Friday, September 10, 2010

Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

This is not merely a cover album, but rather a collaborative effort between two legendary pop composers of different musical eras. Brian Wilson was granted permission by the Gershwin estate to do this album, and I can't think of anyone in the vast musical spectrum who could pull it off other than him. This album is no different from his previous two excellent outings (Smile and That Lucky Old Sun), and has Brian crooning over some of George Gershwin's most well-known compositions.

The album begins and ends with a portion of Rhapsody In Blue, with slices of it present in the intros and outros of several songs here. For the original, listen to the New York Philharmonic 16min version -- it's a life changing experience. Back are the signature harmonies, lush orchestration and string arrangements. Songs like They Can't Take That Away From Me, I Got Rhythm and the instrumental I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' are done in a style similar to the Beach Boys. Brian was also given the honor of completing two never-before published songs, The Like In I Love You and Nothing But Love, and he has done Gershwin a favor by making them into instant classics.

This is album is a significant moment in music in the 21st Century.