3AM Eternal: Mike Love “Sumahama” (1978)


One of the finer tracks on the band’s 1979 release L.A (Light Album) was “Sumahama,” a lovely song with a Japanese melody. However, their version of the song pales in comparison to this outtake—which Mike Love wrote for his unreleased solo album, First Love. His version features a faster tempo, which vastly improves the song. Not that the finished version was bad, mind you, it just felt a little too slow.

Here’s the finished version, so you can make up your own mind.

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