PLAYBACK: THE BRIAN WILSON ANTHOLOGY

Brian Wilson's eponymous solo debut for Sire in 1988 launched an extended period of renewal for the iconic Beach Boys songwriter. Rhino revisits Wilson's solo career with a new 18-song collection that mixes studio and live recordings with two previously unreleased tracks: "Run James Run," a new song Wilson wrote and recorded for this collection, and "Some Sweet Day," an unreleased gem he wrote with Andy Paley in the early 1990s for an unfinished recording project. The album covers more than 30 years of music with selections from nine of Wilson's solo albums and is available on CD and double LP. 


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Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology
2017  |  Rhino Entertainment 

1. Love And Mercy
2. Surf's Up
3. Heroes And Villains                                       
4. Melt Away
5. Let It Shine
6. Some Sweet Day *
7. Rio Grande
8. Cry
9. Lay Down Burden
10. The First Time
11. This Isn't Love
12. Soul Searchin'
13. Gettin' In Over My Head
14. The Like In I Love You
15. Midnight's Another Day
16. Colors Of The Wind
17. One Kind Of Love
18. Run James Run*
* previously unreleased


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"Some Sweet Day"

"Run James Run"


© Photography by ROBERT MATHEU

FROM ROLLING STONE:

Brian Wilson sounds cheerfully lovelorn on "Some Sweet Day," a previously unreleased song that he penned in the 1990s. The track will appear on Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology, a forthcoming compilation focusing on Wilson's solo work, and makes its premiere here.

"Some sweet day you're gonna see that I'm the one for you," Wilson sings. "Right now it's out of my hands," he adds later, "but I don't worry 'cause I got me a plan." The song's arrangement pulls from bubbly Sixties pop, with bright piano, darting brass and a hefty helping of strings.

Wilson penned "Some Sweet Day" with help from Andy Paley. The two have a collaborative relationship stretching back to the Eighties, when Paley worked on Wilson's self-titled 1988 solo debut. Paley also contributed to 1998's Imagination and 2004's Gettin' in Over My Head.

"Brian and I originally wrote 'Some Sweet Day' together in the early Nineties for a movie," Paley told Rolling Stone in a statement. "The idea was that it would be sung by a female in the style of a Sixties girl-group like the Chiffons. It ultimately didn't end up getting recorded with a woman's voice but still I like the recording with Brian singing lead. That's Brian and me and my brother Jonathan singing the background parts. I'm playing one of the pianos, Brian's playing another one. I'm playing drums and guitar Jonathan's playing six-string bass. Brian hired a violinist and Michael Andreas played the woodwind part. It's a track that I've always been very proud of so I'm happy that people are finally able to hear it."

"Brian and I originally wrote 'Some Sweet Day' together in the early Nineties for a movie," Paley told Rolling Stone in a statement. "The idea was that it would be sung by a female in the style of a Sixties girl-group like the Chiffons. It ultimately didn't end up getting recorded with a woman's voice but still I like the recording with Brian singing lead. That's Brian and me and my brother Jonathan singing the background parts. I'm playing one of the pianos, Brian's playing another one. I'm playing drums and guitar Jonathan's playing six-string bass. Brian hired a violinist and Michael Andreas played the woodwind part. It's a track that I've always been very proud of so I'm happy that people are finally able to hear it."