The Beach Boys

Rock Reflection

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Playground Productions has released a series of radio interviews by American Force Radio's Jim Pewter. One of the most interesting is his interview with Al Jardine and Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys. Conducted in late 1968 or January of 1969, the Beach Boys' Rock Reflection presents a rare conversation with members of the California band. The interview begins with a discussion of the surf era and its influence (Chuck Berry and Little Richard) and touches on some surprising issues like transcendental meditation and Maharishi Mahesh. The radio show seems mastered from a vinyl source, as a cyclical pop can be heard at times. Pewter spins some classic songs which, for copyright reasons, are only excerpted. (That can be fixed with a CD burner if you wish.) A Brian Wilson Rock Reflection is also available. This interview is often misidentified as being recorded in 1967 between Pet Sounds and Wild Honey but in fact was done in 1969. (Two clues: Al Jardine discusses re-recording "Cotton Fields" from 1969's 20/20 for a single version which went to radio after its initial release. Pewter also plugs the upcoming 1969 Toronto oldies festival.) An interesting discussion definitely for fans only.