That's Why God Made the Radio

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Plans for the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary tour came together surprisingly quickly, but nothing prepared fans for a full studio album just six months after their official reunion. Further surprises included apparently cordial relations between all surviving members, Brian Wilson in the producer's booth, the presence of 12 original songs on the album, and the complete absence of any attempt to cash in on fond memories of "Kokomo" or Endless Summer or "Do It Again" or "Help Me, Rhonda" -- depending on which generation the band wanted to court. That's Why God Made the Radio is as good as it gets for those who love their Beach Boys. It includes frequently gorgeous charts from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Plans for the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary tour came together surprisingly quickly, but nothing prepared fans for a full studio album just six months after their official reunion. Further surprises included apparently cordial relations between all surviving members, Brian Wilson in the producer's booth, the presence of 12 original songs on the album, and the complete absence of any attempt to cash in on fond memories of "Kokomo" or Endless Summer or "Do It Again" or "Help Me, Rhonda" -- depending on which generation the band wanted to court. That's Why God Made the Radio is as good as it gets for those who love their Beach Boys. It includes frequently gorgeous charts from Wilson and just a little outside help fleshing out these songs musically with help from Wilson's regular band and arranger Paul Mertens, lyrically with help from Joe Thomas and Jim Peterik. The album is a record of two halves -- or sides, in case the band was thinking back to famous side-by-side classics like 1966's Today! The first half is mostly upbeat, with highlights "Isn't It Time" and "That's Why God Made the Radio" evoking pleasant late-'60s curios from Wild Honey or Friends. The second half is more reflective, with songs led by Brian Wilson, most with strings by Mertens that reveal Wilson's and the band's feelings about time passing and careers coming to a close much more than anything in their entire careers. "Daybreak Over the Ocean" could have come off as an update of "Kokomo"'s tropical motif with Mike Love crooning into your ear, but he treats it lightly and makes it ring true. These may not be the songs that ever light up their live sets, but together they form what is easily the best Beach Boys record in 35 years -- and a surprisingly cohesive, reflective, listenable one at that.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2012
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099960282422
  • Catalog Number: 02824
  • Sales rank: 3,665

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beach Boys Primary Artist
Brian Wilson Vocals
Bruce Johnston Vocals
Mike Love Vocals
Jim Peterik Percussion, Ukulele
Adrian Baker Vocals
Eddie Bayers Drums
Scott Bennett Organ, Clavinet
Curt Bisquera Drums
John Cowsill Drums, Finger Snapping
Chad Cromwell Drums
Gary Griffin Accordion
John Hobbs Piano, Tack Piano
Cliff Hugo Bass
Al Jardine Vocals
Peter Kent Violin
Christian Love Vocals
David Marks Guitar
Larry Millas Bass
Michael Rhodes Bass
Brett Simons Bass
Scott Totten Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Nick Walusko Guitar
Jeffrey Foskett Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Finger Snapping
Julie Rogers Violin
Paul Mertens Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Jim Riley Guitar
Chris Bleth Oboe
Probyn Gregory Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Trombone, French Horn
Nelson Bragg Percussion, Timpani
Songa Lee Violin
Sharon Jackson Violin
David Stone Double Bass
Alisha Bauer Cello
Skip Masters Voiceover
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Wittenburg Violin
Hayleigh Love Vocals
Vanessa Freebarin-Smith Cello
Tom Bukovic Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Nick Rowe Guitar
Joel Deroulin Violin
Jessica Bish Finger Snapping
Technical Credits
Jon Bon Jovi Composer
Brian Wilson Composer, Producer
Joe Thomas Composer
Mike Love Composer, Executive Producer
Jim Peterik Composer
Paul Fauerso Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, keyboard arrangements, Percussion Arrangement
Tom Gordon Engineer
Al Jardine Whistle
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Larry Millas Composer, Engineer
Frank Pappalardo Engineer
Paul Mertens String Arrangements
Lawrence Azerrad Graphic Design
Wesley Seidman Engineer
Michael Czaszwicz Engineer
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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    An appropriate swan song. There are some mediocre songs and som

    An appropriate swan song. There are some mediocre songs and some great ones. All have the amazing harmonies and no one can listen to the album and wonder who is singing. Brian still has the genius and, "From There To Back Again," is sweet, nostalgic and one of the best Beach Boy's songs ever. Mike Love's vocals are essential to the album and he come through in great style. I have been listening to this album non-stop. You should too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    The beautiful and unbelievably still youthful sounding melodies

    The beautiful and unbelievably still youthful sounding melodies that made the Beach Boys so popular (along with great songs) are all in evidence here. Listening to the CD takes one back to days of innocence, having a good time, and the pure joy of pop music in the California vein. Yes, the boys are much older and wiser than years ago these days, but if not for that this CD would probably not have come to fruition. When the chorus of the title track rings in, you know who is singing, and better yet, still realize the simple wonder of the power of music to elevate the spirit to a place where no other art form can take it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Return to Greatness

    Best Beach Boys album since the sixties without a doubt. The harmonies are just wonderful. You wouldn't think 70 year old guys could come up with something like this, but they did. My question is if they were able to come up with something like this now,what happened for the past 40 years??? The answer is they went back to their roots. The early Boys were all about harmonies and at some point after Pet Sounds they got went off in some odd directions with their music and kind of lost their base. Certainly the late Carl and Dennis Wilson are missed, but having Mike Love and Brian Wilson together again is great.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    Excellent Music

    As a life-long Beach Boy fan I was skeptical about this album. I'm delighted to say the album did not disappoint. The lyrics, music and voices are the true Beach Boy sound. Buy this album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Great album. Yes, a few songs are mediocre, but who cares, it's

    Great album. Yes, a few songs are mediocre, but who cares, it's The Beach Boys back once again. I listen to it over and over.

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