In the four years since they’d gathered collective energies for a studio album, the ghost of Beach Boys past had returned to haunt the band. Capitol’s somewhat tacky Endless Summer compilation, on the cash-in strength of a nostalgia for the pre-hippie ’60s exemplified by American Graffiti, had gone triple platinum in 1974, and continuously on the road, they’d surfed their new popularity, even if the man behind the greatest hits had seemingly vanished into the black hole of his own paradoxes. “Brian is back!” proclaimed the hoopla for 15 Big Ones, but was he? At least half of this supposed return-to-form are oldies, and though no one does golden goodies more reverently than the Boys of the Beach, do we need another “Blueberry Hill” or “Chapel of Love”? Enough fans agreed that the album went gold, but it did seem as if the Beach Boys had yet to shake their past tense.
By Lenny Kaye on 05.16.11 in Icons
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By Marc Hogan on 02.26.15 in News
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By Lindsay Hood on 11.20.14 in News
Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention overnight and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee. On a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, it seem...