That's Why God Made the Radio

That's Why God Made the Radio

by The Beach Boys


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Plans for the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary tour came together surprisingly quickly, but nothing prepared fans for a full studio album just six months after their official reunion. Further surprises included apparently cordial relations between all surviving members, Brian Wilson in the producer's booth, the presence of 12 original songs on the album, and the complete absence of any attempt to cash in on fond memories of "Kokomo" or Endless Summer or "Do It Again" or "Help Me, Rhonda" -- depending on which generation the band wanted to court. That's Why God Made the Radio is as good as it gets for those who love their Beach Boys. It includes frequently gorgeous charts from Wilson and just a little outside help fleshing out these songs (musically with help from Wilson's regular band and arranger Paul Mertens, lyrically with help from Joe Thomas and Jim Peterik). The album is a record of two halves -- or sides, in case the band was thinking back to famous side-by-side classics like 1966's Today! The first half is mostly upbeat, with highlights "Isn't It Time" and "That's Why God Made the Radio" evoking pleasant late-'60s curios from Wild Honey or Friends. The second half is more reflective, with songs led by Brian Wilson, most with strings by Mertens that reveal Wilson's and the band's feelings about time passing and careers coming to a close (much more than anything in their entire careers). "Daybreak Over the Ocean" could have come off as an update of "Kokomo"'s tropical motif with Mike Love crooning into your ear, but he treats it lightly and makes it ring true. These may not be the songs that ever light up their live sets, but together they form what is easily the best Beach Boys record in 35 years -- and a surprisingly cohesive, reflective, listenable one at that.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2012
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099960282422
catalogNumber: 02824
Rank: 74322

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beach Boys   Primary Artist
Brian Wilson   Vocals
Bruce Johnston   Vocals
Mike Love   Vocals
Adrian Baker   Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Scott Bennett   Organ,Clavinet
Curt Bisquera   Drums
John Cowsill   Drums,Finger Snapping
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Gary Griffin   Accordion
John Hobbs   Piano,Tack Piano
Cliff Hugo   Bass
Jardine   Vocals
Peter Kent   Violin
Christian Love   Vocals
David Marks   Guitar
Larry Millas   Bass
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Brett Simons   Bass
Scott Totten   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Nick Walusko   Guitar
Jeffrey Foskett   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Finger Snapping
Julie Rogers   Violin
Paul Mertens   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Jim Riley   Guitar
Chris Bleth   Oboe
Probyn Gregory   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Trombone,French Horn
Nelson Bragg   Percussion,Timpani
Songa Lee   Violin
Sharon Jackson   Violin
David Stone   Double Bass
Alisha Bauer   Cello
James Peterik   Percussion,Ukulele
Skip Masters   Voiceover
Nick Rowe   Guitar
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter   Guitar,Electric Guitar
John Wittenburg   Violin
Hayleigh Love   Vocals
Vanessa Freebarin-Smith   Cello
Tom Bukovic   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joel Deroulin   Violin
Jessica Bish   Finger Snapping

Technical Credits

Jon Bon Jovi   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer,Producer
Mike Love   Composer,Executive Producer
Paul Fauerso   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,keyboard arrangements,Percussion Arrangement
Tom Gordon   Engineer
Jardine   Whistle
Larry Millas   Composer,Engineer
Frank Pappalardo   Engineer
Paul Mertens   String Arrangements
Lawrence Azerrad   Graphic Design
Joe Thomas   Composer
Wesley Seidman   Engineer
Michael Czaszwicz   Engineer
James Peterik   Composer

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That's Why God Made the Radio 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Windbigler More than 1 year ago
An appropriate swan song. There are some mediocre songs and some great ones. All have the amazing harmonies and no one can listen to the album and wonder who is singing. Brian still has the genius and, "From There To Back Again," is sweet, nostalgic and one of the best Beach Boy's songs ever. Mike Love's vocals are essential to the album and he come through in great style. I have been listening to this album non-stop. You should too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beautiful and unbelievably still youthful sounding melodies that made the Beach Boys so popular (along with great songs) are all in evidence here. Listening to the CD takes one back to days of innocence, having a good time, and the pure joy of pop music in the California vein. Yes, the boys are much older and wiser than years ago these days, but if not for that this CD would probably not have come to fruition. When the chorus of the title track rings in, you know who is singing, and better yet, still realize the simple wonder of the power of music to elevate the spirit to a place where no other art form can take it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Beach Boys album since the sixties without a doubt. The harmonies are just wonderful. You wouldn't think 70 year old guys could come up with something like this, but they did. My question is if they were able to come up with something like this now,what happened for the past 40 years??? The answer is they went back to their roots. The early Boys were all about harmonies and at some point after Pet Sounds they got went off in some odd directions with their music and kind of lost their base. Certainly the late Carl and Dennis Wilson are missed, but having Mike Love and Brian Wilson together again is great.
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Great album. Yes, a few songs are mediocre, but who cares, it's The Beach Boys back once again. I listen to it over and over.
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