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A cute present for aficionados: The Beach Boys’ Sail on Sailor – 1972 reviewed

17 December 2022

9:00 AM

17 December 2022

9:00 AM

Grade: B+

By the time the 1970s had come along – post Altamont and post hope – the Beach Boys were tired of being beach boys and thus became, for a while, just another rather mediocre rawk band. The two albums they released in the first three years of the decade, Carl and the Passions – ‘So Tough’ and Holland, dispensed (largely) with those sumptuous harmonies and the simplicity of teenage anthems to God and gave us unconvincing blue-eyed soul and tinny R&B.

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