Wilson Selects Beach Boys 'Classics'
Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson has overseen the track selection of a new Beach Boys hits compilation, which EMI will release July 2 in North America. The disc will be highlighted by a new recordinBeach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson has overseen the track selection of a new Beach Boys hits compilation, which EMI will release July 2 in North America. The disc will be highlighted by a new recording of "California Feelin'" -- a "lost" Beach Boys track dating from the '70s that has never been officially released.
"Beach Boys Classics: Selected by Brian Wilson," will include standard Beach Boys hits such as "Surfer Girl," "I Get Around," "Good Vibrations," and "California Girls" alongside lesser-known fan favorites such as "Wonderful," "Busy Doin' Nothin," "Marcella," and "'Til I Die."
The 20-track set covers the Beach Boys' career more broadly than previous compilations, as it includes the group's early string of hits on Capitol. But it also reaches back to the mid-'70s Brother Records period, with cuts from albums such as "Surf's Up" (the title track, "'Til I Die"), "Holland" ("Sail on Sailor"), and "Carl and the Passions/So Tough" ("Marcella"). Also featured is "We're Together Again," an outtake from 1968 whose only previous appearance was on Capitol's 1990 double rerelease of the "Friends" and "20/20" albums.
The primary draw for collectors and fans, however, is sure to be "California Feelin'," which has only been available on bootlegs until now. Lyrics and information about the song are available on some Beach Boys fan Web sites, whose reports suggest that Wilson's late brother and former bandmate Carl Wilson originally sung lead vocals on the track. Brian rerecorded the song for inclusion on "Classics."
The new collection will follow the previously announced June 11 release of "Brian Wilson Presents 'Pet Sounds' Live" (Sanctuary), a live recording of Wilson and his band performing the classic Beach Boys album at London's Royal Festival Hall this past January.
And in related Brian Wilson news, Silent Planet Records has set a July 30 release date for "Making God Smile," a limited edition 2-disc tribute to Wilson's compositions. The set will include 28 covers of Beach Boys and Wilson solo tracks by the likes of Sixpence None The Richer, Phil Madeira, Kate Campbell, and more.
Here is the track list for "Beach Boys Classics: Selected by Brian Wilson":
"The Warmth of the Sun"
"I Get Around"
"Don't Worry Baby"
"Heroes & Villains"
"Busy Doin' Nothin'"
"Time To Get Alone"
"This Whole World"
"In My Room"
"God Only Knows"
"We're Together Again"
"'Til I Die"
"Sail on Sailor"