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Ang Jones

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https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/beach-boys-royal-philharmonic-preview-joint-lp-with-fun-fun-fun-w519994
Sorry if I'm duplicating a post!

I'm never sure about stuff like this and we don't get much of it here. Editing to point out I mean that you don't get to hear much of the music! 
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https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/beach-boys-royal-philharmonic-preview-joint-lp-with-fun-fun-fun-w519994
Sorry if I'm duplicating a post!

I'm never sure about stuff like this and we don't get much of it here.

Ang:  Thank You!  I had not seen this yet – it’s wonderful!  Though I always think “How can anyone improve upon the originals?!?” … this offers much of the original, with their own “orchestral spike” so to speak.  And, wow, can’t you just feel the producer’s excitement!?!  I don't mean to alter your post, but I want to bring even further attention to this clip within the story you shared, Ang – because the quotes below have to be seen and heard even more than read:

Nick Patrick:

“What we found, making this record, when you dig down into the arrangements, they’re extraordinary, they’re fresh, they’re new, they’re complex, they’re BEAUTIFUL, and constructed in a completely original way.”

Don Reedman:

All those Beach Boys fans -and new as well as older ones..we just want to make them happy – give them plenty of good vibrations.


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Thanks for improving upon the post Doug. I should have quoted something from it - I'd checked several parts of the site and felt I had probably missed a previous post about it!

There is a limited edition version available too in orange I believe as well as a vinyl version. Apparently possible to hear Fun Fun Fun on Spotify.
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Oh no what a bad idea.
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Thanks, Ang, I saw this on SS first, but am happy you posted it here. And better to post twice than not at all and miss something good.
I've been on the fence on this most of the day. I was caught up the first time I played it so it began to repeat before I got to it again. After the first shock wore off I noticed my aural response began to normalize. I did find my ears searching for the original music in the mix. It is hard to tell, as I'm not listening on quality equipment, but the higher range and especially falsetto seem suppressed. Just me or my speakers?
The other thing is I am spoiled by having heard Brian and band with the Boston Pops. That was an arrangement far superior. I so hope someday a tape may emerge. Ironically, Brian would have been with the Nashville Symphony tonight.
I remember first hearing the Hollyridge Strings being played before Brian's concerts. It was strange at first to hear such an aggressively MOR treatment of the music I was expecting to see, but over time it kind of grew on me. I guess I began to see it for what it was. It certainly wasn't a bad thing. The originals, especially live with Brian's band are the absolute best. But while you're waiting a little Hollyridge Strings can be a good thing.
This arrangement is a little too simplistic for me. I'm struggling to accept the juxtaposition of the vocals against the musical accompaniment. I like the symphonic boost much more when it's an actual integrated whole. Like in Boston. I actually think the Hollyridge Strings are better because of that, but I do hold out the possibility the Royal Philharmonic sound may grow on me.

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Remember when Van Dyke arranged an orchestra before the 2000 Pet Sounds tour?  It was wonderful.

Here is this track listing >

The full track listing is:

1. California Suite   

2. California Girls   

3. Wouldn’t It Be Nice          

4. Fun, Fun, Fun      

5. Don’t Worry Baby             

6. God Only Knows

7. Sloop John B       

8. Heroes And Villains          

9. Disney Girls         

10. Here Today         

11. In My Room        

12. Kokomo

13. The Warmth Of The Sun      

14. Darlin’   

15. Help Me, Rhonda

16. You Still Believe In Me     

17. Good Vibrations


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I haven't heard anything other than the bit in the above link and the thing that surprises me and yet doesn't is that it doesn't sound amazingly different. It really emphasises how Brian's arrangements went way beyond a lot of pop music of the time.

I saw the Smiley Smile posts after I'd got the link from a Google alert. Some interesting opinions on Smiley Smile. Some seem to regret it isn't more adventurous. I wish they'd included something of Dennis's. His songs suit an orchestral version. Cuddle Up, for example, would have been a great addition. 
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Thanks Ang!

This is such a positive project. It will expose so many more people to the beauty of this music! Brian and company must be so flattered...[smile] Can't wait to hear it! Thank you for posting!

Sincerely,

Kaycee
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.... Apparently possible to hear Fun Fun Fun on Spotify.

It is on Spotify. They've added a lively 10-second introduction from the string section, and more strings to the song's original guitar introduction. After those first 30 seconds, to my ears, the strings are only really noticeable during the "And she'll have fun, fun, fun..." sections. 

Was "Fun, Fun, Fun" in need of strings? I don't think so. Maybe they chose "Fun, Fun, Fun" as the first release because it's a fun song. I hope the original recordings with orchestral accompaniment add up to something more interesting on the other tracks.

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I haven't heard it yet, just watched the video (thanks Ang!). I like it but don't know if I'll love it. I do enjoy the novelty of hearing the Hollyridge Strings versions before Brian's concerts (thanks Deb#1 -I never knew that's who it was!). I always get a kick of hearing the 'elevator' version of Brian's music before the show. But I'm not sure if I'd listen to a philharmonic album more than once, I think my heart would want the original music. But I am very curious to hear it. It is a wonderful tribute to the Brian and the boys, and I'm sure they are flattered. 
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I'm interested to see how GOK is treated.
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The little bit of GOK you hear in the above clip sounds promising.
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It's an orchestra playing on top of the records...I dunno about this..lol.
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Ang, yes. I did not stick with the video to the end. That is a few seconds, but interesting.
Al, I looked up the VDP you mentioned. I had never heard it before. Wow! Those concerts sound like they were great. 🌟



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