The Beach Boys, Queen and Foo Fighters' ver­sion of Holy Man barred from re­lease

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Are­worked Beach Boys song fea­tur­ing mem­bers of Queen and Foo Fighters has been blocked from be­ing re­leased fol­low­ing a le­gal dis­pute. The su­per­group have been work­ing on up­dat­ing 'Holy Man', which was co-writ­ten by late Beach Boys mem­ber Den­nis Wil­son and his lead singer brother Brian, 75. Den­nis' co-writer Stephen Kalinich is the only per­son who was able to hear the song in its orig­i­nal form and he claims he hasn't had ac­cess to it for more than three decades. The 'Lit­tle Bird' drum­mer trag­i­cally drowned at Ma­rina Del Rey in 1983, and the track has been stored away in a vault ever since. The orig­i­nal mu­sic was cre­ated by the 'Good Vi­bra­tions' hit­mak­ers in 1974, and the rough tape was sent to Queen's gui­tarist Brian May and drum­mer Roger Tay­lor and the US rock­ers. A source said: "The song is in a vault and no­body can do anything about it. "It's such a shame as there will clearly be a huge de­mand for it." Den­nis's co-writer Stephen says it is "such a shame" that no one will be able to get their ears on the "six-minute mas­ter­piece" be­cause of the law. He told The Sun news­pa­per: "It's over six min­utes long and it's a mas­ter­piece, but we've never been able to re­lease it be­cause we can't get the le­gal­i­ties worked out. Such a shame. "Peo­ple hear it and, hon­est to God, it brings tears to their eyes." Foo Fighters' drum­mer Tay­lor Hawkins recorded vo­cals on their ver­sion and Stephen says he sounded just like Den­nis with "the same grav­elly, whisky voice". He added: "Tay­lor sent the track to Brian May and he and Roger Tay­lor fell in love with it. They spent weeks fool­ing around with it, putting on vo­cals and some in­cred­i­ble per­cus­sive things."

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