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Brian Wilson (Deluxe edition) Import, Original recording remastered, CD

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  • Audio CD (May 19 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered, CD
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B00004WH69
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
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1. Love And Mercy
2. Walkin' The Line
3. Melt Away
4. Baby Let Your Hair Grow Long
5. Little Children
6. One For The Boys
7. There's So Many
8. Night Time
9. Let It Shine
10. Meet Me In My Dreams Tonight
11. Rio Grande
12. Brian Wilson On Love And Mercy
13. He Couldn't Get His Poor Old Body To Move
14. Being With The One You Love
15. Let's Go To Heaven In My Car
16. Too Much Sugar
17. There's So Many
18. Walkin' The Line
19. Melt Away
20. Night Time
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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.


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

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Format: Audio CD
I was surprised to see that the orginal album is only 37:16 long, barely a half an hour of original material. Compare that to the hour-long U2 albums being released nowadays. Yet there is so much complexity to Wilsons music, so much depth and height that it keeps you enteretained and moved. You do not even notice the brevity of the music since it is breif but thick. A mark of genius.
This is Wilsons first solo project, and was an underrated classic. Probably due to the taint of his band's name--you listening Kid Rock? Indeed, Wilson has alwyas been underestimated by everyone, expcet Paul McCartney have gave Wilson a run for his money in the 1960's.
Ity is well written, well produced and moving. "Melt Away," is haunting and "Let It Shine" is middle-of-the-road ska. "One For The Boys" is an acappella chant along the lines of "Our Prayer," and shows off his vocal talents.
I am glad that the B-sides were included--"Being With The One You Love," and "Too Much Sugar." I enjoyed the demos and backtracks. If you own a copy of "Stack of Tracks" or listend to "Summer Means New Love" you reralize that Wilson is a capable producer. Which is amazing considering he is deaf in one ear!
This album is a treaure and I find mself going back to it a decade later. Evey track is a gem, including the long tone poem of Rio Grand. I just wish this album would gert more airplay.
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Format: Audio CD
I've lived with the original Brian Wilson album for some time, and, based on musical content alone, it qualifies as a 4-star album. This very generous resissue, however, easily boosts it into MUST OWN, 5-star status.
The music on this album is quite wonderful. It's probably the equal of any of Brian's Beach Boys work, with the obvious exception of "Pet Sounds" and possibly "Wild Honey". It's easily the best thing he's done as a solo artist. My favorite bit of this album has long been the closer, "Rio Grande", which is a bizarre, high-tech, California-fied take on the Western stlyings of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. If the Sons of The Pioneers had recorded in the late 80's, this is what it would have sounded like. The acapella "One For the Boys" is beguiling, "Let Your Hair Grow Long" is essential Brian Wilson. No two songs really sound the same. He explores many styles.
This album was big news when it broke, because it proved that Wilson was able to write, arrange, play, sing, and produce an entire LP. It has aged very well, in my opinion. In fact, there are things about this album I like more and more, suggesting it is in fact a difficult album, a fact belied by its glossy, resonate sounding production. The reissue is priceless, adding spoken comments, tons of liner notes, and best of all, outtakes and alternate versions, which are worth the price alone. If you are at all a Beach Boys fan, or interested in the California sound in general, check out this album. If you own the old version, you neeed to uprgrade! The bonus material is fascinating.
Sound quality is the best possible, given the tendencies of engineers of the time. The wrinkles revealed by the remastering process may actually make it sound *worse* to some ears, but, in fact, it's just more revealing of the source.
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Format: Audio CD
"Love and Mercy" definitely is among the most upbeat, cheerful pop songs I've ever heard. Absolutely up there with Brian's Beach Boys "Wouldn't It Be Nice", although, like far too much of the cd, it's production is rather top-heavy and processed with too much reverb. Blame the late 80's trend in throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, in. Its not that the synthesizers sound bad(They actually enhance the melodies and add a richness in tone sometimes), its more in the way they were arranged which does give the album its overtly clinical sound, as does producing it entirely digitally. That may be ok nowadays(Though I'm still not so sure), recording in digital then quite often led to a noticeably electronic-soundstage lacking desirable warmth due to lower sampling rates. The other downside to this otherwise impressive collection is that Brian sounds as if he's singing on top of pre-programmed music. While this is most-certainly not always so, it does give the impression of a faceless band. One cannot say this about the organic band sound that the Beach Boys achieved at their best. Faceless is certainly not the word that I'd choose to describe Brian's singing here, however. Though its true that his voice betrays a certain uptightness, whatever rigitity the music may have is more than made up with the fantastically moving vocal harmonies, all Brian's, but you probably knew that. "One For The Boys", a dedication to the Beach Boys, is a beautiful, crystaline-clear multi-tracked wordless vocal showpiece. Brian harmonizing with himself. Lovely.Read more ›
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The Amazon.com review sums up the CD quite nicely. The commercial failure of the album was due to no videos being put out to support the project. There was little promotion. Also, this CD came out a few years before "Pet Sounds" was issued on CD and raised the public's awareness of Brian's musical genius.
But the album is very lushly produced and although the album was not commercial, Brian came through with solid, memorable tunes. Only "Little Children" could be considered a weak cut. The CD also comes with a nice booklet written by long-time B.W. friend and aficionado, David Leaf.
Best tunes: "Love and Mercy", "Melt Away", "There's So Many", "Meet Me In My Dreams", and the ambitious "Rio Grande". The latter cut is the closest thing we'll ever get to what Brian's 1967 uncompleted masterwork, "Smile", was to have been.
Anyone who thought "Imagination" was great will flip for this.
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