Brian Wilson, Brian Wilson, Sire 1-25669, 1988
It’s a good sign that you’re in too deep with your therapist when he makes himself your co-collabarator and Executive Producer. I’m not aware of Dr. Eugene Landy’s musical background, but here he is splitting royalties with his most famous client.
If you happened to catch the Brian Wilson bio-pic Love And Mercy, you saw a bit of how Dr. Landy came to control Brian’s life. While Landy did help Brian control his addictions and get physically fit, he also did nothing to help Wilson’s mental illness and used mind control to keep Brian under his “care”. Naming himself as a songwriter and producer though is not what a proper doctor would ever do. When the Wilson family finally got Brian free from Landy in 1991, his name was removed from subsequent re-issues.
Reviews are mixed on the record. Some people love it, but a lot of people don’t…hence the $2 price tag. It didn’t sell well, and even had competition on the charts from The Beach Boys in the form a their #1 hit Kokomo. But count me as one of the fans of this album. It’s wonderful to hear Wilson on his only 80s release, and the songs have a lot of Pet Sounds qualities about them.
Cost: $2, $268 Remaining