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  1. Inside the Music of Brian Wilson: The Songs, Sounds and Influences of the Beach Boys' Founding Genius
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  2. Inside the Music of Brian Wilson: The Songs, Sounds and Influences of the Beach Boys' Founding Genius

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  • ISBN13: 9780826418777
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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson is, as author Phillip Lambert writes in the prologue "completely, and intensely, focused on the music of Brian Wilson, on the musical essence of his songs and the aesthetic value of his artistic achievements. It acknowledges the familiar biographical contexts of his songs, but it tells completely new stories about the birth and evolution of his musical ideas, identifying important musical trends in his work, heretofore undisclosed inter-song connections within his music, or between his music and that of others, and the nature and extent of his artistry. It aims not just to identify great songs, but to explain exactly what makes them so."

Lambert, a renowned musicologist, brings to this work to life with both his professional expertise and an infectious personal appreciation of the power of pop music. His clear, engaging tone and accessible writing style allows even a musically inexperienced reader to follow him as he traces Wilson's musical evolution, with a particular focus on the years leading up to the writing and recording of Pet Sounds and SMiLE, albums which many consider to be the masterpieces of his oeuvre. Inside the Music of Brian Wilson is the definitive book on Wilson's music and is essential reading for fans of Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and great pop music.

Includes THREE amazing Appendixes:
Appendix 1: Brian Wilson Song Chronology*
Appendix 2: Four Freshmen Albums, 1955-1961
Appendix 3: Favorite Songs and Influences Through 1961
*The most complete song chronology ever published.

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In some of the more negative reviews for this book there are comments about how this book is difficult to understand if you aren't studied in music theory....Yet Philip Lambert does an excellent job of describing, in layman's terms, the music. He does talk a lot about chord structure, key changes, etc...some of it I don't understand, but the majority of it is just common sense. So I find the negative comments to be unwarranted for this book.

Also, Lambert doesn't just focus on the instrumental genius of Brian's work, but he also dissects the lyrics and the history behind most of his songs. Yes, there are a few paragraphs in each chapter that are difficult to decipher, but the majority of the book is full of great information about Brian's work. The passages on SMiLE and Pet Sounds are a great yarn - Lambert tells us the story behind each album, as well as the musical genius behind each song.

Lambert obviously knows what he is writing about and he does so in a way... Read more
Lambert's book is a treasure trove of inside-musician details for those who like me have stood in awe at Brian Wilson's massive talent and asked, "How'd he do that?"

There are nuggets here for the casual Beach Boy fan or even the rabid BW enthusiast but the real value of "Inside the Music of BW" is Lambert's symphonic treatment of BW's art and achievments.

Those readers concerned with the egghead musician interests in chord progressions, keys, modulations, stylistic borrowings, links to previous and contemporary works, BW's influences, etc... will find much here to engage.

What Lambert doesn't develop as fully as Charles Granata's "Wouldn't it Be Nice" is the trademark BW harmony arranging, the true holy grail of BW discipleship. Brian's marvelous mastery of open harmony and jazz/choral arranging influences are not treated in the kind of full detail one would expect from such an ambitious analysis of BW's works. Perhaps its because those achievments... Read more
The idea of getting inside Brian Wilson's music was intriguing to me, so I bought this book and ultimately realized I'd already gotten there. I've long known the inner experience of Brian's magic, depth and spirit, but never did find it in Lambert's text. If you appreciate the brilliance of the Beach Boys, you already know it from your own experience of the songs. The musical analysis here is just too cerebral. And it isn't a question of not knowing the language or understanding the concepts. I do have a background in theory, so it wasn't a matter of being able to follow him, but rather the desire to. Throughout the book, structure is always the focal point when Lambert tries to "explain" Brian's songs. Color - i.e., the amazing world of Brian's brilliant and groundbreaking arrangements - is seldom if ever addressed, other than references to the structure of vocal arrangements. The author does a lot of comparing, song to song, pointing out, for example, how many tunes of a particular... Read more
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