Song Of The Day: The Beach Boys – “Surf’s Up” (1971)

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On this day in 1942, Brian Douglas Wilson was born in Los Angeles, two days after James Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool. The planets surely were aligning in a magical way that week 75 years ago. And although The Beatles clearly surpassed The Beach Boys in terms of lasting influence on Rock music, Brian Wilson opened the door for The Beatles by being the first artist of the Rock generation to use the recording studio as a place for unbridled creativity and experimentation. His creations were legendary and influential, but ultimately limited by his mental illness and substance abuse. This classically-inspired track from the Beach Boys bizarre and brilliant 1971 album Surf’s Up provides a hint as to a new level of greatness they might have reached in the Seventies and beyond had it not been for Brian’s tragic afflictions.

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