Time to Get Alone

The Beach Boys

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Time to Get Alone Review

by Richie Unterberger

An expensive double CD of unreleased '60s material. The first disc puts their much-vaunted family psychodrama on display more nakedly than anywhere else, opening with a 40-minute (!) reel of rehearsals for "Help Me Rhonda" which finds dad Murry Wilson sitting in on the sessions. Perhaps drunk, Murry harps and hectors his sons' band on how to sing their lines, accusing them of big-headedness when the results aren't to his satisfaction; the boys put up with it as best they can. Disc one also has a half hour of outtakes and rehearsals from the Party! album, including a few songs ("Laugh At Me," "Ticket To Ride," "California Girls," "Little Deuce Coupe") that didn't make it onto the finished product. Disc two has marginally different versions and alternate mixes of songs from their Today, Summer Days, and Pet Sounds albums, along with reels of outtakes from the "Good Vibrations" and "Heroes And Villains" singles (themselves usually packaged with Smile bootlegs). Certainly Time To Get Alone is for fanatics only, but those fanatics will find it interesting and occasionally fascinating.