The Beach Boys' Mike Love has just released his third solo album in as many years, titled 12 Sides Of Summer. The set is a concept album — featuring songs focused all on the summer season. Highlights include covers of the Ramones' “Rockaway Beach,” the Beatles' “Here Comes The Sun,” Stan Getz & João Gilberto's “The Girl From Ipanema,” the Rivieras' “California Sun,” Eddie Cochran's “Summertime Blues” — along with such Beach Boys remakes as “Keepin' The Summer Alive,” “Surfin' Safari,” “Surfin',” and “It's O.K.” featuring Hanson.
“California Beach,” is a revamped version of the Beach Boys' 1979 outtake of the same name, recorded after the band had competed the classic L.A. Light Album.
Although, there's no denying that he's been well compensated for his years on the road and in the studio, Mike Love has been working extremely hard since he was barely out of his teens. We asked Love if he ever considered what his life would've been like if the allure of the greasepaint and concert stage hadn't snagged him when he was 20: “'Probably wouldn't have sat next to Marlon Brando on a plane ride from Paris to London had we not played the UNICEF show in Paris in December of '67 where we met Maharishi, and a couple of months later, I'm in India with the Beatles and Donovan. So, there's a lot of life experiences that I never would've had without the Beach Boys and the Beach Boys' career. So I never looked at it as if I missed anything.”
The Beach Boys — featuring Mike Love & Bruce Johnston — perform tonight (July 22nd) in Freiburg, Germany.