Reviewed! Brian Wilson - "Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1962-1969"

"Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1962-1969"

"Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1962-1969" is without a doubt the most exhaustive and thorough documentary put to tape on the legendary songwriter, and is unequivocally one of the best ones released on the prolific musician to date, plain and simple. Make sure to use the bathroom and perhaps grab a sandwich and a cold drink before taking on this DVD however, as it runs 3 hours in length. That might be enough to scare off some, but the journey is definitely worth it.

Though the title of the doc would lead you to believe that the story here would pick up in 1962, the story begins in 1959, going back in order to discuss the roots of surf music in the United States. Former Beach Boys guitarist David Marks (1961-63) chimes in here in order to discuss the cultural impact that surf music had on teenagers during the time period.

Unlike most documentaries dealing with Wilson, "Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1962-1969" takes the time to explain where Wilson's sound came from, and how it was developed. The doc spends time with the album "Pet Sounds," which, again, sets this doc apart from others of its kind, and the vintage television footage enhances the product, footage that includes a somewhat awkward looking video of 'Wouldn’t It Be Nice,' which leads off the "Pet Sounds" segment. Other interviewees include Rolling Stone editor Anthony DeCurtis, author Dominic Priore, and a couple members of 'The Wrecking Crew' (a group of L.A.'s top studio musicians at the time) and Professor Philip Lambert. That list of names alone lends the unauthorized work some much needed credibility.

Bonus content includes two short features, the first being an interview with Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, and second, a detailed telling from a former manager who was trying to secure some airplay for the group in the early 70's.

Yes, "Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1962-1969" is unauthorized, but you wouldn’t really know it by merely watching. It’s one of, if not, the best Brian Wilson salvo's you'll find around.

Grade: A