Making God Smile

Making God Smile

     
 
Possibly one of the coolest projects to come out of the Christian music industry, Making God Smile is a multi-artist, multi-genre tribute to Brian Wilson, released in honor of the Beach Boy's 60th birthday. The project features brand-new recordings of some Beach Boys hits, as well as several lesser-known tunes penned by Wilson. A large number of

Overview

Possibly one of the coolest projects to come out of the Christian music industry, Making God Smile is a multi-artist, multi-genre tribute to Brian Wilson, released in honor of the Beach Boy's 60th birthday. The project features brand-new recordings of some Beach Boys hits, as well as several lesser-known tunes penned by Wilson. A large number of artists from the Christian music world lend their talents to the project -- Sixpence None the Richer, Phil Keaggy, and dc Talk's Kevin Max are some of the biggest names -- but the real treat is in hearing such newcomers and indie favorites as Derrick Harris, Jan Krist, and Aaron Sprinkle. There's also a stellar lineup of folk and pop artists involved, from guitar virtuoso/composer Brooks Williams to L.A. pop thrush Amilia Spicer and folkie Kate Campbell. Spicer's pristine vocals add a luminescence to opening track "Your Imagination," while Campbell's folk purity results in a delightfully sunny "Add Some Music to Your Day." Brave is the artist who would tackle a Beach Boys chestnut like "Don't Worry Baby," but Derrick Harris' passionate acoustic performance brings new resonance to the lyrics (Phil Keaggy's rendition of "Good Vibrations," meanwhile, is a near mirror of the original.) With its diverse artistic approach, Making God Smile shows what a huge impact Brian Wilson has had on the American music scene -- a fitting tribute indeed.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
A gaggle of alternative CCM artists cover the music of the Beach Boys -- that sunniest of pop groups -- with unpredictable results that, surprisingly, tend toward the tastes of record collectors, as well as inspirational audiences. For one thing, executive producers Steve West and Tony Shore amply display their familiarity with what made the Beach Boys special artistically, remaking the projected cover of the legendary Smile album for their cover and directing the artists toward material from the late '60s or later. There's also a conscious focus away from the hits; other than "Good Vibrations," "Help Me Rhonda," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," and "In My Room," any listeners who know the Beach Boys mostly from oldies radio won't recognize many of these inclusions. That leaves plenty of choices for solid inspirational material, though: "Add Some Music to Your Day," "Lay Down Burden," "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times," and a pair of later Brian Wilson solo songs ("Your Imagination," "Love and Mercy"). Unfortunately, the performances vary wildly; Sixpence None the Richer and Aaron Sprinkle re-create -- and add to -- the originals with their excellent covers of songs from the classic Pet Sounds LP, but Phil Madeira's "Heroes and Villains" instrumental barely rises to the level of elevator music. Derrick Harris is feeling it just a bit too much for a twangy cover of the juvenalia anthem "Don't Worry, Baby," while overproduction mars several other versions. Doug Powell summons the lonely sense of melancholy necessary for 1971's "'Til I Die," though it's unclear why such a hymn to fatalism is even included here. (One of the more superficially obvious choices for a song on a CCM Beach Boys tribute -- 1966's "God Only Knows," regularly attributed to be the first popular song title to mention the deity -- isn't included; though the liners never state why, the likely reason is that it isn't really a song about God [the full line reads "God only knows how much I love you"].)

Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/2002
Label:
Silent Planet
UPC:
0607913090427
catalogNumber:
904

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brooks Williams   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Loops
Phil Keaggy   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Randy Stonehill   Vocals
Robert Watson   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jimmy A.   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jan Krist   Vocals
Walt Aldridge   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Dale Baker   Chimes,Cymbals,Drums,Timpani,Beat Box
Mickey Buckins   Percussion
Steve Hindalong   Percussion
Dennis Holt   Drums
Gene Miller   Vocals
Rob Mitchell   Drums
Dave Richards   Electric Bass
Jimi Zhivago   Guitar,Classical Guitar,Electric Mando Cello
Kate Campbell   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Prasada-Rao   Guitar,Percussion,Sitar,Vocals
Jane Kelly Williams   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Aaron Sprinkle   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Loops
Matt Slocum   Cello,12-string Guitar,Korg
Erick Cole   Guitar
Alan Finkbeiner   Drums
Amilia K. Spicer   Keyboards,Vocals
Leigh Nash   Vocals
Larry Babb   Drums
Justin Cary   Bass
Wade Baynham   Keyboards
Jason Harrod   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Dolour   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rick Altizer   Vocals
Dougie Yowells   Percussion,Drums
Kevin Max   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Jim Bizer   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ken Lewis   Percussion,Drums
Pat Prouty   Bass
Jason Holstrom   Bass,Background Vocals
Jon E. Rock   Drums

Technical Credits

Brooks Williams   Producer
Phil Keaggy   Sound Effects,Engineer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Mike Love   Composer
Robert Watson   Arranger,Producer
Phil Madeira   Engineer
Jan Krist   Arranger,Producer
Walt Aldridge   Producer,Engineer
Dale Baker   Contributor
Dave Richards   Producer,Engineer
Jimi Zhivago   Contributor
Doug Powell   Producer
Scott Lenox   Programming
Aaron Sprinkle   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Mark Thayer   Engineer
Matt Slocum   Contributor
Alan Finkbeiner   Arranger,Producer
Kurt Lightner   Artwork,Illustrations
Jordan Richter   Engineer
Rob Burrell   Producer,Engineer
Wade Baynham   Engineer
D.K. Baker   Producer
Tony Asher   Composer
Rick Altizer   Producer,Instrumentation
Kevin Max   Programming,Producer
Total Planet Refreshment   Engineer
Jim Bizer   Arranger,Producer

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