Some Thoughts About The Boys On The Tower
By Michael deMartin
Great to see Brian along with Al, Mike and Bruce at the Capitol Tower on Tuesday in recognition of "The Sounds Of Summer" selling two million copies. I can't imagine another act - with the possible exception of Elvis - with so many greatest hits albums. Yet, the Beach Boys continue to sell big-time to every new generation of kids and kids at heart. It is great: 30 hits on one CD and besides Elvis and the Beatles, who else could do that.
Sounds like Capitol has another set ready to go next year called "The Warmth Of The Sun" which will be kind of a Part II of the series. It's funny to think that Brian basically had a five-year career (1962-1967) where he wrote, arranged and produced so many hits for the boys - and that was basically it from a commercial standpoint. Five years. These days it takes some bands five years to make ONE album. Think about it: Brian produced 18 - count 'em - 18 albums and more than 30 hit singles in that time, not to mention the absolute pinnacles, "Pet Sounds" and "Good Vibrations" both from 1966. In a word: unbelievable.
Back to Tuesday: Brian said there's a chance the Boys may get back together for something, and as a fan, I'm kind of split. I think Brian's tours have been fantastic and he's got a great band who are all singers, but to hear the blend of Brian, Al, Mike and Bruce's voices on top of a new Brian Wilson song and production would be thrilling. On the other hand, it would be hard to compete with the past - in fact, impossible. But, why the hell not - and what fan wouldn't want to hear that?