Tuesday

Beach Boys

Landlocked (Unreleased) - 1970

The Beach Boys' road to reinvention throughout the late 60s and early 70s was marked by a familiar hurdle - the rejected album - and one of the band's most well known among these was 1970's Landlocked. In many ways, this LP would be reincarnated as the magnificent Sunflower, however a number of these tunes would continue to be recycled (along with several cuts from their aborted Smile LP) and make their way onto the band's albums throughout the 70s. And while hearing these songs in their original context is fascinating, even more interesting is how much it reveals about the Beach Boys' inability to effectively sequence their own albums, and how correct Reprise was in sending the band back to the drawing board. To the Beach Boys’ credit, it's very likely that its track list was never quite finalized, but unlike the melancholy air of Surf's Up and Holland or the playful nature of Sunflower, Landlocked seems so bloated with great tunes that it doesn't know what to do with itself, and in turn, it does very little in terms of conveying an distinct emotion, feeling or overarching theme. “Til I Die” for instance, serves as a key player in the triad of epics that close Surf’s Up, but here it’s like a sitting duck between a couple of songs that wouldn’t be out of place on any of the band’s pre-Pet Sounds LPs. That said, Landlocked is a fantastic collection of tunes that led towards modern music's most successful reinvention; albeit one that illustrates why it took a few tries to leap over the threshold. The version here is in great fidelity and includes a number of outtakes and alternates from this period.

9 comments:

Willard said...

Finally, eh? Thanks for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is TOO much. Figured I'd never get to hear this so thanks for your efforts...

zen archer said...

JR...

The Heat Warps is wonderful! Your taste in music is impeccable and your entries articulate, informative and
heartfelt.

On behalf of those who may not leave comments behind, I thank you for sharing your passion and collection with us all!

JR HeatWarp said...

Wow. Many thanks for the compliment, Zen. Comments like yours make my day.

Don't be a stranger, and as always, enjoy the music.

JBL said...

JR-
The version of Big Sur was vastly improved from the awkwardly swinging one on on Holland. Coupled with the lovely Song of the Whale, they could have made nice additions to Surf's Up.

Say, there's a guy with a blog devoted strictly to the BB's by the way--
http://silverphial.blogspot.com/

He may be reaching the end of his goodie bag though, because the current post is a Mike Love solo album--OUCH.

Anonymous said...

Been listening to this over the weekend. Really interesting. Adds further amunition to those of us who think the BB's hava had a mcuh misinterpreted history.

Anonymous said...

I had never heard of this one and I've been a Beach Boys' fan for years. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

thank you very much.

i,ve been loking for this a long time ago

Anonymous said...

Sure it's a hotch-potch, a mixed-bag, a weird ol' garage sale of this and that... but you can't keep genius down and there's enough great pop music on here to give about eight lesser bands a whole career each. Thanks for a great post.