Saturday, July 25, 2009

Endless Bummer - The Worst of the Beach Boys [1977]

In the tradition of bootlegs trailblazed by the legendary Elvis' Greatest Shit, here we have a compilation of about 50 minutes of the Beach Boys' most embarrassing moments to have been captured on tape. It goes without saying that this is not only not for the average Beach Boys fan, but not even for many Beach Boys fans who collect the group's unreleased material. Instead, it's something only for the completist, or those with a somewhat masochistic sense of humor. But if you are intent on investigating the most disagreeable skeletons in the group's closet, many of them are here, including really drunk (and long post-prime) vocals on live versions of "Good Vibrations" and "You're So Beautiful"; shamefully exploitative Mike Love-sung ads; a Carl Wilson anti-drug radio spot; Brian Wilson's infamous solo rap song "Smart Girls"; a Spanish version of their unloved comeback hit "Kokomo"; the notorious mid-'60s outtakes in which Murry Wilson rips into his sons and the rest of the group at a recording session; a bad Bob Dylan imitation/parody by Mike Love; and various ragged rehearsal tapes/outtakes. Actually, this material is more interesting than many a mediocre group's best efforts, as a band this good couldn't help from letting some talent, ingenuity, and humor seep through even when they were at their most painfully inept. But relative to the standards of the Beach Boys' usual work -- and even relative to the standards of many Beach Boys bootlegs -- it's oft-painful listening, with some historical interest for those cataloging the band's oft-dysfunctional history, but little entertainment value. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

01. Carl's Anti-Drug Radio Spot
02. Good Vibrations
03. You Are So Beautiful
04. Brian Hanging With Some Nerds
05. Be True to Your Bud
06. Hyatt Regency Promo
07. Smile Promo
08. Mile Slams Smile
09. Vocal Rehearsal 1
10. Smart Girls
11. Carl & The Passions Radio Promo
12. Kokomo [Spanish Vocals]
13. Mr. Sandman/God Only Knows
14. Cell Block No. 9
15. Mike Does Dylan
16. Never Learn Not to Love
17. Help Me, Rhonda [Vocal Session]
18. "I'm a Genius, Too"
19. "We Need Help"
20. Vocal Rehearsal 2

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Alternate Brian Wilson Presents Smile

Sorry I haven't blogged on here in forever. I've received a lot of emails from people who care and I really appreciate that. NOTE: I changed my email address, it is now (AOL had way, way too much spam, not to mention its utterly embarrassing.)

I lost my internet for a long time and now I finally have it back, so! Here comes something that I've been meaning to repost.


(this is a really good version of SMiLE. It is 5 tracks, with an intro, the 3 movements, then You're Welcome at the end. The person who put this together did a heck of a job and more people need to hear it.

Download it here: