This is my favorite of Carl's solo efforts. It's just a really pleasant, enjoyable album. I dig the stripped-back production and the resulting clarity. I like the drums high in the mix. The fact that this debut isn't the ambitious artistic statement that some fans may have hoped for doesn't bother me one bit. By comparison, Youngblood probably has stronger material and more impressive vocals from Carl, but the production is too busy for my taste. Too guitar-driven and dated. It's certainly more ambitious-sounding, but sometimes less is more.
I only have a few (minor) problems with Carl Wilson. 1) I think "What You Gonna Do About Me?" and "The Right Lane" both drag on too long. 2) I could have done without the nearly 2 minute saxophone solo in "Seems So Long Ago". Though, there are worse ways to end an album, sequence-wise (see Youngblood). 3) I'm not a fan of "The Grammy". Particularly, lyrically. Anyway, here's how I'd rank the tracks...
1. Heaven 2. Hurry Love
3. Hold Me 4. What You Gonna Do About Me? 5. The Right Lane 6. Seems So Long Ago 7. Bright Lights
Ehhh ... no, not quite. Don't get me wrong, I don't think "Livin' With a Heartache" is some kind of classic, either. But it is a somewhat catchy little piece of the country-pop of that era. I like it to some degree, but I don't like it. Not the way I like "Time to Get Alone" or "Wouldn't It Be Nice" or even "The Girl From New York City."
"Hurry Love" is similarly castrated in its production but a worse song, I think.
I like both albums, I really do. I especially like the stripped down sound of the first album - which I think, was the point. After years of being part of very lush productions with the Beach Boys, Carl wanted to do something more basic. That said, if you want to hear livelier versions of these songs, check out the cd's that have come out from his solo tour. One is called Bright Lights, and I think the other is called Too Early To Tell - I know it's from the show at the Bottom Line. That was an awesome band Carl put together for those tours.
carllove: If you want to pick one today, I can do one Monday. Gotta start getting ready to power wash my deck this morning! Did get my thoughts in on 2010 this morning. Rough year!
Sept 18, 2021 13:04:24 GMT
carllove: Actually Kapitan, my husband is still sleeping, so I will choose a year this morning. It will be 1972.
Sept 18, 2021 13:14:07 GMT
B.E.: '63-72 - not just the best years for the Beach Boys but for popular music.
Sept 18, 2021 13:25:18 GMT
Kapitan: Great year for music!
Sept 18, 2021 14:34:33 GMT
B.E.: So, "H.E.L.P. Is On The Way" quotes a Kenny Rogers song. Had no idea...
Sept 19, 2021 18:50:49 GMT
Kapitan: You mean "what condition my condition is in"?
Sept 19, 2021 21:16:37 GMT
B.E.: Yes. Is there more to the story? Is it from somewhere else?
Sept 19, 2021 21:51:28 GMT
Kapitan: No, I was actually wondering the same from you! I just recognized the phrase, no idea of any specific details, reasons, stories.
Sept 19, 2021 22:42:38 GMT
jk: carllove, I see you double-posted in the "365 Days" topic. You can delete the first one, you know. Just click on the cogwheel at top right of that post and it gives you that option.
Sept 20, 2021 7:14:11 GMT
Kapitan: "Sail On, Sailor" and "Only With You" are up for discussion and rating. (As of yesterday, so is George Harrison's self-titled album, in the Beatles rating thread.)
Sept 20, 2021 11:58:33 GMT
jk: Sheriff John Stone: Are you planning to continue your Sparks history? It's been fascinating so far and I'm sure I'm not the only poster here who would appreciate it. When the time is right, of course.
Sept 20, 2021 20:19:15 GMT
Sheriff John Stone: Thanks, jk. I apologize for dragging my feet. I expect to have something posted in a few days.
Sept 20, 2021 22:35:38 GMT
Kapitan: That is NO EXCUSE. You're guilty as charged (said the guy who realized today he started a Prince thread like a month or more ago and 100% forgot about it).
Sept 20, 2021 22:48:03 GMT