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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