The Beach Boys Continue 50th Anniversary Celebration With Two New Hits Collections And 12 Remastered Studio Albums To Be Released Worldwide By Capitol/EMI
Legendary Band’s 50th Anniversary Tour Rolls On with International Dates
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, The Beach Boys have performed more than 50 concerts since April and had their highest-ever debut on Billboard‘s albums chart in June with their critically acclaimed new studio release, That’s Why God Made The Radio. The Beach Boys’ 50th Anniversary Tour recently concluded its North American run and is now underway in Europe, and the legendary band is pleased to announce plans for the CD and digital release of two new commemorative hits collections by Capitol/EMI on September 24 th outside of North America and on October 9 th in North America. 12 remastered Beach Boys studio albums will also be released by Capitol/EMI on September 24 th outside of North America and on September 25 th in North America.
The Beach Boys’ new 50th Anniversary Greatest Hits collection features 20 of the band’s most popular songs, including “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations,” “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” “Kokomo,” their latest single “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” and many more.
A deluxe, career-spanning 2CD box and digital collection titled Greatest Hits: 50 Big Ones will also be released, featuring 50 Beach Boys favorites, including two songs from the band’s new album — the title track “That’s Why God Made The Radio” and a new single version of “Isn’t It Time,” which will be serviced to radio in September. The 2CD lift-top box package also includes an expanded booklet with newly written liner notes by Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild and seven postcards.
The 12 Beach Boys studio albums have been digitally remastered by Mark Linett and will be released on CD and digitally, most featuring mono and stereo mixes. The albums are: Surfin’ U.S.A. ; Surfer Girl; Little Deuce Coupe; Shut Down, Volume 2; All Summer Long; The Beach Boys Today!; Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!); Beach Boys Party!; Pet Sounds; Smiley Smile; Sunflower (stereo mix only); and Surf’s Up (stereo mix only). These releases mark the stereo debut of Smiley Smile and Beach Boys Party!, while The Beach Boys Today! and Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) are being released in stereo for the first time in their entirety. The new releases include the first-ever stereo mixes of several key Beach Boys classics, including “Good Vibrations,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” “I Get Around,” and “409,” among others.
On September 18 th, The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles will launch a special Beach Boys 50th Anniversary exhibit with ‘An Evening With The Beach Boys,’ a public event featuring a Q&A and acoustic performance by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks (www.grammymuseum.org).
A career-spanning Beach Boys 50th Anniversary box set is planned for release later this year by Capitol/EMI. Details about the special commemorative release will be announced soon.
Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks have reunited this year for a major, international 50th Anniversary Tour and That’s Why God Made The Radio, the first studio album of new, original Beach Boys songs to feature all of the band’s surviving original members since 1989′s Still Cruisin’. Produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love, the album debuted at #3 on Billboard‘s Albums chart and has been received with great excitement and praise from the world’s leading media outlets and fans old and new. In recent reviews, Rolling Stone hailed the album as “a breezy nostalgia trip” and “deeply touching work,” People magazine praised its “intricately layered, swoon-worthy harmonies,” and the Associated Press said, “The songs harken back to a simpler time when people wore Huarache sandals, polished their surfboards, and raced their hot rods.”
For five decades, America’s first pop band to reach the 50 year milestone has recorded and performed the music that has become the world’s favorite soundtrack to summer. Founded in Hawthorne, California in 1961, The Beach Boys were originally comprised of the three teenaged Wilson brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine. In 1962, neighbor David Marks joined the group for their first wave of hits with Capitol Records, leaving in late 1963, and in 1965, Bruce Johnston joined the band when Brian Wilson retired from touring to focus on writing and producing for the group.
The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin’ Safari, that same year. The album spent 37 weeks on the Billboard chart, launching the young group known for its shimmering vocal harmonies and relaxed California style into international stardom. The Wilson/Love collaboration resulted in many huge international chart hits, and under Brian Wilson’s musical leadership, the band’s initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include other themes, making The Beach Boys America’s preeminent band of the 1960s.
In 1966, The Beach Boys were one of the first bands to found its own record label with the launch of Brother Records, Inc. (BRI), with the band’s members as its shareholders and Capitol Records as its distribution partner. BRI continues to manage The Beach Boys’ intellectual property, including the band’s catalog with Capitol/EMI and other label partners, as well as its name, logos, image and likeness.
The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36). ‘Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys’ has achieved triple-Platinum sales status, and ‘The SMiLE Sessions,’ released to worldwide critical acclaim in November, was heralded as 2011′s #1 Reissue of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys are an American institution that is iconic around the world.
The Beach Boys' new 50th Anniversary Greatest Hits collection features 20 of the band's most popular songs, including "California Girls," "Good Vibrations," "Surfin' U.S.A.," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," "Kokomo," their latest single "That's Why God Made The Radio," and many more.
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A COLLECTION OF CLASSIC SONGS FROM THE DISNEY SONGBOOK, INCLUDING FAVORITES FROM “SNOW WHITE,” “DUMBO,” “THE LION KING” AND MORE
POP LEGEND’S NEW DISNEY PEARL ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE OCT. 25
BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Wouldn’t it be nice if Brian Wilson put his inimitable stamp on the Disney songbook? That’s exactly what the Beach Boys co-founder and musical living legend has done on In the Key of Disney, Wilson’s new Disney Pearl collection of songs from seven decades of Disney films. Featuring hits from early-animated classics such as “Snow White” and “Pinocchio,” up through last year’s “Toy Story 3,” the new album boasts Wilson’s trademark harmonies, lead vocals and brilliant pop arrangements. Brian Wilson’s In the Key of Disney arrives in stores and at online retailers Oct. 25.
In addition to producing the album, Wilson wrote all vocal arrangements and co-wrote arrangements for his band with Paul Von Mertens. Song selection was a careful process for Wilson, who chose from among every era of Disney films, to appeal to kids and adults of all ages. Said Wilson, “Like every kid in America, I grew up loving Disney, especially the animated classics. The songs from those masterpieces were as much a part of my musical education as anything else. So it only made sense that I would want to put my spin on some of those truly great songs.”
Drawing on Wilson’s genius for layered vocal harmonies and crisp pop arrangements, In the Key of Disney is a must for fans of the Beach Boys and Disney music. Songs included on the album are:
- “You’ve Got a Friend In Me,” the Oscar®-nominated hit from “Toy Story,” given a funky New Orleans twist with classic Brian Wilson harmonies.
- “Bare Necessities,” a rousing rendition of the 1967 classic from “The Jungle Book,” re-envisioned in the Tin Pan Alley style that so impacted Wilson as a songwriter.
- “Baby Mine,” the gentle ballad from “Dumbo,” done as a doo-wop lullaby in the fashion of the Beach Boys’ “In My Room.”
- “Kiss the Girl,” one of the unforgettable songs from “The Little Mermaid” punctuated by stunning Brian Wilson harmonies.
- “Colors of the Wind” the signature song from “Pocahontas” and winner of the 1995 Academy Award for Best Original Song, reinterpreted as only Brian Wilson can.
- “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” the Oscar®-winning ballad (composed by Wilson’s friend Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice) from “The Lion King” adorned with Wilson’s flawless choral harmonies.
- “We Belong Together,” Wilson’s sizzling rock ‘n’ roll take on the Oscar®-winning Randy Newman classic from “Toy Story 3.”
- “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” one of the cheeriest tunes from “The Lion King,” made even more fun by Brian Wilson.
- “Stay Awake,” the lullaby from “Mary Poppins,” a surprising choice but revived beautifully with Wilson’s intimate arrangement.
- “Heigh Ho/Whistle While You Work,” the album’s sole instrumental, is a masterful, whimsical medley drawn from “Snow White.”
- “When You Wish Upon a Star” from “Pinocchio,” the album’s closer and arguably the signature song from the Disney pantheon, given new life with Wilson’s lush harmonies.
“These days, I enjoy watching the classic Disney films with my own children and grandchildren,” says Wilson. “It’s fun to watch them discover the magic, both in the stories and characters, as well as in the music. I made this album for them, just as much as for me and for my fans, and I hope everyone enjoys it.”
Brian Wilson is one of the great American composers of the last 100 years. The Southern California native, along with his brothers, a cousin and a friend, formed the Beach Boys while still in their teens. With Wilson as chief songwriter and arranger, the band not only turned out dozens of hits, but changed music forever thanks to Wilson’s innovative melodies and harmonies. Songs like “I Get Around,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” “California Girls,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” and the #1 smash “Good Vibrations” remain indispensable staples in the rock ‘n’ roll canon. The band’s “Pet Sounds” (1966) is regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time.
Wilson continued to make great music after the Beach Boys, with 10 solo albums including his breathtaking “Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE,” which he began recording in the 1960s and finally completed in 2004 to thunderous critical acclaim and Top 20 chart success (as well as earning a Grammy). A member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, a Kennedy Center honoree and recipient of multiple Gold and Platinum records, Wilson has earned his well-deserved pop music immortality. Last year, Wilson made his Disney Pearl debut with Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin, which included his versions of great Gershwin tunes as well as two new songs fashioned from fragments given to Wilson by the Gershwin estate.
Brian Wilson: In the Key of Disney will be available wherever music is sold on Oct. 25. For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, please visit Disney.com/music, become a fan at Facebook.com/disneymusic or follow us at Twitter.com/disneymusic. For more information on Brian Wilson, please visit www.brianwilson.com.
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