“God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys (1966)

24 03 2009

Many people identify The Beach Boys with the “California sound” of the 1960’s.  But to many musicians and fans, The Beach Boys, helmed by the great Brian Wilson, were much more than that.  Brian Wilson wrote extraordinary songs and used really inventive and cutting edge techniques in the recording studio to get his vision down.  The album “Pet Sounds,” from which this track comes, is considered one of the first “concept albums,” inspiring bands like The Who and The Beatles to do their own such records.

But even if one cannot recognize the genius of Brian Wilson, almost everyone can enjoy and appreciate the beautiful songs The Beach Boys gave to us.  This song is a perfect example.  The melody soars, the performance is earnest and pure, and you just can’t help humming along by the second verse.

“God only knows what I’d be without you.”




2 responses

24 03 2009

I like this version. Brian might have passed too many songs over to Carl to sing. It’s great that we can hear this song with both singers.

5 04 2009

Love this version…try listening to the “Sunflower” CD.. a more Total Beach Boys effort …

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