Brian Wilson's solo debut finally arrived in 1988 to much fanfare and near unanimous critical hosannas. Unfortunately, its commercial impact was negligible, a disappointing outcome for both Wilson, who takes pride in his string of 1960s hits, and his boosters, for the 11-song self-titled record represents the zenith of the pop genius's post-Beach Boys
oeuvre. "Love And Mercy" heralds Wilson's return to form; lyrically gracious and musically grand, it's an opener quite nearly on a par with "Wouldn't It Be Nice". From there, Wilson and an assortment of coproducers (Russ Titelman, Jeff Lynne, Andy Paley and Lenny Waronker) intermix brisk, playful rockers ("Night Time", "Little Children") with sumptuous pop concoctions (the a cappella "One for the Boys", "There's So Many"), wrapping things up with an ambitious suite, "Rio Grande". The reissue is generously fleshed out with interview segments, demos and late-1980s rarities, including the delightful B-side "He Couldn't Get His Poor Old Body to Move". --Steven Stolder
Out of print in the U.S.! Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the former Beach Boy leader's 1988 debut solo album featuring 15 bonus tracks including interview segments, rare tracks and demos. While the album did not live up to commercial expectations, it was a critical success and remains his most rewarding solo release to date. Features the single 'Love And Mercy'. Warner.