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February 2024
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Thank you for the engaging, illuminating, and comprehensive article by Peter Ames Carlin entitled “Brian Wilson’s Wave” (August/September 2004). Wilson is a musical genius, and his work has withstood the test of time. Yes, we in America are anxiously awaiting the Smile tour to savor what those in Europe have enjoyed this summer; the concert reviews were more than positive and have served to re-ignite the passion about Brian Wilson’s musicality.

But everyone should take the time to taste Brian’s masterpiece, Gettin in Over My Head , the third studio record of his solo career, released in June. As accurately stated in the accompanying brochure, the CD is “filled with terrific, hook-filled melodies, patented Wilson chord changes and stacked with multi-layered harmonies.” Eric Clapton, Sir Elton John, and Sir Paul McCartney sing with Brian on this CD. Just wait until you hear “Soul Searchin” or “Desert Drive” or “A Friend Like You.” You, too, will agree that the adjective genius is appropriate.

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