Summer may now be over, but a number of Beach Boys-related releases aim to keep the summer alive. Our very own Second Disc Records label teamed with Real Gone Music in September for a newly remastered and expanded reissue of Ricci Martin’s Beached, the all-star album recorded by Dean Martin’s son Ricci with co-producers Carl Wilson and Billy Hinsche. Now, Iconoclassic Records has announced next week’s first-ever U.S. CD reissue of Carl’s 1981 eponymous solo debut. And if that’s not enough, Analogue Productions has recently gotten its second wave of SACD releases from The Beach Boys in stock!
In 1981, reportedly frustrated with what he perceived as the band’s creative stagnation, Carl Wilson made the drastic step of leaving The Beach Boys. But he didn’t intend on leaving music. Instead, the singer-songwriter-guitarist signed with the Boys’ then-label Caribou Records (James William Guercio’s CBS-distributed imprint) for his very first solo album. Guercio produced the self-titled Carl Wilson album, released on March 27, 1981. Carl, long an accomplished writer with such memorable Beach Boys tracks as “Long Promised Road,” “Feel Flows,” “The Trader” and “Angel Come Home” under his belt, penned every track on the album himself. Every song was co-written with Myrna Smith of The Sweet Inspirations (and the wife of Carl’s then-manager Jerry Schilling) with one song – the album’s gorgeous standout ballad “Heaven” – adding Michael Sun as a co-writer. Carl welcomed musicians including John Daly (guitar), Gerald Johnson (bass), James Stroud (drums/percussion), Randy McCormick (keyboards), Joel Peskin (saxophone) and Alan Krigger (tambourine) to support him. Carl, of course, played guitar on the LP, as did James William Guercio; Myrna Smith joined him on background vocals.
Carl promoted the album – featuring a slick, contemporary blend of rockers and ballads emphasizing his unmistakable, versatile voice – with a number of small club appearances at venues including New York’s Bottom Line. At these intimate concerts, he eschewed his Beach Boys history, only nodding to his band with a performance of “Long Promised Road” from 1971’s Surf’s Up. Alas, Carl Wilson only cracked the Billboard 200 with a No. 185 placement, and it failed to yield any hit singles. He returned to the Beach Boys’ ranks in May 1982 after some fourteen months away, and in 1983 released his second and final solo LP on Caribou, Youngblood.
Iconoclassic Records reissued Youngblood on CD in 2010 featuring a new essay by longtime Beach Boys sideman (and Carl’s friend and onetime brother-in-law) Billy Hinsche and remastering by Vic Anesini. Both Hinsche and Anesini are back for the first-ever U.S. CD debut of Carl Wilson, which arrives in stores on Tuesday, September 29 from the label.
In addition, Carl can be heard with Brian, Dennis, Mike and Al on the second group of five Beach Boys reissues in the Hybrid Stereo SACD format from Analogue Productions. (The total reissue campaign will encompass 14 titles.) The following five releases (playable on all CD players) are now available for order from Acoustic Sounds:
All Summer Long (1964) – Mono and Stereo Mixes
The Beach Boys Today! (1965) – Mono and Stereo Mixes
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) (1965) – Mono and Stereo Mixes
Beach Boys’ Party! (1965) – Mono and Stereo Mixes
Pet Sounds (1966) – Mono and Stereo Mixes
You can order Wave Two of Analogue Productions’ Beach Boys titles at the links above, and you can peruse the track listing and pre-order links for Carl Wilson just below! And don’t forget to check out Ricci Martin’s Beached at Amazon U.S. or Amazon U.K., co-produced and featuring vocals by Carl Wilson, of whom Ricci shares warm memories in the liner notes!
- Hold Me
- Bright Lights
- What You Gonna Do About Me?
- The Right Lane
- Hurry Love
- The Grammy
- Seems So Long