Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

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During his five decades of music-making, Brian Wilson has added countless songs to the canon of great American pop music, but he hasn't recorded many by other composers. Still, his affection for the work of George Gershwin is long, and quite evident from this tribute album. In it, Wilson presents 11 classics from Gershwin's pen, and received the blessing of the Gershwin estate to finish two incomplete songs, "The Like in I Love You" and "Nothing But Love." As usual, Wilson's musical instincts are impeccable, and with a full orchestra lending additional weight to these songs, it's easily the best production on a Brian Wilson record since 2004's SMiLE. (It doesn't hurt that the...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
During his five decades of music-making, Brian Wilson has added countless songs to the canon of great American pop music, but he hasn't recorded many by other composers. Still, his affection for the work of George Gershwin is long, and quite evident from this tribute album. In it, Wilson presents 11 classics from Gershwin's pen, and received the blessing of the Gershwin estate to finish two incomplete songs, "The Like in I Love You" and "Nothing But Love." As usual, Wilson's musical instincts are impeccable, and with a full orchestra lending additional weight to these songs, it's easily the best production on a Brian Wilson record since 2004's SMiLE. (It doesn't hurt that the lyrics as well as the music are tried and true; most of Wilson's solo output, and much of the Beach Boys' after 1967, has suffered from trite or tone-deaf lyrics.) Wilson is also in fine voice for his age, finding the pathos in "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So" during a four-song medley, and even multi-tracking his vocals for the first time on the opener, a nearly a cappella version of "Rhapsody in Blue." "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" is done up, as an instrumental, in full Pet Sounds splendor (complete with bass harmonica), while "I Got Rhythm" is neatly transformed into an uptempo nugget to rank with "Surfin' U.S.A." or "Little Honda." Wilson's normal studio group is augmented here with an orchestra (the arrangements and orchestrations are by Wilson and Paul Von Mertens), and they stay in the background except when needed -- just one of the many fine touches to the entire production here. Granted, Wilson's bouncy take on "They Can't Take That Away from Me" is never going to compete with Ella Fitzgerald's (or even Julie London's), and "'S Wonderful" is nearly blanded out into easy listening oblivion, but nearly everything else here is loving, sincere, and worthy of hearing by fans of the Beach Boys or Broadway.
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  • Release Date: 8/17/2010
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • UPC: 050087146122
  • Catalog Number: 000428902

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Wilson Primary Artist, Vocals
Scott Bennett Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Xylophone, Vibes
Gary Griffin Organ, Piano
Dan Higgins Woodwind
Peter Kent Violin, Concert Master
Bill Liston Woodwind
Andy Martin Trombone
Brett Simons Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass, 6-string bass, Guitar (Baritone)
Todd Sucherman Drums
Cameron Stone Cello
Darian Sahanaja Piano, Glockenspiel, Harpsichord, Electric Piano, Vocals, Xylophone, Clavinet, Vibes, Tack Piano
Nick Walusko Guitar, Vocals
Jeffrey Foskett Vocals
Paul Mertens Celeste
Peggy Baldwin Cello
Rudy Stein Cello
Probyn Gregory Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Trumpet, Theremin, Vocals, Slide Guitar, wah wah guitar, Guitar (Nylon String), Guitar (Baritone)
Nelson Bragg Percussion, Glockenspiel, Vocals, Timpani
Sharon Jackson Violin
Taylor Mills Vocals
Paul Von Mertens Clarinet, Flute, Harmonica, Conductor, Alto Flute, Saxophone, Bass Harmonica
Jessica van Velzen Viola
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Cello
Mike D'Amico Drums
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Brian Wilson Arranger, Producer, Orchestration, Vocal Arrangements
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mark Linett Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
David Wild Liner Notes
Steve Gerdes Art Direction
DuBose Heyward Composer
Steve Sterling Cover Illustration
Dorothy Heyward Composer
Paul Von Mertens Arranger, Orchestration
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEAUTIFULLY DONE

    Rarely does a CD come along that sounds so well put together and is so pleasing to hear. Brian Wilson added his musical touch to Gershwin's talent and the results are magical. Three generations in our household listened to the CD and they all were impressed...so the music transcends generations. Each person has their favorites, but I particularly like "I Loves You, Porgy." This CD has the kind of music you can listen to in the car to get you through rush-hour traffic...or play it during a nice dinner or while cleaning the house. One thing is for sure, it absolutely makes you happier after you've heard it. The interesting thing about the CD is that some of Brian's California sound does come through, and there is even a song that sounds like it could have been on the Pet Sounds album. All in all, this CD is a gem. The music is a joy. I highly recommend it.

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