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Wake The World: The Friends Sessions

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The Beach Boys were in transition in 1968, still sporting some wounds from the implosion of SMiLE and Brian Wilson's accompanying breakdown. They rallied on 1967's Wild Honey and settled into a mellower groove for its follow-up, 1968's Friends. Wake the World: The Friends Sessions is a digital-only clearinghouse of 31 outtakes, alternate takes, demos, and incomplete tracks recorded during the making of the album (the collection also contains the "original 1966 track mix" of the SMiLE staple "Child Is the Father of the Man," which is a welcome and unexpected bonus). Where many Beach Boys outtake collections are filled to the brim with vocal tracks, Wake the World slightly favors instrumental backing tracks, a move that can emphasize the band's mellow eclecticism. Without their lyrics, "Transcendental Meditation" really swings and "When a Man Needs a Woman" has a cinematic sweep, "Passing By" boasts a lush floral arrangement and "Little Bird" feels symphonic. Such subtle transitions are evident in the alternate takes, too: "Even Steven" -- an early version of "Busy Doing Nothing" -- swings with a lounge-like insouciance. Some of these cuts are pretty skeletal -- "New Song" and "Untitled 1/25/68" are as unformed as their titles suggest -- but it's also fun to hear the band tentatively attempt Buffalo Springfield's "Rock and Roll Woman," which never quite leaves the ground. Such highlights may take some effort to excavate among the loose ends and alternate takes, but for die-hard Beach Boys fans, it is worth the time.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Meant For You (Alternate Version With Session Intro)
00:02:17

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Composer, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Love, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Friends (Backing Track)
00:02:38

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Carl Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Al Jardine, ComposerLyricist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Friends (A Cappella)
00:02:18

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Carl Wilson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Al Jardine, ComposerLyricist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Wake The World (Alternate Version)
00:02:11

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Al Jardine, ComposerLyricist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Be Here In The Morning (Back Track)
00:02:18

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Mike Love, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Carl Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Al Jardine, ComposerLyricist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
When A Man Needs A Woman (Early Take Basic Track)
00:00:49

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Dennis Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Al Jardine, ComposerLyricist - Alan Boyd, Producer - John Parks, ComposerLyricist - Steve Korthof, ComposerLyricist

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
When A Man Needs A Woman (Alternate Version)
00:02:08

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Dennis Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Al Jardine, ComposerLyricist - Alan Boyd, Producer - John Parks, ComposerLyricist - Steve Korthof, ComposerLyricist

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Passing By (Alternate Verson)
00:01:43

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Composer - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Anna Lee The Healer (Session Excerpt)
00:01:21

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Composer - Mike Love, Composer - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Anna Lee The Healer (A Cappella)
00:01:52

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Composer - Mike Love, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Little Bird (Back Track)
00:01:59

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Producer - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Dennis Wilson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Alan Boyd, Producer - Stephen Kalinich, ComposerLyricist

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Little Bird (A Cappella)
00:02:04

MARK LINETT, Producer - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Carl Wilson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Wilson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alan Boyd, Producer - Stephen Kalinich, ComposerLyricist

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Be Still (Alternate Take With Session Excerpt)
00:02:08

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Producer - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Dennis Wilson, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alan Boyd, Producer - Stephen Kalinich, ComposerLyricist

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Even Steven (Early Version Of Busy Doin' Nothin')
00:02:52

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Diamond Head (Alternate Version With Session Excerpt)
00:04:32

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Lyle Ritz, ComposerLyricist - Alan Boyd, Producer - James Ackley, ComposerLyricist

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
New Song (Transcendental Meditation) (Back Track With Partial Vocals)
00:01:49

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Transcendental Meditation (Back Track With Session Excerpt)
00:02:21

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Love, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Al Jardine, ComposerLyricist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Transcendental Meditation (A Cappella)
00:01:50

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Love, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Al Jardine, ComposerLyricist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
My Little Red Book
00:02:45

MARK LINETT, Producer - Burt Bacharach, Composer, ComposerLyricist - Hal David, Composer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Wilson, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
Away
00:00:56

MARK LINETT, Producer - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Dennis Wilson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Hinsche, ComposerLyricist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

21
I'm Confessin' (Demo)
00:02:16

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

22
I'm Confessin'/ You're As Cool As Can Be 1
00:01:36

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

23
You're As Cool As Can Be 2
00:01:12

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

24
Be Here In The Morning Darling
00:03:28

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

25
Our New Home
00:02:01

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

26
New Song
00:01:26

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

27
Be Still (Alternate Track)
00:01:02

MARK LINETT, Producer - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Dennis Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Alan Boyd, Producer - Stephen Kalinich, ComposerLyricist

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

28
Rock And Roll Woman
00:02:17

MARK LINETT, Producer - Stephen Stills, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

29
Time To Get Alone (Alternate Version Demo)
00:02:03

MARK LINETT, Producer - Brian Wilson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

30
Untitled 1/25/68
00:01:06

MARK LINETT, Producer - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Dennis Wilson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Alan Boyd, Producer

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

31
Passing By (Demo)
00:02:33

Brian Wilson, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Beach Boys, MainArtist - Tandyn Almer, ComposerLyricist - Stanley Shapiro, ComposerLyricist

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

32
Child Is Father Of The Man (Original 1966 Track Mix)
00:03:36

Van Dyke Parks, Composer - Brian Wilson, Composer, Producer - The Beach Boys, MainArtist

A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

The Beach Boys were in transition in 1968, still sporting some wounds from the implosion of SMiLE and Brian Wilson's accompanying breakdown. They rallied on 1967's Wild Honey and settled into a mellower groove for its follow-up, 1968's Friends. Wake the World: The Friends Sessions is a digital-only clearinghouse of 31 outtakes, alternate takes, demos, and incomplete tracks recorded during the making of the album (the collection also contains the "original 1966 track mix" of the SMiLE staple "Child Is the Father of the Man," which is a welcome and unexpected bonus). Where many Beach Boys outtake collections are filled to the brim with vocal tracks, Wake the World slightly favors instrumental backing tracks, a move that can emphasize the band's mellow eclecticism. Without their lyrics, "Transcendental Meditation" really swings and "When a Man Needs a Woman" has a cinematic sweep, "Passing By" boasts a lush floral arrangement and "Little Bird" feels symphonic. Such subtle transitions are evident in the alternate takes, too: "Even Steven" -- an early version of "Busy Doing Nothing" -- swings with a lounge-like insouciance. Some of these cuts are pretty skeletal -- "New Song" and "Untitled 1/25/68" are as unformed as their titles suggest -- but it's also fun to hear the band tentatively attempt Buffalo Springfield's "Rock and Roll Woman," which never quite leaves the ground. Such highlights may take some effort to excavate among the loose ends and alternate takes, but for die-hard Beach Boys fans, it is worth the time.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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