Port outward, starboard home

THE BEACH BOYS “Trader” (1973)

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Brian Wilson was apparently literally phoning it in on Holland and so there’s too much Al Jardine and Mike Love for my taste (and not enough Dennis Wilson). There are still gems here, and Carl Wilson’s “Trader” is a sweet cut, my favorite from the record.

The Beach Boys’ political and environmental jams of the mid-70s are hit and miss (though things got a lot worse before it got a little better) but this one’s a keeper.

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