With its title standing for Maharashi International University, M.I.U. is hardly transcendent. They owed one more album on their Warner contract, and were on the verge of moving to Columbia. It was Mike Love’s idea to record the album on the college campus in Fairfield, Iowa, and with Brian once again in mental and pharmaceutical collapse, he was only able to talk Al Jardine into joining him on the project. Though it carries the Beach Boys name, and Brian as “executive producer,” it is a patchy affair, though the oldies — especially a rousing “Peggy Sue” — are heartening, and “Belles of Paris” wears its Chevalierisms humoresquely. Mais oui? We may!
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 Glenn Kenny on 12.12.14 in Features
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By Lindsay Hood on 11.20.14 in News
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