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Rated 5 out of 5 by beachboy endless harmony
endless harmony is a beach boys album compilation that was released at the same time as the dvd of the same name. the dvd is the story of the beach boys and it is wonderful documentary if you ever have the opportunity to watch it. the endless harmony album is not a greatest hits album, it does cover the band through different points of their career, and it features a lot of rarites. in reality it is for serious fans only. Since I am proudly one of those fans, the album works for me. It starts off with an writing session excerpt of brian wilson at the piano singing soulful old man sunshine, brian's falsetto was still intact in 1969. It is followed by a completed version of the song, this time sung equally well by carl. why this song wasn't included on good vibrations box set is beyond me. other highlights on this album is an a-capella version of surfer girl where you can really take in the great harmonies of the beach boys. a stereo extended version of california girls is featured as well as today classic kiss me baby. A heroes and villains demo is included and in the middle of it brian performs two other smile songs barnyard and i'm in great shape at the piano. another highlight on the album is a live recording of darlin' featuring an incredible, gritty vocal from carl. and also featured is a live recording of smile song wonderful again with carl on lead showing off his more sweet voice, the vocal range of carl wilson was nothing short of brilliant and those live performances prove it. this this album is kind of a tribute to carl and dennis who both suffered untimely deaths. some of their great moments are featured here. dennis is featured by two songs, barbara and all alone, which were to be on his second solo album that never happened because of his death, instead these songs are featured here. the pain, the emotion and the depth of these songs are striking and prove dennis to be a very accomplished songwriter in his own right. also featured is an extended version of brians' til' i die, which features the intro that he usually plays in concert. all fans of brian must hear it at least once to compare it to the surf's up version. mike love and bruce johnston close out the album with brian's back and endless harmony. endless harmony featuring another gorgeous vocal by carl at the end of the song and brian's back which was written around the time of the brian is back campaign, features great vocals by mike and carl. mike's lyrics are nothing but sincere, he says in the song that he is a sentimental sap, but it works. the song paints a nice overview of the bands career. with mention of fun, fun, fun, good vibrations and pet sounds. again this is for serious fans only. it would be lost on the casual fan with the exception of the surf and car song medley at the beginning of the disc. america always says they are number one with everything, but that is not the case with music, we are always jumping on someone else's bandwagon whether it's the beatles, the stones, the who or led zepplin. and the beach boys are unjustly overlooked at times. the beach boys were not just americas band, they were americas best band and americas best answer to the british invasion, and in my view they were eons better then all of those bands i mentioned above. this compliation only adds to that opinion. long live brian wilson and the music of the beach boys!