Carl Wilson (album)

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Carl Wilson
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Studio album by Carl Wilson
Released March 27, 1981
Genre Pop/Rock and roll
Length 34:35
Label Caribou
Producer James William Guercio
Carl Wilson chronology
Carl Wilson
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Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Carl Wilson is the self-titled debut studio album of The Beach Boys band member, Carl Wilson. The youngest of the three Wilson brothers in the band, Carl Wilson was reportedly at this time unhappy with the progress being made by The Beach Boys creatively. So Carl, just as his brother Dennis had a few years earlier, signed a contract with James William Guercio's CBS-distributed Caribou Records, which four years earlier put out Wilson's brother Dennis's album Pacific Ocean Blue and was also the current label of The Beach Boys. The album was released on March 27, 1981 and peaked at number 185 on the Billboard 200. Of the eight tracks on the album, seven of them are written by Carl Wilson and Myrna Smith, who was the wife of Carl's then manager Jerry Schilling, with track six being written by Carl, Myrna and Michael Sun.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Carl Wilson and Myrna Smith; except where indicated

Side one[edit]

  1. "Hold Me" – 4:03
  2. "Bright Lights" – 3:47
  3. "What You Gonna Do About Me?" – 4:25
  4. "The Right Lane" – 5:13

Side two[edit]

  1. "Hurry Love" – 4:44
  2. "Heaven" (Carl Wilson, Myrna Smith, Michael Sun) – 4:23
  3. "The Grammy" – 3:04
  4. "Seems So Long Ago" – 4:56


  • Carl Wilson – vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Myrna Smith – vocals
  • John Daly – guitar
  • Gerald Johnson – bass
  • James Stroud – drums, percussion
  • Randy McCormick – keyboards
  • Joel Peskin – saxophone
  • Alan Krigger – tambourine