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“sail On, Sailor”, Dennis Wilson, Dreamer, Brian Gets Back On Track, Picking Up The Pieces

The Beach Boys' best years were behind them by the early ‘80s. Keepinthe Summer Alive had barely dented the top 100, and Carl left the group to work on his well-received solo albums, Carl Wilson and Youngblood. Mike divorced and remarried again, and released a solo album of his own called Looking Back with Love.

Brian remained isolated under the watchful eyes of Stanley Love and Rocky Pamplin, and was briefly institutionalized after a weeklong binge in Mexico and San Diego. Dennis drifted steadily toward disaster.

The group recorded only a few more albums together in the coming years, but while their music never again reached the heights of Pet Sounds or “Good Vibrations,” they still had a few surprises—and hits—left in them. Sadly, things got a lot worse before they got any better.

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