Maybe more than any other album, my reaction to Friends has remained basically the same: it's really, really good. The first time I heard it was early on in my fandom as one of my first purchases. At that time, I knew the early hits (and hated them almost universally) and had recently come to know and eventually love Pet Sounds and Smile. I believe this twofer would have been my second purchase after PS (with Smiley/WH first). And it was a pretty big departure from everything else, departing right into my sweet spot.
The low key tunes, the largely inconsequential and unpretentious lyrics, the great, great, great arrangements (which I think are great, btw) ... I thought Brian Wilson's genius shone through really clearly. I couldn't imagine that this hadn't been more popular, if not in 1968 then at least sometime thereafter.
Probably more than anything, it's the breezy little trio of songs on Side One that I love most: "Wake the World," "Be Here in the Morning," and "When a Man Needs a Woman," but "Busy Doin Nothin" is another favorite. I have to say I've always had a bizarre affinity for "a man needs a woman like a woman needs a man / when the two get together aw aw aw aw aw awwwwww." Those, my friends, are lyrics!
I could do without "Transcendental Meditation" or "Anna Lee, the Healer," though in both cases I like something about them (the track and the vocal performance, respectively). I'd have loved some of the similarly styled tunes of the same era in there instead, "Time to Get Alone," for example. But life goes on quite nicely as-is.
You know, it didn't do as much for me as the Wild Honey 1967 set did. I enjoyed it, and it was good to hear some subtleties that weren't as easy to hear in the final album, but it didn't really serve as any kind of revelation for me. I do look forward to the 1970/Sunflower one, though...
Top 3 for me. To me this album is perfect, the only "perfect" album Brian did other than Pet Sounds and maybe Love You. Love You is not in my top 3, but it's in my Top ten, and it's perfect in the sense that it all kind of goes together as an album-length statement. Well, except for "Good Time" but that somehow fits.
lonelysummer: Shoot, i gave up on new music in the 90's.
Sept 18, 2021 2:18:38 GMT
Kapitan: Anyone want to kick off the next year's music to discuss? Pick anything except 1976, 1963, 1989, 2002, or 2010.
Sept 18, 2021 11:22:42 GMT
Kapitan: If not, I'll post a new one later today.
Sept 18, 2021 11:25:26 GMT
jk: Sounds good to me, Cap'n.
Sept 18, 2021 11:50:32 GMT
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