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Amazing arrangements and exquisite harmonies ...this album just blew me away!

  • Aug 19, 2010

Just got my pre-ordered copy of "Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin" in the mail. This is a release I have been looking forward to with great anticipation.  I figured that given the significance of this undertaking and the potential criticism that it might induce the album was either going to fall flat on its face or be simply sensational. I spent the better part of last evening listening to this disc and I am very pleased to report that Brian Wilson has done it again.  "Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin" succeeds on just about every level.  It is an album that is at once extremely interesting to listen to and highly enjoyable as well.

Critics are already touting "Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin" as one of the year's best releases. I couldn't agree more.  New York Magazine says "Wilson has created gorgeous and unexpected arrangements that strip away decades of familiarity."   Although this disc is relatively short by today's standards (about 40 minutes) there are several highlights worth mentioning. "Summertime" is one of the greatest tunes ever penned and Brian Wilson does George and Ira Gershwin proud and makes this venerable favorite all his own.  I was particularly taken by Wilson's instrumental version of "I Got Plenty O' Nothing".  This one will get your toes tappin' lickety split.  Meanwhile, experience Brian's take on other Gershwin favorites like "It Ain't Necessarily So", "I Got Rhythm" and "I've Got A Crush On You"Outstanding!  And sample Wilson's fine arrangement of "Someone To Watch Over Me".  As far as I am concerned that number ranks right near the top of the list of tunes in the Great American Songbook.  Now what makes this project so unique is that with the permission of the Gershwin family Brian Wilson was allowed to complete two of the 114 unfinished Gershwin tunes.  The results are nothing short of sensational!   Check out "The Like In I Love You" and "Nothing But Love" and see if you agree.

Over the years I have always been a sucker for great harmony and "Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin" certainly does not disappoint.  This is an outstanding recording and if the initial reviews on Amazon and in other media are any indication Brian Wilson just might have a major hit on his hands.  He certainly deserves it. This was an extremely well thought out and flawlessly executed project.  Very highly recommended!

Amazing arrangements and exquisite harmonies ...this album just blew me away! Amazing arrangements and exquisite harmonies ...this album just blew me away! Amazing arrangements and exquisite harmonies ...this album just blew me away! Amazing arrangements and exquisite harmonies ...this album just blew me away!

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A sobering and unexpected question from a co-worker when I mentioned the imminent release of this titanic pairing of recognized masters - hoping against hope that the potential downside and inflated expectations of "reimagining" such a well known and respected canon of Gershwin classics would be avoided. Well, generational amnesia not withstanding, Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin is a really good (almost great) recording that builds-out on the strengths of Wilson's nonpareil gifts …
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Brian Wilson is not reuniting with his Beach Boys bandmates, as was erroneously reported by some press outlets last month. But the genius behind Pet Sounds has announced his latest project: Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin.

Make no mistake, however - it's no ordinary covers album. What will undoubtedly make this record a must-have for music lovers of all stripes is that the estate of George Gershwin enlisted Wilson to complete unfinished music that the late composer had left behind when he died in 1937.

The resulting album, due out 16 August (17 August in the US), features two songs that are now de facto Gershwin-Wilson collaborations: The Like in I Love You and Nothing But Love. Head over to Brian Wilson's website and you can hear The Like in I Love You. (Take it from us, the combination of Wilson's heavenly vocals with the wondrous, sweeping nature of Gershwin's timeless melodic lines is a thing of rare beauty.)

Elsewhere on the album, Wilson has his way with beloved Gershwin standards like Summertime, I've Got Rhythm, They Can't Take That Away From Me, Someone To Watch Over Me - my goodness, they're all classics! And if that weren't all, the record opens and closes Rhapsody In Blue, sung a capella by Wilson. (That alone makes the set worth buying!)

In a statement, Wilson said, "Along with Irving Berlin, Gershwin basically invented the popular song, but he did something more. He had a gift for melody that nobody has ever equaled, ...

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Genre: Great American Songbook
Release Date: August 17, 2010

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