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Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Tres: Day 134
Wed. June 12, 2013

“Can’t Wait Too Long”
The Beach Boys

1968

“♫ When
the moon
the stars
and the
music was
all
♫”

“Can’t Wait Too Long” was the holy grail of all Beach Boys golden outtakes. Discovered during the compiling of 1990’s box set Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys by Capitol records and Beach Boy historian David Leaf, “Can’t Wait Too Long,” reflects Brian Wilson’s belief that ,“A voice or a song can be so comforting to someone who really needs it.”

According to Keith Badman’s The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary of America’s Greatest Band on Stage and in the Studio, The Beach Boys began working on “Can’t Wait Too Long” on October 28, 1967. Badman writes about that historic session, “Even though Smile and Smiley Smile have seemingly sapped his creative juices, Brian’s creative prowess returns when he begins work on his highly intricate piece, “Can’t Wait Too Long.” Later, Wilson told Jazz Wax that he wanted songs like “Can’t Wait Too Long” from the Smile era to reflect the golden age of youth as he explained, “We lose our childhood spirit as we grow older. When you hear this music, it takes you back to your childhood. That’s one of the reasons why we released all the tapes now. We want people to get a taste of what we were into. We want them to flash back to their youth.”


This golden outtake could have been Brian’s “A Day in the Life.” “Can’t Wait Too Long” mirrors the Fab Four’s Sgt. Pepper like production, this very joyful with hints of psychedelia that emphasize Beach Boys beautifully brilliant harmonies and if released, I believe, “Can’t Wait To Long” would have fulfilled Hit Parader prophesy that claimed, “We predict [The Beach Boys] take over where The Beatles left off.” Unfortunately, “To Long” was shelved and left in can and stayed unreleased until 1990’s Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys box set. It begs the question, if “Can’t Wait Too Long” echoed the best of Brian Wilson and his Smile sessions, why did it take over thirty years to be released?

Beach Boys historian David Leaf once called “Can’t Wait Too Long—” “the single best piece of unreleased music in the Beach Boys’ archives—“and that was no hyperbole. With the exception of the brief brilliance of Carl Wilson’s outtake snippet of “Lonely Days” from Hawthorne, CA compilation, “Can’t Wait Too Long” is the lone complete rarity that has been unearthed from the annals of The Beach Boys unreleased catalog. In fact, “Can’t Wait Too Long” is such an absolute Beach Boys classic that this outtake captures the “Let’s make them all free form, so we don’t get hung up on making rhymes” studio philosophy Brian Wilson instituted during the Smile/Smiley Smile sessions of the late 1967. So if you’re a Brian Wilson Smile fan you need to experience this musical treat. If you’re looking for the crown jewel from the Beach Boys treasure chest, don’t wait, press play now and relive the rare timeless wonder of “Can’t Wait Too Long.”

The Beach Boys – “Can’t Wait Too Long

Can’t Wait Too Long (2001 – Remaster)
[Press to Play “Can’t Wait Too Long”]

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