Spring (American Spring album)

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Spring
Original Spring US cover
Studio album by American Spring
Released July, 1972
Recorded January 7, 1970; October 8, 1971 - May 1972,
Brian Wilson's home studio, California
Genre Pop, neo psychedelia
Length 34:50
Label United Artists Records
Producer Brian Wilson, David Sandler, Stephen Desper[1]
Singles from Spring
  1. "Now That Everything's Been Said"
    Released: October 20, 1971
  2. "Good Time"
    Released: May 1, 1972
American Spring reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Spring (known outside of the United States and in subsequent reissues as American Spring) is the first and only album by American pop duo American Spring (then known as "Spring") released in July, 1972. Largely ignored at the time of its release, it has now come to be seen as a valuable collector's item due to Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys' participation.[2] It has been hypothesized[by whom?] that Brian Wilson's contributions to the 1972 Beach Boys album, Carl and the Passions – "So Tough" were minimal as the sessions coincided with the recording and promotion of this album.

History[edit]

Spring was largely tracked in Brian Wilson's home studio in Bel Air, California from October 8, 1971 to May 1972, engineered by Stephen Desper.[3][4][5] The track for "Good Time" was sourced from an outtake from the Beach Boys' album Sunflower and was recorded on January 7, 1970.[6]

Stephen Desper and David Sandler oversaw the recording of the majority of proceedings. Statements by Desper have estimated Brian's contributions at around 5%, but Desper added "5% of Brian Wilson is equal to 100% of anyone else" noting that whenever Brian did work, it would be a substantial contribution due to his proficiency in the studio. Marilyn Wilson of American Spring and former wife of Brian Wilson disagreed with Desper somewhat, recounting Brian produced "about a quarter" of the album, a statement that Diane Rovell agreed with.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tennessee Waltz"   Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart 2:03
2. "Thinkin' Bout You Baby"   Brian Wilson, Mike Love 3:05
3. "Mama Said"   Willie Denson, Luther Dixon 2:34
4. "Superstar"   Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell 3:31
5. "Awake"   Floyd Tucker 3:24
6. "Sweet Mountain"   Brian Wilson, David Sandler 4:13
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Everybody"   Tommy Roe 2:20
2. "This Whole World"   Brian Wilson 3:11
3. "Forever"   Dennis Wilson, Gregg Jakobson 3:14
4. "Good Time"   Al Jardine, Brian Wilson 2:50
5. "Now That Everything's Been Said"   Carole King 2:16
6. "Down Home"   Gerry Goffin, Carole King 2:44

Personnel[edit]

American Spring
  • Diane Rovell – lead, harmony and backing vocals
  • Marilyn Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals
Additional musicians and production staff

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dillon, Mark. Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys: The Songs that Tell Their Story ECW Press, Toronto, Canada, 2012. ISBN 978-1770410718
  2. ^ a b Viglione, Joe. "Spring - Spring : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ Marcus, Ben. Surfing USA!: An Illustrated History of the Coolest Sport of All Time Voyageur Press, San Francisco, California, 2005. ISBN 978-0896586901
  4. ^ Doe, Andrew G. (2012). "GIGS71". Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ Doe, Andrew G. (2012). "GIGS72". Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ Badman, Keith. The Beach Boys. The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band: On Stage and in the Studio Backbeat Books, San Francisco, California, 2004. ISBN 0-87930-818-4 p. 223
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Credited as such on US cover