Saturday 4 September 2021

Herd immunity will not come

Just to end the week on a rather bleak and gloomy note it now appears that herd immunity is never going to happen. According to Dr John Campbell's latest podcast on his You Tube channel anyway. Everyone, yes that includes you, is going to come into contact and get infected with Covid at some point in the future. It's endemic and isn't going away anytime soon.

Scientists and doctors agree that getting double jabbed offers you the best possible protection (around 90%) against getting seriously ill, hospitalised or departing this Earth earlier than planned due to Covid. Just think, if you're not vaccinated against it you may never get to see Brighton & Hove Albion win the Premier League and European Cup.

If you've not had the vaccine yet what on Earth are you waiting for? Just have the jabs. Don't say you haven't been warned.

Feel Flows straight out of stock

So, what is going on here? A surprisingly huge demand for the Beach Boys new box set Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surfs Up Sessions 1969-1971 has resulted in Amazon, HMV and other outlets entirely running out of stock on the day of its release here in the UK. My Amazon pre-order was suddenly cancelled a week before it’s due delivery because they were out of stock even before its release date! Finding copies of this superb 5 CD box set is becoming increasingly difficult just one week after it was released.

HMV sent me an email at 1.20am this morning telling me they now had more copies back in stock, by 8.30am they had sold out again. It is now available on Amazon who are giving an unusually long 3 week delivery lead time. It would appear that this item is like gold dust. Why?

I'll tell you why. The Feel Flows box set contains two of the Beach Boys finest and most critically acclaimed albums, Sunflower and Surfs Up. There are stacks of demos, outtakes, unreleased tracks and live recordings as well as remastered versions of both albums and a 48 page book. It’s 135 tracks with 6 hours, 32 minutes and 55 seconds of pure listening pleasure for all Beach Boys fans.

Sunflower and Surfs Up were rather overlooked and undervalued at the time of their original release but they are now regarded as being essential Beach Boys listening material and are two of the best albums the group ever made. Many are now discovering for the very first time these long lost and forgotten Beach Boys songs from their late 60’s and early 70’s period. A surprisingly strange but welcome phenomenon. Of course these albums are something that us die hard Beach Boys fans have always known about; we have loved, treasured and appreciated them since the day of their release.

I would say give this boxed set a listen but you probably won’t be able to lay your hands on a copy.

More info on Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surfs Up sessions 1969-1971 can be found here.

There's a comprehensive video review of this box set by Giggens on his You Tube channel here. It's well worth watching, what this guy doesn't know about the Beach Boys really isn't worth knowing. Lots of other BB album reviews can also be found on his channel.