ELECTRIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION "In an important victory for the first sale doctrine, a federal district court today ruled that selling 'promo CDs' on eBay does not infringe copyright. The court threw out a lawsuit by Universal Music Group (UMG), which had argued that the "promotional use only" labels affixed to these CDs somehow conveyed eternal ownership on UMG, making it illegal to resell the CDs (or even throw them away)."
VIRGIN MEDIA "1) Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue: It's funny how stories surrounding certain albums can add to their mystique, perceived greatness or, as anyone who's bought a super-rare vinyl copy of this album will know, resale price. Dennis Wilson was the drummer in The Beach Boys, the wild Wilson brother to Brian's musical genius and Carl's calming influence. This album was first released in 1977, but it's been out of print since 1991. Now it gets its deserved deluxe reissue, and gives those who know the album's story better than they know the contents a chance to hear what the fuss is about. Unlike many albums immersed in musical folklore, POB stands up to any analysis, and is something of a masterpiece. Sure, it's flawed, but with songs as beautiful as Dreamer, Forever My Friend, River Song and Pacific Ocean Blues, any small minus points really don't matter. Rating: 8/10 (Review by Andy Welch)"
NEW STATESMAN "Robin Pecknold of Seattle's Fleet Foxes, the hirsute, baroque pop quintet that Mojo magazine recently called 'America's next great band', has one theory. 'The Beach Boys' music soaks up all of America, from the sunny sound of Hawaii to the folk songs of the south to the intelligence of the north-east. In hard times, it's about remembering the romance of the country, and also about the power of the human voice to convey those emotions.'"
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS "Unlike many albums immersed in musical folklore, POB stands up to any analysis, and is something of a masterpiece. Sure, it's flawed, but with songs as beautiful as Dreamer, Forever My Friend, River Song and Pacific Ocean Blues, any small minus points really don't matter."
VENTURA COUNTY STAR "Philip Bardowell formed his first band, along with his brother Habib and their friend 'Full House' actor, John Stamos."
"At the young age of 20, already an accomplished pianist and guitarist, Philip found himself backing the legendary surf duo, Jan and Dean, as their bassist and backup vocalist. Consequently, Mike Love of the legendary Beach Boys hired Philip to serve as lead guitarist and vocalist in his Endless Summer Beach Band."
"Philip had befriended Beach Boy, Carl Wilson when Carl heard him sing at a birthday party for Beach Boy front man, Mike Love. Philip's voice caught Carl's attention and Carl called on Philip to sing his parts as a member of the Beach Boys touring band when Carl became stricken with cancer. After Carl's passing in 1996, Philip continued in his role as lead guitarist and vocalist for the Beach Boys until 2001 when he left the band to write and record his own music."
DAILY GAZETTE "Earlier this week I tuned into Sound Opinions just as Jim and Greg were discussing their favorite summer songs. As always, it was an interesting conversation, highlighted by Jim’s take on the classic Beach Boys song 'All Summer Long.' Jim acknowledged that this was a cliched choice, but suggested that no one had ever interpreted the song quite like him. He read the lyrics, noting how 'lewd' and 'lascivious' they are, more like something out of a debauched hip-hop song than a 1960s pop song. Here they are:
Sittin’ in my car outside your house
(Sittin’ in my car outside your house)
‘Member when you spilled coke all over your blouse
T-shirts, cut-offs and a pair of thongs
(T-shirts, cut-offs and a pair of thongs)
We’ve been having fun all summer long
Until now, I’d never really paid much attention to what Brian Wilson was saying, and the cheerful references to spilling coke and a pair of thongs came as a complete surprise. Is 'All Summer Long' the original 'Thong Song?' I wondered. Or is Wilson simply talking about Coca-Cola and sandals? Personally, I like Jim’s interpretation. It makes the whole song far more interesting."