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Original Beach Boys member Al Jardine prepping expanded CD version of his 2010 solo album


Mary Ann JardineLast November, Al Jardine released the first-ever vinyl version of his 2010 debut solo album, A Postcard from California.  Now the original founding Beach Boys member is preparing an expanded CD reissue of the record.

“[It] will be re-released, maybe sometime in April, with some bonus tracks,” Jardine tells ABC Radio. The extra material includes unreleased performances from a 2010 solo concert at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, California that celebrated the album’s release

Among the live tunes Al is planning to feature on the deluxe CD are renditions of the album’s title track and “Don’t Fight the Sea.” The reissue also includes two tracks that previously appeared on an expanded 2012 edition of the album: “Waves of Love” and “Sloop John B: A Pirate’s Tale.”

“Sloop John B” is a version of the traditional song famously covered by The Beach Boys in 1966, which Jardine reworked for a 2005 children’s book.

Al tells ABC Radio that he’s also considering including an outtake from the Postcard sessions called “My Plane Leaves Tomorrow,” which features backing vocals by Neil Young.

“I’m supposed to polish it up and see if I can’t finish it,” Jardine says of the track. “It’s a song that [my son] Matt sings the lead on…[a]nd Neil sings some answers to Matt’s lead.”

He adds, “[I]t was written back when we were still involved in our little conflict in Iraq, and I was thinking about the soldiers and everybody they have to say goodbye [to]. And it’s kind of beautiful [and] poignant.” 

A Postcard from California featured an impressive cast of guest artists, including Young, The Beach Boys, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Steve Miller, Glen Campbell and America.

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