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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Girl Don't Tell Me

My turntable is once again front and center in my living room. After nearly two years in the attic, my neglected vinyl is getting its well-deserved play. I've been very methodical about listening to the records. I'm averaging two albums a week - feeling the warmth, tuning into the classic sounds, dissecting the arrangements. At this rate it'll take me well over a year to get through them all, but that's fine. It helps balance out all of the mucho-hyped indie rock that I listen to while at work or traveling. My home is my nest, and in my nest I like the warm sounds of vinyl.

The first record I put on was the fantastic Beach Boys double LP compilation Endless Summer. Released in 1974, Endless Summer features their 1963-1966 material and was their first album since 1967. It sat at number one on the charts for two subsequent summers and spent a total of three years on the charts, the longest of any of the group's albums.

I've never been the largest Beach Boys fan, but I appreciate Pet Sounds and SMiLE. My main motivation for putting on the album was so that my 20-month year old son and I could dance - plus I thought he'd enjoy the artwork.

While dancing in the sunlit room to the classic oldie tunes - Surfin' USA, Help Me Rhonda, and the like - I came across a track on side four that totally blew me away. Girl Don't Tell Me is unlike any Beach Boys song I'd heard before - it lacks vocal harmonies, has a Motown breakdown, and the overall production is fairly simple. The solo lead vocal is performed beautifully by Carl Wilson, which marks his debut as a lead vocalist.

I find this track to be a gem. It's different enough then most of the "classics" that we all know, but it's still catchy as hell and very well written. If only the content wasn't so Lolita-ish, but I guess that's how things were done back in the mid 60s.

Beach Boys - Girl Don't Tell Me.mp3 Link Removed


  • At 2:16 PM, Blogger Isaac said…

    I really enjoyed listening to "Girl Don't Tell Me". Thanks and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

  • At 7:23 PM, Anonymous MerchMikey said…

    I've often heard "Pet Sounds" referred to as one of the most influencial and seminal pop album sin history.
    Hmm ponder.
    It is certainly music for stirring up thoughts of warmer, drier and greener days

  • At 6:57 PM, Blogger Tmoore said…

    The record player has the seat of honor in our home. literally; we live in an old sinagog; were the rabi would be, is our turntable. Oi.


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