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The Beach Boys - Mt. Vernon and Fairway (A Fairy Tale)

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Uploaded on Nov 18, 2011

The bonus EP of the Beach Boys' 1973 LP Holland, entitled Mount Vernon and Fairway (A Fairy Tale), was based on the intersection where the Love family lived in Los Angeles, and was primarily composed by Brian Wilson. Wilson originally intended it to be the centerpiece of a new Beach Boys album, consisting of the tracks from the EP and "Funky Pretty". It was initially rejected by the other band members, which effectively caused Brian to quit the sessions until Carl Wilson decided to include it as a separate EP. However, by that point, Brian had lost interest in both the project and the Beach Boys; reportedly for denying his artistic output towards the group. Wilson would not record with the Beach Boys again as a group until 1974 for the aborted Caribou sessions. While narrated by Jack Rieley (as it was mostly unfinished when Wilson effectively walked away from the project), the voice of the Pied Piper was supplied by Brian in a slightly grainier-sounding voice, exemplifying the effects of his considerable drug abuse at the time, and forecasting his extremely raspy vocals on the next Beach Boys album, 1976's 15 Big Ones.

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