Rio Grande - Brian Wilson (1988)
He found his voice again on Orange Crate Art.
He rediscovered his muse playing Pet Sounds in its entirety.
He confirmed all the genius statements when he finally released Smile.
He showed that Van Dyke Parks, not Mike Love, was his greatest songwriting partner with That Lucky Old Sun.
He breathed new life into an American treasure with Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin.
It seems that Brian Wilson has returned to the public's hearts, minds and top ten lists.
But if we only look back to his much maligned solo debut from 1988, we will find that the genius of the man known as rock and roll's Beethoven never went away.
It just came sporadically.
And God, when it did (like on today's track).........
Words fail me.
Just listen to "Rio Grande" from that album and know that there are many more Smiles left in this beautifully fragile man's head.