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GTT
Posted: Jan 08, 2018 18:39
 

This one goes to 11.
kurtster
(drifting)
Posted: Dec 10, 2017 9:28
 

 Steely_D wrote:

Actually, surprisingly, it does. Brian Wilson's version is better than this.

 
Yes.  Pure liquid ear candy.  My favorite version since it was released.  The whole Smile album works from beginning to end.
Tomasni
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Posted: Nov 10, 2017 9:15
 

To me this is 8 -Most Excellent
Faithful_Fool
(Now in Las Vegas)
Posted: Apr 24, 2017 12:56
 

as kid when these guys were on the radio all of the time I just couldn't accept them.
I mean not when there was "real" Rock N Roll. {#Drunk} 
But now, of course "10" 
Steely_D
(Biscayne Bay, where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day)
Posted: Jan 22, 2017 12:15
 

 grahamdillabough wrote:
Doesn't get much better than this!  :-)

 
Actually, surprisingly, it does. Brian Wilson's version is better than this.
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Nov 22, 2016 10:50
 

 JsDad wrote:
When you argue this song's place on the all-time lists, consider this: greatest song that includes a theremin.
 
Well, technically it doesn't, according to Wiki:
The theremin is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without contact from the player. It is named after its Russian inventor, Professor Léon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928. The controlling section usually consists of two metal antennasoscillator(s) for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.
Contrary to popular belief, the theremin was not used on the 1966 recording of "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys, which featured Paul Tanner's "box", later called the electro-theremin. However, for concert appearances, an oscillator slide-controller was designed and built for Wilson by Robert Moog. Wilson helped to popularize the instrument when he recorded Paul Tanner playing his electro-theremin — for the first time in recorded music history—on the song "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times." The song appeared on The Beach Boys' 1966 album Pet Sounds, considered one of the most influential albums in popular music history.

And a more recent entry:
The Beach Boys' 1966 single "Good Vibrations" – though it does not technically contain a theremin – is the most frequently cited example of the instrument in pop music. The song actually features a type of theremin invented by Paul Tanner called an Electro-Theremin. Upon release, the single prompted an unexpected revival in theremins and increased the awareness of analog synthesizers. In response to requests by the band, Moog Music began producing their own brand of ribbon-controlled instruments which would mimic the sound of a theremin.

. . . In other words, some variation of a theremin, but not the genuine article.
JsDad
(The other end of the telescope)
Posted: Nov 22, 2016 5:40
 

When you argue this song's place on the all-time lists, consider this: greatest song that includes a theremin. 
grahamdillabough
(Somewhere in Q8)
Posted: Jul 19, 2016 22:33
 

Doesn't get much better than this!  :-)
lemmoth
(NYC)
Posted: Apr 27, 2016 13:48
 

 AhhtheMusic wrote:


The segue from Barenaked Ladies' Brian Wilson makes sense, but from my POV is from the very best to the very worst.  :(  Bummer.

 
Opinions are opinions.  And we dont have objective facts when it comes to popular music.  So - thanks for expressing yours.

BUT - OH MY GOD - THIS IS SUCH A BRILLIANT WORK OF ART BY ONE OF THE GREAT MUSICAL GENIUSES OF MODERN TIMES. HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE THAT.!!!!!!

Sorry - my apologies, got carried away there.  You are totally entitled to your opinin.

   
Skydog
(The Mitten)
Posted: Apr 27, 2016 13:48
 

Brian Wilson put this out a year or so ago, he brought in singers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHTuo_MVul0 

Wilfrue
(The space between your reality and my dreams)
Posted: Mar 14, 2016 4:54
 

So much complexity veiled in a simple toe-tapping melody. It really is unmistakably brilliant at anything more than a casual listen. Among the best modern compositions in the realm of popular music, ever. 
2020sk
Posted: Dec 10, 2015 15:30
 

 2020sk wrote:
Just before the slow bit, does he really say "my ovulation"?

 
Ahh the miracle of google. It seems many others have misheard exactly the same thing. Apparently it's "my, what elations!" Makes more sense, but I'm only partly convinced. I don't think I've ever replied to myself before!
2020sk
Posted: Dec 10, 2015 15:27
 

Just before the slow bit, does he really say "my ovulation"?
BCarn
(British Columbia)
Posted: Nov 21, 2015 14:48
 

 Larrygrrl wrote:
Originally I gave this song a 1, but then I saw the film about Brian Wilson and my eyes have been opened.  I now give it a 10!  Pure musical genius.

 
I haven't seen the movie but this piece is certainly genius. Too bad his Father was an asshole.
Larrygrrl
Posted: Nov 09, 2015 8:25
 

Originally I gave this song a 1, but then I saw the film about Brian Wilson and my eyes have been opened.  I now give it a 10!  Pure musical genius.
Chrisjea
(Gethsemane)
Posted: Oct 21, 2015 9:28
 

Google you tube> Rare footage Good Vibrations.  Amazing footage of the recording with the studio musicians, Carl, Mike.  Watch Brian and giving his soul to this
robertomiller
(Mountain View, CA)
Posted: Oct 21, 2015 9:27
 

 Lampje99 wrote:
Nice cross over from bnl to bb
 
Ol' brother Bill, still knows how to swing from one song to another in the sonic jungle… 
AhhtheMusic
Posted: Oct 21, 2015 9:25
 

 AhhtheMusic wrote:
I'd be perfectly content if I never heard a Beach Boys song again in my life, thanks much. ;)

 

The segue from Barenaked Ladies' Brian Wilson makes sense, but from my POV is from the very best to the very worst.  :(  Bummer.
BKardon
(Louisville, CO)
Posted: Sep 07, 2015 17:09
 

I'm surprised this isn't rated a 10.  One of the defining songs of the era is a low 8?
bstevens1951
(Bar Harbor, Maine)
Posted: Aug 19, 2015 15:44
 

Dude.
 

AhhtheMusic wrote:
I'd be perfectly content if I never heard a Beach Boys song again in my life, thanks much. ;)

 


AhhtheMusic
Posted: Aug 07, 2015 8:24
 

I'd be perfectly content if I never heard a Beach Boys song again in my life, thanks much. ;)
kurtster
Posted: Jul 19, 2015 7:45
 

 Steely_D wrote:
Sorry, but this is a better version.

 
 
I agree.  The lyrics took some getting used to, but musically, lights years better.
Lampje99
(Breda, Netherlands)
Posted: Jul 19, 2015 7:44
 

Nice cross over from bnl to bb
Padutarb
Posted: May 05, 2015 0:02
 

Absolutely sublime- one of THE brilliant pop songs of all time.
rc1414
Posted: Apr 15, 2015 16:54
 

{#Bananajam}
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Mar 02, 2015 13:39
 

 Hoosfoos wrote:
Outstanding. If only Brian Wilson didn't lose his mind.
Agreed.
That's what a domineering father, exploitative shrink, and way too much acid will do for you.
amoreena
(west whatnot)
Posted: Mar 02, 2015 13:37
 

Brian intended this song to be "pocket symphony."   What incredible talent.
Steely_D
(Biscayne Bay, where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day)
Posted: Mar 02, 2015 13:35
 

This article on the recording of this song is interesting!

FTA:

"You would sit with a music stand, blank piece of paper, and you'd wait until Brian got around to giving you your notes, because he knew exactly what he wanted," harmonica player Tommy Morgan says. "He knew every note in his head."

Musician after musician would say the same thing again and again, with the same sense of wonder. He knew the bass lines he wanted. He knew the organ sound, what stops to pull on the organ. He would use the studio and get that idea from his head onto tape, and he'd do it by recording it in bits and pieces, getting different sounds from three different studios. It was a revolutionary idea for making records.

 
agd3
Posted: Dec 29, 2014 19:24
 

 Hoosfoos wrote:
Outstanding. If only Brian Wilson didn't lose his mind.

 
Totally agree...what would have happened in 68-73?
Steely_D
(Biscayne Bay, where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day)
Posted: Dec 29, 2014 19:23
 

Sorry, but this is a better version.

 
Hoosfoos
Posted: Dec 29, 2014 19:22
 

Outstanding. If only Brian Wilson didn't lose his mind.
msymmes
(Toronto, CA)
Posted: Nov 28, 2014 13:34
 


This really is an ELEVEN !

The best parts are the silence. 
ziakut
(Beyond Becoming)
Posted: Nov 09, 2014 13:03
 

 mineralBOB wrote:

Huh? Dey DID harmonies like this. Try "Because"! It was a nine-part thing in the end, they recorded it three-part three times. A stunning performance can be heard on the Anthology!

 
The song 'Because' was directly inspired by Beach Boys. In fact, that is the basis for 'Paperback Writer' as well...so I've read. 'Because' is from Abbey Road. It can also be heard on the 'American Beauty' soundtrack from the film.

A real killer version of this tune is on Todd Rundgren's album 'Faithful'. Almost better than the original.


mineralBOB
(Germany/Saxony)
Posted: Oct 28, 2014 6:24
 

 westslope wrote:

Perhaps the Beatles wished they could do harmonies like this.

 
Huh? Dey DID harmonies like this. Try "Because"! It was a nine-part thing in the end, they recorded it three-part three times. A stunning performance can be heard on the Anthology!
copymonkey
(in the northeast, but not near anywhere cool)
Posted: Oct 28, 2014 6:23
 

 gjr wrote:
this has to be one of the best american pop songs of the 60's

 
..or ever.


lemmoth
(NYC)
Posted: Oct 09, 2014 8:25
 

 oldsaxon wrote:
The Beatles wish they wrote this.

 
They did.  That's why they wrote Sgt. Pepper.  To be fair they outnumbered the Beach Boys in genius songwriters by 2 1/2 to 1 1/2 (if you give Mike Love credit for being a good lyricist)

 
bluejay08003
Posted: Aug 07, 2014 21:40
 

 westslope wrote:
Perhaps the Beatles wished they could do harmonies like this.
 
Without commenting on raw vocal talent, The Beatles would have needed another member to do harmonies like this. 
jnhashmi
(Los Angeles)
Posted: Jul 07, 2014 14:25
 

A Sunkist commercial in the 80s *almost* ruined this song for me. I heard it in the commercial before I really knew the song well. The song recovered well (rated it a 9), but I always think of this example when people rail against artists selling songs for commercial purposes. It really does bastardize the song for future generations.
westslope
(BC coast)
Posted: Jul 07, 2014 14:25
 

 oldsaxon wrote:
The Beatles wish they wrote this.

 
Perhaps the Beatles wished they could do harmonies like this.
bev
(Reno, NV)
Posted: Apr 23, 2014 14:22
 

"...giving me head citations..."

For YEARS I thought that's what they were singing. I like "excitations" so much better.
EarthMama
Posted: Apr 04, 2014 12:02
 

 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Hearing this for the first time on a transistor radio, back of the school bus with the other "bad" kids, and being transported to another world for three minutes.

I honestly pity anyone who hasn't had that sort of experience at least once in their life. 

 
Unfortunately, there's a whole generation (or more) who won't understand a world before autotune and ProTools....listening to stories of how some of the greatest recordings were put down on tape is pretty amazing. What an art.
nagsheadlocal
(North Carolina, the new New Jersey)
Posted: Apr 04, 2014 11:59
 

Hearing this for the first time on a transistor radio, back of the school bus with the other "bad" kids, and being transported to another world for three minutes.

I honestly pity anyone who hasn't had that sort of experience at least once in their life. 
EarthMama
Posted: Apr 04, 2014 11:59
 

 dkwalika wrote:
Just a f***ing genius. "God Only Knows"

 
I was going to say the same thing......absolutely brilliant Brian Wilson.....
dkwalika
(Upper Midwest)
Posted: Apr 04, 2014 11:57
 

Just a f***ing genius. "God Only Knows"
moodfood
(In a galaxy far far away)
Posted: Mar 03, 2014 20:33
 

{#Sunny} {#Good-vibes} {#Daisy}
Peter_Bradshaw
(Salisbury)
Posted: Feb 19, 2014 8:50
 

{#Bananapiano} "Outstanding" for me
rdo
(DC)
Posted: Jan 18, 2014 12:33
 

I am starting to like this...8
oldsaxon
(Wales via Vancouver, BC.)
Posted: Jan 18, 2014 12:32
 

The Beatles wish they wrote this.
Pedro1874
(Newton-le-Willows, England)
Posted: Dec 30, 2013 5:19
 

 Saltash_Calling wrote:
How many songs can still be fresh 40 years later. Definition of Godlike.

 
{#Yes} {#Good-vibes}
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Nov 16, 2013 5:02
 

 philbertr wrote:
Apropos of nothing in particular...How about some Jimmy Buffett, Bill?  Personally he is an ass-hole, but his music is fun! 

Oh, I know, apropos of me moving back to Florida and thinking about beaches...  {#Angel}

 
Tragically, there are 21 Jimmy Buffett tunes on the playlist.