Oddly, Mike Love doesn't sing lead on the track - it's mostly a hot-and-heavy saxophone solo on the lead melody, with ultra-lounge wah-wah vocals in the background, Album). Following this debacle, Mike and Ron write the bump-and-grind "Party Girl" which is as voyeuristic and sexist as "Hey Little Tomboy" ever aspired to be. These recordings, which were pretty much Adrian Baker's baby with Mike Love and Bruce Johnston providing lead and some backing vocals, were almost note-for-note recreations of the original Beach Boys hits, and were slick, professional work.
It's unknown whether this album ever achieved legitimate release to the public, but it was available for a short time through Adrian Baker's website. There's not much else I can say about these recordings - they're colder, more synthesized than the originals, but the tempos, arrangments, and vocals are all spot on - Mike Love's voice is of course more nasal than the original recordings with The Beach Boys, but these are fine reproductions - it's like hearing one of the many rip-off Beach Boys products out there, but with an eerily familiar-sounding lead vocalist in place of the usual anonymous schlep artist.
I'm not certain whether this surfeit of songs was recorded with the intention of selling them to the highest corporate bidder, but that's what happened, and hey, that's what makes America great, isn't it? Well, that - and being able to sue your family over it. Adrian Album) undoubtedly is a talented arranger, and probably the most canny mimic of Brian's harmonic acrobatics that I've heard, but his production style is so clean, so controlled and so processed, that it makes every song here sound like it was stamped out on a production line.
I can understand why Mike Love found him an ideal partner for these productions; in the absense of Brian Wilson, Adrian is an excellent copyist - but after too many of these chilly echoes, I have a strong hankering for hearing the real Beach Boys.
Unleash The Love Love 2. Cool Head, Warm Heart Love 3. Anything For You Love 4. Glow Crescent Glow Love 8. Too Cruel Love featuring Christian Love 9. Love Foundation Love Daybreak Love That being said, this album, which has been making the rounds in Beach Boys' collector's circles, is undoubtedly the most polished, most accessible solo album Mike has recorded - and while it still has its faults mostly in its forced, preachy lyrics the arrangements vocal arrangements by Mike and Adrian Baker are extremely good, and in fact make all the songs sound much better than they might otherwise.
Other songs that surprised Album) was the strong "10, Years" which is rumored to be an off-shoot of a collaboration with Dennis Wilsonand the gently lilting "Anything For You". And the thrice-recorded "I Don't Wanna Know" again benefits from Christian Love's bluesy vocal, showing off the song as being one of Mike's very strongest compositions.
In fact so many of the songs here are retreads, that it begs the question of whether Mike is suffering a writer's block, such as his cousin Brian has also professed in recent interviews.
Of the new songs appearing, the lead-off track shows off Mike's lyrics to their worst effect and does he have to make a play off his name on so many of his albums? But that same affection shows up on "Love Foundation" which is saved by the blow-your-socks-off gospel choir that joins in, while "Daybreak" is again a stronger incarnation than what appeared on First Love - the song is blessed with sweet harmonies which lift it up.
Mike closes the album with another spiritual incantation in "Only One World", which again puts Mike in the awkward position of calling for world unity, which, considering his litigious nature, isn't exactly a position he's suited for.
But overall, this album sounds great, and stands tall as Mike's far-and-away best solo album. All The Love In Paris feat. Getcha Back feat. Do It Again feat. Warmth Of The Sun feat. Wild Honey feat. Of course, a million times zero is still zero, but this album benefits from crisp, glassy production, but it's still hampered by Mike's innate inability to write songs that don't make me cringe on a deeply, almost sub-atomic level.
In a way, I feel responsible for this album's existence, having blessed the bootleg version with an OK rating so many years ago - but hearing this double disc now, it just amplifies the pain.
So, I'll admit it - I was wrong, OK? Everything by Mike Love should only be available on hard-to-find bootlegs, because then, it adds a sheen of "what-if" mysticism to his talents, but hearing it put out there in real life just confirms what I've felt from the start - that Mike Love owes everything about his career to Brian Wilson, and that, without his cousin's supernal talents, Mike would still be pumping gas somewhere.
From the way he slathers his name gratuitously on both songs and albums; the way he name-checks Beach Boys songs in pandering lyrical asides; his gut-churning sexual innuendos which he still liberally sprinkles throughout, tied together with his smarmy televangelist mantras on saving the world and pseudo-Eastern mystical posturings which never for one second ring true, Unleash The Love is just If there was ever an argument for more stringent leash-laws, this is it.
Celestial Celebration 2. Finally It's Christmas feat. Hanson 3. Little St. Nick 4. Jingle Bell Rock 6. Alone On Christmas Day 7. Reason For The Season 8. Away in a Manger with All Love Bring a Torch feat. And, adding insult to injury, it's a Christmas album! I'm going to be kind.
If you admire, respect, or like Mike Love, you'll like this album. He straddles a difficult line between trying to please the Beach-Heads who are content to listen to his endless "Car-Medleys" in concert, and in trying to sound contemporary, which is not an easy bridge to cross, but he manages respectably well.
There's a LOT of synthesized stuff here, including his vocals, which, for the first time on record, show the weight of years - fairly widespread use of pro-tools tinniness is evident, but you can still hear how his voice has aged.
His lyrical talents have remained mostly 1998 - Pool Bit Boys - PB2 (CD, with rhymes that are simple and obvious he rhymes 'reason' with 'season' on two consec utive songs and he pulls in three count 'em! I have to give him serious props for teaming up with 90s popsters Hanson on "Finally It's Christmas" - and their sibling harmonies are the most legitimate-sounding Beach Boys moment on the entire album. But his inclusion of "Little St. Nick" is a pale imitation of the original.
In fact, listening to the album, I was reminded strongly of The Beach Boys Keepin' The Summer Alive - it has the same studio slickness, the same soul-less roboticism that is the hallmark of that heavily-produced album.
It won't replace any of my Christmas favorites, but you gotta give the man a standing O for still making music. California Beach 2. It's OK feat. Surfin' 4. California Sun 5. Surfin' Safari 6. On and On and On 7. Here Comes The Sun 8. Girl From Ipanema 9. Over and Over Keepin' Summer Alive Summertime Blues But here we are - he's released three albums in the last three years!
To be fair, 12 Sides Of Summer sounds a LOT like other Cali-sound has-been efforts, which has seen The Rip Chords release platters of generic, pleasant look back's as if time has simply stood still since On this one, Mike reaches back into The Beach Boys back catalog, taking some unusual chances "It's OK " and "Keepin' The Summer Alive" - the former joined by 90s boy band survivors Hanson and going back even earlier, giving new, robotic takes on "Surfin'" and "Surfin' Safari" as if the lessons from Summer In Paradise had never been learned.
The rest of the platter is a by-the-numbers dip into California pop - including the ubiquitous "California Sun," "Summertime Blues," "and "Rockaway Beach" and also borrowing from The Beatles a re-imagined "Here Comes The Sun" and even injecting a bit of bossa nova into the set Antonio Carlos Jobim's "The Girl From Impanema" At times, Mike's voice has been digitally scrubbed to within an inch of its life, leaving little, if any sign of his 78!!!
Fans will find it heartening that their idols are still putting out new music, but casual listeners will be put off by the naked nostalgia on display.
Ramrod 2. Last Night 3. Surfer Stomp 4. What'd I Say? Kansas City 9. Mashin' The Popeye Gee But I'm Lonesome Green Onions Soupy Shuffle Stomp Surfin' 'Round The World 2. Maksha At Midnight 3. Down Under 4. Capetown 5. Biarritz 6. Jersey Channel Islands - Part 7 7. Surf-A-Nova Malibu Surfin's Here To Stay Down Under Unissued Instrumental The Hamptons Unissued Instrumental Hawaii Previously Unissued 2.
Summer Means Fun 3. Carmen 5. Don't Run Away 6. Custom Machine 7. I Love You Model 'T' 8. Raining In My Heart 9. Everyday The Rogues Roger's Reef The Rogues Thank You Baby Girl, It's Alright Now Halfway Previously Unissued Come Love Four Strong Winds Help Me Rhonda Previously Unissued I Write the Songs 2.
Deidre 3. Thank You Baby 4. Rendezvous 5. Won't Somebody Dance with Me 6. Disney Girls 7. Rock and Roll Survivor 8. Don't Be Scared 9. For complete track listing, click here. So its here, on this remarkable dual-CD that was passed around in circulating circles around that I'm finally able to get an idea of the musical journey that Bruce Johnston has been on, and the different hats he's worn over the course of his nearly year-long career.
You can almost hear the change which The Beach Boys music created in Johnston, as the music becomes more sophisticated, and more attuned to surf and drag music. This begins Johnston's golden age, when he began to sing and produce The Rip Chords, The Vettes, and begins his fruitful collaboration with Terry Melchner; an association he continued right up to his aligning himself with The Beach Boys in Disc two show just how much his sound changed after he joined the Beach Boys - it became more elegant, more ballad-oriented, and to some ears, less interesting - he dropped his rock stylings and turned into the second coming of Neil Sedaka.
Why he made this change is somewhat baffling - it's a dramatic and seemingly sudden turn-about, but this CD which Bruce himself reportedly owns a copy of is invaluable in hearing the evolution of the sixth Beach Boy. Dance, Dance, Dance 2. Do You Wanna Dance 3. Catch a Wave 4. Hawaii 5. Do It Again 6. Darlin' 7. Wild Honey 8.
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