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Friends

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Released when Cream and Jimi Hendrix were at their apex, the low-key pleasantries of Friends seemed downright irrelevant in mid-1968. Today it sounds better, but it's certainly one of the group's more minor efforts, as the members started to divide the songwriting more or less evenly among themselves, rather than letting Brian Wilson provide most of the material. The title track was a charming, if innocuous, minor hit. The bossa nova "Busy Doin' Nothin'" was a subtly subversive piece of rock Muzak, though hindsight reveals a rather worrisome indolence in the lyrics, as penned by Wilson, who was starting to withdraw into his own world. The production and harmonies remained pleasantly idiosyncratic, but there was little substance at the heart of most of the songs. The irony was that Smile had collapsed, in part, because some of the Beach Boys felt that Wilson's increasingly avant-garde leanings would lose their pop audience; yet by the time of Friends, the Beach Boys had done a pretty good job of losing most of their audience by retreating to a less experimental, more group-based approach. [Friends/20/20, a Capitol two-fer CD, combines this and the follow-up 20/20 onto one disc, adding five bonus tracks also cut in the late '60s, highlighted by the minor hit "Break Away," Dennis Wilson's oddly spacy "Celebrate the News," and a cover of "Walk On By."]
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
Meant For You
00:00:41

Joe Gastwirt, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Wilson, Composer - Mike Love, Composer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Jim Lockert, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

2
Friends
00:02:33

Joe Gastwirt, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Wilson, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Carl Wilson, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Al Jardine, ComposerLyricist - Jim Lockert, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Wake The World
00:01:31

Joe Gastwirt, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Wilson, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Carl Wilson, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Al Jardine, ComposerLyricist - Jim Lockert, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

4
Be Here In The Mornin'
00:02:19

Joe Gastwirt, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Wilson, Composer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Love, Composer - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Carl Wilson, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Wilson, Composer, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Lockert, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

5
When A Man Needs A Woman
00:02:10

Joe Gastwirt, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Wilson, Composer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Dennis Wilson, Composer - Jim Lockert, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

6
Passing By
00:02:28

Joe Gastwirt, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Wilson, Composer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Carl Wilson, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Al Jardine, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Lockert, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

7
Anna Lee, The Healer
00:01:55

Joe Gastwirt, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Wilson, Composer - Mike Love, Composer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Jim Lockert, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

8
Little Bird
00:02:01

Joe Gastwirt, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Wilson, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Dennis Wilson, Composer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Lockert, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen John Kalinich, Composer

℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Be Still
00:01:25

Joe Gastwirt, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Wilson, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Dennis Wilson, Composer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Lockert, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen John Kalinich, Composer

℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

10
Busy Doin' Nothin'
00:03:06

Joe Gastwirt, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Wilson, Composer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Jim Lockert, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

11
Diamond Head
00:03:42

Joe Gastwirt, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Wilson, Composer - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Lyle Ritz, Composer - Jim Lockert, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Albert Vescovo, Composer - James Ackley, Composer

℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

12
Transcendental Meditation
00:01:52

Joe Gastwirt, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Wilson, Composer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Love, Composer - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Al Jardine, Composer - Jim Lockert, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Capitol Records, LLC

Album Description

Released when Cream and Jimi Hendrix were at their apex, the low-key pleasantries of Friends seemed downright irrelevant in mid-1968. Today it sounds better, but it's certainly one of the group's more minor efforts, as the members started to divide the songwriting more or less evenly among themselves, rather than letting Brian Wilson provide most of the material. The title track was a charming, if innocuous, minor hit. The bossa nova "Busy Doin' Nothin'" was a subtly subversive piece of rock Muzak, though hindsight reveals a rather worrisome indolence in the lyrics, as penned by Wilson, who was starting to withdraw into his own world. The production and harmonies remained pleasantly idiosyncratic, but there was little substance at the heart of most of the songs. The irony was that Smile had collapsed, in part, because some of the Beach Boys felt that Wilson's increasingly avant-garde leanings would lose their pop audience; yet by the time of Friends, the Beach Boys had done a pretty good job of losing most of their audience by retreating to a less experimental, more group-based approach. [Friends/20/20, a Capitol two-fer CD, combines this and the follow-up 20/20 onto one disc, adding five bonus tracks also cut in the late '60s, highlighted by the minor hit "Break Away," Dennis Wilson's oddly spacy "Celebrate the News," and a cover of "Walk On By."]
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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