Category: Brian Wilson/B. Boys

NY Times Takes On "Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin"

NY TIMES "What do George Gershwin and the Beach Boys’ prime mover, Brian Wilson, have in common? A jaunty, exuberant tunefulness for one thing, and a desire to push pop into high-art territory for another. In 'Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin,' Mr. Wils… more »

Surfin’ Gershwin: Ex-Beach Boy Brian Wilson pays tribute to one of his first musical influences

NY POST "Before he was one of the 20th century’s most revered pop legends — or even a Beach Boy writing hit songs about surfing, California girls and hot rods — Brian Wilson was listening to George Gershwin ... Now Wilson pays homage to the Jazz-age gia… more »

Review: Two American classics meet on 'Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin'

HITFIX "Some albums arrive with such anticipation and weight that they crumble under their own expectations. There is no way that the whole of 'Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin,' out Tuesday, can be greater than the sum of its parts. The fact that some o… more »

Music Legend Al Kooper Reviews "Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin"

BOSTON HERALD "The standout feature is the excellence of [Brian] Wilson’s vocals. During the last few years, his live singing has run the gamut from shaky to soaring. 'Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin' proves he still has the abilities of his Beach Boys… more »

Mastering Engineer Bob Ludwig Describes Working On "Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin"

THE PORTLAND PRESS HERALD "I was really thrilled and stoked to get the call from Brian's people to work on his record yet again ... Brian being who he is, he can get the best arrangers and the best musicians, so I am always interested to hear what he's… more »

Please report for duty, Brian Wilson

THE GLOBE AND MAIL "The release this coming Tuesday of Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin is being handled as a Major Event by Walt Disney Records. The Gershwin estate had come calling, inviting Wilson not only to re-record a dozen signature pieces by Geo… more »

More Press For "Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin"

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY "Hearing the architect of 1960s ''teenage symphonies to God'' cover the symphonically inclined George Gershwin is a kick, if not always a revelation. On Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin, easy-listening Brian shows up more than weird… more »

Dennis Wilson Biopic In The Works

SCREEN DAILY"The Drummer follows the last six years of Wilson’s life when which he created arguably some of his finest music. Wilson was the only member of the band who surfed but tragedy struck in 1983 when he drowned off the coast of California shortly… more »

No Depression Runs Review of Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

NO DEPRESSION "To keep this short, [Brian] Wilson's best work is from the mid-'60s and most these tunes (minus the two new ones) were given their definitive versions in their own era. Nor is this the best album of Wilson's career as a solo artist. But i… more »

The Beach Boys :: Beach Bros

AQUARIUM DRUNKARD has a download link to Brendan McGrath's compilation of some of his favorite cuts from the latter day Beach Boys records, called "Beach Bros." more »

Brian Wilson Reaches Back For 'Gershwin' Project

BILLBOARD Brian Wilson: "When I was 2 years old, my mom would play 'Rhapsody in Blue' for me, and I just loved that song ... Later on, a friend of mine who was an expert on Gershwin asked me, 'How'd you like to play the main theme on piano?' and I said,… more »

Brian Wilson Says "No" To 50th Anniversary Reunion With Mike Love

NY MAGAZINE “'No,' Brian Wilson says flatly when asked about cousin-bandmate-antagonist Mike Love’s assertion that Wilson would rejoin the band for a 50th anniversary reunion tour." more »

Two Reports From “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin” Listening Party

PETER AMES CARLIN "Brian's music, the good stuff, anyway, makes me feel the same way. Everyone has peaks and valleys, and some BW releases are mixed bags - some tunes feel inspired, others feel a little more labored. But here's a great and unexpected twi… more »

First Listen: 'Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin'

LA TIMES "One of the key things [Brian] Wilson and George Gershwin share is the ability to absorb the traditions that preceded them and forge them into something new and utterly individualistic. Both men also longed to expand the structural boundaries o… more »

Learn about The Beach Boys’ ‘Summer Days’ album cover

GOLDMINE MAGAZINE Bruce Johnston remembers, “I couldn’t be on any Beach Boys album covers… I was the new kid on the block on the ‘Summer Days’ album, and I went to the boat, and I was standing next to the cameraman [Ken Veeder] while they were tak… more »