The Beach Boys are teaming up with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to put a symphonic spin on some of their biggest hits. The renowned California native rockers posted an album preview on YouTube on May 9 with an audio version of “Fun, Fun, Fun” which features swelling strings from RPO in the intro. (Listen to the track above). The Beach Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra drops on digital format on June 8 and CDs will be available to purchase on Aug. 15. The album is currently available for pre-order.
Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson has been hailed as a musical genius and innovator throughout his prolific career. His unparalleled arranging, producing and songwriting skills were ground-breaking, and his unique harmonic progressions helped define the Beach Boys sound. In a PR Newswire statement about the RPO collaborative album Wilson said, “I always knew the vocal arrangements I did back in the 1960s would lend themselves perfectly for a symphony and there is no better one in the world than the Royal Philharmonic. I am both proud and humbled by what they have created using our songs and I hope everyone falls in love with it like I have."
Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love branded the album as “one of a kind” and in a trailer for the record, co-producer Don Reedman says, “To be able to make this record, it's a great honor. The feeling you get, listening to the original recordings and the performances, and then to be able to put our expression into their recordings through our arrangements and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is an absolute thrill." (Watch the album trailer below).
The Beach Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a 17-track album that boasts a wide array of Beach Boys hits including “Don’t Worry Baby,” “God Only Knows,” “Kokomo,” “California Girls” and more. The Beach Boys’ career has spanned more than five decades and they are hailed as one of the most commercially-successful bands of all time. They have produced eighty charting singles, with a record number of 36 of them hitting the U.S. Top 40. They have also sold more than 100 million records worldwide and are one of the biggest-selling bands of all time.
The UK-based, internationally-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has been performing for over seven decades. Ian MacLay currently serves as RPO’s managing director. The orchestra has also collaborated on previous projects with Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and Aretha Franklin.
The Beach Boys’ 1966 album Pet Sounds has been one of the best albums of all time for its advanced and complex musicality. It is preserved in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Brian Wilson is currently touring to celebrate and perform the Pet Sounds tracks on the Pet Sounds – The Final Performances tour, which includes a stop at the Xcite Center at Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA on Nov. 3. (Click here to purchase tickets from AXS). The Beach Boys are also touring this year and will stop at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California on Sept. 16 (click here to purchase tickets from AXS).