I know I probably don’t update the page here quite enough to make this daily reading for folks out there, but to any and all who might stumble across this, the folks at Beach Boys Opinion Page (meaning, me!) want to wish all Beach Boys fans a Happy Holidays.
I’ve been spinning the Beach Boys Christmas Album quite a bit this year; I’m always glad when I get around to doing that. Check out our section for December 2012 for a sort of "re-review" of the excellent 1998 Beach Boys "Ultimate Christams" compilation.
What do we have to look forward to for next year for the group? Not much is set in stone, but it’s likely we’ll get the new Brian Wilson album (and presumably/hopefully some more touring; and hopefully with Al and Dave (and Blondie!) in tow). The Mike and Bruce show have likely already booked shows for 2014, so I would imagine if there’s any chance of another full “reunion”, 2015 would be the earliest we would see that.
“Big Beat 1963” was an interesting and fun little curio of a release (review hopefully coming soon!). Nobody seems to know what the “copyright extension” issue means for future releases, so it’s unclear what might make it out in terms of archival material in 2014. We will apparently see the SACD/Vinyl partial album catalog reissues.
I’m truly hoping we get more archival releases. Apparently, it was revealed in a recent ESQ interview that there was a seventh “bonus” disc prepared for the “Made in California” set as a retailer exclusive. The deal to do that exclusive somehow fell through. Hopefully that disc will be made available somehow, or the “Beach Boys Central” website will finally launch with some new archival releases in some format.
I would implore those who have any control over the situation to keep in mind that the Beach Boys’ fans are getting older and literally dying off. Please put this stuff out while some of us are still alive!
The Beach Boys Opinion Page will strive as well to make more updates and post more commentary in the new year.
Hopefully back soon with more comments!