By the early 1980s the Beach Boys were in disarray and the band had split into a number of camps. Frustrated with their sluggish recording schedules, lack of new material and reluctance to rehearse, Carl Wilson took a leave of absence in 1981. He quickly recorded and released a solo album, Carl Wilson, composed largely of rock n' roll songs co-written with Myrna Smith-Schilling, a former backing vocalist for Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, and wife of Wilson's then-manager Jerry Schilling. The album briefly charted, and its second single, Heaven, reached the top 20 on Billboard 's Adult Contemporary chart. Carl also undertook a solo tour to promote the album, becoming the first member of the Beach Boys to break ranks. Initially, Wilson and his band played clubs like The Bottom Line in New York City and the Roxy in Los Angeles. Thereafter, he joined the Doobie Brothers as opening act for their 1981 summer tour. This CD features the full show Carl and band performed at the Bottom Line on 13th April 1981, a performance recorded for live broadcast across the greater New York area. Featuring all eight tracks from the Carl Wilson album plus a gorgeous rendition of Long Promised Road from Surfs Up, a rousing cover of Sam and Dave s I Thank You, and a couple of numbers featuring Myrna Smith on lead vocals - for the remainder of the show and indeed on the album, Myrna handled BVs - which curiously were both covers of Pat Benatar songs. Wilson went on to release a second solo album, Youngblood, in 1983, but by then he had also rejoined the Beach Boys.
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I purchased a copy of this CD in London recently and am more than happy to report its a true delight for Beach Boys fans. Featuring a show by Carl from 1981 when he had temporarily left the BBs and put out his first, very good albeit rarely mentioned solo album, Sound here is good throughout making this a fine memento for anyone who cares.
I've had a bootleg of this since not too long after the show on vinyl and later a limited edition CD from the mid 90s. & now finally a presumably legitimate release. By the time of this concert Carl had quit the Beach Boys because of just how badly the band had slipped which sloppy live performances and what had become an increasingly dysfunctional organization. While neither of his two solo albums were chartbusters for the many who loved Carl they became much loved treasures. To promote his solo albums he undertook time on the road with his own band. Unfortunately the critics were not kind to either his shows or his recordings despite how good they were. Fortunately this night was captured at the Bottom Line and I for one am thankful. It is the same set I saw in San Francisco and shows just how good Carl could be. Eventually he came back to the Beach Boys where he stayed until his untimely passing. With the exception of the 2012 tour and album the Beach Boys continued without Carl as...
If you had this already via other means then there is nothing new here. The two extra tracks are Myrna Smith and NOT Carl Wilson (which is really why I bought this). I suppose it is nice to have the official packaging but don't expect much in the way of liner notes.
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