"Soulful Old Man Sunshine" was a revelation at the time. Have to admit though, I like Brian's piano demo just a wee bit more.
What's with the 3 versions of this CD? The first one with the orange cover was the one I bought, then it was immediately rereleased with a different promo spot, and then rereleased again with an entirely different cover (to reflect the DVD cover of the accompanying documentary?).
Still my favorite version of "Kiss Me, Baby" (on the original orange-cover CD).
That song really stood out to me when I watched the documentary. I love this soundtrack, lots of good alternate versions, stereo mixes and unreleased songs. My favorite song on the album is Barbara by Dennis Wilson. A song does not get much more beautiful than Barbara. Well, maybe My Love Lives On.
Post by drbeachboy (Dirk) on Feb 9, 2017 19:12:15 GMT
A 9/10 from me.
It definitely has the best stereo mixes of Kiss Me Baby and California Girls. That latter mixed very similarly to the mono single, which is quite a bit different from the mono album mix. Mark Linett's stereo mix matches more to the mono album mix. Probably why Brian had him redo it in 2000.
- The original version had one or two incorrect tracks. - The second orange version corrected the incorrect tracks. - The third version is essentially the same as the second version (but might have a different stereo mix of "California Girls," don't remember) but with a white cover to match the Endless Harmony DVD, which had just been released.
As for the CD not having more tracks...something to consider: there were...what...25? At the time, things were going kind of weird. The Capitol-era "twofers" had been split up into single-album CDs with no bonus tracks, and there were new hits compilations, and the guideline was, IINM, to keep compilations to 20 tracks. So Endless Harmony actually went over that "limit", as it were. There would have been more, as the preliminary track lists had more songs -- I remember "Battle Hymn of the Republic" was on the original lineup -- but the extras got cut.
But really, though...this CD is perfection in terms of archival releases. You have one of the more listenable tracks from the Lei'd In Hawaii sessions. You have "Endless Harmony" -- those of us who had the Caribou version of the Keepin' The Summer Alive CD were happy to have this! We finally had an official stereo mix of "California Girls." (You know what a PITA it was to sync up the instrumental and vocal tracks at home?? They were not exactly 100% the same speed, and with digital editing at home still a little ways away, it just wasn't plausible -- thankfully I had access to a reel-to-reel deck so I could make some pretty reasonable edits.)
But the two things I remember most...I bought Endless Harmony at Best Buy in Crest Hill, IL. As soon as I got in the car I popped it open and put it in my portable CD player that I routed through the cassette deck via adapter. What really sticks out:
- hearing the beginning of the fully-produced "Soulful Old Man Sunshine" while navigating out of the parking lot. I had to stop and re-start the track several times because I just could not believe it. Wow.
- Heading home and driving down Theodore Street and heard Brian sing the phrase "I'm in the great shape..." WHOA!!!!!! I actually screamed at the top of my lungs and nearly drove into a tree in the median! THAT....was a huge surprise. (And some fans still argued that it couldn't have been "I'm In Great Shape." arrrrhgrhghgrhghhh...) Brad Elliott used to love dropping hints at us (and sometimes just flat-out TELLING us) but he did a good job of keeping his trap shut about this one.
One of the first things I owned of theirs (after Pet Sounds, Smiley Smile, and the 1997 Pet Sounds boxset), which I got along with the actual documentary. The cover of the rerelease (which is what I got, and the cover of the documentary DVD) is still my favorite picture of them.
The whole thing was great, but there were a few perfect songs on here that I hadn't heard before (I'd heard almost all their records post Today! even though I didn't own them yet physically): the Heroes and Villains radio demo, Barbara, the Til' I Die alternate mix (which I could write a book on), All Alone, Endless Harmony (which I could write a novella on), and Soulful Old Man Sunshine. Soulful Old Man Sunshine.
Words can't describe, like so much of what I was hearing for the first time then, the feeling that I got from hearing Soulful Old Man Sunshine. Pet Sounds was the life-changer. And I got this feeling from all the songs, so many of them anyway. It might as well have been all of them. But Soulful Old Man Sunshine. There's no feeling like realizing as you're hearing something for the first time that this is the single greatest thing that's ever existed. Not single greatest song (that would be Surf's Up), but just The Beach Boys. Hearing Soulful Old Man Sunshine more than any other song makes me remember how thoroughly they blew my mind. All the love that could possibly exist was suddenly in my soul. Out of nowhere the heights, the depths, and the possibilities of life all of a sudden seemed to appear before me. And they washed over me like a sun shining from paradise. And I haven't lived up to those possibilities, and that is too depressing to even completely admit to myself. But every time I hear Soulful Old Man Sunshine, it all comes back.