Wednesday, 30 May 2018
The Beach Boys - Today! (1965)
Released March 1965
Recorded in Hollywood
Just before The Beach Boys started blathering on about vegetables and wind chimes, they were releasing classic pop songs like the wonderful “When I Grow Up To Be A Man”, “Help Me, Rhonda” with its great bass line and harmonies and “Dance, Dance, Dance”. Give me this material over those supposed works of “genius” any day of the week. Here is where the genius lay in many ways, in classic two-three minute perfect pop songs. The Wilson brothers were still so (comparatively) young, it is often overlooked.
The harmonies on “Do You Wanna Dance” and “Good To My Baby” are just so uplifting and supposed “filler” songs like “Don’t Hurt My Little Sister”, “I’m So Young” and the beautiful, sensitive “She Knows Me Too Well” are more than just afterthoughts. Yes, they couldn’t just keep putting out material like this and I guess they had to experiment with other styles eventually, but taken for what it is, this was just so good. Just as I enjoy listening to “Beatles For Sale” I enjoy this.
These innocent albums had a real appeal, and still do. Just listen to “Please Let Me Wonder”, echoes of “Don’t Worry Baby” I know, but still such a pleasure to listen to.
Regarding the mono or stereo choice, give me the stereo versions most of the time. Not that the mono is without good points too. It certainly has a full, balanced sound I own both and listen to both.