Friday

Beach Boys

Holland - 1973

While touring across Europe in the early 70s, the Beach Boys rolled in to their date in Holland several hours behind schedule. Arriving at dawn for a concert scheduled the previous evening, the band was amazed to discover not only that the entire crowd was still in attendance, but that they cheered louder for the band’s new material than their 60s hits. So when the time came to choose a destination other than California for recording their new LP, the choice was easy. Picking up where 1971’s Surf’s Up left off, Holland is a densely orchestrated and painstakingly recorded album by a band in the twilight of their career. Sadly, Brian Wilson’s impact here is limited -- his only contributions are the album’s opening and closing tracks, as well as the completely bizarre storybook EP Mt. Vernon and Fairway, included with first pressings of the LP and included here as bonus tracks. Thankfully, the rest of the band really steps up to make this a highlight of the band’s otherwise spotty mid 70s output. For those who've enjoyed Pacific Ocean Blue and Bamboo, Holland will be a real treat.

5 comments:

JBL said...

YES! What a cool album! I was wondering if anything after Surf's Up was worthwhile--so glad to hear that most of this album is pretty good, and some of the tunes (Sail on Sailor, Trader, Leaving this Town) are great.
After this I understand that things get more than a little spotty, but I hear good things about "Love You." Hoping to run across that one sometime.
Thanks again

Anonymous said...

Give Holland a try, its not bad. The Beach Boys brought in Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin, went over to Europe and made a quality record. I do avoid the last track, "Mount Vemon and Fairway - A fairy Tale" since it's a silly waste of time. My favorite song from the Fataar/Blondie era "You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone" is from the album So Tough.

Anonymous said...

do you have surf's up?
All time favorite.
Please,

JR HeatWarp said...

Surf's Up is one of my favorites too. I'll post it here after a while, so please keep coming back.

Thanks for the request!

taro nombei said...

Holland has been a constant on my aural radar ever since it came out can it really be 36 years ago...
Some parts of it don't do it for me any more, but overall it's up there alongside Surf's Up in the Beach Boys canon...