Keepin' the Summer Alive/The Beach Boys '85

Keepin' the Summer Alive/The Beach Boys '85

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by The Beach Boys
     
 

Keepin' the Summer Alive, originally released in 1980, is a somewhat hollow attempt to recapture the Beach Boys' fun-in-the-sun heyday, but the material and its execution are generally too weak to achieve that goal. Still, Carl Wilson's catchy title song stands out, as does the ancient Brian Wilson outtake "When Girls Get Together," and the band's harmoniesSee more details below

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Keepin' the Summer Alive, originally released in 1980, is a somewhat hollow attempt to recapture the Beach Boys' fun-in-the-sun heyday, but the material and its execution are generally too weak to achieve that goal. Still, Carl Wilson's catchy title song stands out, as does the ancient Brian Wilson outtake "When Girls Get Together," and the band's harmonies sound typically fine. The 1985 release The Beach Boys takes a different route entirely, submerging the band -- with Brian back on board but now minus Dennis, who had drowned two years earlier -- in a wash of then-trendy synths and drum machines. Aside from the buoyant Mike Love-penned hit "Getcha Back," the material is mostly forgettable, making this one of the band's least essential efforts.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Rating the Beach Boys' later catalog is often a comparison game, and the next-to-last installment in Capitol's two-fer reissue program (M.I.U. Album/L.A. (Light Album) sounds positively glorious compared to the final two-fer, composed of 1980's Keepin' the Summer Alive and 1985's The Beach Boys. The band-in-a-bubble cover design of Keepin' the Summer Alive makes for a good (though unintended) symbol of the era, in which the band shut itself off from any innovation or hope for commercial success (and undoubtedly prompted a parade of life-support jokes). After sounding equally tired and out-of-the-loop when they covered oldies as when they wrote original songs, these two LPs recycle a host of songs from the '70s. Bruce Johnston returns to the group as producer. There are a few highlights here -- "Endless Harmony" and the surprising Top 40 hit "Getcha Back." [In 2000, Keepin' the Summer Alive was made available on the two-fer compilation Keepin' the Summer Alive/The Beach Boys '85.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2000
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724352794829
catalogNumber:
5279482
Rank:
38194

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beach Boys   Primary Artist
Victor Feldman   Percussion
Jimmy Lyons   Guitar
Bruce Johnston   Piano
Joe Chemay   Bass
Bob Alcivar   Strings,Horn
Mike Baird   Drums
Harry Betts   Strings,Horn
Ed Carter   Bass,Guitar
Bob Esty   Synthesizer
Bobby Figueroa   Drums
Steve Foreman   Percussion
Scott Mathews   Drums,Vocals
Carlos Munoz   Piano
Joel Peskin   Alto Saxophone
John Philip Shenale   oberheim
Richie Zito   Guitar
Gary Mallaber   Drums
Jim Guercio   Bass

Technical Credits

Beach Boys   Producer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Bruce Johnston   Producer
Mike Love   Composer
Terry Melcher   Composer
Paul Atkinson   Producer,Reissue
Curt Becher   Producer,Engineer
Dennis Diken   Liner Notes
Bill Fletcher   Engineer
Chuck Leary   Engineer
Earle Mankey   Engineer
Joel Moss   Engineer
Tom Murphy   Engineer
Cheryl Pawelski   Producer,Reissue
Andrew Sandoval   Tape Research
Greg Venable   Engineer
Jeff Guercio   Engineer
Jim Guercio   Producer
Tony Lane   Art Direction
Bryan Kelley   Producer

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