Mike Love blends covers, originals and fresh takes on several Beach Boys classics on his latest album 12 Sides of Summer.
He doesn't mind putting his stamp on songs made famous by others -- after all "Barbara Ann," "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" and "So Young" were adapted by The Beach Boys. And both The Beach Boys and Beatles did their own versions of Chuck Berry's "Rock and Roll Music."
Mike says,"One of the most meaningful things to the album is the recording we did of 'Here Comes the Sun.' George Harrison, fantastic classic. And I approached it with a degree of reverence because I spent some quality time with George and some of his bandmates in India, at the invitation of Maharishi. That song is on 12 Sides of Summer along with 'The Girl From Ipanena.' They go together beautifully."
Love says the standout original "California Beach" shows a lot of home state pride:
"'California Beach,' which is an invitation to visit the storied land of California. You know, there's a lot of things that could be said that are negative about the traffic [chuckle] and whatever. But from basically the border of Oregon down to the border of Mexico near San Dieigo. It's a beautiful place."