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The set list for Brian Wilson’s 7/16/2008 “Greatest Hits” show at the Warner Theatre in downtown Torrington, CT. A review of this great show will follow, so check back here very soon!
1.) Do It Again
2.) Dance, Dance, Dance
3.) Catch a Wave
4.) Surfer Girl
5.) In My Room
7.) Don’t Worry, Baby
8.) You’re So Good to Me
9.) Then I Kissed Her
11.) All Summer Long
12.) When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)
13.) Add Some Music
14.) Do You Wanna Dance?
15.) That Lucky Old Sun track (“I’m goin’ home…”)
16.) California Girls
17.) Sloop John B
18.) Wouldn’t It Be Nice
19.) God Only Knows
21.) I Get Around
22.) Good Vibrations
23.) Johnny B Goode
24.) Help Me, Rhonda
25.) Barbara Ann (Brian on bass)
26.) Surfin’ USA (Brian on bass)
27.) Fun, Fun, Fun
28.) TLOS track (“Southern California…”)
The venue really was excellent, boasting great acoustics and atmosphere. More on that when I post my review, but this is what it looks like from the outside:
This is a tough category. All of the songs on the my upcoming top fifty songs list have excellent vocals, many of which are standout performances. However, there are also songs that go unrecognized on the top fifty list that are notable for their outstanding vocals. Thus, as a rule, songs included in the top fifty list are not considered here.
I suppose you could consider this my way of sneaking in an extra ten songs that I didn’t find room for on my best songs list, but I hope you’ll consider it an additional category. These ten songs are great in their own rights, but especially by virtue of the excellence of their vocals. Some are smooth, some are rough; some are passionately outraged, some are tenderly heartfelt. Taken together, they’re the standout vocal performances of 2011:
1) “Something to Believe In” – Parachute (The Way It Was)
2) “Estate Sale Sign” – The Mountain Goats (All Eternals Deck)
This post will be a shorter one, as Ace Ventura 2 is on in the background. Any time Jim Carrey’s on screen, my attention is pulled towards the television. Today was a fun day, as the original seven cast members of WCJM Radio got together to do our first Moore Hits in the Morning show that was actually in the morning! The 10th Anniversary Show went off without a hitch, except for the producing mistakes I made. Those will be edited out LONG before you hear it online! I’ll be working on the show soon and I hope everyone will go online and listen to it!
Tonight, I bring you a great song off of Brian Wilson’s new album “That Lucky Old Sun”. I love this album and it proves how great this guy still is. His singing voice just seems to get better and better. It has such a full sound now that it didn’t have back in the late 80s.
This song I chose not for its lyrics, which are a bit on the unexpected side, but for its incredible tune. I just love when the music kicks in after the first vocals-only part. The chords are great and Brian’s voice is even better. The lyrics provided by Van Dyke Parks are still very witty. That man says things in song a way no one else ever has before. It’s funny to me that probably my favorite song on the album was written by the classic duo of Wilson/Parks and not the new duo of Wilson/Bennett.
This is a short song, but I think it captures the essence of Brian’s efforts to speak out against pollution, etc. When you think of California, you think of sunshine, beautiful views, and wildlife. Brian sang about the other two things throughout the rest of the album, so this song covers the last topic and brings the album full-circle.
Enjoy this song tonight as I go off for a LONG winter’s nap and finish off my big weekend!
Tonight’s Laptop Session is a song from Brian Wilson’s 1988 solo album, aptly titled, “Brian Wilson”! I saw a YouTube video of him playing this on Letterman in 1988, and hearing the overproduced “80s” sound made me want to give it the Laptop Sessions treatment, as I did with Brian’s song “I’m So Lonely” (from the Beach Boys 1985 album).
No, this isn’t one of Brian’s greatest songs, but I think a lot of people write it off because its production, and not necessarily because of the quality of the song. But again, that’s one of the big reasons why I’m doing the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs series. I don’t think songs should be ignored because of the time-period of which they were produced. Giving a song a fresh sound, done in a solo liver performance on acoustic guitar will allow people to hear the song and not just the recording.
“Night Time” is one of those songs from Brian Wilson’s first solo album that his therapist (who called himself “producer” at the time) Eugene Landy said he had a hand in writing. I’m not sure about that, but from everything I can gather, Brian was still in a pretty fragile mental state. It was only a year earlier that he was passed-over (or declined, depending on who you ask) to work on the Beach Boys #1 hit single, “Kokomo”. I can only imagine “Kokomo” with Brian’s voice in there. It would’ve been great. Of course, I’m glad they ended up giving Carl Wilson a chance to shine on the “That’s where we wanna go…” line. So, I guess it wasn’t all bad that Brian wasn’t a part of “Kokomo”.
Brian Wilson’s first solo album was critically acclaimed. It really has some great songs on it. All of them have an incredibly polished late-80s sound to it. Though, it does sound like a Brian Wilson production. It almost sounds like an updated “Love You” album with better synthesizers. Fans of “Love You” will remember that it was a fairly revolutionary album at the time because of the synthesized keyboards Brian Wilson used throughout. I, for one, could do without them- it would make the album sound less dated today. But then again, it also gives me the opportunity to record a bunch of Beach Boys and Brian Wilson cover songs for you! Therefore, the synthesizer, and all 80s music, seems to be my friend.
I think it’ll be a treat for hardcore Brian Wilson fans out there, too, who probably already like “Night Time” and the entire “Brian Wilson” album. If you haven’t heard “Night Time” before, I really hope you’re in for a treat. Enjoy tonight’s Laptop Sessions Brian Wilson cover song!
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