Listening Assignments #2
The Beach Boys
Sloop John B: "Sloop John B" is the seventh track on The Beach Boys' Pet Sound album and was also a single which was released in 1966 on Capitol Records. It was originally a traditional West Indies folk song, "The John B. Sails," taken from Carl Sandburg's 1927 collection of folk songs, The American Song bag. The Beach Boys version of "Sloop John B." was ranked #271 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The John B. was an old sponger boat - presumably a sloop - whose crew was in the habit of getting notoriously merry whenever they made port. It was wrecked and sunk at Governor's Harbour in Eleuthera, The Bahamas, in about 1900s. This song shows how ho harmony has become another part of rock and roll.
Sloop John B: : "Sloop John B" is the seventh track on The Beach Boys' Pet Sound album and was also a single which was released in 1966 on Capitol Records. This was a produced video with a live band (The Beach Boys) playing their instruments. The video had a bunch of screaming fans. I think they were trying to say that they are on the road so much that just like John B they want to go home.
Good Vibrations (Capitol): "Good Vibrations" is a song by American rock band the Beach Boys, released as a single in October 10, 1966. Composed and produced by Brian Wilson with lyrics by Mike Love. This was a rare studio session recording in which the band was being directed by Brain Wilson. "Good Vibrations" as a "pocket symphony". It featured instruments unusual for a pop song, including prominent use of the cello and an electro-Theremin. This video gave me a great glimpse of the artistic ideas of Brain Wilson and how he was intricate part in the making of harmony within rock and roll.
Surfer Girl: is a song written, produced and sung by Brian Wilson for The Beach Boys. It was released as a single and it then appeared on the 1963 album of the same name, Surfer Girl. The...