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

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

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
Label:
Marina
UPC:
4015698494310
catalogNumber:
50
Rank:
110554

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alex Chilton   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Kim Fowley   Track Performer
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
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
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
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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