Looking Back with Love

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Looking Back with Love
Studio album by Mike Love
Released October 8, 1981
Recorded Santa Barbara Sound; Mike Love's mobile studio, Santa Barbara, Ca.
Genre Pop/Rock
Length 32:26
Label Boardwalk
Producer Curt Boettcher
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Looking Back with Love is Mike Love's only solo album. It was released in 1981 under Boardwalk Records. The track "Be My Baby" was produced by Brian Wilson, who also sings background vocals on the cut.

Strangely, some copies came with stickers promoting the album as "the first solo album by a Beach Boys member", despite the release of Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue four years earlier, Carl Wilson's self-titled album earlier in 1981, and Bruce Johnston recording solo albums before he even joined the band, in addition to his 1977 album Going Public.

Also of note is the fact that the song "On and On and On" was a cover of an ABBA song which was directly influenced by a 1968 Beach Boys song called "Do It Again".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Looking Back With Love" (music: Jim Studer, Craig Thomas; lyrics: Dan Parker) – 3:38
  2. "On and On and On" (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) – 3:02
  3. "Runnin' Around the World" (J. Haymer, B. Aaronson) – 2:48
  4. "Over and Over" (Robert James Byrd) – 2:16
  5. "Rockin' the Man in the Boat" (Jim Studer, Jim Arnold, Michael Brady) – 3:20
  6. "Calendar Girl" (Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield) – 3:16
  7. "Be My Baby" (Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector) – 2:39
  8. "One Good Reason" (Jim Studer, Michael Brady) – 4:08
  9. "Teach Me Tonight" (Sammy Cahn, Gene De Paul) – 3:28
  10. "Paradise Found" (Mike Love, Jim Studer) – 3:51


  • Mike Love - vocals
  • Brian Wilson - backing vocals
  • George Doering, Doug Heath - guitar
  • Michael Brady, Dave White - bass
  • Scott Blair, Brent Nelson - drums
  • Jim Studer, Larry Fox, Blair Aaronson, Rick Johnson, Craig Harris - keyboards
  • Paulinho da Costa - percussion
  • Tommy Morgan - harmonica
  • Craig Thomas - saxophone
  • Jay Dee Mannis - steel guitar