“Brian Wilson was a dangerous producer. Dangerous in the sense that he entered and explored non-defined recording territory without a net. He was abstract when the record industry executives wanted simple and silly.
Brian’s records would start from a small place of ordinary and then go for the ‘middle thing’ that is so difficult for musicians and painters to get to. He concentrated on what could be left out as much as what would be left in. The music had grace and spirit, so much so that it could be orchestrated across a wide spectrum of musical styles. Brian composed and produced musical effects like the first viewing of a sunrise to a once-blind person.”
❝ Back in 1980, Knebworth House had played host to the band, laying on a cold buffet and drinks for them prior to their performance. When Brian, unimpressed by the spread, asked “Do you have any cake?”, a chocolate cake was brought out which had been especially baked for the children of the house. This was met by a gleeful grin from Brian, who sat himself down on a nearby sofa and devoured it - then fell asleep, a cushion over his face! The others did not have an easy time waking him from his slumber.
---Mike Grant, from The Beach Boys - Live at Knebworth 1980 booklet
Let's Go Away For Awhile
The Beach Boys - Let’s Go Away For Awhile
“‘Let’s Go Away For Awhile’ was the most satisfying piece of music I’ve ever made. I applied a certain set of dynamics through the arrangement and the mixing and got a full musical extension of what I’d planned during the earliest stages of the theme. I think the chord changes are very special. I used a lot of musicians on the track; twelve violins, piano, four saxes, oboe, vibes, a guitar with a coke bottle on the strings for a semi-steel guitar effect. Also, I used two basses and percussion. The total effect is ‘Let’s Go Away For Awhile’, which is something everyone in the world must have said at some time or another. Nice thought; most of us don’t go away, but it’s still a nice thought.” - Brian WIlson