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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 (25 Dec 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B003VPC748
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rhapsody in Blue
2. The Like in I Love You
3. Summertime
4. I Love You Porgy
5. I Got Pleny O' Nuttin'
6. It Ain't Necessarily So
7. 'S Wonderful
8. They Can't Take That Away from Me
9. Love Is Here to Stay
10. I've Got a Crush On You
11. I Got Rhythm
12. Someone to Watch Over Me
13. Nothing But Love
14. Rhapsody in Blue (Reprise)

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By endlessharmony on 10 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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 By Captain Cool on 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 By Michael on 6 Sep 2010
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 By Mickey Blue on 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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Format: Audio CD
Fascinating.

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 By Neil on 27 Nov 2010
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 A Kid's Review on 10 Nov 2010
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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