The Beach Boys are back in the Top 10 with the release of their new critically acclaimed box set, Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969 – 1971. The collection, which debuted at Number Nine on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart with 10,000 physical units sold, entered the Billboard 200 albums chart at Number 83 — not too shabby for a five-CD $100-plus box set.
Overseas, Feel Flows entered the UK charts at Number 19 and hit Number Four on the Scottish charts.
Although Feel Flows shines a light specifically on the sessions in and around 1970’s Sunflower and 1971’s Surf’s Up album, the box closes with a teaser for things to come with a couple of tracks culled from 1972’s Carl And The Passions – ‘So Tough’ album — “You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone” and “Marcella.”
Brian Wilson told us that “Marcella” is among his favorite songs to tackle in concert. He explained that despite being unable to realize his own song in the studio hasn’t prevented him from loving the tune, which his late brother Carl Wilson arranged and produced: “Right, one of my favorites, yeah. Carl did a great job, he was really good. ‘Marcella,’ y’know, I’m gonna tell ya, I was having mental difficulties during that time and I didn’t even know if the guys got in the studio and recorded ‘Marcella’ without me on it! So, I said, ‘I wanna be on it!’ So I overdubbed my voice on it.”
The Beach Boys — featuring Mike Love and Bruce Johnston — play tonight (September 9th) in Corning, California at Rolling Hills Casino Resort.
Brian Wilson — with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin — next performs on October 5th in Huntington, New York at The Paramount.