I absolutely LOVE this album from beginning to end, although admittedly I was somewhat apprehensive just thinking about what the music of George Gerswhin (so identifiable as iconic classics of late 20s and 30s) might sound like with the vocals and musical stylings of Brian Wlison. But from the heavenly harmony of the Rhapsody in Blue intro on the album, I could not help but smile and feel transported to a time when I would drive up the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible listening to classic Beach Boys music. First, it is SO wonderful to once again hear the pure, strong voice of Brian Wilson singing. And his new adaptions 'reimaginings' of Gershwin's music is a tribute to the legendary composier yet also conveys the creativity and vocal genius of Brian Wilson. If you are expecting to hear Wilson sing the same arrangements that have been done for almost 80 years, think again. Remember, this is Brian Wilson, the man the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hails as "One of the few undisputed...
BRIAN WISLON IS ONE OF THE GREAT COMPOSERS OF THIS CENTURY, AFER COMING BACK FROM A EMOTIONAL ILLINESS WHICH TOOK HIM OUT OF THE BEACHBOYS. .YOU ARE TREATED TO THE SOUNDS AN HAROMEY , MIXING THE TRACKS LIKE NO ONE CAN .TO CREATE THE SUPER PEICE OF GREAT MUSIC THAT YOU HEAR ON "RIEMAGINES GERSHWIN" WHAT A FASTASTIC TIME FOR US ALL, TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY ONE OF THE GREATS BY A MODERN COMPOSERS.. THANK YOU BRIAN WILSON THE MAN DOES GREFHWINS IN HIS UPDATE THE IS WONDERFUL. SUPER REWRITTEN THIS THE TOP FOR ME. THANK YOU BRIAN FOR ALL YOUR HARD LOVING WORK ON THIS MUSIC . IT WILL LEAVE A GREAT IMROVE OF NOT ONLY YOURSELF BUT OF GERSHWIN. THANK YOU FOR YOU HARD WORK. T. REED FORM OLD JAZZ PIANO PLAYER OF 69YRS T,REED
It's fascinating that the majority of reviews for this album are five stars or one star. Because it is probably neither. A five-star album should be perfect, and this album is not. But it is an immensely enjoyable, satisfying, and often inspiring production and performance by Brian Wilson and his band, with no small amount of its success due to the Gershwin brothers' incredible talents.
It seems as if somebody giving this album a one-star rating must have a private agenda, because there is simply no way it is a failure in any respect. Brian's voice is incredibly strong throughout most of the tracks, although it's not always perfect. You can hear a few slurs and intonation problems, but let me hear you sing when you're his age. Many of the vocals are near-flawless, and if you compare them with some of his recent work, this is a major improvement. I simply can't explain anybody hating this album or faulting Brian's vocals. If you want to nitpick, he didn't even sing...
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