Don't Fight The Sea / Friends (A Cappella) by Al Jardine / Beach Boys
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7" Black Vinyl LP
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The California Coast, USA – In response to the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that struck Japan, March 11th, 2011, Al Jardine of the Beach Boys has asked his fellow Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame pals: Brian Wilson, Mike Love & 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. 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.
The A-side of the record is the environmentally conscious “Don’t Fight the Sea”, composed by Al Jardine and Terry Jacks, a track from the new album A Postcard From California. The song features Jardine, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and a vocal from the late Carl Wilson. The flip side of the record is an unreleased Beach Boys a capella mix, from a 1968 recording of the song “Friends”. “We felt that the song had a nice basic message of friendship” said Al 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%, that’s the nice part. It’s a total group effort, and we’ll be working more together like this as we approach our 50th anniversary. It’s very encouraging…and we’re making plans.” Brian Wilson commented “the message of the song is simple; we’ve been friends for so many years. It works on many levels within the band and our relationship with Japan”. According to Waterfront Entertainment Group president Rob Christie, the release is a statement of urgency and commitment. “We felt we needed to get this release out as soon as possible to raise well needed funds for one of the worst disasters in history” commented Christie, “Capitol Records cleared the use of a master for us in one day, Rainbo Records rushed the manufacturing and donated a huge chunk, and Capitol Studios was kind enough to rush and donate some mixing and mastering”.
According to manufacturing plant Rainbo Records president Steve Sheldon “It doesn’t get any better than The Beach Boys or The Red Cross”. VP of Capitol Studios, Greg Parkin commented “The Beach Boys have an iconic history with Capitol Studios, so we were happy to help in any small way with their efforts.”
The single will be available on Tuesday, April 19th. With some advanced copies being brought to International Record Store Day appearances by Al Jardine, where he will be signing the new Beach Boys SMiLE vinyl release on April 16th…and auctioning off a few of the Red Cross singles.
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Side A 1. Don't Fight The Sea by Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and Carl Wilson
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