Friday, July 17, 2015

The Genius of Brian Wilson (An Occasional Series)

From 1965, and the wonderful Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!!) elpee, please enjoy the Beach Boys and their delightfully Beatles-esque "Girl, Don't Tell Me."

In true stereo.




I somehow missed the 2012 stereo reissues of the first two of the classic Beach Boys' Today/Summer Days/Pet Sounds trilogy, and when I finally snagged them last week, "Girl" was the first song I listened to. It's not particularly different from the familiar mono version, but I'm just insanely fond of the song itself, so this was a treat.

I should add that the Immense Dickitude of Mike Love is nowhere to be found on the track, and neither do any session musicians (unless you count Bruce Johnson on celesta). The rest is an all Wilson brothers collaboration -- bass is by Brian, "Ticket to Ride" guitar and vocals by Carl, and drums by Dennis.

7 comments:

wayne fraizer said...

I'm surprised Love didn't try to get a co-write on this song too.....

MJConroy said...

Covered by the Smithereens on their very first, self-released EP. (Drummer Dennis Diken is a big BB fan.)

steve simels said...

Saw the 'Reens cover it in the late 70s, and one of the first gigs of theirs I attended, and thought -- whoa, these guys are the coolest.

Anonymous said...

The Beach Boys .... Naked. I dig the celesta and lack of harmonies. Wish they'd done more stripped down stuff like this.

VR

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Peter Power Pop said...

The Smithereens - "Girl Don't Tell Me"

Arthur Kramer said...

Thanks for highlighting this quiet classic. Now I've got to go find those reissues!

Anonymous said...

And then there's ... Tony Rivers and The Castaways, which adds the harmonies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxEWvxQGiXU

VR