Taking a cue from the many strains of rock cropping up all around them, the Beach Boys spread their wings on this 1972 LP, flying into country, blues, soul and gospel territory. Guitarist Blondie Chaplin keeps it rockin’ as the harmonies rise up through You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone; Here She Comes; Marcella; Make It Good; All This Is That; Cuddle Up, and more. Lots of wrongly overlooked Wilson-penned gems on this 1972 LP, ripe for rediscovery here on 180-gram vinyl! Capitol.
Vinyl LP re-pressing of this gem of an album by the pop-rock icons. With the addition of drummer Ricky Fataar and guitarist Blondie Chaplin to the line-up, The Beach Boys entered a period of surprisingly earthy arrangements, obviously based on what they'd been hearing on cooler outlets like FM radio and AOR. Kicking off with the rough Carl Wilson rocker "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone," Carl and the Passions - So Tough cycles through all manner of roots-based rock; Fataar and Chaplin lead the band through a bluesy number ("Here She Comes") and a country song complete with steel guitar ("Hold On Dear Brother"), while Mike Love exercises his spiritual side on the gospel-inspired "He Came Down."