Q1370 News 60's, 70's & 80's

Beach Boy Mike Love says he had a "fun, relaxing" time making his new solo album, "12 Sides of Summer"

Beach Boys frontman Mike Love released a new solo album last month called 12 Sides of Summer. As the title suggests, the record features 12 tracks celebrating the year's hottest season, among them covers of some classic summer- and beach-themed tunes, as well as updated versions of four Beach Boys songs and one new Love-penned original, "California Beach."

The 78-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that making the album was "one of the most fun, relaxing times" he's had.

"[The album has got] energy to it, but it was relaxing in the sense that we weren't trying too hard," Love explains. "We're not trying to write every song on the album. We did a lot of covers."

Among the covers was a rendition of The Ramones' "Rockaway Beach."

"The Ramones were Beach Boy fans. They actually covered 'Surfin' Safari,'" Love notes. "So I say we're getting even with them, in a nice way, by covering 'Rockaway Beach.'"

Speaking of "Surfin' Safari," that's one of the Beach Boys tunes that Love rerecorded for 12 Sides of Summer, along with "Surfin'," "It's OK" and "Keepin' the Summer Alive."

Love says the album's co-producer, Sam Hollander, who's worked with contemporary artists including Panic! at the Disco and Fitz and the Tantrums, came up with the idea of doing re-imagined, updated versions of Beach Boys tunes, which Mike says "was great."

Another interesting cover on the album is a laid-back, Caribbean-flavored rendition of the George Harrison-penned Beatles classic, "Here Comes the Sun."

Love says Beach Boys musical director Scott Totten came up with the "beautiful" arrangement, adding, "I sang it with as much love and sincerity and reverence as I possibly could." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Here's the full 12 Sides of Summer track list:

"California Beach"
"It's Ok" -- featuring Hanson
"Surfin'"
"California Sun"
"Surfin' Safari"
"On and On and On"
"Here Comes the Sun"
"Girl from Ipanema"
"Over and Over and Over Again"
"Keepin' the Summer Alive"
"Summertime Blues"
"Rockaway Beach"

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

  

On Air Now

John Summers
John Summers
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Baltimore's Classic Hits

Facebook

A big thank you to our station sponsors!

Star Featured Documentaries

Visitor Polls

Which artists would make for the best duo?
Add a Comment
(Fields are Optional)

Your email address is never published.

Concert Calendar

Madonna - Madame X Tour

The Met

858 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130

Wed, Dec 11, 8:30 PM

Celine Dion

Royal Farms Arena

201 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland, 21201

Mon, Feb 24, 7:30 PM

Celine Dion

Capital One Arena

601 F Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20004

Wed, Mar 11, 7:30 PM