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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
By the end of the '70s, the Beach Boys had seemingly run the course of their creative and commercial powers, and their relationships were at an all-time low which is really saying something. Fed up with the situation, Carl Wilson decided it was time to try something different. Armed with a solo deal from his friend James Guercio's Caribou label, he put together a band and released his self-titled debut in 1981. While it wasn't a hit, the album's mix of easygoing rockers and tender ballads proved a decent platform for Carl's still beautiful voice. The follow-up, 1983's Youngblood, follows much the same format. Slick as you'd expect a record produced by the Doobie Brothers' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
By the end of the '70s, the Beach Boys had seemingly run the course of their creative and commercial powers, and their relationships were at an all-time low which is really saying something. Fed up with the situation, Carl Wilson decided it was time to try something different. Armed with a solo deal from his friend James Guercio's Caribou label, he put together a band and released his self-titled debut in 1981. While it wasn't a hit, the album's mix of easygoing rockers and tender ballads proved a decent platform for Carl's still beautiful voice. The follow-up, 1983's Youngblood, follows much the same format. Slick as you'd expect a record produced by the Doobie Brothers' Jeff Baxter, the album is filled with synthesizers, sax solos, and massed backing vocals, and sounds like a carbon copy of a million records made during the era. In fact, it's so pedestrian, you'd be hard-pressed to remember any of the songs once the album is over, which could explain why there were no hit singles taken from it, and the album itself made no commercial impression. Still, there's a mitigating factor and that's Carl's voice. While as a songwriter he and lyricist Myrna Smith-Schilling show no interest in revisiting the poetry and musical depths of his best work of the previous decade, as a vocalist he sounds just as wonderful as he did years earlier on "I Can Hear Music" or "God Only Knows." Listening to him soulfully shout through "Of the Times," soar like a sad angel through album highlight "Givin' You Up," or croon through "Too Early to Tell" is worth the price of admission. Sadly, nothing can save the hackneyed cover of the Coasters' "Youngblood," but the rest of the album is rescued from anonymity by Carl's voice. In a long career of "if onlys" that he and his brothers and bandmates amassed, Carl's solo career is one of the biggest. If only he'd found a more interesting songwriting partner. If only he'd worked with a more challenging producer. If only he'd kept his solo career going instead of crawling back to the Beach Boys, we might have been spared "Kokomo"! Long story short, much like his first solo album, Youngblood is for Carl Wilson completists only. [In 2010 the album was issued on CD with the addition of an extra song the single edit of "Givin' You Up" and detailed liner notes by Carl's brother-in-law and longtime friend Billy Hinsche.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2010
  • Label: Iconoclassic
  • UPC: 886976318529
  • Catalog Number: 1019
  • Sales rank: 45,721

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carl Wilson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Burton Cummings Background Vocals
Phyllis Saint James Background Vocals
John Daly Guitar
Billie Barnum Background Vocals
Jeff Baxter Guitar, Background Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Bryan Cummings Tenor Saxophone
Ed Greene Drums
Billy Hinsche Guitar, Keyboards
Gerald Johnson Bass
Alan Krigger Drums
Jerry Peterson Baritone Saxophone
Lon Price Tenor Saxophone
Timothy B. Schmit Background Vocals
Myrna Smith-Schilling Background Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Trevor Veitch Guitar
Ron Viola Tenor Saxophone
Lee Thornberg Flugelhorn, Tenor Saxophone
Nick Hopkins Piano
Elliot Randall Guitar
Barbara Reilley Background Vocals
Zoots & the Carlettes Background Vocals
Jim Ehringer Piano, Keyboards
Technical Credits
John Fogerty Composer, Lyricist
John Hall Composer, Lyricist
Jerry Leiber Composer, Lyricist
Carl Wilson Composer
John Daly Composer, Lyricist
Jeff Baxter Producer
Billy Hinsche Composer, Lyricist, Liner Notes
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Doc Pomus Composer, Lyricist
Larold Rebhun Engineer
Myrna Smith-Schilling Composer, Lyricist
Mike Stoller Composer, Lyricist
Johanna Hall Composer, Lyricist
Tony Lane Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Chris Eselgroth Reissue Design
Rob Santos Reissue Producer
Frank Ursoleo Reissue Producer
Jerry Schilling Composer, Management
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