"This CD captures a night of great songs by a band that does them justice. I was on the scene that night and was so glad when the CD came out. Except for a few minor "tweaks", you hear what the "small but enthusiastic" audience heard at a pub in Marina del Rey (near LA). Adam Marsland's Chaos Band featuring Evie Sands and Alan Boyd had just returned from a tour of the midwest, and this performance gave the "home folks" a chance to see the road show. A special treat for me was having a recording of "Don't Look Back (Don't Look Down)", an Evie Sands original that I'd enjoyed at gigs but couldn't hear on the car stereo. Then there's the 21st Century version of "I Can't Let Go", which makes her 1965 track sound just a bit tame. Some of the songs (especially those written by Dennis Wilson) are real rockers, then there's "Carry Me Home", originally composed during the Vietnam War, but never officially released. Now it's finally on a disc, and, sad to say, still timely in view of world events. At the performance, the crowd was quiet, and no doubt tears came to many eyes. "Long Promised Road" showcases a superb band playing music they know and love, for an audience that knows and loves it. Join the magic!"
For the LOVE of the music
Rand A. Richard | Cincinnati | 03/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Adam Marslands Chaos band brings to life the songs of Dennis and Carl Wilson in this set of "lesser known" and greatly underappriciated songs that were originally released on Beach Boys LP's through the years. The painstaking arrangements and stellar performance make this set a MUST have for anyone that loves the Beach Boys AND anyone that appriciates outstanding live performance! The live recreation of harmonies in this set virtually unalterd by studio re'do's unlike other live sets give the listener an appriciation for rehearsal and execution! The talent in AMCB is deep and broad. Beginning with Marsland himself. The frontman of the band brassy at times and tender at others shows a broad range of talent from singing ROCK N ROLL hard to warm and loving when the music dictates and this recording is ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC!!! Not ego. Evie Sands lends her spectacular voice and guitar playing to every song giving even the roughest treatment that touch of class it deserves. Alan Boyd a chap who has had access to the Beach Boys vaults over the last few years adds his chameleon like voice to the arrangements which together with the whispy yet etherial background vocals of bassist Theresa Cowles and the steady fill ins of keyboardist/vocalist John Perry, combine for a mix that stirs this listeners soul! The versitle drumming of Kurt Medlin cant be overlooked either. Whether its the boogieque beat of WHATS WRONG or the syncopated beats of the dreamy MOONSHINE he is spot on througout!. This is LIVE music at its best!!!"
Don't Miss It!
Conrad Callan | Ireland | 03/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Beautiful and painstaking recreations of these Carl and Dennis Wilson tracks (live!). I have listened to this CD over and over again - it gets better every time! If you are a Beach Boys fan then this CD is a 'must have'. Your collection won't be complete without it! Conrad."
Dennis & Carl Done Right !
Arty Hill | Baltimore, MD USA | 12/07/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Covering the songs of Dennis and Carl Wilson was a great idea on the part of Adam Marsland and his band (including 60s soul/pop legend Evie Sands). The "other" Wilson brothers too seldom get their due as songwriters. But I don't know many bands that would have made a LIVE recording of the tunes (this is tough stuff, folks), and turned in such great performances to boot !
There's a great mix of material here - 9 Dennis Wilson tunes, 5 Carl Wilson tunes, and 6 original tunes written or made popular by Adam Marsland and his band members. The show starts with a selection of the bandmembers' tunes (Evie Sands' "Don't Look Back" and Alan Boyd's "Meanwhile" are standouts). Then they turn to the Wilsons' songs, ripping into DW's "River Song" and "Moonshine" (from the recently re-released DW solo album "Pacific Ocean Blue"). The singing and playing is excellent throughout, and it's clear the band is having a great time. Other highlights include "Long Promised Road," a long-underappreciated song from the Beach Boys' "Surf's Up" record; a rockin' "Keepin the Summer Alive"; and a previously unreleased DW track, "Wouldn't it be Nice to Live Again," featuring Evie Sands' gorgeous lead vocal and the band's rich, spot-on harmonies.
A great piece of work from start to finish, and well-worth owning !"