Label: Capitol Records - ST 2859 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: Denmark • Genre: Rock • Style: Pop Rock
Lead single and opening track, " Wild Honey ", became a minor hit with only a short chart stay. Its follow-up " Darlin '" reached the US Top The album itself reached number 24 in the US and number seven in the UK.
The album's sessions began immediately after the abandonment of Lei'd in Hawaiia failed live albumand the release of Smiley Smiletheir previous studio album. Like Smiley SmileWild Honey ' s core instrumental combo consists of organhonky-tonk pianoand electric bass. The Beach Boys were inspired to regroup as a self-contained rock band, partly in response to critical assertions that they were "ball-less choir boys". The production was once again The Great Russian Easter Holiday, Op.
36 - Rimsky Korsakov* : London Symphony Orchestra* - Conductor to the group rather than Brian Wilson alone, who gradually abdicated the band's musical leadership following the difficult sessions for the aborted Smile LP. At Brian's request, his younger brother Carl began contributing more to the recording process, a trend that continued on subsequent albums. Wild Honey became the Beach Boys' lowest-selling album at that point and remained on the US charts for only 15 weeks.
Critics initially viewed it as another inconsequential record from the band. The album also alienated others whose expectations had been raised by Smile. After a reissue, Wild Honey was reevaluated by fans and critics who highlighted the record The Explosive - I Get My Kicks From Living its simplicity and charm.
The track " Here Comes the Night " was redone by the group as a disco single in the late s. Ina complete stereo mix of Wild Honey was released for the first time on the rarities compilation — Sunshine Tomorrow.
In Julyan internal memo circulated around Capitol Records that discussed imminent plans to follow up Smiley Smile with a track version of the original Smilebut this never came to fruition. When conflicts arose, the idea was dropped in favor of a new studio album. The image on the front of the Wild Honey sleeve is a small section of an elaborate stained-glass window that adorned Brian's home in Bel Air.
We think this is a great album. We love to listen to it. We might just be biased because we work for the Beach Boys. Please see Country Air - The Beach Boys - Wild Honey you think. He'd [Brian] have me over and he'd suddenly say: 'I've got this idea, man!
That's Dungeon Of Pleasure - Nasty Savage - Nasty Savage the album's gonna be called! It's always been a big part of my life. Recorded mostly at their private studio — located in Brian's home — the album may be retrospectively viewed as the second installment in a consecutive series of lo-fi Beach Boys albums.
The whole [ Smile ] thing had wiped everyone out, and we wanted to play together again. The album differs in many ways from previous Beach Boys records: it contains very little group singing compared to previous albums, and mainly features Brian singing at his piano.
I loved what it did to the sound of the record. He felt that the album title was suggestive of both edible honey and "honey" as a term of endearment,  "Aren't You Glad" is described by Rolling Stone magazine as a " Lovin' Spoonful type song with the Beach Boys touch",  while magazine editor Gene Sculatti said it "achieves a Miracles style smoothness via a Bobby Goldsboro -type song". Brian is credited as composer or co-composer for 9 of 11 tracks, compared to Bridge (Interlude) - Utada Hikaru - Deep River Smile in which he held a songwriting credit for every track.
Archivist Mark Linett stated: "No explanation for why he did that and it was never taken any farther. Music journalist Paul Williams later wrote that Wild Honey was "a work of joy Smiley Smile was Rolling Stone wrote at the time that the Beach Boys have regained their better judgement after the "disaster" of Smiley Smilealthough their use of "pre-existing ideas and idioms" on Wild Honey Your Love Is King - Various - The Sony Digital Collection Vol 1 less satisfactory and original than their earlier work: Country Air - The Beach Boys - Wild Honey kind of amusing that the Beach Boys are suddenly re-discovering rhythm and blues five years after the Beatles and Stones had brought it all back home".
Surprisingly, Wild Honey works well. It isn't the least bit pretentious, it's honest, and convincing. In a Crawdaddy! Like Smiley SmileWild Honey was reevaluated by fans and critics who highlighted the record for its simplicity and charm after it was reissued by Warner Bros.
He argued that, "almost without a bad second", the album conveys "the troubled innocence of the Beach Boys through a time of attractive but perilous psychedelic sturm und drang. Its method is whimsy, candor, and carefully modulated amateurishness, all of which comes through as humor.
Music journalist Tim Sommer called the original mono mix of Wild Honey "flat and peculiar", but noted the album's significance as a "[courageous contradiction of] rock's expansion into pompous avenues of volume, psychedelia and lyrical pretension". He found the music "often quite pleasant, for the great harmonies if nothing else, but the material and arrangements were quite simply thinner than they had been for a long time.
The set also includes numerous session highlights, alternate takes, and live renditions of Wild Honey tracks in addition to other unreleased material recorded during the Smiley Smile and Lei'd in Hawaii era.
They include more than tracks that were left off the first compilation. All tracks are written by Brian Wilson and Mike Loveexcept where noted. Credits per Craig Slowinski. It is unknown who played strings and horns on "Darlin ' ". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Wild Honey disambiguation. See also: Collapse of Forgiveness - Least Of All Saints - One. Wild Honey was music for Brian to cool out by.
He was still very spaced. Daniel Harrison called " Let the Wind Blow " "the most arresting and Country Air - The Beach Boys - Wild Honey assured song on the album, and it echoes the formal and harmonic technique of ' God Only Knows '. Main article: — Sunshine Tomorrow. Archived from the original on July 14, Bellagio Endless Summer Quarterly. Retrieved July 13, The Beach Boys. Capitol Records. Stylus Magazine. Retrieved June 22, Wondering Sound. Archived from the original on August 20, Musician New York Observer.
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