|Single by The Beach Boys|
|from the album Carl and the Passions – "So Tough"|
|A-side||"You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone"|
|Released||May 15, 1972|
|Recorded||April 9, 1972
Brian Wilson's home studio, California
|Writer(s)||Dennis Wilson and Daryl Dragon|
|Producer(s)||The Beach Boys|
|The Beach Boys singles chronology|
"Cuddle Up" is a song written by Dennis Wilson and Daryl Dragon for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was concurrently released in two formats on May 15, 1972. One version was released on the album Carl and the Passions – "So Tough", and another as the b-side to "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone".
Following the release of the Beach Boys album Surf's Up in August 1971, Dennis Wilson collaborated with Daryl Dragon, intending to record a solo album. Cuddle Up was initially recorded for this project in late 1971 under the working title Old Movie.
The lead vocal on Cuddle Up is performed by Dennis and production is credited to the Beach Boys.
A slightly different mix of Cuddle Up was pressed on the b-side to "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone". It features alternate mixing, additional string overdubs and backing vocals.
Matthew Greenwald of Allmusic has stated ""Cuddle Up" is a somewhat top-heavy, classically influenced ballad. However, the lyrics and Dennis Wilson's excellent vocals render this an emotional masterpiece, closing the album out with style." and went on to note that it is essential listening for those exploring Dennis Wilson's talents.
- Billboard Magazine May 20, 1972 page 58 Vol. 84 No. 21
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