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Day Into Night

by Nelson Bragg

Concept song cycle from Brian Wilson's percussionist. Tracks also available at the major download sites. Links on lower left side of this page.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Forever Days
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2. Tell Me I'm Wrong
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3. I Dare You (Show Me Love)
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4. Return The Love You Take
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5. Dark Sweet Lady
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6. Every Minute Of The Day
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7. Death Of Caroline
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8. Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
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9. Lived This Life Too Long
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10. Tell Someone
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11. Father's Foolish Will
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12. Turn The Darkness Into Gold
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
NELSON BRAGG is a drummer-percussionist-singer-songwriter-producer-arranger who plays with Brian Wilson, The Quarter After, The Now People, The Mello Cads, Carolyn Edwards, Jeff Merchant and has played and recorded with The Tyde, Stew, Cloud Eleven, and The Mockers.

Bragg began working on Day Into Night in 2003, six months before he got the call to join Brian Wilson on the road for the now-legendary Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE, which was performed before a live audience in London in February 2004. “I had already laid down the vocals and most of the backing tracks,” Bragg said in an interview. The Stockholm Strings & Horns, who also performed in the SMiLE tours, appear on seven tracks of the new album.

After a year and eight months performing in seven tours with Brian Wilson, Bragg went back into the studio in September 2005 to finish Day Into Night. “During the SMiLE tours, I had to put the solo album on hold. But the tours also allowed me to finance finishing it. And working with Brian inspired me to make the best album I could possibly make.”

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Susan Lang

Pop music is alive and well!
Pop music is alive and well and having a blast hanging out with Nelson Bragg. FOREVER DAYS is everything that kids who grew up in the '60s and '70s - as Nelson did, as i did - listen for in our pop music. It's all there. But Nelson doesn't rip anybody off - he takes his influences and creates fresh new sounds that lighten the spirit. This CD has been in constant rotation since i received it, and i can think of several friends who will be receiving it as a gift. Here's hoping Nelson's second CD comes soon!
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Phil H


When I first listened to this CD I was pleasantly surprised to hear the sounds of other groups and musicians that I hold close to my heart. The very first track, Forever Days, had me searching for my music from the Cosmic Rough Riders and Daniel Wylie, yes the sound was so similar. Further influences from the Beach Boys, (and of course Brian Wilson) along with CSN, Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds and the Beatles (especially Paul) had me drooling for more. This is an impressive debut album from a very talented musician, but then I knew that Nelson Bragg would be good. Afterall, if you can get into the band of the Brian Wilson touring group, you have to be one of the best, and that's just what this CD is, one of the best I've heard for a long long time.
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Yani

buy it!
fantastic, if you have good taste in music then it's a must have!
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Laurie Biagini

A harmony-lover's delight!
Upon first hearing the album, I couldn’t believe my ears… what a treat!
Nelson Bragg, originally from Massachusetts, has been working in Los Angeles with many bands and artists including The Now People, The Quarter After, The Mello Cads, Cosmo Topper, Cloud Eleven, The Mockers and Brian Wilson, just to name a few. He wears many hats, including drummer-percussionist, singer, songwriter, producer and arranger, and with every hat he wears, there’s no doubt that he wears it well.
This album is a harmony-lover’s delight. The overall feel is that of a folk-rock-pop combination. Smooth rhythm guitar beautifully carries the songs while the lush harmony vocals lift you to a higher place in this acoustic paradise. The melodies are beautiful and soulful, and evolve from a light perspective into a much deeper mood later in the album (hence, the sequence of tracks following the progression of day into night, light into dark). The lyrics speak of life’s lessons and fall ‘close to home’ for many of us.
Beautiful melodies and lush instrumentals aside, what really got my attention on this album were Nelson’s perfect lead vocals, enriched with beautiful layers of his vocal harmonies. The complexities of these vocals really blew me away, being a fan of these harmony-rich pop sounds. Nelson has really excelled in creating these lush arrangements.
I’m unable to pick a favorite track on this album because in actuality, I love every track in different ways. The bottom line is that this album is a must-have for anyone who appreciates lush harmonies, soulful melodies, and beautiful instrumentals. You simply must hear it for yourself. It is undoubtedly the best album I have heard in a long, long time.
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Bluebird

Nelson's nailed it!
A true musical treat- I can listen to this album anytime/anywhere. Nelson's vocals are so welcoming to my ears- and his lyrics! The talent and versatility of Nelson really shine bright throughout the entire album. Day Into Night is a must have- so get it now, iffin ya don't already have it.
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peter

Incredible
Fantastic nothing else to say.
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Fay

Fantastic CD. Can't wait for another album to be released.
What a superb CD. I enjoyed every track on Day Into Night. Fantastic use of roving chords and harmonies. Fantastic combination of influences from such diverse genres. This CD has some of the best lyrical and musical arrangements I have heard in a long time. It definately holds it's place in my top ten all time favourites. Can't wait for another release by Nelson Bragg.
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Lisa Graham

Return of the Grapes! (...and no sour ones here!)
As a Canadian, I was most intrigued to see now-defunct band "The Grapes of Wrath" as one of Mr. Bragg's influences on his website. Call me biased, but they appear to be a heavy influence here...high praise, from those of us weary of techno-pop! As the other reviews emphasize, Nelson triumphantly brings us a return to accoustic arrangements, seamless harmonies and thoughtful, cerebral lyrics. Do your ears, mind and soul a favour; add this to your collection!
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Greg Boone

And album that would make Brian Wilson proud
Although the first thing that you hear when you put Nelson Bragg's debut album Day Into Night into your player are jangly guitars, it's the gorgeous harmony vocals that sustain this album.

The ubiquitous Bragg has obviously learned a lot from his years performing in what is quite possibly the finest touring band ever put together, the Brian Wilson Band. He has also spent years performing with and in various other bands, including Cloud Eleven, The Mockers, The Now People, and The Quarter After. He puts all of these lessons to good use in his new record.

Nelson plays most of the acoustic guitar, which forms the backbone of most of the songs, as well as drums and percussion, and the vast majority of the lead and harmony vocals. He is ably assisted by Quarter After cohorts Dominic and Rob Campanella, The Wondermints’ Nick Walusko, and Cloud Eleven mastermind Rick Gallego, who contributes both his gorgeous vocals and some tasty pedal steel guitar to several of the tracks. Fellow Brian Wilson Band member Probyn Gregory also adds horns to two tracks, including "Every Minute Of The Day", a soft, sad song that also features harpsichord, recorder, and some of the album’s loveliest harmonies. Gregory also contributes Jimmy Webb-like horn parts to "Lived This Life Too Long".

Standout tracks are abundant and include The Byrds-influenced opening track, "Forever Days", featuring the above-mentioned jangly electric guitars, “Death Of Caroline”, a song whose vocal arrangements ought to make Mr. Wilson proud, and the album’s closer, "Turn The Darkness Into Gold", a string drenched stunner that features CSN-like harmony vocals courtesy of Bragg and Gallego.

The bar for great pop music has always been set by "The Killer B’s”, that holy trinity consisting of the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Byrds. If he keeps producing music this consistently good, we may need to someday add Bragg to that list.
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Rob McCabe

A perfect companion to the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds
The 1990's and beyond was a fertile breeding ground for a new collective of L.A. based musical talent. Pop aficionados will recognize names like The Negro Problem, Baby Lemonade, Cockeyed Ghost, and Wondermints. These acts used the sounds of the past (particularly the harmony-soaked California Sounds) to show the way that music could go. To take the past and make something fresh and forward-looking. The debut from one of the L.A. pop community's finest is no exception.

Nelson Bragg, of course is well known to Brian Wilson audiences as the onstage percussionist and vocalist in the Brian Wilson band. He has also added his talents to such artists as Stew (The Negro Problem), The Quarter After, The Mockers and The Now People. He has now taken center stage with his own solo release Day Into Night (Side B Records). Nelson has written 10 out of the 12 songs on this disc and he has made an accessible folk-rock-pop record that, like the best work of the Byrds and Love, demands attention on the part of the listener. Combining the songwriting voices of Gene Clark, Brian Wilson, George Harrison (right down to delivering a quietly gorgeous cover of the Dark Horse-era gem "Dark Sweet Lady") and Neil Young, Nelson creates a song world that is both inviting and mournful.

The protagonist in "Forever Days" yearns to "break free from the forever days". Despite the folk-rock sound, the mood and temperament of the lyrics makes Day Into Night a perfect companion to the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. Like the character in Brian Wilson's and Tony Asher's songs, the people in Nelson's songs have become disillusioned with adulthood. They struggle to move beyond romantic disappointments (Nelson evens pens a beautiful Wilson-esque ballad called "Death Of Caroline" that could be another take on or sequel to "Caroline No"). They also have regrets that have nothing to do with male-female relations, as in the parent showing remorse in "A Father's Foolish Will". But lest anyone this record is dark, the ukulele and lap steel on "Dark Sweet Lady" offers a lovely tribute to a lovely Beatle. And the final track, "Turn The Darkness Into Gold" celebrates the wisdom that one gets with aging. It's melodic, reflective music that scores introspection and reflection. A wonderful combination, indeed.
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