The Beach Boys shine a light on their transformative and fruitful 1972 period with the expansive new Sail On Sailor - 1972 box set focused on Carl And The Passions - “So Tough” and Holland sessions.
The Beach Boys' landmark albums, 1972’s Carl And The Passions - “So Tough” and 1973’s Holland, take center focus for Sail On Sailor - 1972, a new expansive box set that documents and dives deep into their transformative and fruitful 1972 era. This latest chapter in the Beach Boys’ archival series was produced by Mark Linett and Alan Boyd, the team behind 2013’s Grammy Award winning SMiLE Sessions and last year’s acclaimed Feel Flows: The Sunflower And Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971.
The comprehensive 6CD Super Deluxe Edition features newly remastered versions of Carl And The Passions - “So Tough” and Holland, plus Holland’s Mount Vernon And Fairway (A Fairytale) EP, and boasts an unreleased live concert recorded at NYC’s famed Carnegie Hall on Thanksgiving, 1972, the first-ever release of a complete Beach Boys concert from this era with the original setlist. Similar to Feel Flows, which topped many year-end lists in 2022, Sail On Sailor - 1972 includes a bounty of unreleased outtakes, live recordings, radio promos, alternate versions, alternate mixes, isolated backing tracks and a cappella versions, culled from the historic album sessions. In all, it contains 105 tracks, 80 of which are previously unreleased. Housed in a beautifully designed 12.5” x 10” hardback book-style package, Sail On Sailor - 1972 is rounded out with a detailed 48-page booklet with extensive liner notes by noted radio veteran and Beach Boys aficionado Howie Edelson, featuring new and archival interviews with the Beach Boys, rare photos of the band, images of tape boxes and reels and other recording artifacts, producers notes from Linett and Boyd, and promotional memorabilia from the day, providing an in-depth look at the recording of these albums.
In addition to the 6CD Super Deluxe Edition, Sail On Sailor - 1972 is available as a 5LP+7-inch EP vinyl box set, which includes the entire Carnegie Hall concerts, a variety of bonus material (also found on the Super Deluxe), and for the first time ever, a reproduction of Brian Wilson’s EP, Mount Vernon And Fairway (A Fairytale) on 7-inch, the format it was originally released on as a companion to Holland. The vinyl box is available on its own or as a limited edition set with lithographs. A variety of abbreviated versions will also be available, including a 2LP+7-inch EP set, available with or without a limited edition reproduction of the original Holland promotional book telling the story of the making of the album; a 2CD deluxe edition; and digitally.
Sail On Sailor – 1972 comes as the Beach Boys celebrate their 60th anniversary this year, the first American pop band to reach the 60-year milestone. The year 1972 was a pivotal period for the Beach Boys. Fresh off riding a wave of newfound popularity and critical acclaim from their back-to-back albums, 1970’s progressive and wide-ranging Sunflower and 1971’s kaleidoscopic Surf’s Up, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine didn’t waste any time getting back into the studio to record their 18th studio album, Carl And The Passions - “So Tough”. For the first time in their careers, new members were brought into the fold: guitarist/bassist Blondie Chaplin and drummer Ricky Fataar – two former members of the Carl Wilson-produced South African group the Flame, who were signed to the band’s Brother Records – officially joined the group after serving as their main support act. Together the newly expanded Beach Boys redefined their sound, look, vibe, and message, for a new era of fans.