I'll be gone for week, so I made a whole album available here:
Brian Wilson "Adult Child"
Brian Wilson had been removed from the Beach Boys after 1966's "Pet Sounds" album due to his mental problems, but he never stopped writing and recording music. This unreleased album was recorded in 1976/1977.
It's a thrilling, if bewildering work. Wilson appears to be a complete innocent, as the album title would suggest, and says exactly what is on his mind, relating to the listener the most important things in his life without a trace of show-biz affection, as in the jaw-dropping opening lines to "H.E.L.P. Is On The Way," a song named after his favorite health-food store. But then he'll offer lush orchestral versions of oldies like "On Broadway," and "Deep Purple," a funky version of a folk song ("Shortnin' Bread") and Beach Boy Mike Love will join him to sing the creepy "Hey Little Tomboy." However, the concluding song, "Still I Dream Of It," a gorgeous ballad that did see eventual release, shows a skilled tunesmith completely in control of his songwriting facilities, even if his mental ones were questionable.
Although "Smile," the album that was meant to be the follow-up to "Pet Sounds," did eventually get a re-recording and release in 2004, "Adult Child," as well as another Wilson solo album "Sweet Insanity," remain unreleased. Capital Records no doubt considers them to be too eccentric for the mass market. There's no sign they'll be coming out soon. Still, I dream of it...