Times where changing and The Beach Boy were branching out in there musical expression. Holland is has so many flavors that taste so good. An interesting fact about the title track, “Sail on Salor” is Dennis Wilson was the original lead singer of the song. On the day he was supposed to record his lead vocal, he had just purchased a new surfboard and couldn’t wait to break it in. His impatience got the best of him, and he left the session with only a partially-recorded vocal and went surfing. Carl Wilson then asked Blondie Chaplin to sing lead. What a great song with Blondie Chaplin’s soulful voice. I hope the surf was good Dennis.
By mid-1972, a combination of Wilson’s focus waning from the Beach Boys to other creative outlets teamed with a growing addiction to cocaine led to Brian producing less music for the band than ever before and so the Beach Boys were hoping to jump-start his creative juices. Although he did make the trip (after three separate attempts to get on the plane), Wilson contributed little to the album, concentrating his musical efforts on “Mount Vernon and Fairway”, a ten-minute long “musical fairy tale” which is a strange story about a transistor radio fairy. I have included it in a separate track because it is so weird.
Due to homesickness, Al Jardine and Mike Love conspired to create a three-part song cycle as an ode to California. “I love this song because of all the mentions the central coast of California”. Mike Love donated the country-laced “Big Sur” (written three years earlier and here presented in 3/4 waltz time), while Love and Al Jardine delivered the partially spoken-word of Robinson Jeffers’ poem “Beaks of Eagles” and the shuffle-arranged “California”, which features Brian on its first two lines.
Holland is the nineteenth studio album by The Beach Boys, released in January 1973. It was recorded in Baambrugge, Netherlands over the summer of 1972 using a reconstructed studio sent from California. The photograph on the front sleeve of the “Holland” album is an upside down image of the Kromme Waal, a canal that runs through the center of Amsterdam.
Mount Vernon and Fairway
Enjoy the music. David