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Beach Boys release song for Japan relief

April 16, 2011 at 1:33 AM   |   Comments

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LOS ANGELES, April 16 (UPI) -- Former members of the Beach Boys say they are releasing a new record to raise money for the Red Cross relief effort in Japan.

The island nation was devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami last month and the Red Cross has been providing aid to those affected by the disaster.

In response to the tragedy, musician Al Jardine and his former Beach Boys bandmates, Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, are releasing a two-song record featuring the environmentally conscious collaboration "Don't Fight the Sea" -- which appears on Jardine's 2010 CD, "A Postcard from California" -- as well as an unreleased Beach Boys a capella mix from a 1968 recording of the song "Friends."

"We felt that the song had a nice basic message of friendship," Jardine said in a statement Friday. "I also like the idea of that song, because the vocals are a bit underappreciated. So this release was a perfect place to showcase the idea of harmony and friendship. Everybody is behind it 100 percent, that's the nice part."

The Beach Boys released their last studio album, "Stars and Stripes Vol. 1," in 1996.

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