A Postcard from California

A Postcard from California is Al Jardine's debut studio solo album. For the album Jardine recruited several music icons including his former Beach Boys band mates.[1][2] The album also contains several unreleased Beach Boys songs including "Don't Fight the Sea" and "Lookin' Down the Coast".[1]

Jardine added "Waves of Love" as one of the bonus tracks on his 2012 reissue of the album. Intentionally or not, the digital and CD versions of the 2012 reissue contained entirely different versions of the song. The CD included a more laid-back, live soundcheck-sounding version with Carl Wilson's lead buried among other voices, while the digital version contained a much more "produced" and punchy version in a different key and with Carl's lead brought to the fore. There is a third version of "Waves of Love" on the Japanese version.[3]

A Postcard from California
Al Jardine – Postcard From California
Studio album by
Released19 June 2010
GenrePop, rock
Al Jardine chronology
Live in Las Vegas
A Postcard from California

Track listing

All tracks written by Al Jardine, except where noted.

1."A Postcard from California" (featuring Glen Campbell) 4:59
2."California Feelin'"2:03
3."Lookin' Down the Coast" 3:45
4."Don't Fight the Sea" (featuring The Beach Boys)3:23
5."Tidepool Interlude" (featuring Alec Baldwin)
  • Kalinch
6."Campfire Scene" (featuring Neil Young) 0:44
7."California Saga: California" (featuring Neil Young, David Crosby & Stephen Stills) 2:52
8."Help Me, Rhonda" (featuring Steve Miller)
9."San Simeon" (featuring America) 2:48
10."Drivin'" (featuring Brian Wilson & David Marks)
  • Jardine
  • Stevie Heger
  • Scott Slaughter
11."Honkin' Down the Highway" (featuring Brian Wilson)
  • Wilson
12."California Dreamin'"2:50
13."And I Always Will" 2:23
Total length:36:17


  • Al Jardine – vocals, guitars, keyboards, banjo, bass
Additional Musicians
  • Ella Bacon – viola
  • Alec Baldwin – spoken word
  • Flea – bass, trumpet
  • Peter Basil – drums, cajon
  • Gerry Beckley – background vocals
  • Marandi Bostetter – violin
  • Norton Buffalo – harmonica
  • Dewey Bunnell – background vocals
  • Glen Campbell – vocals
  • Richie Cannata – saxophone
  • Ed Carter – guitars, bass
  • David Crosby – background vocals
  • Sally Dworsky – background vocals
  • Bobby Figueroa – drums
  • Priscilla Fisher – violin
  • Probyn Gregory – french horn
  • Stevie Heger – drums, cowbell, percussion, background vocals
  • Adam Jardine – background vocals
  • Drew Jardine – 5-string banjo
  • Mary Ann Jardine – background vocals
  • Matt Jardine – handclaps, background vocals
  • Bruce Johnston – background vocals
  • Dan Knutson – guitars
  • Mike Kowalski – drums
  • Michael Lent – guitars, mandolins, soloist, background Vocals
  • Paul Logan – bass, background vocals
  • Mike Love – background vocals
  • Gary Mallaber – drums
  • David Marks – guitars
  • Scott Mathews – guitars, background vocals
  • Mike Meros – keyboards
  • Steve Miller – guitars, background vocals
  • Steve Robertson – percussion
  • Scott Slaughter – guitars, keyboards, organ, percussion, bell tree, piano
  • John Stamos – bongos
  • Stephen Stills – background vocals
  • Brian Wilson – vocals
  • Carl Wilson – vocals
  • Neil Young – background vocals


  1. ^ a b "Al Jardine Hosts Beach Boys Reunion on Solo Disc". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  2. ^ "A Postcard From California: A Conversation with The Beach Boys' Al Jardine - Mike Ragogna". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Review: Al Jardine 'A Postcard from California' (Japan 'SHM' CD Pressing)". Beach Boys Opinion Page. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2016.

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Al Jardine

Alan Charles Jardine (born September 3, 1942) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boys. He is best known as the band's rhythm guitarist and for occasionally singing lead vocals on songs such as "Help Me, Rhonda" (1965), "Then I Kissed Her" (1965), and "Come Go with Me" (1978). He has released one solo studio album, A Postcard from California (2010).

In 1988, Jardine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Beach Boys.

Carl Wilson

Carl Dean Wilson (December 21, 1946 – February 6, 1998) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boys. He is best remembered as their lead guitarist, as the youngest brother of bandmates Brian and Dennis Wilson, and as the group's de facto leader in the early 1970s. He was also the band's musical director on stage from 1965 until his death.

Influenced by the guitar playing of Chuck Berry and the Ventures, Wilson's initial role in the group was that of lead guitarist and backing vocals, but he performed lead vocals on several of their later hits, including "God Only Knows" (1966), "Good Vibrations" (1966), and "Kokomo" (1988). Unlike other members of the band, he often played alongside the studio musicians employed during the group's critical and commercial peak in the mid 1960s. After Brian's reduced involvement with the group, Carl produced the bulk of their albums between 20/20 (1969) and Holland (1973), where the production was nominally credited to "the Beach Boys". Concurrently, he spent several years challenging his draft status as a conscientious objector.

During the 1980s, Wilson attempted to launch a solo career, releasing the albums Carl Wilson (1981) and Young Blood (1983). In the 1990s, he recorded material with Gerry Beckley and Robert Lamm, later released for the posthumous album Like a Brother (2000). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Beach Boys in 1988. Wilson was also a member of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, a religious corporation. He died, aged 51, of lung cancer in 1998.

David Marks

David Lee Marks (born August 22, 1948) is an American guitarist who was a member of the Beach Boys and performed on the group's first four albums, Surfin' Safari (1962), Surfin' U.S.A. (1963), Surfer Girl (1963), and Little Deuce Coupe (1963). He was a neighborhood friend of the original band members while growing up in Hawthorne, California, and was a frequent participant at the Wilson family Sunday night singalongs. Following his initial departure from the group, Marks fronted the Marksmen and performed and recorded as a session musician.

Marks was a member of the Beach Boys from February 1962 to August 1963 before leaving due to personal issues with manager Murry Wilson. He went on to front the Marksmen, worked with acts including Casey Kasem's Band Without a Name, the Moon, Delaney & Bonnie, Colours and Warren Zevon, and studied jazz and classical guitar at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory.

From 1997 to 1999, Marks returned to the Beach Boys for their live performances. In 2007, he released an autobiography, entitled The Lost Beach Boy. In 2012, he reunited with the group to record That's Why God Made the Radio. Marks also joined the band on its 2012 fiftieth anniversary tour. Following the tour's completion, Marks continued working with Wilson and Jardine on Wilson's solo performances and 2015 studio album, No Pier Pressure.

Don't Fight the Sea

"Don't Fight The Sea" is a song written by Terry Jacks and released as a single in 1976, reaching #31 on the Canadian Charts.

Gerry Beckley

Gerald Linford Beckley (born September 12, 1952) is an American singer, songwriter and musician, and a founding member of the band America.Beckley was born to an American father and an English mother. He began playing the piano at the age of three and the guitar a few years later. By 1962, Beckley was playing guitar in The Vanguards, an instrumental surf music band in Virginia. He spent every summer in England and soon discovered 'British invasion' music.

Glen Campbell discography

This article presents the discography of American singer/guitarist Glen Campbell. Campbell recorded and released 60 studio albums and seven live albums between 1962 and 2017. He also lent his vocals to four soundtracks for motion pictures (True Grit, Norwood, Rock-A-Doodle, and Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me). He placed a total of 82 singles (one of which was a re-release) on either the Billboard Country Chart, the Billboard Hot 100, or the Adult Contemporary Chart, nine of which peaked at #1 on at least one of those charts.

Help Me, Rhonda

"Help Me, Rhonda" is a song written by Brian Wilson with additional lyrics by Mike Love for American rock band The Beach Boys, of which both were members. The song was first released as "Help Me, Ronda" in March 1965 on the album The Beach Boys Today!. A second recording with a different arrangement was issued as a single under the spelling "Help Me, Rhonda". The single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their second chart-topping single since "I Get Around" in 1964. This version was included on the album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) (1965). Both versions feature rhythm guitarist Al Jardine on lead vocals.

Honkin' Down the Highway

"Honkin' Down the Highway" is a song written by Brian Wilson for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1977 album The Beach Boys Love You with a lead vocal by Al Jardine. A remake of this song is included on Jardine's album A Postcard from California, with Brian Wilson making a guest appearance.

A slightly edited version was released on a single, in which the drum intro is cut off. The single version appeared on the 1991 cassette and CD reissue of The Beach Boys Love You on the Caribou label.

Larry Dvoskin

Larry Dvoskin is an American songwriter, musician, arranger, and producer. He is the President of Cool Guy Music and Miracle Music Inc.Dvoskin has worked with artists including Robert Plant, Sammy Hagar, Sean Lennon, Bad Company, Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Joe Lynn Turner, Meredith Brooks, Uli Jon Roth, Zeno, Desmond Child, the Muppets, Annabella Lwin (Bow Wow Wow), Paul O’Neill (Transiberian Orchestra), Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine, MGMT, and Neal Schon (Journey).

List of unreleased songs recorded by the Beach Boys

The Beach Boys have been known to perform and/or record a number of songs, instrumentals, and early versions of compositions which have never been officially released on a single, album, or compilation. Only those whose existence can be reliably confirmed are listed here. Some bootleg recordings of the below listed songs are in circulation while other recordings have been lost and unheard of since their creation.

This list is ordered by recording date. It does not include the innumerably non-substantial rehearsal tapes, instrumental tracking, and session chatter recorded by the group.

Matt Jardine

Matthew Alan Jardine (born 1966 in Big Sur, California) is an American musician, best known for his work as a vocalist and percussionist for the Beach Boys, as well as Brian Wilson. He is the son of original Beach Boy Al Jardine.

Mike Kowalski

Mike Kowalski (born July 28, 1944) is a drummer, percussionist and musicologist. He is best known as one of the former drummers for the rock band the Beach Boys.

Sloop John B

"Sloop John B" (originally published as "The John B. Sails") is a Bahamian folk song from Nassau. A transcription by Richard Le Gallienne was published in 1916, and a version was included in Carl Sandburg's The American Songbag in 1927. Since the early 1950s there have been many recordings of the song with variant titles including "I Want to Go Home" and "Wreck of the John B".

The 1966 folk rock adaptation by the Beach Boys was produced and arranged by bandleader Brian Wilson, and served as the lead single of their 11th studio album Pet Sounds. The song peaked at number three in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, number two in the UK, and number one in several other countries. It remains one of the group's best-remembered recordings of their mid 1960s period, containing an unusual and elaborate a cappella vocal section not found in other pop music of the era.In 2011, the Beach Boys' version of "Sloop John B" was ranked No. 276 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine. Distinguished by their vocal harmonies and early surf songs, they are one of the most influential acts of the rock era. The band drew on the music of jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and black R&B to create their unique sound, and with Brian as composer, arranger, producer, and de facto leader, they often incorporated classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways.

The Beach Boys began as an early garage band led by Brian and managed by the Wilsons' father Murry. In 1963, the band gained national prominence with a string of top-ten singles reflecting a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance, later dubbed the "California Sound". After 1964, they abandoned beachgoing themes for more personal lyrics and ambitious orchestrations. In 1966, the Pet Sounds album and "Good Vibrations" single raised the group's prestige as rock innovators and established the band as symbols of the nascent counterculture era. Following the dissolution of the group's Smile project in 1967, Brian gradually ceded production and songwriting duties to the rest of the band, reducing his input because of mental health and substance abuse issues. The group's commercial momentum subsequently faltered, and despite efforts to maintain an experimental sound, they were dismissed by early rock critics as the archetypal "pop music cop-outs".

Carl took over as the band's musical leader until the late 1970s, during which they rebounded as an increasingly successful live concert draw. Personal struggles, creative disagreements, and the overshadowing success of the band's greatest hits albums precipitated their transition into an oldies act. Since the 1980s, much-publicized legal wrangling over royalties, songwriting credits and use of the band's name transpired. Dennis drowned in 1983 and Carl died of lung cancer in 1998. After Carl's death, the group and its corporation, Brother Records Inc (BRI), permitted Love to lead a touring band under the "Beach Boys" name. Even though they have not performed together since their 2012 reunion tour, Brian, Jardine, and Love remain a part of BRI and as official members of the band.

The Beach Boys are one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and influential bands of all time. They were one of the earliest self-contained rock bands and one of the few US bands who maintained their success before, during and after the 1964 British Invasion. Between the 1960s and 2010s, they had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them in the US Top 40 (the most by a US rock band), and four reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. They have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time, and are ranked number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". In 2017, a study of AllMusic's catalog indicated the Beach Boys as the sixth most frequently cited artist influence in its database. The core quintet of the three Wilsons, Love and Jardine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

2012 reissue bonus tracks
14."Waves of Love" (featuring Carl Wilson)3:51
15."Sloop John B"
  • traditional, arranged by Jardine
Total length:44:11
2012 Japanese reissue bonus tracks
14."Waves of Love" (alternate version) (featuring Carl Wilson)
  • Jardine
  • Dvoskin
15."The Eternal Ballad"
Total length:42:38

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