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Editors’ Notes

To put it mildly, Brian Wilson has had his ups and downs. However, the musical genius has always been resting inside of him. He steered the Beach Boys into surf-pop and then into a world of rich harmony and exuberant songwriting, complex beyond its years. He finally got to complete the legendarily unfinished Smile in 2004 and now he explores the rich melodies of George Gershwin. He even received the blessing from the Gershwin estate to complete two songs — “The Like In I Love You” and “Nothing But Love.” A full orchestra, arranged by Wilson and Paul Von Mertens, never overtakes the proceedings, adding color and light to Wilson’s expert vocals, sometimes multi-tracked (“Rhapsody In Blue”) for greater depth and complexity. “I Got Rhythm” is the most natural to Wilson’s rock ‘n’ roll past, but he takes impressive passes at “Summertime” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” There’s a smoothness here that’s often lacking in Wilson’s own tumultuous life and compositions. This project was obviously a labor of love for him and the joy in his voice is palpable.

Customer Reviews

"George And Ira Are Watching Over You; Brian!"

.."Nothing But A Masterpiece!"..{And I would even bet that Walt Disney is smiling; Pleased to have this native "California Boy" on his Record Label!}-"Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin" is a Throwback Affair; With plenty of A Cappella Harmonies; Upbeat Arrangements & Sheer Pop Perfection as only the "Boy Genius" behind "Pet Sounds" could manage to pull off!-(Kudos to all the Many Musicians who played so Magnificently on all of these 15 cuts; Bravo!)-Listen closely; My Children and you can hear echoes of "Caroline; No" and "God Only Knows" underneath all these Superior Songs!-What a Heartfelt Homage from one Clever Composer to Another!-"S'Wonderful; Brian!" Grimmbo.

Genius Re-Imagined!

What a great piece of music to complete Brian's trilogy of recent work: SMiLE, That Lucky Old Sun, and now BWRG. A nice mix of light and airy tunes with some serious stuff thrown in.I Got Rhythm, They Can't Take That Away From Me (with its Help Me, Rhonda subtleties) and I Got Plenty of Nuttin' definitely stand out if you're a big Beach Boys Fan. The vocals are the best I've heard from Brian in a while, and the background vocals performed by his band rival anything from his last two discs. BWRG will definitely stay at the top of my rotation for a while, and as I listen to it multiple times, I'm sure I'll pick out something I hadn't heard in a song before, as I do every time I listen to Brian. Masterful work!


Man, I doesn't get better than this. Thank God Brian has been able to return to confident music making. This album is a wonderful experience throughout. Disregard the ignorant 1 star reviewers. They would do well to keep their attacks to themselves as they only illustrate their own lack of creativity. Obviously not actual musicians or sogwriters. Not only is Brian Wilson supremely capable of handling Gershwin's works - he was the Gershwin of the second half of the 20th century - .


Born: June 20, 1942 in Hawthorne, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Brian Wilson is arguably the greatest American composer of popular music in the rock era. Born and raised in Hawthorne, California, he formed the Beach Boys in 1961 alongside his two younger brothers, cousin Mike Love, and school friend Alan Jardine. Serving as the group's primary songwriter, Wilson combined the rock urgency of Chuck Berry with the harmonies of the Four Freshmen before expanding his musical imagination during the late '60s, during which time he experimented with new songwriting structures...
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