Brian Wilson sings Gershwin

In an unprecedented meeting of two legendary songwriters, Brian Wilson has recorded a 12-track album of classic songs by George Gershwin, titled Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin.

But it’s no ordinary collection of cover versions. Two of the tracks are rare, unfinished Gershwin songs from the 1920s which the Gershwin Estate allowed Brian Wilson to complete.

The ‘new’ songs – ‘The Like in I Love You’ and ‘Nothing But Love’ – have made history by effectively becoming unique Gershwin-Wilson collaborations … separated by 70 years!

The songs are featured on the album alongside Wilson’s Beach Boys-style vocal arrangements of standards like ‘Summertime’, ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’, ‘I’ve Got Rhythm’ and ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’. Also included is an outstanding a capella version of Gershwin’s 1924 orchestral piece ‘Rhapsody in Blue’.

The genius behind Pet Sounds says the new album is the “most spiritual” project he has ever worked on. “Along with Irving Berlin, Gershwin basically invented the popular song,” said Wilson. “But he did something more. He had a gift for melody that nobody has ever equalled, yet his music is timeless and always accessible.”

Last year, the Gershwin estate gave Wilson access to more than 100 unfinished or obscure songs and unpublished melodies left by George Gershwin when he died in 1937. Wilson narrowed these fragments down to two favourites, then created new songs blending the Wilson and Gershwin styles.

‘The Like in I Love You’ is drawn from ‘Will You Remember Me?’, a song Gershwin composed in 1924 for the musical Lady, Be Good! which never made it into the show. ‘Nothing But Love’ is based on ‘Say My Say’, a 1929 song fragment which the Gershwin brothers never fully completed.

“In every generation, music has been pushed forward by visionaries, from the Gershwin brothers to Brian Wilson,” said George Gershwin’s great-nephew Todd Gershwin. “This latest interpretation is a new opportunity to discover the magic of Gershwin music.”

Track Listing:

01 Rhapsody in Blue /Intro
02 The Like in I Love You
03 Summertime
04 I Loves You Porgy
05 I Got Plenty of Nothin’
06 It Ain’t Necessarily So
07 ‘S Wonderful
08 They Can’t Take That Away from Me
09 Our Love Is Here to Stay
10 I’ve Got a Crush on You
11 I’ve Got Rhythm
12 Someone to Watch Over Me
13 Nothing But Love
14 Rhapsody in Blue/Reprise

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