Rolling Stone magazine has Good Vibrations listed at #5 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  The first time I heard it on the radio around Thanksgiving 1966, I couldn’t believe my ears.  It wasn’t rock and roll, it wasn’t  psycadelic, it wasn’t like anything I’d heard before – or since.  In 1967 I saw[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] The Beach Boys [/lastfm]perform the song live at the Tulsa Civic Assembly Center, and my jaw dropped again as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mike Love[/lastfm] played a theremin on stage.  I’d never seen one before.  At the time, it was the most expensive pop recording of all time at a cost of over $50 ,000 and sessions spread over several months in a host of different studios.  It was [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beach Boys[/lastfm] first #1  hit, and their first to sell a million.  [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Brian Wilson [/lastfm]wrote the music, produced the record, and along with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mike Love [/lastfm]wrote the lyrics.  But according to Brian, he didn’t come up with the idea for Good Vibrations – and neither did any of the other [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beach Boys[/lastfm].  So who did?

  1. Gary says:

    I had a 33 of BB rarities which had a different version of Good Vibrations (lost it over the years and several moves). It was the 29th take or something but I really liked it. Wore that album out. In My Room in German, Bluebirds Over the Mountain with the “ping ping” sound separated on one channel so you could hear how Brian Wilson wrote it and how Capitol Records changed it (adding the pong noise). Great album if you were/are a fan.

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