mainman Eugene Kelly, and Belle and Sebastian member Stevie Jackson, as well as a handful of veterans whose iconoclasm has made them indie icons -- Alex Chilton, Kim Fowley, and Half Japanese mastermind Jad Fair. Oddest of all, the obscure late-'60s MOR pop group-turned-current-underground-darlings the Free Design have even reformed for the occasion. Many of the songs included here will be obscure even to serious fans, but they're delivered with a playful sense of respect that makes Caroline Now! a consistently winsome effort.
All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Some three years in the making, Caroline Now! The Songs of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys is more than just a much deserved tribute to arguably the greatest of all American pop bands; it's also a lovely and engaging introduction to some of the finest talent the contemporary pop world has to offer, highlighted by such newsworthy developments as the reemergence of ex-Vaselines frontman Eugene Kelly (the Spector-esque opener "Lady"), the solo debut of Belle and Sebastian's Stevie Jackson (the wistful "Good Time"), and, most remarkably, the first new Free Design recording in some three decades (the rapturous "Endless Harmony"). Wisely, the set focuses on the Beach Boys' more obscure material (much of it dating from the 1970s), a decision that allows the performers far more latitude in imprinting their personal stamps on the songs; at the same time, with so many of the acts featured on Caroline Now! making their admiration for Brian Wilson's work thoroughly evident in their own records, there's nothing too radical either; the High Llamas' "Anna Lee, the Healer," for example, sounds exactly like you'd expect it would. Still, by and large, the disc boasts an artistry and consistency most tributes lack, thanks as much to the brilliance of its subject as to the torch-carrying affections of its contributors; with Mike Love beating a dead horse leading an ad-hoc Beach Boys lineup on the state fair circuit and with Wilson himself touring in what often seems like a musical adaptation of Flowers for Algernon, god only knows it's reassuring that at least someone's keeping their musical spirit truly alive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Marina
  • EAN: 4015698494310
  • Catalog Number: 50
  • Sales rank: 151,492

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lady (3:33)
  2. 2 I Wanna Pick You Up (2:56)
  3. 3 All I Wanna Do - June & The Exit Wounds (3:13)
  4. 4 Wind Chimes - Bill Wells (2:27)
  5. 5 Anna Lee, the Healer (3:28)
  6. 6 Ne Dis Pas (Girl Don't Tell Me) - Souvenir (2:34)
  7. 7 Lines (3:20)
  8. 8 Busy Doin' Nothin' - Camping (3:54)
  9. 9 Good Time (3:48)
  10. 10 Endless Harmony (3:18)
  11. 11 Go Away Boy (3:28)
  12. 12 Stevie (3:05)
  13. 13 Honkin' Down the Highway (3:15)
  14. 14 Lonely Sea - Eric Matthews (3:51)
  15. 15 Rainbow Eyes (4:00)
  16. 16 Let's Put Our Hearts Together (2:21)
  17. 17 Pet Sounds (3:30)
  18. 18 Heroes and Villains (4:08)
  19. 19 Only With You - Norman Blake (2:46)
  20. 20 Caroline, No (3:42)
  21. 21 Do Ya (2:30)
  22. 22 Big Sur (2:56)
  23. 23 Good Timin' (2:55)
  24. 24 Almost Summer (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alex Chilton Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Kim Fowley Track Performer
The Free Design Track Performer
John Miller Vocals, Background Vocals
Evie Sands Vocals
Chip Taylor Vocals
Jad Fair Vocals
Peter Thomas Track Performer
Chris Dedrick Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Ellen Dedrick Vocals
Sandra Dedrick Vocals
Martin Hayward Bass
Kle Track Performer
Francis MacDonald Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums, Glockenspiel, Background Vocals
Eric Matthew Vocals
Brian McAlpine Organ, Accordion
Francis Mitchel Vocals
David Scott Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Brian Taylor Electric Guitar
Eric Matthews Track Performer
The High Llamas Track Performer
Malcolm Ross Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Duglas T. Stewart Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Radio Sweethearts Track Performer
Pearlfishers Track Performer
John Ridenour Guitar
Eugene Kelly Vocals
Mike Francis Guitar
The Aluminum Group Track Performer
Katrina Mitchell Track Performer
Bill Wells Piano
June & The Exit Wounds Track Performer
Stevie Jackson Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Frank Navin Keyboards, Vocals
John Navin Vocals
Liz Conant Harpsichord, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
J'aime Cristóbal Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Patricia de la Fuente Vocals
Iñaki Mtez de Lizarrondo Keyboards
Nick Duckett Electric Guitar
Pablo Errea Bass
Henning Fritzenwalder Vocals
Jim Gash Percussion, Drums
Amy Geddes Violin
Wes Mattews Guitar
Katy McCullars Vocals
McMaster Pedal Steel Guitar
David John Ritchie Vocals
Gabe Telerman Guitar
Midori Terasawa Background Vocals
Paco Martinez Drums, Tambourine
Dominic Murcott Percussion
Rebecca Pellett Percussion, Keyboards
John Morose Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Glockenspiel
Derek Star Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals
David Ritchie Coalition Track Performer
Secret Goldfish Track Performer
Camping Track Performer
Norman Blake Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Saint Etienne Producer
Evie Sands Producer
Chris Dedrick Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Francis MacDonald Producer
Douglas MacIntyre Producer
Eric Matthew Producer
Sean O'Hagan Arranger, Producer
Ted Perlman Engineer
David Scott Producer
Andrew Thomas Liner Notes, Interviewer
Souvenir Producer
Gerard Johnson Engineer
Malcolm Ross Producer
Duglas T. Stewart Producer
Nilesh "Nilz" Patel Mastering
Ken Sluiter Programming, Producer
Todd Fletcher Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Bill Wells Producer
Frank Navin Producer
John Navin Producer
Iñaki de Lucas Producer
Henning Fritzenwalder Arranger, beats
Sam Haskins Cover Photo
Stefan Kassel Art Direction
Clemens Kinder Arranger, Producer, beats
Dominic Murcott Arranger, Producer, Vibe Master
Rebecca Pellett Engineer
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