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Reviewed: The Millennium – Begin (1968)

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by David Morales

In the States there were only two producers that Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys looked up to: Phil Spector and Curt Boettcher. An album titled Begin by the band Millennium is one of the better known works from legendary producer Boettcher’s career.

Millennium was a supergroup of top California musicians and producers including legendary producer Gary Usher and Music Machine members Doug Rhodes and Ron Edgar. Begin turned out to be one of the most expensive albums in history for Columbia, and it shows. It’s an ambitious collection of solid baroque-pop psych, with beautiful harmonies, lush orchestral arrangements, catchy melodies and lyrics of love and heartbreak under the California sun, though it never falls into cheesy territory.

Begin should have been a hit, but like the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds it laid dormant, only to be hailed as a masterpiece decades later. Standout tracks include “There is Nothing More To Say” and “I Just Want To Be Your Friend.” Beautiful!

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