What if key members of The Beach Boys, Chicago, America, and Wings had teamed up to create one of the greatest California rock albums you’ve never heard? Well, they actually did! And on September 11, Second Disc Records, in association with Real Gone Music, will be bringing it to CD in the U.S. for the very first time in a newly-remastered and expanded edition!
Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, author and director Ricci Martin, the sixth child of legendary “King of Cool” Dean Martin (and younger brother of Dino, Desi and Billy’s Dean-Paul Martin!), got a little help from his friends to craft 1977’s Epic Records release Beached. And the all-star cast was, indeed, epic. Recording at The Beach Boys’ own Brother Studios in Santa Monica, Ricci assembled his core team from the band’s sphere. Ricci’s history with the Boys went way back; he even took the famous photograph adorning the group’s Sunflower album!
Carl Wilson co-produced, played guitar and mellotron, and sang prominent background vocals on Beached alongside longtime Beach Boys guitarist Billy Hinsche (the Billy of “Dino, Desi and…”). Dennis Wilson, making a rare appearance outside of The Beach Boys, shared drumming duties with Ricky Fataar, a member of The Beach Boys’ most adventurous 1970s line-up. From Chicago, Ricci invited Peter Cetera along with the entire horn section of Lee Loughnane, James Pankow and Walter Parazaider. America’s Gerry Beckley and Wings’ Jimmy McCulloch dropped into the sessions, too, along with SMiLE lyricist and multi-instrumentalist Van Dyke Parks. Other names on the album sleeve, such as Bobby Figueroa, Carli Muñoz and Ed Carter, will be familiar to Beach Boys aficionados, not to mention fans of Dennis Wilson’s cult classics Pacific Ocean Blue and Bambu – with which Beached shared a great many players, and the unmistakable sonics and good vibrations of Brother Studios.
This very special album of sun-flecked SoCal pop-rock was entirely composed by singer-songwriter Ricci Martin, with one song co-written by Carl Wilson. Ricci celebrated its release by opening for The Beach Boys during their summer ’77 tour, including the massive Central Park show of September 1, 1977. Beached made a brief appearance on CD in Japan roughly a decade ago before quickly going out-of-print. Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records are thrilled to keep the summer alive with its first-ever American reissue. This expanded edition adds four rare single bonus tracks including the mono and stereo single mixes (with pronounced variations from the album versions) of “Stop, Look Around” and “Moonbeams.” The mono mixes make their worldwide CD debuts. Beached has been freshly remastered at Sony’s Battery Studios by Vic Anesini, and features my liner notes featuring quotes from an extensive interview with Ricci Martin himself!
Beached, a lost classic in both Beach Boys lore and the legacy of the musical Martin family, arrives from Second Disc Records and Real Gone Music on September 11, and can be pre-ordered at the links below!
Ricci Martin, Beached: Expanded Edition (Epic LP PE 34834, 1977 – reissued Second Disc Records/Real Gone Music, 2015) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. TBD)
- Stop, Look Around (2:38)
- Moonbeams (3:31)
- Belle of the Ball (3:44)
- Everybody Knows My Name (2:17)
- Streets of Love (3:10)
- Spark of Me (4:23)
- My Old Radio (2:22)
- Precious Love (3:30)
- I Don’t Like It (3:00)
- I Had a Dream (3:40)
- Here I Go Again (1:27)
- Stop, Look Around (Stereo Single Mix) (Epic single 8-50263) (2:33)
- Moonbeams (Stereo Single Edit) (Epic single 8-50441) (3:05)
- Stop, Look Around (Mono Promo Single Mix) (Epic single 8-50263) (2:33)
- Moonbeams (Mono Promo Single Edit) (Epic single 8-50441) (3:05)