Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Song is the Beach Boys and “Good Vibrations“:
There are few perfect songs. “Ave Maria” is one. “Amazing Grace” is one. Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” still another. The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” joins the brigade. And “Good Vibrations”.
With “Good Vibrations”, Brian Wilson outdid himself as composer, arranger, producer and recording artist. Of all the songs the Beach Boys did, this is the one I know is a masterpiece. It’s a perfect song and Brian Wilson shows what a great artist he is. This is the penultimate of what could be done in a recording studio.
Released in 1966, it is really a reflection, and an anthem, for the sixties. What every young person in that era was seeking.
And the harmonies. My gosh, the harmonies are amazing. The Everlys gave us harmonies. The Beatles did harmonies. Simon & Garfunkel did harmonies too. Now the Beach Boys were giving us harmonies, and these harmonies soared.
Listening to it, I feel that I am walking on air.