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Carl and the Passions – "So Tough"
Studio album by The Beach Boys
Released May 15, 1972
Recorded December 4, 1971 – April 13, 1972
Genre Rock, Soul, rhythm & blues, blues
Length 34:26
Label Brother/Reprise
Producer Carl Wilson, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Ricky Fataar, Blondie Chaplin.
Professional reviews
The Beach Boys chronology
Surf's Up
(1971)
Carl and the Passions – "So Tough"
(1972)
Holland
(1973)

Carl and the Passions – "So Tough" is the eighteenth studio album by The Beach Boys, released in 1972. Upon initial release, it was the second disc of a two-album set with Pet Sounds as the first of the set (which The Beach Boys were able to license from Capitol Records). Unfortunately, because Carl and the Passions – "So Tough" was a transitional album that saw the departure of one member and the introduction of two new ones (making it wildly inconsistent in terms of type of material present), it paled next to their 1966 classic and was seen as something of a disappointment at the time of release. The title of the album itself was a reference to an early band Carl Wilson had been in as a teenager (some say a possible early name for the Beach Boys). It was also the first album released under a new deal with Warner Bros. that allowed the company to distribute all future Beach Boys product in foreign as well as domestic markets.

In 1971, Carl (who served as the group's de facto musical director at this juncture) decided to spice up the structure of The Beach Boys by hiring third guitarist Blondie Chaplin, whose soulful singing brought a strong R&B element into the band's sound. Joining him was drummer Ricky Fataar after Dennis Wilson suffered a debilitating hand accident. Both had been discovered by Carl in 1969 while they were playing in a London band called The Flame.

Not long after the sessions began, Bruce Johnston had a falling out with manager Jack Rieley and quit the band (or was possibly fired). His main contribution, an early version of "Endless Harmony" entitled "Ten Years of Harmony", was re-recorded and eventually released in 1980 on Keepin' the Summer Alive. (Johnston recently confirmed that his only performance on the released album is as a background vocalist on "Marcella.") Johnston quit because he was unenthusiastic about Rieley's suggestion that the group adopt a hard rock approach and felt that Brian Wilson's prolonged lack of involvement had resulted in declining artistic quality. (However, Rieley claims he fired Johnston, and for two reasons: first, to prevent him from voting in the group's democratic processes and second, because of the supposed disrespect and contempt Johnston was showing the eldest Wilson at the time.) Brian Wilson himself barely contributed to the album's sessions, distracted by his personal demons and various extraneous side projects. These included the production of Spring's debut album (a reunion of The Honeys that included his wife and sister-in-law) and a projected trio with Tandyn Almer. Reportedly, their demo tape was rejected by A&M Records because Almer was considered a "troublemaker" by top brass. The executives also did not know who the lead singer on the tape was and were surprised when told it was Brian Wilson. Additionally, the executives were supposedly angered by the decision to use Wilson, as they feared he was so crazy he "would be pitching circus tents in [their] parking lots."

Brian Wilson's contributions consisted of collaborating on the writing of two songs and singing backing vocals on "Cuddle Up," "He Come Down," "Marcella" and, reportedly, "You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone." The latter, credited to Wilson and Rieley, was Wilson and Almer's Beatrice From Baltimore with less tawdry lyrics. ("She's got some holes in her stockings/she do a whole lot of rockin'" is a couplet from the original lyrics.) "Marcella" was a song written about a masseuse/prostitute known by Wilson, before Rieley again replaced most of Almer's lyrics with his own. "Marcella" is a revamped version of a song left over from the Today! sessions called "All Dressed Up For School." This was first resurrected during the Sunflower sessions as "I Just Got My Pay." The song evolved such that, while the background of the songs "Marcella" and "All Dressed Up For School" are similar, the similarities between the melodies of the song are very removed.

It's been speculated that Carl And The Passions – "So Tough" was either scheduled to be released, or re-released, as a single album. A Warner/Reprise catalogue number, MS 2090, had been assigned to this single disc release, but nothing came of it. It should be noted that it was released as a stand-alone single album in Europe on Reprise Records.

The group photo on the inner sleeve was thought to have been doctored to show Brian with the rest of the Beach Boys, a fact confirmed when a picture featuring the same image of Brian appeared in a 2004 book by Keith Badman. This rare shot showed him surrounded by fellow band members including Bruce Johnston (in his final group picture), but not with either Ricky Fataar or Blondie Chaplin, both of whom are credited on the final album cover. This is the last known group photo taken with Brian before his massive weight gain.

It was because of the jarring stylistic clashing that Carl and the Passions – "So Tough" met with a less than rapturous response upon release, going as far as #50 in the US and #25 in the UK. Though still not considered to be among their finest albums, the passage of time has repaired Carl And The Passions – "So Tough"'s critical standing considerably.

English Britpop band Saint Etienne used the title So Tough for their 1993 album as an homage to the Beach Boys. Likewise, they also named their compilation of the same year You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone after the Beach Boys song.

Contents

Track listing

  1. "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone" (Brian Wilson/Jack Rieley) – 3:27
    • Features Carl Wilson on lead vocals
  2. "Here She Comes" (Ricky Fataar/Blondie Chaplin) – 5:10
    • Features Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin on lead vocals
  3. "He Come Down" (Brian Wilson/Al Jardine/Mike Love) – 4:41
    • Features Mike Love, Blondie Chaplin, Al Jardine, and Carl Wilson on lead vocals
  4. "Marcella" (Brian Wilson/Tandyn Almer/Jack Rieley) – 3:54
    • Features Carl Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals
  5. "Hold On Dear Brother" (Ricky Fataar/Blondie Chaplin) – 4:43
    • Features Blondie Chaplin on lead vocals
  6. "Make It Good" (Dennis Wilson/Daryl Dragon) – 2:36
    • Features Dennis Wilson on lead vocals
  7. "All This Is That" (Alan Jardine/Carl Wilson/Mike Love) – 4:00
    • Features Carl Wilson, Alan Jardine and Mike Love on lead vocals
  8. "Cuddle Up" (Dennis Wilson/Daryl Dragon) – 5:30
    • Features Dennis Wilson on lead vocals

Singles

  • "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone" b/w "Cuddle Up" (Brother 1091), 15 May 1972
  • "Marcella" b/w "Hold On Dear Brother" (Brother 1101), 26 June 1972) US #110

Carl and the Passions – "So Tough" is now paired on CD with Holland.

Carl and the Passions – "So Tough" (Brother/Reprise 2MS 2083) hit #50 in the US during a 20 week chart stay. It reached #25 in the UK.

Personnel

  • The Beach Boys – Producer
  • Blondie Chaplin – Guitar, Bass, Producer
  • Ricky Fataar – Drums, Producer
  • Alan Jardine – Vocals, Producer
  • Mike Love – Vocals
  • Stephen Moffitt – Engineer
  • Ed Thrasher – Art Direction
  • Brian Wilson – Keyboards, Vocals, Producer
  • Carl Wilson – Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Producer
  • Dennis Wilson – Keyboards, Vocals, Producer

Sources

  • Carl and the Passions – "So Tough"/Holland CD booklet notes, Elton John and Scott McCaughey, c.2000.
  • "The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and the Southern California Experience", Timothy White, c. 1994.
  • "Wouldn't It Be Nice – My Own Story", Brian Wilson and Todd Gold, c. 1991.
  • "Top Pop Singles 1955-2001", Joel Whitburn, c. 2002.
  • "Top Pop Albums 1955-2001", Joel Whitburn, c. 2002.
  • Allmusic.com

 
 
 

Carl and the Passions - "So Tough"
Studio album by The Beach Boys
Released 15 May 1972
Recorded 4 December 1971 -
13 April 1972
Genre Rock
Length 34:26
Label Brother/
Capitol
Producer Carl Wilson, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Ricky Fataar, Blondie Chaplin.
Professional reviews
   
The Beach Boys chronology
Surf's Up
(1971)
Carl and the Passions - "So Tough"
(1972)
Holland
(1973)
   

Carl and the Passions - "So Tough" is the fifteenth studio album by The Beach Boys, released in 1972. Upon initial release, it was the second disc of a two-album set with Pet Sounds as the first of the set (which The Beach Boys were able to license from Capitol Records). Unfortunately, due to the fact that Carl and the Passions - "So Tough" was a transitional album that saw the departure of one member and the introduction of two new ones (making it wildly inconsistent in terms of type of material present), it paled next to their 1966 classic and was seen as something of a disappointment at the time of release. The title of the album itself was a reference to an early band Carl Wilson had been in as a teenager (some say a possible early name for the Beach Boys). It was also the first album released under a new deal with Warner Bros. that allowed the company to distribute all future Beach Boys product in foreign as well as domestic markets.

In 1971, Carl (who served as the group's de facto musical director at this juncture) decided to spice up the structure of The Beach Boys by hiring third guitarist Blondie Chaplin, whose soulful singing brought a strong R&B element into the band's sound. Joining him was drummer Ricky Fataar after Dennis Wilson suffered a debilitating hand accident. Both had been discovered by Carl in 1969 while they were playing in a London band called The Flame.

Not long after the sessions began, Bruce Johnston had a falling out with manager Jack Rieley and quit the band (or was possibly fired). His main contribution, an early version of "Endless Harmony" entitled "Ten Years of Harmony", was re-recorded and eventually released in 1980 on Keepin' the Summer Alive. Johnston quit because he was unenthusiastic about Rieley's suggestion that the group adopt a hard rock approach and felt that Brian Wilson's prolonged lack of involvement had resulted in declining artistic quality. (However, Rieley claims he fired Johnston, and for two reasons: first, to prevent him from voting in the group's democratic processes and second, because of the supposed disrespect and contempt Johnston was showing the eldest Wilson at the time.) Brian Wilson himself barely contributed to the album's sessions, distracted by his personal demons and various extraneous side projects. These included the production of Spring's debut album (a reunion of The Honeys that included his wife and sister-in-law) and a projected trio with Tandyn Almer. Reportedly, their demo tape was rejected by A&M Records because Almer was considered a "troublemaker" by top brass. The executives also did not know who the lead singer on the tape was and were surprised when told it was Brian Wilson, as the sound of his voice had changed since the earlier days of the Beach Boys. Additionally, the executives were supposedly angered by the decision to use Wilson, as they feared he was so crazy he "would be pitching circus tents in [their] parking lots."

Brian Wilson's contributions consisted of collaborating on the writing of two songs and singing backing vocals on "Cuddle Up," "He Come Down," "Marcella" and, reportedly, "You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone." The latter, credited to Wilson and Rieley, was Wilson and Almer's Beatrice From Baltimore with less tawdry lyrics. ("She's got some holes in her stockings/she do a whole lot of rockin'" is a couplet from the original lyrics.) "Marcella" was a song written about a masseuse/prostitute known by Wilson, before Rieley again replaced most of Almer's lyrics with his own. "Marcella" is a revamped version of a song left over from the Today! sessions called "All Dressed Up For School." This was first resurrected during the Sunflower sessions as "I Just Got My Pay." The song evolved such that, while the background of the songs "Marcella" and "All Dressed Up For School" are similar, the similarities between the melodies of the song are very removed.

It's been speculated that Carl And The Passions - "So Tough" was either scheduled to be released, or re-released, as a single album. A Warner/Reprise catalogue number, MS 2090, had been assigned to this single disc release, but nothing came of it. It should be noted that it was released as a stand-alone single album in Europe on Reprise Records.

The group photo on the inner sleeve was thought to have been doctored to show Brian with the rest of the Beach Boys, a fact confirmed when a picture featuring the same image of Brian appeared in a 2004 book by Keith Badman. This rare shot showed him surrounded by fellow band members including Bruce Johnston (in his final group picture), but not with either Ricky Fataar or Blondie Chaplin, both of whom are credited on the final album cover. This is the last known group photo taken with Brian before his massive weight gain.

It was because of the jarring stylistic clashing that Carl and the Passions - "So Tough" met with a less than rapturous response upon release, going as far as #50 in the US and #25 in the UK. Though still not considered to be among their finest albums, the passage of time has repaired Carl And The Passions - "So Tough"'s critical standing considerably.

English Britpop band Saint Etienne used the title So Tough for their 1993 album as an homage to the Beach Boys. Likewise, they also named their compilation of the same year You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone after the Beach Boys song.

Contents

Track listing

  1. "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone" (Brian Wilson/Jack Rieley) – 3:27
    • Features Carl Wilson on lead vocals
  2. "Here She Comes" (Ricky Fataar/Blondie Chaplin) – 5:10
    • Features Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin on lead vocals
  3. "He Come Down" (Brian Wilson/Al Jardine/Mike Love) – 4:41
    • Features Mike Love, Blondie Chaplin, Al Jardine, and Carl Wilson on lead vocals
  4. "Marcella" (Brian Wilson/Tandyn Almer/Jack Rieley) – 3:54
    • Features Carl Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals
  5. "Hold On Dear Brother" (Ricky Fataar/Blondie Chaplin) – 4:43
    • Features Blondie Chaplin on lead vocals
  6. "Make It Good" (Dennis Wilson/Daryl Dragon) – 2:36
    • Features Dennis Wilson on lead vocals
  7. "All This Is That" (Alan Jardine/Carl Wilson/Mike Love) – 4:00
    • Features Carl Wilson, Alan Jardine and Mike Love on lead vocals
  8. "Cuddle Up" (Dennis Wilson/Daryl Dragon) – 5:30
    • Features Dennis Wilson on lead vocals

Singles

  • "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone" b/w "Cuddle Up" (Brother 1091), 15 May 1972
  • "Marcella" b/w "Hold On Dear Brother" (Brother 1101), 26 June 1972) US #110

Carl and the Passions - "So Tough" is now paired on CD with Holland.

Carl and the Passions - "So Tough" (Brother/Reprise 2MS 2083) hit #50 in the US during a 20 week chart stay. It reached #25 in the UK.

Personnel

  • The Beach Boys – Producer
  • Blondie Chaplin – Producer
  • Ricky Fataar – Producer
  • Alan Jardine – Producer
  • Mike Love – Vocals
  • Stephen Moffitt – Engineer
  • Ed Thrasher – Art Direction
  • Brian Wilson – Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Producer
  • Carl Wilson – Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
  • Dennis Quartet Wilson – Producer
  • Dennis Wilson – Producer

Sources

  • Carl and the Passions - "So Tough"/Holland CD booklet notes, Elton John and Scott McCaughey, c.2000.
  • "The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and the Southern California Experience", Timothy White, c. 1994.
  • "Wouldn't It Be Nice - My Own Story", Brian Wilson and Todd Gold, c. 1991.
  • "Top Pop Singles 1955-2001", Joel Whitburn, c. 2002.
  • "Top Pop Albums 1955-2001", Joel Whitburn, c. 2002.
  • Allmusic.com

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