The widespread use of recreational drugs and turmoil surrounding the Vietnam War were both starting to take hold of the nation, and Dylan's hyperkinetic lyrics were dense with up-to-the-minute allusions to important emerging elements in the s youth culture.
Brian was almost afraid of surfing, it was no good to him as a way of meeting girls. He preferred to get on more on a conversation level. The music is simplistic of course, but the harmonies are present and correct. A great little surf guitar instrumental break, too!
A little carnival keyboard solo, surf guitar, repeat to fade.
It does make me smile though, which obviously is a good thing. You can just imagine the girls swooning over this. Dennis was the heart-throb of the group and earned a fair amount of adulation from their female fans. Again, the lead vocals could be better, but then again, the group were still almost all in their teens.
Carl and Dennis were still in high school! This version benefits production wise but loses much of its early charm - the vocal sound very raw here.
Readers Comments Gary Michael Hewalked aol. The other originals, which Brian wrote with neighbor Gary Usher, are not as impressive and are more standard for their time, but they do have good moments especially the organ work on "Cuckoo Clock," "Chug-a-Lug," and "County Fair".
The singing is fine, and the covers are all decent, especially the awesome take on the surf instrumental "Moon Dawg. This is a poor excuse for a debuet album mainly becasue brian was not allowed to show his real ability and his father and Capitol were always in the way.
Better things were to come.
Little Richard, Jerry Lee, Buddy Holly and Elvis were all out of the picture for one reason or another and in Australia all the US seemed capable of was wishy washy middle of the road stuff by a succession of guys called Bobbie.
The only bright spot in the waste land of rock and pop that the once mighty originator of the whole genrethe USA, had become. And ,of course, they got so much better so fast in the couple of years that followed.
This is a great album! Brian Wilson created a fantasy world with his music. Thank God he was also a brilliant song writer as well! Could you really see a band named after a shirt conquering the airwaves of the entire world?
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