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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Beach Boys Wild Honey (Guest post by Bill Watt)

An album that seems to go unnoticed is The Beach Boys' Wild Honey, released in the later part of 1967. The Beach Boys, like many other bands, evolved over time. You've got "I Get Around" and you've got "God Only Knows", two brilliant tracks that reflected their lives and Brian's thoughts at the time. However there's another side to The Beach Boys that may take you by surprise, but nonetheless a side that you need to hear and you will be glad that you did. Wild Honey is one of the most underrated albums of all time.

The first track "Wild Honey" plays and right off the bat you know you're about to hear a side of The Beach Boys you haven't heard before: a more free-flowing and soulful side. The song has that signature element of fun they had on their early albums but with sophistication. To me it seems to be about a guy who just met a girl and he feels that great things are to come. Carl Wilson's voice is infectious and takes the song to another stratosphere. 

Next comes "Aren't You Glad" which has kind of a hip and youthful vibe. Brian Wilson never ceases to amaze and this song Beach Boys Aren't You Glad almost seems to represent a generation in a way that Peter Bjorn and John's "Young Folks" does. 

Next is "I Was Made To Love Her", a Stevie Wonder cover. Right off the bat, Brian finds a way to make Beach Boys "I Was Made To Love Her" his own. Carl Wilson is one of the most underrated vocalists of all-time, with this insane ability to bring out the listeners' emotions, and Beach Boys "I Was Made to Love Her" is great proof. 

"Country Air" is a new twist to the album; simple yet catchy, but gets you thinking about the country landscapes, maybe even early pioneer times and the simplicity of that lifestyle. 

"A Thing or Two" is the next track, a fun tune with a jam session feel. 

The next song up, "Darlin'", is an unforgettable one. A mature love song, Carl Wilson once again, steals the show. It is amazing how pleasing to the ear his voice his. Beach Boys Darlin' isn't the longest song, but doesn't need to be. Beach Boys Darlin' holds up against any Beatles song. The harmonizing is stellar as well. 

"I'd Love Just Once to See You" is up next and is a great Brian Wilson experiment. The "Baah ba ba ba baah ba ba" in the background is the quintessence of that time period and is Monkies-esque. 

"Here Comes the Night" is the next track. Later made into a disco song that grows on you over time. Beach Boys Here Comes the Night is very different from the norm, but is fairly catchy and with a decent amount of substance. 

"Let The Wind Blow" is next and is perfectly placed on the album. Beach Boys Let the Wind Blow eases your mind and has hints of the abandoned "Smile Album". 

Next is "How She Boogalooed It", which has hints of the song "Summertime Blues". To me, Beach Boys How She Boogaloeed it is a very fun summer song that takes you back to the days of block parties and summer games. Carl's voice is very cool and you cannot help but bob your head. 

The last track is "Mama Says", which is a discarded bridge section from the song "Vega-Tables. Originally a piece of a song, Beach Boys Mama Says owns. The great instrumentals and harmonizing are definitely worth a listen.

Overall, Beach Boys Wild Honey deserves much more acclaim and is a unique side of The Beach Boys that everyone should hear.