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Imagination

Brian Wilson Audio CD
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1. Your Imagination
2. She Says That She Needs Me
3. South American
4. Where Has Love Been?
5. Keep An Eye On Summer
6. Dream Angel
7. Cry
8. Lay Down Burden
9. Let Him Run Wild
10. Sunshine
11. Happy Days

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Brian Wilson's second full-fledged solo release is a tour de force of his physical art as the former Beach Boy mastermind overdubs himself into a chorale of well-tempered voices. Unfortunately, Wilson's coproduction (with Joe Thomas) leaves these feathery constructions floating on a too-thin instrumental base that comes nowhere near the oomph of Pet Sounds or "California Girls" or even the beaty stepping of Wild Honey. Only a couple of songs, "She Says That She Needs Me" and a retooled "Let Him Run Wild," hint at the sort of darkness that's driven some of Wilson's best work. (A second vintage Boys tune, "Keep an Eye on Summer," is also included.) And it's a mystery why he felt the need to hire Jimmy Buffett to help him construct "South American," Wilson's own "Kokomo." --Rickey Wright

Product Description

Japanese Version featuring a Bonus Track: Your Imagination (A Capella), and Limited Edition Digipack for Initial Pressing Only.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Give it some time June 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album has been an acquired taste for me. During my first few listens when it was initially released, I was underwhelmed by the production, which seemed somewhat unBrian-like, especially in its emphatic use of acoustic guitars; over the years, the strength of the songs has gained the upper hand in my judgement, and I have also gradually warmed to the arrangements. The lyrics are quite uneven throughout, but I personally listen to Brian Wilson for the music first and foremost. And this album's main draw is clearly Brian's beautifully devised vocal harmonies: his voice had not sounded better since the early 1970s. Here he sings all the parts but one or two. The vocals on my favourite pieces (Your Imagination, She Says That She Needs Me, Cry, Lay Down Burden) measure up with pretty much anything the man had written previously. The weaker tracks are redeemed by brilliant individual sections: I'm thinking of South American's swirling syncopated bridge and Sunshine's hymn-like coda. This album needs some time to reveal its beauty, but the rewards are there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars imagination -brian wilson May 30 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
So brian wilson finally followed up 1988's eponymous debut, after
a few false starts(notably 1991's SWEET INSANITY aborted just before release and the mid 90's sessions with andy paley).Wilson spent most of the 90's either in legal disputes or in sporadic
side projects such as I JUST WASNT MADE FOR THESE TIMES album and tv doc and also ORANGE CRATE ART ,the album with VAN DYKE PARKS .Despite the deaths of his mother AUDREE WILSON and fellow
beach boy CARL WILSON in the months before release,BRIAN WILSON
was undoubtedly more at ease with life and more relaxed in his
approach.
This more happy and relaxed state of mind is clearly evident
throughout IMAGINATION. The album opens with the title track, an
infectious pop song laden with BW harmonies recalling the spirit of DO IT AGAIN or KEEPIN' THE SUMMER ALIVE, and surely would have been a massive hit had it been credited to THE BEACH BOYS.
Next up is SHE SAYS THAT SHE NEEDS ME the highlight of the album,and a track that would sit comfortably on PET SOUNDS.Here
Wilsons vocals sound as good as theyve done since the glory days
of the sixties.SOUTH AMERICAN and WHERE HAS LOVE BEEN are both
pleasant if not groundbreaking tracks before Brian,s new version of KEEP AN EYE ON SUMMER , originally released in the early sixties.This version,in my opinion ,is better than the original,though others will disagree.DREAM ANGEL is a wonderfully catchy song ,slightly reminiscent of BREAKAWAY, and would surely have graced any BB album.The pace slows somewhat for the next two tracks CRYING and LAY DOWN BURDEN, Brian's tribute to CARL.Both tracks are beautifully recorded and feature trademark harmonies and moments of brilliance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Truckin' May 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
A brief salute to my favorite musician: It's a great CD, summed by the line from the first song "I take a trip through the past/When summer's way out of reach." Even the "happy summertime" songs are sad at heart, including "South American," which has the repetition :"Oh you know I would/If I only could." Doesn't sound like a beach party to me, but then again, those never really existed, did they? I would have preferred more old-time high voiced background wailing like in the '60s, but this is one hell of a CD. Great all the way through, and not a decent but irrelevant sidebar like some people say.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Hear More Of The Same Brian Jan. 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The best Brian Wilson album period!!! ended!!! Lay Down Burden knocks me out. Let Him Run Wild is awesome, (In many ways better than the BB orginal, off the killer album Beach Boys Today). In an Amazon review I slammed Brian's Live At The Roxy album, perhaps a bit cruelly. I just think Brian sounds so great, so natural and relaxed here. He's never overstated or reaching beyond his range.
I love this album and hope to hear more of the same from the Hawthorn, CA legend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars b- on report card Nov. 19 2003
Format:Audio CD
sure there are a couple of duds alongside the gems on this album. the beach boy remakes, keep you eye on summer and let him run wild are nice updates of the classic original versions done by wilson in the 60s. cry is a great tune as is lay down burden.
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