Austin Turner was the selected recipient of ESQ’s October giveaway featuring the 2014 Acoustic Sounds/Analogue Productions of The Beach Boys Shut Down Volume 2 album signed by Mike Love and Al Jardine, and a 1999 Racing Champions Shut Down Volume 2 mini-replica of Dennis Wilson’s midnight blue 1963 Chevrolet Corvette.
We received a lot of great comments on the album and the music of this period, and want to thank everyone who participated.
Here is Austin’s comment:
“I’ve been a subscriber to The Beach Boys publication of record since September 2016 and will keep subscribing until I go broke!
“Shut Down Volume 2 is special and timeless, as all The Beach Boys albums are, for the great music. It stands out in my mind as The Gauntlet that the guys threw down in response to Beatlemania, establishing themselves as the premiere American act to compete with the Fab Four. The album is a masterful blend of styles and sounds – from the Chuck Berry meets Four Freshman opening dynamo of ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ that showcases the Brian/Mike partnership, firing on all cylinders, to the delicate balladry of ‘Don’t Worry Baby’ and ‘Keep an Eye in Summer.’ Brian continues to perfect his take on the Wall of Sound with his ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love’ cover (great even without the intro recovered when the tapes were found in 2009). Denny is a soulful crooner on ‘This Car of Mine,’ and Carl kills on ‘Pom, Pom Play Girl.’ The guys take it back to the roots with a faithful ‘Louie, Louie’ that allows Mike to showcase his doo-wop vocals. The instrumentals are perfectly placed and give that cool garage rock vibe. I will also argue any time any where that ‘‘Cassius’ Love vs. ‘Sonny’ Wilson’ absolutely belongs on this album. It’s fun, quirky, and showcases their personalities and sense of humor. It’s also a cool contrasting mood to “The Warmth of the Sun” in the same way ‘Bull Session with Big Daddy’ was to ‘In the Back of My Mind.’ Al is (officially) back in the band and on the cover! Speaking of the cover, I have always thought the guys look so boss in their matching jackets. It makes me want to start my own car club and be the first to hit the lot and wave to the man in blue!” — Austin Turner
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