is the eighth studio album by That Lucky Old Sun Brian Wilson, released on September 2, 2008 by Capitol Records. It was written in collaboration with Wilson's bandmate Scott Bennett with spoken word poetry commissioned from Van Dyke Parks. As a concept album, the work largely derives from the 1949 song " That Lucky Old Sun", originally recorded by Frankie Laine.
Concept [ edit ]
Wilson describes the album as "consisting of five 'rounds', with interspersed spoken word".
Its main theme is celebration of life in [1 ] Southern California, harking back to the themes of Wilson's earlier work with The Beach Boys. "California Role" and numerous spoken interludes such as "Cinco de Mayo" and "Between Pictures" celebrate the unique culture of Venice Beach, the Los Angeles film industry and numerous Californian landmarks including the Capitol Tower and Hollywood Bowl. called it a "musical love letter to his native Los Angeles". Rolling Stone [2 ]
A pervasive feeling of nostalgia and romance is visible in songs such as "Good Kind of Love", "Oxygen to the Brain" and "Forever She'll Be My Surfer Girl", which lyrically echoes the 1963 Beach Boys hit "
Surfer Girl". The album also addresses Wilson's personal struggles in "Midnight's Another Day" and "Going Home". The 1940s' song " That Lucky Old Sun" originally made famous by Frankie Laine who had a number one hit with it in 1949, serves as the overture, and the -era outtake " Wild Honey Can't Wait Too Long" also briefly features.
Early demos of the tracks "Midnight's Another Day" and "Forever She'll Be My Surfer Girl" were released on Wilson's official website in August 2007. Live bootlegs and studio demos of the complete work also circulated on the Internet.
Live performances [ edit ]
Originally commissioned by the
Southbank Centre for its 2007 opening season, the work was debuted in a series of concerts at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England during September 2007. In January 2008 it was also performed at the State Theatre in Sydney, Australia for the Sydney Festival.
Reception [ edit ]
That Lucky Old Sun entered the UK Album Chart at #37 and the at #21. Billboard 200
Track listing [ edit ]
That Lucky Old Sun"
Beasley Smith/ Haven Gillespie 0:57
Brian Wilson/Scott Bennett 2:55
"A Room With a View (narrative)"
Van Dyke Parks 0:45
"Good Kind of Love"
"Forever She'll Be My Surfer Girl"
"Venice Beach (narrative)"
"Live Let Live / That Lucky Old Sun (reprise)"
"Cinco de Mayo (narrative)"
"California Role / That Lucky Old Sun (reprise)"
"Between Pictures (narrative)"
"Oxygen to the Brain"
Can't Wait Too Long" Wilson
"Midnight’s Another Day"
"That Lucky Old Sun (Reprise)"
Bonus tracks (CD only)
"Oh Mi Amor" (iTunes Bonus Track)
"Message Man" (With
Danny Hutton) (iTunes Bonus Track) "Good Kind of Love" (With
Carole King) (Best Buy Bonus Track) "
I'm Into Something Good" (With Carole King) (Best Buy Bonus Track) "Just Like Me and You" (Best Buy Bonus Track)
Personnel [ edit ]
Wilson performing in 2007
Peggy Baldwin - Cello
Scott Bennett - Bass, Keyboards, Spanish Guitar, Vibraphone and Background Vocals
Nelson Bragg - Percussion and Background Vocals Phil Feather - Woodwinds
Jeffrey Foskett - Guitar, Ukulele and Background Vocals
Probyn Gregory - French Horn, Guitar, Trumpet and Background Vocals Peter Kent - Violin
Bob Lizik - Bass
Taylor Mills - Background Vocals
Tommy Morgan - Harmonica
Bruce Otto - Trombone
Darian Sahanaja - Bells, Keyboards and Background Vocals Brett Simmons - Bass
Cameron Stone - Cello
Todd Sucherman - Drums Jessica van Velzen - Viola
Nick Walusko - Guitar and Background Vocals
Sources [ edit ]