Monday, May 21, 2007

The Beach Boys - California Dreaming

I don't usually post stuff like this because I've never been a fan of music videos but one of my all time favorite bands, The Beach Boys, recorded a great cover version of The Mamas and Papas' hit, "California Dreamin" in 1986, 20 years after the original. The video and song are a perfect match.

This video is now making its way around the Internet because tomorrow The Beach Boys are releasing another anthology called The Warmth Of The Sun. I can hear you saying "just what we need, another Beach Boys compilation." However, this one is very different and very cool. The four surviving main members of the band, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnston, each picked their favorite songs for inclusion on the CD. There are a few surprises, and a few songs that casual fans probably have never heard before, including this version of "California Dreamin'."

Please note that the preacher is played by the song's composer, Papa John Phillips and the guitar player in the balcony is Roger McGuinn.

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