A few posts ago, I mentioned that I’d recorded a version of the Beach Boys‘ "Hold On Dear Brother," which was also included in the most recent Contrarian’s Corner podcast. Well, I finally got around to mixing it.
The song was penned by then-Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin, who, in the early ’70s, joined the group with his songwriting partner Ricky Fataar. The two were previously in rock ‘n’ soul act The Flames, but put that band on hold to merge with the fading surf legends. The tune has always been a favorite of mine, although it sounds nothing like the rest of the Beach Boys’ music.
I tried to keep true to the original spirit of the song, which is decidedly C&W. All of the instruments were played by yours truly. The track includes my debut performance behind a drum set. I think I held my own.
The vocals are mixed too high. Whoops.
Do let me know what you think.