Thursday, June 14, 2018

Weekly Rec: The Beach Boys with The Royal Philharmonic

Does your summer - and this WEEK, God - need a blast of PURE JOY? Go listen to this new album, which has Beach Boys songs with new orchestral backing tracks by the Royal Philharmonic. It's such an interesting exercise - especially because they didn't replace the original instruments, as I'd feared, but rather layered in the orchestra behind them, so these versions of the songs are incredibly rich and lush. Some of them work better than others (and a few of the songs I'm sure I've never heard before - "Disney Girls"???) but as a whole it's a delightful listening experience. "Here Today" and "Fun, Fun, Fun" are particularly great. You can get the album from Amazon or listen on Spotify (also embedded below). Enjoy!

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