The opening 'Sail On Sailor' was the commercial highlight of the bands 'Holland' set and is performed well enough here.
You see, Capitol records released a various artists album called 'Shut Down' which featured only two Beach Boys songs, both of them previously released, by the way.
Mike Love of course!
Al does the Brian Wilson vocals, and does extremely well indeed, a wonderful vocal full of the right amount of yearning.
All of the 'Pet Sounds' material sounds wonderful here, of course - but tits natural amateur Sounds Sessions' does that job far better and more comprehensively.
It's a good tune but these lyrics
The mixing on the album is very odd, if you listen on "Surf Jam", "Honky Tonk", and "Miserlou" for example you can hear Mike's sax buried way down in the left channel, barely audible
It's the best song here.
It's just so very beautiful, it brings up the standard of an already wonderful album to that of an absolute masterpiece.
Of course, it's all acoustic guitars and strummed bass and yet more bongos!
It is an amazing album.
After which, the remaining three hits from the sixties sound so terribly out of place and manage to ruin the moon created by the other seven songs.
If the whole concept of the singles charts hadn't been undergoing a process of change at this point in time it would have made a great Beach Boys single.
It's not one of his better efforts, but it is affecting enough.
A rockier song that builds up in tempo and intensity as it goes along.
As a song, it goes round and round, that's all it does.
This classic album, which launched surf-rock as a national craze, rides high thanks to young teen couple home sex incredibly strong first half, including such great tunes as the title track, "Farmer's Daughter," "Shut Down" and the beautiful "Lonely Sea" which was actually recorded during the Surfin' Safari sessions but was left out by the company because of its melancholy subject matter.
The second half of 'Holland' kicks off with Carl Wilson's 'Trader'.