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Product details

  • Audio CD (21 Jun. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Brimel/Rhino
  • ASIN: B00028HBMA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. How Could We Still Be Dancin'
2. Soul Searchin'
3. You've Touched Me
4. Gettin' In Over My Head
5. City Blues
6. Desert Drive
7. A Friend Like You
8. Make A Wish
9. Rainbow Eyes
10. Saturday Morning In The City
11. Fairy Tale
12. Don't Let Her Know She's An Angel
13. The Waltz

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Gettin In Over My Head sees the return of one of the most influential songwriters of all time. Following Brian Wilson's triumphant return to the music scene with his Pet Sounds and Smile tours, this new studio album is something of a holy grail to fans of the Beach Boys, for whom Wilson wrote around 40 years ago. This album features stunning guest appearances by Sir Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Elton John.


Having miraculously survived decades of personal and creative turmoil, Brian Wilson re-emerged in the 90s to reclaim his incomparable pop music legacy with joyous tours that celebrated both the music that made him a star and Pet Sounds, the album that forever secured his legend. Utilising the remarkable, dedicated band of musicians who backed him on those shows, Wilson re-entered the studio to once again pick up the promising, yet ever fitful recording career that last yielded '96's vocally gorgeous, if production cloistered Imagination. It's that renewed dedication to organic musicianship, coupled with a robust slate of Wilson songs new and old that will thoroughly delight admirers of the Beach Boys mastermind. Three of Wilson's '60s/'70s contemporary superstar/admirers contribute performances: Elton John's forceful take on "How Can We Still Be Dancing" evokes the rollicking, youthful prime of both legends; Paul McCartney's guitar and vocals are considerably more subdued on the typically wistful "A Friend Like You"; Eric Clapton's searing guitar nearly overwhelms the chunky rhythms of "In the City." There's also a touching reunion with the disembodied voice of late brother Carl as Brian completes the latter's unfinished mid-'90s track "Soul Searchin'," but the real star here is Wilson's enduring muse. He variously evokes the spirit of Spector past and his old band on "You've Touched Me" and "Desert Drive" respectively then reunites with Smile/Orange Crate Art collaborator Van Dyke Parks on the rustic, fiddle-adorned skewed romance of "The Waltz." The lovely, timeless title track effortlessly dispels any whiff of nostalgia, securing its place as one of Wilson's best contemporary ballads and delivering on this album's most rewarding promise: Brian is indeed back, and gloriously so. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Gulliver on 3 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm pretty sure that some reviewers are negative about this album because of what it's not. It does not pretend to be another Pet Sounds or SMiLE...it is a collection of high quality songs, most of which would fall into the pop category and not far removed from most of Brian's work with the Beach Boys. Take the album for what it is and you should enjoy.
The opener sees Elton John in Crocodile Rock form, giving a punchy lead vocal to one of the albums rockier tracks. We then have the closest we shall ever get to a new Beach Boys song with Carl Wilson duetting with Brian on a song that almost sounds like a 50's ballad. Finally on the third track Brian gives us his first lead vocal and though his voice isn't what it was, the 62 year old Wilson still sounds like nobody else. The voice is instantly recognisable and hauntingly beautiful, it just doesn't quite have the range it once did - but who's voice does at 62?!?
Standout tracks include the title song, which is a beautiful song full of Brian's trademark harmonies, and Desert Drive which is another song from Brian in Beach Boys mode. A personal favourite of mine is "Fairy Tale" which also features some fantastic harmonising and multi-tracking of Brian's voice.
What we have here is the first album actually produced and arranged by Brian Wilson since the late 1970's, without outside interferance. It is not a concept album, the songs have no cosmic link and once you realise this and just sit back to enjoy the excellent music, the experience is very pleasing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 25 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
Anyone ever noticed how Brian Wilson is looking like Paul McCartney?
The ex Beatle turns up here as one of the guests-maybe showing a Ringo Starr influence
The sleeve art by Peter Blakely is another pointer towards the Beatles and is certainly a vast improvement on the sleeve of Smile
Elton John's appearance here is a reminder that the Beach Boys mad a cover of Crocodile Rock.
A few more covers would have been welcome here.After all Brian Wilson's future depends on just how many 60s songs he covers
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer VINE VOICE on 24 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Brian Wilson is often called a genius. This is a difficult one to define but it is without doubt that he with his various compatriots over the years has brought us some of the most enjoyable popular music ever created. He has also created some the most odd and troubled songs. After his renaissance in the late 90s and his subsequent live touring he has shown that his "twilight years" will not see him going for the pipe and slippers quite yet. This album (his first solo effort for 6 years) sees him resurrect some old songs and dish up some new ones too. He has also seen fit to bring in some "guests". One of these is his deceased brother Carl with whom he duets (through the miracle of modern science) with on "Soul Searchin'". This works fine. As does Elton John ("How could we still be dancin'"), Eric Clapton less so on City Blues (solo recorded in another country and patched in), the guitar sounds a little strident and, in places, unnecessary. The one he definitely didn't need was one Paul McCartney. "A friend like you" is a pleasant ditty, the sort that Wilson can carry off quite well in a quaint sort of way, not mawkish, just "pretty". Having McCartney, talented as he obviously is (he was in a popular 60s beat combo, The Beatles apparently) endlessly vocally 'noodling' with the same phrase is just plain irritating. The highlights of the album for me are the title track and "Don't let her know she's an angel", in my opinion classic Wilson songs. All in all, a good and for the most part, very listenable album that should stand repeated playing. As a parting shot, I would say that these recordings stand up much better than the live renditions of some of them that I have seen and heard during the recent touring concerts. 4 out of 5 stars then.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr Mark Robinson on 25 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
With this album Brian Wilson shows why he is revered as producer, arranger of glorious vocal harmonies, and song-writer. The sound is organic, very full, and direct, almost mono-like the way it leaps out of the speakers. But put headphones on and listen to the violin parts, the stacked voices - this record breathes and lives. The record sounds joyful. It starts with an ode to survival (the acapella intro. to 'How can we still be dancing') and ends with humour (the oompah and violin voicings that conclude 'The Waltz', which is actually a humorous song about a middle aged man discovering his romantic fantasy at a reunion dance is the daughter of someone he once held a torch for (his daughter perhaps?). In between these reality-tinged bookends are songs of the sheer joy and imbalance of falling in love (Gettin' in over my head' and 'Don't let her her know') The first sounds as good as 'Pet sounds' but with a different, hopeful rather than melancholic aura, of an older man. The second could be a Bacharach arrangement, listen to the texture of the singing too. 'City Blues' is the rockingest song ever from Brian Wilson, with a searing Eric Clapton solo, listen to the ending, the way the train slows down for the lonely man in the city to take his leave..production genius. There is tremendous variety on this record - the children's songs ('Saturday Morning in the City' and 'Fairy Tale')- work for adults too, at least those who enjoy quirky humour and the cherishing of innocence. Fairy Tale for example could be a children's tale, but think of it as an allegory of a man's life, who lost his way for years and is now emerging from the wilderness with faith intact.Read more ›
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