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This majestic, panoramic 8-minute suite with multiple parts stitched together was an attempt by Brian Wilson to return to the miniature conceptual pieces he was writing in the Smile
era. It compares to "Heroes And Villains
" and has a similar Wild West theme. Brian Wilson has said he had a particular love of Western movies and they were a great inspiration for all the band.
This was recorded at several different studios all over Los Angeles. They took the tape around from studio to studio and dubbed on different things. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2)
The Rio Grande is a river that borders Texas and Mexico.
Neal Smith - "I'm Eighteen"
With the band in danger of being dropped from their label, Alice Cooper drummer Neal Smith co-wrote the song that started their trek from horror show curiosity to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle" singer makes a habit of playing with the best in the business.
They Might Be Giants
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.