Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas friends!

I want to apologize for failing to update my Beach Boys blog adequately these past few months. I've been very busy. When I started this blog I was a 19 year old Freshman in college and now, 5 years later I have 2 full time jobs, a fiancee, bills and lots of other things that are getting in the way. Fortunately, technology is making it easier for me to update this blog. (Right now I am typing this on my phone)

I promise to upload dozens of new things next year and to finally review the SMiLE sessions box set and talk about the new Beach Boys album coming out.

It's amazing that after 5 years I still have SO much I have to say about the Beach Boys. I love the Beach Boys more now than I ever did and I can't wait to continue being a fan of the greatest pop band of all time.

Thank you all for reading and I hope you all got exactly what you wanted! I know I did. I got an original vinyl version of Smiley Smile in PERFECT condition <3.

=] Your friend, Eric Warncke

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Explorers Club Music

Let's face it folks, the Beach Boys are never coming back, but at least we have the Explorers Club!

Last week I interviewed one of my musical heroes, Jason Brewer, from the band The Explorers Club. If you like The Beach Boys, The Beatles or America you need to go to right now and download three brand new songs by The Explorers Club! The best part? They're all free.

This is the link:

These three songs are being presented as a suite of music called "The Californian Suite". The three songs on the disc are "Walk On By" (a Burt Bacharach and Hal David standard covered by Dionne Warwick, Isaac Hayes, The Beach Boys and many other greats), Weight Of The World (a brand new original song) and Summer Days and Summer Nights (an original song that references the Beach Boys album of the same name).

This suite of music is fantastic, both as a marketing tool and as a release. All 3 songs are better than anything The Explorers Club have done before. These 3 songs represent a band more unified, educated, confident and artistic than ever before. Their version of Walk On By is different than any you may have ever heard before. The vocals are sung in a powerful and agonizing way that stands out in my mind much more than Dionne Warwick's version and their version also doesn't have the same backing vocals that the Beach Boys version had, so it is impossible to declare them "copycats", considering this version is completely unique. It even has a nasty organ solo at the end!

When I first heard the Beach Boys cover of Walk On By, I ADORED it. I must have listened to their version 20,000 times. I've learned the song and even thought about recording a cover myself. I am kind of glad I didn't get around to recording my version, because it would never have been as good as the Explorers Club version.

The 2 original songs on the suite, Weight of the World and Summer Days and Summer Nights are sort of spiritual sisters. They belong together. Weight of the World has this great flamenco guitar riff in it and amazing Spanish castanets acting as the rhythm. The song also has a great horn riff in the middle of it that makes the song sound like a Bacharach standard (Raindrops anyone?). This song is beautifully crafted and is so gorgeous that I'm afraid some people won't give it a chance, just for being so gorgeous.

Summer Days and Summer Nights is slightly slower than Weight of the World, but probably will have a greater appeal to the general public because it doesn't feature any castanets or flamenco guitar playing, but instead focuses on singing and vocal harmonies. The vocal track on this song is really gorgeous and so are the vocal harmonies dispersed throughout the entire song. Another awesome thing about this song is the ending, which picks up in speed and has a nice keyboard solo with some excellent acoustic guitar riffs and flute lines as well. It's really groovy and reminds me of The Free Design and Harpers Bizarre.

I really love this 3 song EP and I can't encourage you enough to download it immediately from amazon for FREE here -

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Interview: Jason Brewer of the Explorers Club

The Explorers Club is one of my favorite bands. I have wanted to interview them for years and I finally had the chance!

The Explorers Club are a pop band that sound a lot like the Beach Boys with perfectly in pitch vocal harmonies and unbelievably catchy hooks in all of their songs. They released their debut album "Freedom Wind" on the Dead Oceans label in 2008 and since then I have been so incredibly anxious for new music from the guys. Thankfully NEXT WEEK the Explorers Club will be returning with new music in the form of three exclusive "suites" of music that will be available through beginning next TUESDAY, October 25th when the "California Suite" will become available. Keep checking for more information!

I am so excited for these suites! I watched the promotional video below and it will feature a cover of the Burt Bacharach song "Walk On By" (also covered by the Beach Boys in 1968), the song Hitchin' A Ride as well as two "under construction" mixes of songs from their soon to-be-released new album "Grand Hotel" that will be available on Rock Ridge Music.

Jason Brewer is the principle song writer for the Explorers Club. He is the Brian Wilson of the band. I admire him a heck of a lot. He reminds me of Brian Wilson in a lot of ways; teaching his band members the vocal harmonies and meticulously rehearsing each part over and over again, giving suggestions to make the sound just the way he hears it in his head. I imagine him coming into band rehearsals and recording sessions with brand new songs in his hands anxious to show them off to the guys.

I have probably listened to the Explorers Club's 6 song EP and their debut full-length "Freedom Wind" a million times. I seriously spin the Explorers Club as often as the Beach Boys (and that is saying a lot). I don't think the Explorers Club are copy cats, I think they are pop fanatics, just like me and I think to label them as anything but fantastic is a poor judgment call.

I love the Explorers Club and I am absolutely giddy to share this interview with Jason Brewer!


1. When and where did the Explorers Club form?

Jason: We formed in 2005 in Charleston, SC in Dave Ellis' (one of the band's singers and multi-instrumentalists) backyard.

2. Are you [Jason] the only song writer in the band?

Jason: I am the only songwriter in the band, but I collaborate with Troy Stains and Mike Williamson - two songwriter friends of mine.

3. Besides the Beach Boys and the Beatles, who are some other big influences for the Explorers Club?

Jason: Herb Alpert, Neil Diamond, The Bee Gees, Burt Bacharach, CSNY, Andy Williams, The Grass Roots, The Turtles, The Zombies, Dan Penn, Joe South, ABBA, Frankie Valli, Bob Crewe, Roger Nichols, Paul Williams, Jimmy Webb, Glen Campbell, Booker T and the MGs... too many to name!

4. Your self titled, 6 song demo cd, where was it recorded and who mixed and mastered it?

Jason: It was recorded in too many places to name - a lot of it was done with my friend Troy Stains in Atlanta, GA. We mixed it ourselves. It was most likely mastered by Kevin Crothers in Charleston. That was WAY TOO LONG AGO.

5. What was the process like of getting signed to Dead Oceans and recording Freedom Wind?

Jason: They saw us play at SXSW in 2007 and signed us on the spot. We spent that summer making our record with Matt Goldman in Atlanta, GA. We really explored vocal harmonies and sound combinations to get that classic sound down just right.

6. What praise have you received that meant the very most to you so far (for example, if Brian Wilson told me he liked my music, I would cry)?

Jason: I think Brian [Wilson] calling me was real special. I also felt like our review in UNCUT magazine by Bud Scoppa was a career highlight so far. Singing with Darian and Nelson from Brian's band at the Troubadour in LA was very special.

7. What makes your new CD "Grand Hotel" that is about to be released different from "Freedom Wind"?

Jason: It is the REAL Explorers Club. It is our own sound. It is harmonies, classic pop sounds, lighthearted spirit and most remarkably - it's own VERY unique sound that is new and classic all at once. It is a musical vacation.

8. Are you going to buy the Smile Sessions by the Beach Boys when it released in November?

Jason: I plan to camp by my mailbox from now until it is delivered.

9. What are you planning to do after your next album is out? Tour? Record more? Take a break?

Jason: We will play shows and hopefully make a new record REALLY fast to follow it up. I already have two concepts half written for two more albums... get ready!

Listen to this tasty groove:
Do You Love Me? by expclub

and visit their website

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Smile - Essential Extras

This is a release called Smile - Essential Extras. Tragically, this is not essential. It is mostly just instrumental versions of Smile songs and poorly edited cuts stolen from other Smile releases. There are some cool things on here though, like the 15 minute cut of Good Vibrations and the FABULOUS live version of Heroes and Villains.

Look 2:46
Heroes and Villains (Cantina Version) 2:56
Bicycle Rider (Segment) 0:35
The Old Master Painter (Track Only) 1:05
Wonderful (Track Only) 2:07
Smile Instrumental Link 0:58
Prayer 1:05
Child Is Father to the Man (Two Sections) 1:12
Friday Night 1:29
Tones 0:58
Wind Chimes (Smiley Version) 2:36
Can't Wait Too Long (Alternate Mix) 1:47
Good Vibrations (Live 10/22/66) 5:10
You're Welcome (B-side) 1:07
Vega-Tables (Alternate Version) 3:28
He Gives Speeches 1:09
Smile Instrumental Link #2 0:52
Heroes and Villains (Demo) 0:50
Surf's Up (Demo) 3:36
Good Vibrations (Sessions) 15:17
Fall Breaks and Back To Winter 2:06
Cabinessence (Track) 3:56
Surf's Up (Track) 1:36
Water Chant 0:58
Heroes and Villains (Live 8/25/67) 3:45
Brian's Favorite Vega-table (1991) 0:14


link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 5

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Smile Sessions Box Set Promo

On November 1st Capitol Records will be releasing the Smile Sessions Box Set! (October 31st international release) This is a promo video of everything that will be included in the box set. Consider this a pre-oder =D

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Smile - Millennium Edition

This version of smile was made in 2000 and has some of the most interesting arrangements of the usual smile songs. I especially like the extended Heroes and Villains, the foxtrot version of Wonderful with the Rock with me Henry ending and The powerful Elemental suite. This version has great dynamics and originality but also uses some clips with too much static without any effort to remove it, but thankfully this doesn't happen very often.

These are the liner notes to this album:

Our Prayer: Real stereo version and the last verse remixed with break out into laughter.

Heroes and Villains (The Barnyard Suite): This is not "Heroes and Villains". This track is new-salvage remix called "Heroes and Villains" suite made with lots of fragments. This stereo remixed version contains "I'm In Great Shape" demo verse. Constitution is different from ever make-up another suite.

Child is Father of the Man: This track contains a lot of pieces from "Child is father of The man" sessions. The first verse is the same as "Look". The second verse diverted to last verse of "Surf's Up". Break in as "Vega-Tables" tag, track move on last verse like a Jazz flavor (sic) sound.

Wonderful: Harpsichord version with "ma ma ma" chorus and "rock with me henry" verse. Ending part is smiley smile's laughing dialogue tag.

With Me Tonight: An acappella (sic) version is smiley smile sessions, but this track's end verse is never heard fast chorus on album version.

Do You Like Worms?: Real stereo version you never heard on other disc. Complete last mix with stereo sounds. And also this song is one part of "Heroes and Villains" suite.

The Old Master Painter: Real stereo version with "Barnyard part 2". This song might be included among "Heroes and Villains" suite, too.

Cabin Essence: This a long version with instrumental introduction. After "Grand coolle (sic) dam-Over the crow cries" verse, "Who run the iron horse" arrival again as ending verse.

Good Vibrations: Incredible Stereo sound! First Time On C.D.! Try to hear each channel. Maybe you can find secret of this miracle number.

Vega-Tables: Incredible arrival at first time on this C.D. Real stereo sound! Again try to hear each channel.

Wind Chimes: Beautiful marimba version with stereo sound.

The Elemental Suite: The "Elements" is still in mysteriousness. Maybe Brian construct with "Good Vibrations" " Vega-Tables" "Wind Chimes" "Look" "Holidays" "Mrs. O'leary's (sic) Cow" "I Love to say Da-da" "I wanna be around" "Friday Night" ... and other fragment from SMILE sessions. This is a puzzling suite made with lots of fragments that previously we heard.

Vega-tables reprise: Reprise with a incredible session track! This is take-2 of the session. Maybe this take is Brian's original idea for "SMILE". Because he filled up the track with a burst of laughter.

Surf's Up: Luckily you can hear heavenly sound in this version presented by Brian. This version contains four parts. The First verse is instrumental introduction as prelude for Brian's singing. Second one is incledible (sic) with Brian's lead vocal and perfect track. Third one is solo performance from "Inside Pop". Fourth one is as known as "Child is father of the man".


link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Follow the blag

Hey, if you like my blog and have a google account, f-f-f-f-follow me. Sign in at the top right of this website, then the follow link will be at the top left of this website.

Smile - Philistine Compilation

This version of Smile is called the Philistine Compilation. I don't know who made this. If you made it, email me!

1. Our Prayer/Gee
2. Heroes and Villains
3. Do You Like Worms?
4. He Gives Speeches
5. Barnyard
6. The Old Master Painter/You Were My Sunshine
7. Cabinessence
8. Wonderful
9. Look
10. Child Is The Father Of The Man
11. Surf's Up
12. I'm In Great Shape/I Wanna Be Around
13. Vegetables
14. Holidays
15. Wind Chimes
16. Mrs. O'Leary's Cow
17. I Love To Say Da Da
18. Good Vibrations
19. You're Welcome
20. Smile Promo
21. He Gives Speeches
22. Surf's Up
23. Cabinessence
24. Heroes and Villains/Barnyard


link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6

Monday, August 15, 2011

Without Her

I have always liked Harry Nilsson, so here is a cover of one of my favorite Nilsson songs.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Smile Booklet

You can see the entire Smile booklet here:

It's not that big of a deal.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Brian Wilson Met John Lennon Hundreds Of Times

I was reading the blog Brian Wilsonite and laughed at this story that comes from groovyrick, who relays a story that Alice Cooper told him. Try to follow along:

I’ve seen Alice in concert a couple of times, and met him twice. The first time I met him, someone told him that I was a major Brian Wilson fan. Alice immediately smiled and stated that he was also a major fan, and a good friend of Brian’s. He also said that he had a GREAT Brian Wilson story to tell me.

From this point, I will let Alice tell the story:

“I was sitting backstage after the 1974 Grammys with Bernie Taupin (Elton John’s lyricist) and John Lennon. This was when Brian was really having some mental issues. During the course of the conversation, I kept seeing Brian out of the corner of my eye, just kind of staring at us from different angles. Finally, he came up to the table, bent down and whispered in my ear, ‘Hey Alice, introduce me to John Lennon.’ I couldn’t BELIEVE that these two men had never met! They were virtually neck and neck in the 60’s as the greatest bands on the planet, and I’m SURE they must have crossed paths at some point. But then I thought to myself, ‘Wow, if they REALLY have never met, I’m going to be the one to introduce them and become a part of rock history!’ So I merely said, ‘Brian Wilson, this is John Lennon. John Lennon, this is Brian Wilson.’ Lennon was very cordial and polite, saying things like, ‘Hello Brian, I’ve always wanted to meet you. I’ve always admired your work, and Paul and I considered Pet Sounds one of the best albums ever made.’ Brian thanked him and walked away, at which point Lennon went right back to his conversation like nothing had happened. About ten minutes later, Brian came by our table again, leaned down and whispered something to Bernie, and all of a sudden, Bernie was saying, ‘Brian Wilson, this is John Lennon. John Lennon, Brian Wilson.’ Lennon was just as cordial and polite as the first time, saying essentially the same thing about always wanting to meet him. As soon as Brian walked away, John looked at both of us and casually said in his typical Liverpudlian accent, ‘I’ve met him hundreds of times. He’s not well, you know.’”

Alice went on to say that he loves Brian, and later that night went with a group of people to Brian’s house and went into his studio to add and subtract instruments and passages from Beach Boys songs. I don’t know what was funnier to me…the punchline of the story, or listening to Alice Cooper try to talk like John Lennon.

The Beach Boys in Mojo Magazine

On June 15th (I'm a little late on this) Mojo Magazine released a special edition called "Mojo 60s" and the cover story was the official release (hopefully this month) of Smile!

The official version of Smile is going to be completed with the approval of Brian and will finally be mastered by some producers who know exactly what needs to be done to improve the sound on the Smile tracks to make them perfect. (I pray)

The magazine came with a single on pretty yellow vinyl. The A side was Wonderful, the B side was Cabinessence. Bionicool posted a nice video of the two songs.

Brad Cook's SMiLE Edit - Repost

This is a repost of my 3rd favorite SMiLE ever made. This one is by Brad Cook and I originally posted this May 1, 2010. This version is so psychedelic I can barely get my head around it.

It starts off with the silent hum of a 60s record... Moments later a bizarre Spanish influenced instrumental song plays several bars of a repetitive figure before violently bursting into a triumphant and unique edit of Heroes and Villains featuring the "My Children Were Raised" section of this song with the "boys and girls" backing vocals very prominent. This mix feels very authentic and I accept and consider this very close to how an official Smile release in 1967 would have sounded (namely far out, brilliant and slightly static-y).

There were some attempts made to clean up the sources for these tracks, but the creator of this mix mostly left the tracks alone, meaning if there was background hum in the original recording, you will hear it in this mix. If you like that, cool. If you don't like that, this is still a nice mix.

I also really love how vibrant Child Is The Father Of The Man sounds on this mix too. I can really hear the wood blocks and claves.

You will appreciate this mix if you download it.

1. Untitled Instrumental
2. Heroes & Villains
3. Holiday
4. Heroes And Villains Intro
5. Do You Like Worms?
6. Cabinessence
7. Heroes And Villains (Sections)
8. Prayer
9. Wonderful
10. Child Is The Father Of The Man
11. Look
12. Vegetables
13. Wind Chimes
14. The Elements Part 1
15. Water Chant
16. I Love To Say Da Da
17. Surf's Up


link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7, link 8

DJ Mike Love's Smile

This is a version of SMiLE done by someone calling themselves DJ Mike Love, not to be confused with this DJ Mike Love.

1. Our Prayer
2. Wind Chimes
3. Do You Like Worms?
4. Heroes and Villains
5. The Old Master Painter
6. Child Is The Father Of The Man
7. Cabin Essence
8. Good Vibrations
9. Wonderful
10. I'm In Great Shape
11. Vege-tables
12. The Elements
13. Surf's Up


link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7, link 8

Monday, August 1, 2011

String Quartet Cover of Good Vibrations

I just got an email showing me a video of a String Quartet called Baby Strings from Miami, Florida doing a nice cover of Good Vibrations. You can learn more about the baby strings at their website.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Repost - 66 - 67 Smile

This is another fan made smile with awesome high resolution scans of the original booklet! This is worth it for the booklet alone, BUT the mix is fantastic. Here is a bit of the description!

"All credit for audio quality goes to Purple Chick, Mok and Ryan Marks. I could not hope to out-do them in the remastering of these tracks.

Without doing a track-by-track, some of the highlights of this mix include:
*Improved seamless transitions between tracks, without cutting in elements from BWPS (for the hardcore vintage folks)
*I used tracks without digital edits (pitch/tempo shifts) as much as possible. (Those that may remain are not distracting)
*Perhaps best of all, a hi-res reconstruction of the original Smile booklet is included. (I used 150 dpi for the attached jpeg's, which are perfect for printing)"


link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7, link 8

A New Smile

This is the 2nd most adventurous SMiLE mix ever created (the first being AlternateBrianWilson's Smile). It is only 4 (long) tracks but they are all spliced together perfectly. You MUST own this version. I order you to download.

I don't actually know who made this version of smile, but I love it a lot. I have had this version since July 6, 2010. If you made this version of SMiLE, TELL ME!

1. Suite 1
2. Suite 2
3. Suite 3
4. Suite 4


link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7, link 8, link 9

SMiLE - Authentic Mix

I received this in an email last year and forgot about it. Sorry!


The Beach Boys - SMiLE (authentic Mix)

** The concept of this SMiLE sequence is to present what SMiLE would have actually sounded like in 1967 if Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys had finished it. **

1. Our Prayer
2. Heroes and Villains (part 1)
3. Heroes and Villains (part 2)
4. Do You Like Worms?
5. Wonderful
6. Look
7. Cabinessence
8. Good Vibrations
9. Vege-Tables
10. Wind Chimes
11. The Elements
12. Surf's Up

The SMiLE (Authentic Mix) attempts to correct the inherent flaws in previous mixes to present what SMiLE more or less would have actually sounded like in 1967. In effect, this mix is more concise and "bare bones" than some, but is more unified and cohesive as a whole.

* created by soniclovenoize using SAW+, SONAR and Goldwave. *


link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7, link 8, link 9

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Repost - Cocaine Sessions

Here are the infamous Cocaine Sessions with Brian and Dennis Wilson from 1981.

1. Yeahhh
2. Oh Lord
3. City Blues
4. Piano
5. You've Been Part 1
6. You've Been Part 2
7. I Feel So Fine
8. Heroes And Villains

+ an interview with Brian

These demos are worth owning for one reason, and one reason alone - Oh Lord. This song can best be explained by this quote from a fan site.

"Oh Lord, originally recorded in demo form during the infamous Brian/Dennis sessions at Village Recorders 81-82. After Dennis' death, Brian re-worked this track with Culture Club producer Steve Levine in July 1984 for possible inclusion on what would become "the Beach Boys" 1985. It did not make it to the final cut, and remains unreleased."

Really, this is an incredible song, and I love it to death. It still sends shivers down my spine when I hear that line "Make me sad, for everything, let me see, what there is to see." A criminally underrated Dennis Wilson song that was recorded and still remains unreleased.


link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4

Brian Loves You

In 1977 the Beach Boys needed to release a smash record. Instead, they released The Beach Boys Love You; a comical, heart warming album that is truly the last Beach Boys album that I don't skip any songs on. It's Brian Wilson's last effort as a producer.

This album that I am sharing today (with the help of my friend Reggie) is demo versions of the songs on Love You performed by Brian Wilson on the piano. Its solid gold!


link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7

Zach Steiner's Smile

I found a reconstruction of Smile that I had never heard before by someone named Zach Steiner. You can read about his version HERE (includes tracklisting) and listen to his version and download it HERE.


Repost - Mok's Smile

Mok's Smile is one of the classic reconstructions of Smile. You can learn more about it and read the tracklisting HERE.


link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7

30th Anniversary Show

This is a recording of a live performance from 1991. It's actually pretty good, especially Bruce Johnston's singing on Please Let Me Wonder. This one is worth a listen.

CD 1:
01. California Girls
02. You're So Good To Me
03. Darlin'
04. Then I Kissed Her
05. Do It Again
06. Surfer Girl
07. Please Let Me Wonder
08. Don't Worry Baby
09. Be True To Your School
10. Cottonfields
11. Rock And Roll Music
12. Dancing In The Street
13. Dance Dance Dance
14. Do You Wanna Dance
15. Still Cruisin'
16. Little Deuce Coupe
17. 409
18. The Little Old Lady From Pasadena
19. Shut Down
20. Little GTO

CD 2:
01. I Get Around
02. In My Room
03. God Only Knows
04. Sloop John B
05. Wouldn't It Be Nice
06. Good Vibrations
07. Kokomo
08. Help Me Rhonda
09. Barbara Ann
10. Fun Fun Fun
11. Wipe Out
12. Surfin' Safari
13. Surf City
14. Surfin' USA


link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6

Repost - 21 Little Ones

This is a repost of an album that got removed before. It's essentially a collection of Brian Wilson songs from the unreleased Sweet Insanity album, some sessions with Gary Usher and an awful attempt at a live album that is so obviously fake I literally felt offended. It originally came in .wav format, but I converted it to mp3 format and uploaded it for download below.

This is a pretty awful album (sound quality and song quality). I do really like the last 3 songs though. They are Brian Wilson solo performances of songs written around 1977. The only song officially released was I'll Bet He's Nice on the Beach Boys' 1977 album Love You.


link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7, link 8, link 9

more coming tomorrow,

eric =]

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jeffrey Foskett The Best Of

Jeffrey Foskett has been a member of the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson's band for over 30 years and has released 12 solo albums in the style of the Beach Boys. This is under the section of Beach Boys related releases.

There are some fantastic covers and original songs on this album, including I Live For The Sun (a cover of a song by The Sunrays), Hurting Each Other (a cover of a song by the Carpenters) and She Knows Me Too Well (a classic Beach Boys cover).

1. I Live For The Sun
2. Thru My Window
3. Maryann
4. Baby It's You (with Doug Fieger)
5. Cool and Gone
6. Reflections Of My Life
7. Nowhere
8. The Word Go (with Jeff Larson)
9. Hurting Each Other
10. It's My Fault
11. The Best Thing About Me Is You (with Marshall Crenshaw)
12. Everything I Need (with Brian Wilson)
13. No One Knows (But You) (with Randelle Kirsch)
14. I Can't Let Go (with Larry Ramos)
15. You're My Favorite Waste of Time (with Randelle Kirsch)
16. She Knows Me Too Well
17. I Don't Know (with Michael Campion)U.S. Bonus Tracks
18. New York's A Lonely Town
19. You Wouldn't Listen
20. Your Very Eyes
21. Everybody


link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5, link 6, link 7, link 8

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Reuploads coming + new stuff

Everybody! I have read your numerous emails and comments about reuploading lost files. I am having most of them sent to me and they will be uploaded soon. (Within 2 weeks to 4 weeks.)

I also will be uploading lots of new material, including live recordings of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys (from the 60s and 70s). I got this stuff from a friend of mine who used to be a DJ.

Anyway, expect lots of updates in the next few months.

- Eric Warncke

Here is a peak at some of the updates coming!

Friday, July 22, 2011


If you have any old files from this blog from between 2007 and 2009, will you email them to me at I am just trying to reupload them for everyone who emails me asking me to upload removed files. It would mean a lot to me.

I lost them a while back due to a harddrive crash.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dear Brian

Please don't retire from touring live. I remember seeing you live on my birthday 2 years ago. It was still my best birthday ever.

Your eternal buddy,

Eric Warncke

Monday, March 21, 2011

Dear Beach Boys

Please consider me, your blogging buddy, as a guest vocalist on your new SMiLE record!

I know all the parts!

Your pal,

Eric Warncke =]

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Life's A Beach Series #15 - Wondering In Sweden

Just wanted to tell everyone that I found two jobs! I am a part time keyboard and guitar instructor at a place called Rock School and I am also a full time cell phone sales man. Thanks to the friends who made donations, you guys are true heroes.

My friend DJole strikes again! This series in the Life's A Beach line is Wondering in Sweden. This is 43 tracks of the good stuff.

CD 1:
01 Little Honda (11.64)
02 My Buddy Seat (Single, 11.64)
03 You're Gonna Ride With Me (Single, 11.64)

French TV (10.11.64):
04 Beach Boys On Montmartre
05 Fun, Fun, Fun

Stockholm (11.21.64):
06 Interview
07 Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow
08 Introduction
09 Little Deuce Coupe
10 Surfer Girl
11 Monster Mash
12 Louie Louie
13 Surfin' USA
14 Don't Worry Baby
15 I Get Around
16 Johnny B Goode

ABC Shindig (14.12.64)
17 Dance Dance Dance
18 Monster Mash-Little Saint Nick-Papa Ooh Mow
19 We Three Kings
20 Kiss Me, Baby (Takes 1-6, 16-12-64)
21 Kiss Me, Baby (Take 7, 16-12-64)
22 Kiss Me, Baby (Take 8, 16-12-64)
23 Kiss Me, Baby (talk between sessions, 16-12-64)
24 Kiss Me, Baby (Take 9, 16-12-64)

Bob Hope Show (18.12.64):
25 Dance, Dance, Dance
26 Please Let Me Wonder (Rehearsal, 07-01-65)
27 Please Let Me Wonder (Rehearsal, 07-01-65)
28 Please Let Me Wonder (Takes 1-3, 07-01-65)
29 Please Let Me Wonder (Take 4, 07-01-65)

CD 2:
01 Please Let Me Wonder (Takes 5-10, 07-01-65)
02 Please Let Me Wonder (Take 11, 07-01-65)
03 Please Let Me Wonder (Takes 12-17, 07-01-65)
04 Please Let Me Wonder (Take 18, 07-01-65)
05 Please Let Me Wonder (Takes 19-21, 07-01-65)
06 Please Let Me Wonder (Take 22, 07-01-65)
07 Please Let Me Wonder (Takes 23-25, 07-01-65)
08 Help Me, Ronda (Takes 1-4, 08-01-65)
09 Help Me, Ronda (Takes 14-19, 08-01-65)
10 Help Me, Ronda (Take 20, 08-01-65)
11 Help Me, Ronda (Takes 21-30, 08-01-65)
12 Help Me, Ronda (Take 31, 08-01-65)
13 Help Me, Ronda (Stereo Backing Track, 08-01-65)
14 Please Let Me Wonder (Vocal Overdub Session 1, 09-01-65)
15 Please Let Me Wonder (Vocal Overdub Session 2, 09-01-65)
16 Please Let Me Wonder (Vocal Overdub Session 3, 09-01-65)
17 Please Let Me Wonder (Vocal Overdub Session 4, 09-01-65)
18 Please Let Me Wonder (Vocal Overdub Session 5, 09-01-65)
19 Please Let Me Wonder (1st Vocal Overdub, 09-01-65)
20 Please Let Me Wonder (2nd Mike Lead Takes 1-8, 09-01-65)
21 Please Let Me Wonder (2nd Mike Lead Take 9, 09-01-65)
22 Please Let Me Wonder (Track Only No Lead Vocal, 09-01-65)
23 Please Let Me Wonder (Brian Lead Vocal-Instrumental, 09-01-65)
24 Please Let Me Wonder (Stereo Mix)

(notice the Help Me Ronda sessions...didn't something interesting happen during those sessions?)

Download Disc 1 (162 MB)
Download Disc 2 (166 MB)
Download Artwork (2.5 MB)


Friday, March 11, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

SMiLE - Father of the Man Mix

Hello everyone,

I am sharing a new version of SMiLE made by my buddy Sr101 (or Mike if you prefer). He describes his mix below:

"SMiLE was created in 1966 and was to be released in January of 1967. It missed that date by 37 years and when Brian Wilson finally released "SMiLE" to the world, it destroyed many people's expectations. Many have tried to decide on how the album would have sounded back in 67' and so I am here to show my version of SMiLE, which I call the "Father Of The Man Mix". All the music used on the project is owned by the Beach Boys and has been remastered and re-imagined for your listening enjoyment. The biggest enhancement on the album is the full remastering of "Child is the Father of the Man", which normally has very bad quality. My favorite tracks are Surf's Up and Child is The Father of The Man."

You can learn more about this version HERE or download it below


Friday, February 4, 2011

Hollywood Bowling!

There is a new chapter in the Cork in the Ocean Productions by DJ Rock. This one is called The Beach Boys Hollywood Bowl-ing. Its from a live show on October 19th, 1963. You can see the tracklisting and download it below.

The Beach Boys were the last act of the day for "Y-Day", sponsored by the Hollywood YMCA and local station KFWB. They were only supposed to perform three songs, but decided on-the-spot to perform "Surfer Girl" as well. They also sang a short acapella tribute to KFWB.

The date for this concert was actually October 19th, 1963, not November 1st, as widely (and incorrectly) claimed. Ads for the show indicate the 10/19 date. The ads also include the opening acts: Jan and Dean, Bobby Vinton and Duane Eddy. Art Linkletter hosted.

01 Intro
02 Little Deuce Coupe
03 In My Room
04 Be True To Your School
05 Surfer Girl
06 KFWB Theme
07 Outro (Closing Credits)
BONUS: 08 (Thank Him For) Our Love (Brian Wilson Demo, 1963)


Information + Artwork

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Please consider

Hello Beach Boys fans,

It's your friend Eric Warncke here. Thank you to everyone who continues to email me and tell me how much they like the blog. But unfortunately, right now I am unemployed and living back at home with my parents and my car needs a new wheel on it before I can get out and find that killer job.

All I am asking is that if you have a few dollars and love the blog and can donate it, I would appreciate you forever.

Thank you.

- Eric Warncke =]

Friday, January 28, 2011

Life's A Beach #14 - Radio XMAS:

October - November 1964.

"Concert" (LP, 19.10.1964.):
01 Fun, Fun, Fun
02 The Little Old Lady From Pasadena
03 Little Deuce Coupe
04 Long Tall Texan
05 In My Room
06 Monster Mash
07 Let's Go Trippin'
08 Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow
09 The Wanderer
10 Hawaii
11 Graduation Day
12 I Get Around
13 Johnny B. Goode

14 Dance, Dance, Dance (Single, 26.10.64)
15 The Warmth Of The Sun (Single, 26.10.64)

Radio Sessions (26.10.1964.):
16 KDWB Radio Spot
17 KFWB Radio Spot
18 KLIV Radio Spot
19 WKBW Radio Spot
20 KNAK Radio Spot
21 KROY Radio Spot
22 KPOI Radio Spot

01 KJR Radio Spot
02 WMCA Radio Spot
03 KYA Radio Spot
04 KOYL Radio Spot
05 KDEO Radio Spot
06 WLS Radio Spot
07 WIL Radio Spot
08 KMAK Radio Spot
09 KAFY Radio Spot
10 KMEN Radio Spot
11 KLIF Radio Spot
12 KORL Radio Spot
13 KROY Radio Spot
14 KXOE Radio Spot
15 WIFE Radio Spot
16 KJR Radio Spot
17 WKBW Radio Spot
18 WBBF Radio Spot
19 WTRY Radio Spot
20 WPTR Radio Spot
21 KENO Radio Spot
22 WMCA Radio Spot
23 WINS Radio Spot
24 KNUZ Radio Spot
25 KILT Radio Spot
26 KBOX Radio Spot
27 CHUM Radio Spot
28 KRLA Radio Spot

T.A.M.I. Show (Santa Monica Civic, 29.10.1964.):
29 Intro (by Jean & Dean) - Surfin' USA
30 I Get Around
31 Surfer Girl
32 Dance, Dance, Dance

33 Brian Wilson Christmas Interview (Silver Platter Service, 10.64)

Ready Steady Go (06.11.1964):
34 I Get Around
35 Interview (Ready Steady Go, 06.11.64)
36 When I Grow Up (Ready Steady Go, 06.11.64)

"Christmas Album" (LP, 09.11.1964):
37 Little Saint Nick
38 The Man With All The Toys (Single, 09.11.64)
39 Santa's Beard
40 Merry Christmas, Baby
41 Christmas Day
42 Frosty The Snowman
43 We Three Kings Of Orient Are
44 Blue Christmas (Single, 09.11.64)
45 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
46 White Christmas
47 I'll Be Home For Christmas
48 Auld Lang Syne




Saturday, January 1, 2011

Album Reviews, That Lucky Old Sun and Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

That Lucky Old Sun is Brian Wilson's eighth solo album and was released in 2008. Due to legal reasons I wasn't able to post my review of this album until this year, 2011. Happy New Year lawyers!

Anyway, That Lucky Old Sun, in addition to being Brian Wilson's 2nd newest album, was also a 1949 song written by Beasley Smith and Haven Gillespie that was covered by numerous famous singers including Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine and Louis Armstrong. It was a huge hit at the time but has faded from popularity as time has gone by, but it appears Brian Wilson hasn't forgotten about it because he uses the song as a reoccurring theme multiple times in the album. As Brian continues to evolve as an artist he still continues to draw most of his influences from artists that were popular when he was a child.

This album is a tribute to Brian's childhood and adolescence. It pays tribute to Americana and the American experience, but more importantly it is a memorial to Wilson's own experiences driving around California and falling in love. The album was co-written with Van Dyke Parks (Smile lyricist) and Scott Bennett (from Brian's band) and the collaborative effort definitely made for a more creative album than it would have been had just Brian worked on it. Van Dyke Parks has spoken word segments in the album that make it more cinematic than most pop albums.

The album has beautiful song writing, singing and production, but moremost importantly is tremendously successful at transporting its listener from where ever they may be straight to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. I would recommend listening to this album while driving in your car alone; it's just perfect for that. This album won't get any parties started, but it might spark nostalgic conversation and some fond memories.


Brian Wilson's ninth and latest album, Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin was released last August but I wasn't able to post my review until this year. Curse the powers that be! But anyway!

This album is Brian's first album as a recording artist under Disney Records (his next album will be classic Disney covers) and that fact doesn't really have any impact on the record...oh, except for infinite $$$$$. Once again, Brian looks to the past for his inspiration for this record, recording 10 George and Ira Gershwin songs in "Brian" style and also completing two new songs from unfinished song sketches that he got from the Gershwin estate. He also wrote this record with Scott Bennett again, proving that those two guys must really like each other or something!

The album definitively proves that Brian cares about George Gershwin and wants to make his music more accessible to a larger group of people. He faithfully recreates these songs and the whole album is really enjoyable. I especially like the songs "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "The Like In I Love You", and "I Got Rhythm". Those songs are all really up-beat and very modern.

I want to mention that Brian Wilson was originally the producer of this album, but apparently Disney wasn't 100% sure about Brian's good ear, because they hired big-shot record producer Al Schmitt (he produced records for Neil Young, Jefferson Airplane and plenty more) to remix the whole album. I wonder if anyone will leak the original Brian Wilson mix of this album?