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Legendary drummer Hal Blaine passed away at age 90 on March 11th

I (David Kessel) had the pleasure of growing up in the recording studio along with my brother Dan. We worked with Hal Blaine on many,

David Kessel and Hal Blaine

many Phil Spector sessions, as 2nd generation Wrecking Crew musicians.  My Dad, Barney Kessel and Stepmother, B.J. Baker (one of the top background vocalists and vocal contractors in LA) were friends of Hal. Hal once said to me at a session  “The trick is, that if you make a mistake at the beginning of a take, you have to remember the mistake through the whole song.” I asked our Cave Hollywood wordsmith Harvey Kubernik to remember Hal Blaine.

By Harvey Kubernik Kubernik © 2019   

I knew Hal Blaine for 50 years. I did a term paper on him during high school. He invited me to a 5th Dimension session, too.

Hal steered me to Pro Drum Shop on Vine Street. My life changed seeing the sparkle sets and equipment on the wall. I never knew there was a place for drummers and percussionists besides Wallichs Music City and Drum City.

For decades I called him Belsky, his real last name, and he would call me Harvala.  

In the seventies I interviewed him numerous times for domestic and international publications. He once gave me a lift on his motorcycle between a 3 session day and also picked me up hitch-hiking once on Sunset Blvd. when he saw me at a bus stop on Fairfax Avenue when my car was in the shop.  “Take me to Gold Star! I need to see this session.” After it wrapped, Hal’s parting comical advice was: “Harvala. Please don’t get married in California!” Then every Wrecking Crew session veteran started laughing their heads off. I didn’t quite comprehend the reality on display. Just about every cat started running down words I never heard like alimony and visitation… Continue reading

BRIAN WILSON ANNOUNCES 2016 PET SOUNDS 50th ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR

By Harvey Kubernik C 2016

Music legend Brian Wilson has announced a 2016 world tour to celebrate and perform the iconic album Pet Sounds for a final time, in honor of its LP_OUT-P1_output.pdf50th anniversary. Dates begin in March.

Originally released on May 16, 1966, Pet Sounds is universally hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time. With more than 70 dates being confirmed, and several previously announced dates selling out in record time, Wilson and his band will be joined by former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin when they kick off the tour this Spring.

Concert stops include dates in Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, Spain, Israel, and Portugal followed by a full U.S. tour later this Summer and Fall.

Fans can expect a live performance of Pet Sounds in its entirety, as well as top hits and fan favorites spanning his 54-year career with The Beach Boys and as a solo artist.

For up-to-date information, please visit www.BrianWilson.com.

In 1965, with the Beach Boys out on tour, Wilson began session work on some of the most deeply personal recordings of his career. Inspired by The Beatles Rubber Soul, he challenged himself to create an immaculate musical masterpiece. A vast departure from the bands’ then commercial sound, the resulting “concept album” Pet Sounds achieved great critical success helping usher in a new musical landscape and hit the Top 10 in the US while topping the charts in the UK. Continue reading

Songwriter & Poet Stephen J. Kalinich

In late 2010, Ms Music Records released the album “California Feeling,” a tribute devoted to poet and lyricist Stephen J. Kalinich’s of his songs covered by the likes of David Marks, The Honeys, Carnie & Wendy Wilson, Carl B. Wilson, and Alan Boyd, among other performers. The compilation producers are Mark Linett and Alan Boyd. Executive Producer is Carol Schofield.

Stephen J. KalinichKalinich, co-wrote the song “A Friend Like You” with Brian Wilson, recorded by Paul McCartney and Wilson a few years ago for the album of Wilson duets, “Getting In Over My Head,” is a former Brother Records and Jobete Music staff writer

Last century, tunesmith Kalinich penned “Be Still” and “Little Bird” with Dennis Wilson, songs that appear on the Beach Boys’ “Friends” album. Kalinich’s “Rainbows” and “Love Remember Me” were featured on the 2008 reissue of Dennis Wilson’s “Pacific Ocean Blue” album.

In addition, the Beach Boys’ anthology, “Hawthorne, CA,” contained Kalinich’s “A Time To Live in Dreams.”

In 2010 on Al Jardine’s EP “A Postcard from California,” actor Alec Baldwin is spotlighted reciting the Kalinich poem “Tide Pool Interlude.”

Over the years Stephen Kalinich has collaborated with songwriter P. F. Sloan on “If You Knew” and “Soul of a Woman,” and previously had his words sung by Mary Wilson of the Supremes, “You Dance My Heart Around the Stars,” Odyssey, whose recording of “Magic Touch” was a top 40s hit; and Randy Crawford, with “Only Your Love Song Last.”

There’s also Kalinich’s seemingly lost literary work, “A World of Peace Must Come,” that was recently rediscovered and appeared on Light In The Attic Records’ 2008 CD boxed set devoted to the poetry of Kalinich. Another early composition, “Leaves of Grass,” was released on this CD, accompanied by Mark Buckingham and produced by Carl Wilson. Continue reading

The Beatles Remastered and Rediscovered with quotes by Brian Wilson By Harvey Kubernik

On September 9, 2009 the Beatles entire original recorded catalogue digitally remastered by Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music Marketing was released worldwide coinciding with the “The Beatles: Rock Band” video game. www.thebeatles.com

In addition, there is a boxed set of “The Beatles in Mono” that have been remastered by Paul Hicks, Sean Magee with Guy Massey and Steve Rooke.

This set has been created with the collector and record geek in mind. “The Beatles in Mono” puts together, in one place, all of the Beatles recordings that were mixed for a mono release. It contains 10 of the albums with their original mono mixes, plus two further discs of mono masters. Similar ground to the stereo tracks on “Past Masters.”

As an added bonus, the mono “Help!” and “Rubber Soul” discs also incorporates the original 1965 stereo mixes, which have not been previously released on CD. These albums will be packaged in mini-vinyl CD replicas of the original sleeves with all the original inserts and label designs retained. Continue reading