Beach Boys Reunite to Help Japan

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In response to the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that struck Japan on March 11, Al Jardine of the Beach Boys has asked his fellow Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame pals Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Bruce Johnston to lend their name and voices to a new benefit release.

Two songs will be made available for the first time on a 7″ vinyl single. The first 1,000 records will be pressed on limited-edition white vinyl, with a red label (resembling the Japanese flag), with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Red Cross aid to Japan.

Fans that purchase the single “will support disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific,” according to the Red Cross.

After the first thousand records, the remaining discs will be pressed on limited-edition black vinyl. About 90 of the first run will have sleeves signed by all four of the Beach Boys, which will be auctioned off.

The A-side of the record is the environmentally conscious “Don’t Fight the Sea,” composed by Jardine and Terry Jacks, a track from the new album “A Postcard from California.” The song features Jardine, Brian Wilson, Love, Johnston and a vocal from the late Carl Wilson.

The flip side of the record is an unreleased Beach Boys a cappella mix, from a 1968 recording of the song “Friends.”

“We felt that the song had a nice basic message of friendship,” said Jardine. “I also like the idea of that song, because the vocals are a bit underappreciated. So this release was a perfect place to showcase the idea of harmony and friendship. Everybody is behind it 100 percent, that’s the nice part.”

The single will be available on Tuesday, April 19, with some advance copies being brought to International Record Store Day appearances by Jardine, where he will be signing the new Beach Boys “SMiLE” vinyl release on April 16 and auctioning off a few of the Red Cross singles.

For more information on how to purchase “Don’t Fight The Sea” / “Friends (a cappella)” for Japan, visit www.AlJardine.com or www.TheBeachBoys.com. For information on how to donate to the Red Cross, visit www.RedCross.org.

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  1. Kudos to the Beach Boys (and other rockers) for stepping up and helping this worthy cause. Hopefully the Hollywood community will do the same. Speaking of a cappella, the Boys were at their best for the “Beach Boys’ Party!” album. “Barbara Ann” was a huge hit from “Party!”, which seemed to be recorded live at a house party; in fact, the album was recorded in the studio and laughter, hand-claps and chatter were added later for effect. On my Rockaeology blog at http://bit.ly/fwBViE is the story of how Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean ended up sharing lead vocals with Brian Wilson on this Regents classic.

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