Mere Beach Boys: Sloop John B.

15. september 2017

“A lot of people don’t think this fits with Pet Sounds. But really, what does fit with Pet Sounds? You can’t even present the argument. All I know is, Sloop John B is a happy tune that really works.

“Billy Strange and Glen Campbell were on guitars. I think it was Billy’s idea to do sort of a two-guitar thing in the front, which Brian Wilson liked a lot. It’s a great band, with Hal Blaine on drums and Lyle Ritz, who’s playing the string bass – I’m playing the electric bass.

“Brian encouraged me to move around with my parts. He liked the bass to be non-static and energetic. What’s funny is, I never knew he was a bassist. I always thought of him as a piano player who knew how to write for other instruments. It wasn’t until years later that I discovered he could play bass.”

Vi skal ikke slippe Pet Sounds med det samme. Et sted på nettet, der kalder sig musikradaren, opremser den kendte studiemusiker, bassisten Carol Kaye, ti indspilninger, som hun er mest tilfreds med. Og en af dem er “Sloop John B”, der jo er med på Beach Boys-albummet.

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