Brian Wilson Concocts Christmas Vision
Revisiting territory he first covered with the Beach Boys more than four decades ago, Brian Wilson is planning a solo album of seasonal holiday music.Revisiting territory he first covered with the Beach Boys more than four decades ago, Brian Wilson is planning a solo album of seasonal holiday music. Due Oct. 18, "What I Really Want for Christmas" will be the artist's first release through Arista.
The album's title track boasts lyrics by longtime Elton John collaborator Bernie Taupin, while "Christmasey" features words by songwriter Jimmy Webb. Wilson will also update "Little Saint Nick" and "The Man With All the Toys," the opening tracks of 1964's "The Beach Boys' Christmas Album" (Capitol).
Rounding out the disc is a collection of familiar holiday tunes: "Auld Lang Syne," "Deck the Halls," "The First Noel," "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen," "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," "Oh Holy Night" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."
"Christmas has always been a special time for me and my family," Wilson says. "I hope the music means as much to other people as it does to me."
Wilson produced and arranged "What I Really Want for Christmas," which employs many of the same musicians -- Jeffrey Foskett (vocals/lead guitar), Darian Sahanaja (vocals/vibes/keyboards), Probyn Gregory (vocals/guitar/keyboards/horns), Nick Walusko (vocals/guitar), Nelson Bragg (drums), Jim Hines (drums), Bob Lizik (bass), Paul Mertens (flute/saxophones), Scott Bennett (vocals/keyboards/percussion) and Taylor Mills (vocals) -- featured on last year's "Brian Wilson Presents Smile" (Nonesuch), the realization of the "lost" follow-up to the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds."
After wrapping production on the holiday collection, Wilson and his band will head to Europe for a slate of tour dates opening June 22 in London. After that run -- which includes visits to the Glastonbury (June 26), Roskilde (July 3) and Montreux Jazz (July 10) festivals -- a North American tour will open Aug. 9 in Boston and run through Sept. 4 in Los Angeles.