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30.07.2012 / Arts & Culture

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A perfect anniversary

The last thing you would expect to hear of these days is a brand new Beach Boys album.
Yet, the former surf pioneers have just celebrated their 50th anniversary with a totally fresh set of songs, That’s why God made the radio, and they even managed to bring back to the band its founder and chief songwtiter Brian Wilson, the man behind a masterpiece like Pet Sounds, whose life has often been surrounded by strange episodes.

 

Starting from the year 1967, when Wilson was supposed to compose the beach Boys’ album Smile (one of the great “lost” albums of music history, which was finally released in 2011) and – according to legend – became alarmed when a fire started in the Los Angeles area because he feared one of the songs from the album had triggered the fire.And again in the ’80s, when a controversial relationship with his psychiatrist and “master” Eugene Landy even lead him to give him co-writing credits on several songs (the credits were revised in 1991 when Landy finally got out of Wilson’s life).

 

That’s why God made the radio launches the band’s 50th anniversary in great style, along with a huge world tour featuring all the surviving members of the original line-up (for the very first time since 1996). Of course, this album cannot equal the genius of Pet Sounds of of the other band’s classics, but it certainly can make a careful listener raise an eyebrow to the beauty of its vocal harmonies – a sort of incomparable signature by Brian Wilson: just listen to Think about the days, From there to back again or Pacific coast highway.


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http://www.allmusic.com/album/thats-why-god-made-the-radio-mw0002362118



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