I Can Hear Music

Album: 20/20 (1969)
Charted: 10 24
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Songfacts®:

  • This was written by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry and Phil Spector for The Ronettes, who first recorded it in 1966.
  • The Beach Boys' remake of this song is the first Beach Boys song in which Brian Wilson had no involvement, either with performing, composing, or producing - ironic, as Wilson idolized Phil Spector. Brian's brother Carl Wilson handled the production and lead vocals. >>
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    Sean - Chicago, IL

Comments: 10

  • Dawn from Redding CaliforniaFreddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and Brian May also did this song under the name Larry Lurex. They kicked the Beach Boys harmonies to the curb.
  • Noah BlandfordDoes no one know that Freddie Mercury also sung this song when he went solo in 85’
  • Mavis from Upper MidwestCarl Wilson had the voice of an angel.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaSuch a GREAT VOICE. Carl wish you had never taken up smoking maybe you would still be here.
  • Elmer from Westville, OkI still love "I Can Hear Music" by the Beach Boys! And I also love the original Ronettes' hit too. Back in the early 1960s, I learned that anything written by the wonderful Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry were true Rock & Roll Gems! I was saddened when Ellie passed on in 2009, but I will always remain a fan. I first heard this song in 1966 by TheRonettes. Really apparent is Ronnie's soulful voice. Now, the Beach Boys' version is simply OUT Of SIGHT! When it was hitting the rock charts in 1969, I heard it when I was in Vietnam (U.S. Army, Bien Hoa base) and it knocked my socks off. It got very good air play by the AFVN radio over there. I didn't know that the late Carl Wilson was singing lead on that hit, until much later, but his vocals brought the song alive. And what a legacy this song has: Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector, The Ronettes, and The Beach Boys.
  • Martin from Fresno, CaI never heard the ronettes version but it is hard to imagine anyone doing a better job on this song than the Beach Boys.
  • Teresa from Mechelen, BelgiumMy wonderful, beautiful Ellie Greenwich, you left us on August 26 2009 but I'll continue listening to all your supersongs. R.I.P. Ellie.
  • Sean from Chicago, IlWhat's crazy is that had Spector been found guilty, that would have been THREE songs on the same Beach Boys album that would have a murderer as either (co)writer or CREDITED co(writer) -- "Cotton Fields" (Leadbelly did prison time for murder), "Never Learn Not To Love" (Charles Manson, though technically not a murderer, had murders carried out under his command), and "I Can Hear Music."
  • Andrew from Birmingham, United StatesThis song is a typical Beach Boys kind of song, but it's unique. The Beach Boys had been recording many oldies of early to mid-'60s style for a good while. Later on, the Beach Boys started using the new rock style that began in the late '60s and lasted until about the mid-'80s - the style with some kind of disco beat behind it. The Beach Boys used the late '60s through the mid-'80s style all throughout "I Can Hear Music" except for the bridge; they threw in a little bit of old times. I don't recall anything else by the Beach Boys with one rock style running through and another thrown in the middle. This is definitely a masterpiece.
  • Teresa from Mechelen, BelgiumThis is my favorite song of the Beach Boys, a wonderful song written by the super-writingteam of Phil Spector/Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry.
    They have written many beautiful songs for the Crystals, the Ronettes but their best one is the superb "River deep, mountain high" that I consider as Phil Spector's masterpiece.
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