Wednesday, January 21, 2009
So Tough (Beach Boys Promo Document, 1972)
I found this flyer inside a white label promo copy of the 1972 Pet Sounds/Carl and the Passions - "So Tough" double LP package. It's interesting to see how Warner/Reprise felt they needed to market the Beach Boys circa 1972 ("the old 'surfboard image' is at long last disappearing"). This was around the time the band considered shortening their name to simply "The Beach," in order to escape their now un-hip legacy.
Note also that the photo shows the previous incarnation of the group with (by then departed) Bruce Johntson in the forefront and new members Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chapin nowhere to be seen. Johnston was not entirely down with the band's new "with it" direction, and either quit or was fired at the start of sessions for the album.
Carl and the Passions - "So Tough" is decent album in a bland 70s rock kind of way, but it is done no favors by being paired with Pet Sounds (but then what album would?). Brian Wilson is almost totally MIA, his most notable contribution is "Marcella," a song about a very helpful "masseuse" whose melody dates all the way back to the (far kinkier) Today outtake "All Dressed Up For School."