Brian Wilson’s most recent artistic labor is making its debut this week. The former Beach Boy’s tribute to Ira and George Gershwin — “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin” — hit the market on Tuesday.
Among the tracks re-interpreted by the man who co-wrote “California Girls” is “Rhapsody In Blue.” Wilson has cited “Rhapsody” as his favorite song, adding that his parents played music by the Gershwins in the family home constantly, leaving him awestruck by the melodies as a boy.
Wilson’s “Rhapsody” features the singer’s harmonic vocals. The Gershwin estate also gave the 68-year-old access to unfinished tracks in the Gershwin vaults, two of which Wilson completed for this project.
Other classic Gershwin tracks reworked with the “Wilson-sound” include “Summertime,” “‘S Wonderful,” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin” is available from Disney Pearl now.