Originally Posted by ninman
In terms of being ahead of one's time, and genius, The Beach Boys are totally under rated by comparison to the Beatles.
Brian Wilson was an awesome musician and song writer. He was one of the first to use multi-tracking for backing vocals. His production abilities were incredible. Awesome talent.
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Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys literally changed how music was recorded and produced, and they used harmonies in a totally different way than any other mainstream group was at that time. Lush, continuous, multipart harmonies instead of the occasional counter melody or single harmony on a chorus, etc.