Monday, 15 January 2018

1967: Sunshine Tomorrow

My favourite reissued album of last year was the new stereo mix of The Beach Boys 'Wild Honey', released  alongside a wealth of outtakes, demos and live recordings as part of the 2xCD set '1967 - Sunshine Tomorrow'.

It's always been my favourite album by The Beach Boys but now it sounds better than ever, the new mix giving it greater clarity and allowing you to hear the finer details of the production.

Clocking in at just over 20 minutes, 'Wild Honey' is the sound of The Beach Boys getting back to basics after Brian Wilson had reached a zenith of studio experimentation with Pet Sounds, Good Vibrations and the abandoned Smile album, all of which he recorded with session band The Wrecking Crew whilst the rest of the band were on tour. With a new soulful, stripped back sound and notable contributions from the whole band 'Wild Honey' is like a breath of fresh air.

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