Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Beach Boys - Landlocked

As famous as The Beach Boys are they really are an underrated group. In the 1970's The Beach Boys had a renaissance, releasing albums that expanded and experimented their sound, showcasing highly intricate and beautiful arrangements of music. Brian Wilson really was the Mozart of rock. The swirling harmonies with the layered instrumentation of Pet Sounds is what made that album one of the greatest albums of all time, and in my book rivals Sgt. Pepper. However, while these later Beach Boys albums such as Holland and Surf's Up broadened The Beach Boy's abilities, they were not as commercially accessible. Maybe it's their name that gets this band's music associated with 5 and Diners and all things sunny. Whatever it is I wish people would push past the Greatest Hits and start to delve deeper into this bands discography. They really produced some intriguing music in the '70s. Landlocked were bootleg sessions that the band recorded when the band was between labels. Their new label didn't want to release the songs and Capital wouldn't put it out either. While most of these tracks made in on to later Beach Boys albums, some really ingenious and creative tracks were lost in the ether. "H.E.L.P. Is On The Way" for instance is practically a PSA about eating organic healthy food. Strange? Yes, but brilliant at the same time. Luckily Landlocked has remained alive thanks to the Internet.    

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1 comment:

  1. I'm sure you've seen "Smile." If you haven't... do. Blew my mind.