Time to Get Alone

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"Time to Get Alone"
Time to Get Alone.jpg
Indian release of the song, as the B-side to "Cotton Fields"
Song by The Beach Boys from the album 20/20
Released February 10, 1969 (1969-02-10)
Recorded October 2, 1967 (1967-10-02)–November 12, 1968 (1968-11-12),
Wally Heider Studios and Brian Wilson's home studio, California
Genre Baroque pop
Length 2:40
Label Capitol
Writer Brian Wilson
Producer Carl Wilson
20/20 track listing

"Time to Get Alone" is a song written by Brian Wilson for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1969 album 20/20 and was produced by Carl Wilson.[1] It is a waltz in the style of baroque pop.[2]


Brian was originally planning to give the song along with the Mike Love co-written "Darlin'" to Redwood (later to become known as Three Dog Night) as he was friends with Danny Hutton. Redwood began recording the song October 14 and 15, 1967 but according to Chuck Negron, due to the failure of Smiley Smile on the charts and Brian's waning commitment to the group "the other Beach Boys wanted Brian's immense songwriting and producing talents used strictly to enhance their own careers".[3] Negron then noted that he himself would have done the same thing if in the Beach Boys' position.[3]

The song was eventually recorded by the Beach Boys around a year later in 1968 on October 2, October 4 and November 21 at Brian Wilson's home studio with at least one of the sessions being captured on film. Portions of this footage was later seen on The Beach Boys: An American Band. The song features Carl Wilson singing lead vocals on the verses and Brian and Al Jardine singing lead vocals on the chorus.[citation needed]

Live performances[edit]

Brian Wilson performed the song live for the first time ever during his 2003 tour with Wilson himself on lead vocals.[citation needed]


PopMatters calls the song "a dream, right on down the line from Carl’s feathery lead vocal—and the way it contrasts with the up-and-down crunch of the waltz backdrop—to the sumptuously layered arrangement of the chorus to the immaculate production job to the unadorned coda (which is from the extended version)."[2]


  1. ^ "20/20 Credits". Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b Lenser, Barry (May 15, 2014). "The Beach Boys - "Time to Get Alone"". Popmatters. 
  3. ^ a b Priore, Domenic (2007). Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece. p. 129.