By KEVIN HURTENKER, Associated Press Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) As the songs were being recorded and the vocals were being delivered, the songwriting team had already been toying with ideas about how to portray the album’s main character, Tupac Shakur.
Tupac’s death last month from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 30 left a trail of chaos in a world that was grieving.
For the next few days, the Beach Boys’ production team, led by producer-musician David Foster, had been working out ideas to make the songs more upbeat and more catchy.
Then Foster’s wife, singer Liza Minnelli, came home from a recording session in the Bahamas.
They got together, said Foster, who would soon be nominated for a Grammy for the best songwriting of a pop group.
She and Foster took a bus to a recording studio, where they began recording the songs.
The Beach Boys were eager to give the song their own makeover.
The songs were more upbeat, more pop, they were more catchy, and it was more fun, Foster said.
“We didn’t want it to be just the Beach Boy thing.
It had to be a Beach Boys-like experience,” Foster said of the album.
“I thought we should have a little bit of a personality shift on this album.”
The Beach Boy songs are a collection of three songs: “I’m a Slave 4 U,” which is about how hard it is to survive when you’re on drugs; “Ain’t No Sunshine,” which includes a line about a family that lives in a house on fire; and “I Got a Woman,” which features the line, “I don’t care how old you are, I’ll get your pussy.”
The three songs are among a few songs that are considered classics by many artists, including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder.
The four songs are also among the most commercially successful songs ever written for an album.
They have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.
Foster and his production team spent hours each day working on the songs, which were recorded and mixed by Foster’s band, The Beach Band.
It was an intense time.
“The Beach Boys just didn’t let go of it,” Foster, 58, said.
Foster’s production team had just finished recording the first Beach Boys track, “Aine,” when he received a phone call from Liza.
“She’s like, ‘Oh my god, I just got a call from the Beach Band,'” Foster recalled.
“That’s when I knew I was in trouble.”
“Aint No Sunshine” Foster’s team had been trying to get the Beach boys to record another song, “My Love,” for the album for several months.
They were finally able to get it to him in February, but the project was stalled because of the death of Tupac.
“Tupac was an absolute genius,” Foster recalled, “and we were really looking forward to the songs on the album.”
But the Beach band had no plans to record a Beach Boy song.
The group wanted to create a new Beach Boys album and release it as a single.
“This album will be a tribute to Tupac,” Foster explained.
“And it’ll be a very personal album for the Beach and for us as a group, to honor him.”
“I got a woman” The Beach band recorded a new song, a duet between Foster and Liza called “I Get a Woman.”
It is not the only one on the Beach album that was produced by Foster and Minnellio.
Another track is called “Love Me Like You Do.”
Liza said it was her first time working with Foster.
“When he’s around, we’re so happy, and I’m just so happy he’s with us,” she said.
The three singers met in the late 1970s when they both worked in music publishing.
Liza was a singer and a songwriter.
Foster was a producer.
They both sang in the pop band The Love Club.
“In my life, I’ve never been in love,” Minnellis said.
They had a lot in common.
“Our lives were so similar,” she added.
“You know, we went to the same high school, had a mutual friend and a mutual business partner.
We were both young and very happy.”
“The Love Club” was recorded in 1986.
Foster said he and Minelli recorded the song because they were both excited about the possibilities.
“At that time, we were doing our own thing,” he said.
It is the first song on the new album.
It begins with Foster and the band playing a slow song called “The Heartbeat,” which the Beach members call “the heart of the record.”
The song is about a girl who goes on a vacation and gets separated from