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By Lloyd Bradley

The 1st significant account of the background of reggae, black track journalist Lloyd Bradley describes its origins and improvement in Jamaica, from ska to rock-steady to dub after which to reggae itself, a neighborhood tune which conquered the area. there are lots of striking tales approximately characters like Prince Buster, King Tubby and Bob Marley. yet this is often greater than a publication of song historical past: it relates the tale of reggae to the entire historical past of Jamaica, from Colonial Island to distressed independence, and Jamaicans, from Kingston to London.

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For all of its magnificent impact, the music he envisioned, committed to tape and put out into the world, is • 51 • SMILE possessed of self-aggrandizement, where a density of sound is dominated by the force of personality. A record like the 1963’s “Be My Baby” is practically impenetrable. The double boom, boom-boom, thwack! drum pattern that bursts the song open sounds like thick slabs of concrete stacking together, setting up a chamber with an opening just big enough for The Ronettes to sing from.

It opens with the swirl of a harp; harmonies float into each other, undulating gently. The song evades the pull of apathy and sullenness. Rather, it projects an image of a boy sitting in his bedroom, enclosed by four walls and a window, and then transforms that image into a translucent version of itself. Both of these records were the result of Brian’s pursuit of creative collaboration with somebody outside The Beach Boys’ musical circle. Apart from the looming oceanic abyss in “Lonely Sea,” neither song makes use of the obvious surf idioms.

But rather than eluding or committing to one side of a • 36 • LUIS SANCHEZ market or genre division, the music he produced played with the incongruities that separated them. Whether applying expanded production techniques to a proven lyrical theme, or reworking older pop tunes in an experimental production style, the music of this period reflected Brian’s impulse to gain fluency in a particular kind of pop music sensibility. Instead of etching a pocket of inviolable sounds against mass conformity, he treated hackneyed sentiment and wide appeal as something that could be internalized, bent, and reworked to fit a personal musical point of view.

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