by Carl Wilson


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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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2010
Label: Iconoclassic
UPC: 0886976318529
catalogNumber: 1019
Rank: 32187

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carl Wilson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Burton Cummings   Background Vocals
Elliott Randall   Guitar
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
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
Doc Pomus   Composer,Lyricist
Larold Rebhun   Engineer
Myrna Smith-Schilling   Composer,Lyricist
Mike Stoller   Composer,Lyricist
Johanna Hall   Composer,Lyricist
Tony Lane   Art Direction
Chris Eselgroth   Reissue Design
Rob Santos   Reissue Producer
Frank Ursoleo   Reissue Producer
Jerry Schilling   Composer,Management

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