Tuesday, July 2, 2013

You never need to doubt it (The Beach Boys)

The Beach Boys The Beach Boys Medley/ God Only Knows   (Capitol, F 5030 1981)

I'm not a fan of the medley stuff that emerged after Stars on 45 hit it big. The Beach Boys (Mike Love's idea I bet) were one of many who jumped on the medley bandwagon. Although it reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's highest charting hit in the U.S. in over five years, it's still a bad idea. It kinda cheapens each song in turn and is ultimately an unsatisfying listening pleasure.

Hidden gem: The real gold is on the B side. Carl Wilson leaves us with a peerless collection of brilliant vocals on BB songs and he puts his heart and soul into God Only Knows.

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