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sweeper

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Coming soon: The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
 

The Beach Boys are pleased to announce their new album, The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Coming June 8, fans will be able to experience the band's classic vocal harmonies paired up with new orchestral arrangements by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded at the historic Abbey Road Studios in London.

Available now for pre-order in digital, CD, and 180-gram 2LP vinyl formats (vinyl will be released on August 17), the album includes 17 tracks, with some of the group's most popular hits, like "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," "Good Vibrations," and "California Girls," among others.
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Has anybody an opinion on this?

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Actually sounds pretty good. Liked it A LOT more than that Hollyridge Strings album from a few seasons back.

Does the photo on the front remind anyone else of the group portrait painting on the original FRIENDS album release from 1968?
The poses are largely similar and to me clear up a minor mystery from that era. Which is WHY are some members so instantly recognizable while others have to be identified by eliminating the knowns? With the photo side-by-side to the portraiture, I can see how the “unknowns” gained fuzziness.

Never really heard of any discussion pertaining to the identity of the original artist.
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What's the difference between this and Symphonic Sounds?
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Has anybody an opinion on this?



I think I'll be skipping this.   After listening to Fun Fun Fun, the idea of simply added some orchestration to the original BB hits doesn't do anything for me.  

If Brian decides to release one of the PS shows that is set to feature an orchestra as a live album, I'll check that out.  
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bsten
- none of us know what it'll sound like, exactly,
but, 'difference', yes, there's a difference.
same excellent orchestra, but with class.
no guest voices, no a baker caterwauling,
let's hope it's a worthwhile exercise grafting old bb vocal tracks
and some instruments
onto refreshingly new orchestral arrangements.
the snippets sound far superior to the pervious(*) attempt.
new and not the wallpaper orchestrations used on most of the 'orchestral' lp
behind flaccid vocals.
i so much wanted alcivar's 'water planet suite' to measure up to its potential.
but, it wimpered out.
fingers crossed this'll be a bit of a late in the day triumph.
whether it'll warrant a rereunion is another matter
(and if so, let it not be merely a one off
in front of a sunday afternoon glastonbury crowd
who'll be there out of curiosity but not allegiance
- that does sound too  much llke ml wanna-be-big bullshit).

* oops! a typo
- but, come to think of it,
it's apt to leave as is...

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I'm interested to hear.  They did a great "The Wonder of You" with Elvis.
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Fun Fun Fun played on BBC Radio 2,  Steve Wrights show this afternoon.....didnt do it for me just sounded like unnecessary strings bolted on top. Really sounded a little naf, even Steve Wright commented that he wasn't sure about it, and I never found him to be a great Beach Boys fan anyway.
Seems such a shame they felt it necessary to mess with this legacy of tracks.
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Fun Fun Fun played on BBC Radio 2,  Steve Wrights show this afternoon.....didnt do it for me just sounded like unnecessary strings bolted on top. Really sounded a little naf, even Steve Wright commented that he wasn't sure about it, and I never found him to be a great Beach Boys fan anyway.
Seems such a shame they felt it necessary to mess with this legacy of tracks.


This feels so much like a cash grab to me.   The label wanted a BB product on the shelves for summer, and you can only repackage the hits so many times, so here's this.  

I'd have much preferred another archive release like Sunshine Tomorrow.  
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KDS, I agree. The addition of strings to the original tracks sounds jarring to my ears. I listen to the original music which I know all so well, and the strings are a distraction. I prefer the Hollyridge Strings and Bruce's symphonic sounds album If I want mellow BB's sounds.
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Just heard on Spotify what they've done to Good Vibrations. Bit of an abomination to be honest.

I can't help thinking of alternative titles for this album. What about 'The Royal Philharmonic Gilds the Beach Boys Lily'?

Still, if the frankly avaricious management of the Beach Boys' catalogue also results in terrific archive releases like last year's Sunshine Tomorrows, then I'm certainly willing to live with (though not necessarily listen to) shameless fundraisers like this thing.
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catchy.
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Thank goodness I ceased to be a 'completist' back when Crapitol released 'Best of the Beach Boys, volume 2'.  Why would I buy more of what I already owned?  I made THAT mistake with Volume 1.  [I had this great new album called Pet Sounds and then turned on my heal and walked backwards with that mistake.]  It wouldn't happen again.  [at least not 'til the band, themselves, walked backwards with 15 Big Ones.] 

And now?  Why would I add to my collection with something originally wonderful that's been fouled with?  Doesn't anybody think that IF Brian wanted his audio miracles to sound like 'this' he would have recorded and released them in this fashion?  But no...he didn't...so he didn't...and I won't support the 'project'.

I already have the Hollyridge Strings BBs lp.  I even bought that symphonic schmaltz parade Bruce organized.  But this?  What next?  The Beach Boys accompanied, in retrospect, by 200 Tubas?  Unreleased material?  Yes please.  Re-imagined 'genius' as seen through the ears of questionable talent?  Not on your life.
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Radio 2 Steve Wright just had interview with Mike Love etc re: new Album.  (14/05/18 15:45hrs appro).  Missed interview on BBC Breakfast couple of days ago, not on iplayer usually.

Not been on this site for along time, missed the banter and music.
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the album and the bb hampton court gigs mentioned on
bbc radio 6 music radcliffe & maconie  show this afternoon,
playing a bit of an interview (not the steve wright one)
and commenting in their inimitable style.
album producer: '...exquisite... 
not about what the orchestra are doing, it's how it likes the vocals...'
bruce johnston (nicely tongue in cheek):
'...i'm shocked...
...i  guess i should've asked for more money.'
mike love: '...some people misunderstand the lyric or the title...
...california is a microcosm of the usa which is a microcosm of the world
...i was trying to be inclusive...'
cut to the studio and the presenters react:
stuart maconie:
'... it must be the most easily understood record ever, mike...
...oh, mike, dear old, dear old mike!'

find it here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b53cfn#play
37:44 - 40:00
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