I’ve been informed by reliable sources that the Beach Boys were pretty decent singers and harmonized quite efficiently. And I’ve heard that the Beach Boys were not too shabby at creating albums and hit singles which are considered to be iconic, timeless, and undeniably influential in the realm of modern pop and rock music and American culture.
And I recall reading somewhere that, along with the Beatles, this quintessential California ensemble was responsible for more than a few groundbreaking studio recording techniques. Duly noted – as I have yet to break the spell of listening to the awe-inspiring bass parts composed by Brian Douglas Wilson! And if that’s all you listen to on a Beach Boys record – your life would still be enriched!
Of course, you should absorb the entirety of Brian’s eternally fascinating repertoire. To read a Brian Wilson bass chart is to enter a universe unto itself– Brian’s proclivity to conjure wide, and often unconventional intervals for bassists, his utterly unique phrasing, his note choices and voice leading which bring out what I can only describe as the colors and beauty of a chord progression – are an endless revelation.
Though studio players such Ray Pohlman, Carol Kay, Joe Osborn and Larry Knechtel, among others, actually rendered the lines on the Beach Boys records that were commandeered by this great American composer, there is no mistaking Brian Wilson’s inexpressible musical genius as a bassist.
Brian is Paul McCartney’s favorite bass player – and if it were not for Brian’s monumental Pet Sounds, methinks the Beatles would not have progressed much farther than they did on Revolver. One of these days I will check out the vocals, and all that other stuff on Beach Boys albums that everybody keeps talking about, and continues to inspire generations of pop songwriters of all genres. In the meantime, I strongly advise that you submerge yourself in the enchanting, spellbinding art of Brian Wilson the bass player!