The Beach Boys
1969: I’m Going Your Way (ep)
CAPITOL CATALOG MKT (C92) / A Capitol Records Release; UMG Recordings, Inc.
After the amazing vault-clearing, copyright-extending treats of the last couple of years in Beach Boys world – including not one, but two studio doubles and a live set all from 1968 and this brilliant set from 1967 it’s rather disappointing to have just an EP from 1969. A very slight EP too.
You would have to hope that a boxset is on the way rounding up 1969/1970 – meanwhile, any Beach Boys junkie will grab onto this quick digital fix for a bit.
Three songs. Three unreleased, previously unheard versions, alternate takes, rarities, etc…
We open with I’m Going Your Way (the title track). This version an Alternate Vocal Take. Recorded for the Sunflower sessions, I’m Going Your Way is a great little psych-pop rocker. It sounds glorious here. Dennis was really coming into his own. And the second song is another Dennis Wilson track, Slip On Through. Here it’s presented in instrumental form, so a mere curio – a great groove though, a nice feel to it all. But when there’s only three songs on the EP this is real basic stuff, not really the must-hear alternates you would figure might deserve this sort of showcasing.
The final track is Carnival (Over The Waves) – a sort of Last Waltz for The Beach Boys; a Juventino Rosas waltz from 1888 which was on the cards for Sunflower at one time or other. There was even a one-minute demo version that showed its head, unnecessarily, at some point. Here you get nearly three minutes of drunking chanting and beer-mug swilling side-shuffle. Do you need this? Do you need to even answer that?
Weird to have a brand new archival EP of Beach Boys material. I’m such a sucker for this stuff that I still wanted to dive right in. But my fingers are certainly crossed there’s more from Sunflower’s outtakes and offcuts (and maybe the Surf’s Up album too) that we’re destined to here later this year.