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Postcard from California
     

A Postcard from California

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by Al Jardine
 

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On A Postcard from California, Al Jardine creates a concept album of sorts, and at its best points, it's an album that's probably as close as we're going to get to a new Beach Boys album this far into the 21st century. That doesn't make it a Beach Boys album, of course, but the themes are all here -- California, the sea, waves, cars,

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On A Postcard from California, Al Jardine creates a concept album of sorts, and at its best points, it's an album that's probably as close as we're going to get to a new Beach Boys album this far into the 21st century. That doesn't make it a Beach Boys album, of course, but the themes are all here -- California, the sea, waves, cars, girls, motion, all of that -- and Jardine also adds a large environmental layer to things, too. Does it work? It's well-intentioned and pleasant, and there is a host of guest stars on hand, from Neil Young to Flea, and there are some cool harmonies and sound effects of waves and gulls, but aside from a couple of tracks -- most notably "Don't Fight the Sea," the solid "Waves of Love" (which comes complete with sleigh bells), and an interesting harmonica-driven redo of "Help Me Rhonda" -- most of what's here is more well-intentioned and sincere than it is engaging. When things work, though, Jardine turns what is essentially a mid-period Beach Boys facsimile into something a little more interesting.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2012
Label:
Waterfront Records
UPC:
0884501569699
catalogNumber:
1

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Performance Credits

Jardine   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Glen Campbell   Vocals
Steve Stills   Background Vocals
Brian Wilson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Neil Young   Vocals,Background Vocals
Norton Buffalo   Harmonica
Bruce Johnston   Background Vocals
Mike Love   Background Vocals
Carl Wilson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Shelley Phillips   Oboe
Gerry Beckley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dewey Bunnell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Richie Cannata   Baritone Saxophone
David Crosby   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sally Dworsky   Background Vocals
Bobby Figueroa   Drums
Adam Jardine   Background Vocals
Mike Kowalski   Drums
David Marks   Guitar,Soloist
Scott Mathews   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mike Meros   Keyboards
Steve Miller   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeff Peters   Hand Clapping
Gary Mallaber   Drums
Flea Balzary   Bass
Paul Logan   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Stamos   Bongos
Matt Jardine   Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Drew Jardine   5-string Banjo
Michael Lent   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Probyn Gregory   French Horn
Larry Dvoskin   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Steve Robertson   Percussion
Ed Carter   Bass,Guitar
Alec Baldwin   Spoken Word
Barry Phillips   Strings,Cello
Hillbillies   Vocals
Stevie Heger   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,cowbell
White Album Chamber Ensemble   Strings
Scott Slaughter   Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bell-tree,Mini Moog,Hammond B3
Priscilla Fisher   Violin
Papa Al   Harmonica,Bass Guitar,12-string Guitar
Michael Meros   Hammond B3
Mary Ann Jardine   Vocals
Marandi Bostetter   Violin
Luana Pedota   Percussion,Accordion,Background Vocals
Johnnie Mirani   Harmonica
Emily Poile'   Background Vocals
Ella Bacon   Viola
Dan Knutson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Brian Wilson   Composer
John Phillips   Composer
Michelle Phillips   Composer
Jardine   Composer,Liner Notes
Mark London   Art Direction
Jeff Peters   Engineer
Damien Rasmussen   Engineer
Larry Dvoskin   Composer
Richard Bryant   Engineer
Barry Phillips   String Arrangements
Stevie Heger   Engineer
Scott Slaughter   Sound Effects,String Arrangements
Alan Areliano   Cover Art

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A Postcard from California 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jansj1958 More than 1 year ago
Great music from Al,with some new bonus track.