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Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin (Digipack) [CD]

Brian Wilson Audio CD
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He is one of popular music's most deeply revered figures, the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century.
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  • Audio CD (6 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B003TOYG7M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Rhapsody In Blue (Intro) 1:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Like In I Love You 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Summertime 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Loves You, Porgy 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. It Ain't Necessarily So 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 'S Wonderful 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. They Can't Take That Away From Me 2:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Love Is Here To Stay 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I've Got A Crush On You 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Got Rhythm 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Someone To Watch Over Me 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Nothing But Love 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Rhapsody In Blue (Reprise)0:370.99  Buy MP3 

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Brian Wilson continues to experiment with Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin. This album includes Wilson's interpretations of classic Gershwin numbers such as "Rhapsody in Blue", "Summertime" and "Someone to Watch Over Me". He's also gone further, completing unfinished Gershwin music to create the songs "The Like in I Love You" and "Nothing but Love".

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2010 album featuring reinterpretations of Gershwin classics as well as 'collaborative' completions of 2 rare unfinished works.

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin 10 Aug 2010
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Brian Wilson takes on Gershwin classics and develops some unfinished tunes to deliver a tribute to Gershwin in his own inimitable way. The album gets off to a great start with the multi-layered vocals on 'Rhapsody In Blue (Intro)' comparable to the 'SMILE' opener 'Our prayer', and along with the first of the newly completed numbers 'The Like In I Love You' gives a positive start to the album. Wilson goes back to his roots with a lot of the classics songs his mother Audrey played him in his early years which clearly influenced him throughout his career in his singing, compositions and productions. Through choosing the songs within his register, Brian sings very solidly throughout but a few of the clasic Gershwin songs are a little too shmaltzy, in my opinion. 'I Got Plenty Of Nothin' is a very good track with a SMiLE-esque style and is very catchy, and the other new song 'Nothing But Love' is a typical Wilson song with great backing and harmonies from his band. Throughout the album the production is good and though he does some fairly radical interpretations of some of the songs, I get the feeling that he has really played it a little too safe. The album is very accessible and I wouldn't be surpised if it got a Grammy, and almost all Brian Wilson fans will find a lot to enjoy. It is yet another fine album from the 68 year old genius, as he takes a trip down memory lane.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meeting Of Icons 23 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
Forget the processed facsimiles that pass for music these days, get into this - a true meeting of icons. Top notch musicians playing and singing that will take you places Rod Stewart never could in a million years. It's inventive, fun and above all vindication that Brian Wilson still has the ability to deliver high quality work. Best tracks? Take your pick, there's plenty to choose from here - "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "Nothing But Love" certainly fit the bill. Have no doubts, this is quality stuff, and with a tour due in the UK next year with the entire album performed live, there's a lot more to look forward to.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Wilson 6 Sep 2010
By Michael
Format:Audio CD
This blend of Gershwin and Wilson can best be described as "Pet Sounds meets SMiLE meets Gershwin classics". The unmistakeable Beach Boys sound adds new life to these great Jazz standards, particularly 'I Loves You, Porgy', 'They Can't Take that Away From Me', 'Summertime', and 'Someone to Watch Over Me'. Although Wilson's voice hasn't survived the decades as well as say Paul Mccartney, he adds that quality (harmonies/angelic melody) that makes all his work so listenable. A different approach to some of Gershwin's best output, this album is definitely for anyone who has at any point felt warm inside listening to the Beach Boys or Brian Wilson's SMiLE.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good. Some not so good 29 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
This album is a real mixture. There are some brilliant tracks but there are some tuneless ones where the timing and vocals are literally monotonous.

I have to say that for me it was worth buying just for the tracks that I liked.
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By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD

Here we have some of the best known melodies ever written and they sound, well, different. The reason that they sound different is that Brian Wilson is not just a composer but an arranger too. That unique Beach Boys sound didn't come simply from the melodies he wrote but also from the arrangements that he made: use of instruments, voices, harmonies and backings. Wilson has a unique style.

So here we have, at least on some tracks, `Gershwin meets the Beach Boys'. It's good. It's interesting. It's utterly professional, as one would expect from Brian Wilson.

And it's good to listen to. But occasionally, I predict. The outcome is not the sort of CD where I turn to it over and over again as a favourite. I find it an occasional play: of great interest but once heard and admired, not needing to be heard over and over again.

Ultimately this is a fascinating CD and a good listen, with musicianship of the highest order. Nobody else could have created these arrangements; nobody other than Brian Wilson could have re-imagined Gershwin this way. Four stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant listen 27 Nov 2010
By Neil
Format:Audio CD
As a fan of Brian Wilson of over forty years this is not by any strech among his best work.He is an undoubted Musical Giant and i would hope to hear more to come. Coupled with the fact that i also love Gerswin this was something of a disappointment. Maybe his fans expect genius in every CD Brian produces!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gershwin with Colours and Textures 10 Nov 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
The more I hear this album the more I like it! There are a couple of things I'm not sure about, though. For example the song "I Loves You Porgy"; this should have been sung by a woman or maybe, these days, a gay man. Brian is neither. I would have felt far more comfortable with this song had it been fronted by female band member Taylor Mills. Also, the instrument version of "I've Got Plenty of Nothing" maybe a fun number but it's a little mechanical for my liking.

However, the star moments of the album are "It Ain't Necessarily So", although the harmonica is a little prominent, and "Nothing but Love". The latter an unfinished Gershwin song completed by Wilson is so happy and uplifting and full of that ol' Beach Boy magic that I just want to play it over and over again!

All in all this is one of the best Brian Wilson albums ever produced. The big tragedy is that there are thousands of people out there who really would love this album but are simply unaware of its existence!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by david i. n. baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great album.
Published 1 month ago by WD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A different album from Brian Wilson and well worth having.
Published 1 month ago by S Crothers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Different from Brian Wilson
Not usually my style of music, but Brian Wilson brings his genius touch to these old songs. It's amazing how these songs bring out the perfect platform for Brian Wilson.
Published 7 months ago by RCK
4.0 out of 5 stars Brian is back!
Good singing good tunes good times. Not played as much as I should. Still think there's plenty left for Brian to write his own masterpieces too. Gershwin look out!!
Published 16 months ago by sixtiesman
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleaseant surprise!
Well done Brian Wilson. I don't know how you have done this but you have taken a selection of Gershwin classics and made them all sound so refreshing and original. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
enjoyed listening to the cd in the car and doing the housework . A great compilation cd of a wide variety of songs
Published on 10 July 2012 by Mr. Paul J. Kenney
2.0 out of 5 stars Good-ish In Places Yet Misses The Mark
Some very good intelligent revues expressing many similar feelings to my own; i.e. the 'negatives' of Brians voice labouring somewhat as highlighted for instance on 'It Ain't... Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by Brian Newbould
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly S'Wonderful!
Like many I suspect, fans and non-fans alike, my initial reaction to the album title - 'Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin' was "WHAT?-OH NO!". Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by Brian Stephen Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunshine Pop Revisited
A variant of thie sleeve has been issued on the Larry Adler tribute The Glory of Gershwin but its by far not a new thing to adapt the songs for the next generation. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2011 by Richard
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