Merci, Montreal, for a festival that remains magnifique!
by John M. Borack As Frank Sinatra once crooned, “It was a very good year.” Lots of great releases in 2015, some by old favorites, some by new upstarts, and a few that flew in straight out of left field. And …
The Beach Boys have had numerous hit records, but sometimes their non-hits were better than those that topped the charts.
Almost every discussion about Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys has to begin with “Pet Sounds,” the album that changed everything for the group.
In the late ‘70s, Beach Boys fans were enticed by the much ballyhooed “Brian’s back” campaign, a slogan meant to herald the return of the group’s formerly befuddled leader, co-founder and composer.
Long overlooked, the Beach Boys’ 1968 album Friends embodies the group’s California summer aesthetic.