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I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
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|1. Meant For You|
|2. This Whole World|
|3. Caroline, No|
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|5. Love And Mercy|
|6. Do It Again|
|7. The Warmth Of The Sun|
|9. Still I Dream Of It|
|10. Melt Away|
|11. 'Til I Die|
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First, the performances. No one questions that Wilson's voice is worse now (and was worse in the mid-90's, when the album was recorded, although [in what is becoming an extended aside], I would argue he sounds better in 2002 than he did in 1995) than it was in 1966. But have you heard Roger Daltrey or Paul McCartney lately? (I would include Lou Reed and Bob Dylan, but, well...) It just isn't reasonable to assume that a 60-year-old man can still sing with that sweetness Wilson had during his first decade in the business. The musicianship in the instrumental performances is top notch. I would argue that, with the honest, natural arrangements and instrumentation, this album contains the definitive versions of Melt Away and Love and Mercy. (The album versions are so drenched in '80s-style synths and reverb that the brilliance of the songs is drowned.) And while I prefer the Wondermints' clarity in their background singing, these soulful background singers are certainly more than capable of handling their parts.
As for song selection, I couldn't be more pleased. Meant For You, criticized for being short (apparently...?) by another reviewer, is a beautiful, open, optimistic piece that leads this album off as perfectly as it did Friends in 1968. I lead off my own, personal "Brian Wilson's Greatest Hits" CD with it, too.Read more ›
How can a beach boy ever have written songs like that? Well, Brian was afraid of water, he wasn't a surfer! His genius is in his ability to write songs from a human feeling perspective. He then takes you a step further, and enables you to discover or remember feelings you never even knew about.
This album I would guess recruited a lot of Brian fans especially out of the Beach Boy fan population. I am one of them!I sure hope Brian will continue to serve up such luscious art delicacies as this album in the year 2028.
Brian makes you celebrate life as a gift in which we can experience and share different emotions, positive or negative, both can be experienced in the beautiful light. Brian not only captures the grandness of life, but also represents the best art can offer the human experience.
This album is the first step in that direction. Its impresario, Don Was, sets up a great studio band and chorus (including the old Linda Ronstadt hand Andrew Gold) to represent some of Brian's best songs in an almost concert-like setting. The vocal blend on songs like Caroline, No, Warmth of the Sun, and (especially!) 'Til I Die shows that the brilliance of Brian's arrangements transcends the Beach Boys and their particular vocal qualities and cultural iconography.
At some point soon, I hope that the idea behind this all-too-brief selection is taken on the road: Brian with full band and chorus, giving his brilliant songs a full professional presentation, without Beach Boys Hawaii-shirt nostalgia, but instead an acknowledgement that THIS is the man who made this music, and THIS is how it should be heard.
Most recent customer reviews
very good cd and lot of very good sons on it and lot of good souvenirs about it. It's the cd you can't stop listen toPublished on April 9 2013 by Claude Couillard
This is the soundtrack to a documentary about Brian Wilson. Brian rerecorded some of his favorite, mostly lesser known, songs for it. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2003 by Johnny Heering
If you don't have the box set, this CD will allow you to re-discover (or discover) some of the lost great Beach Boys songs like "This Whole World," "'Til I... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2001 by Andy
The title of the album comes from a fine "Confessional" from the justly celebrated PET SOUNDS. Ironically, the song isn't on the disc. Read morePublished on July 29 2001 by Arthur F. McVarish
This is the CD of the music featured in the film about Brian Wilson and his return from ten years secluded in his bedroom. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2001
I bought it, I received it, I listened to it and I cried. Not from delight or sweet nostalgia. Although the music demonstrates Brian Wilson's inestimable talent as a songwriter... Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2001 by Marty Roscoe
I don't understand, based on reviews of this record I picked it up, but I was just really unimpressed. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2000 by Michael Stack
I enjoyed this Brian Wilson album, especially since I dearly miss his debut solo which went out of production about 9 years ago. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2000 by Amazon Customer