Brian Wilson Announces "Playback" Career-Spanning Solo Anthology
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:53:53
Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson has announced that he'll release a new anthology collection covering his nearly-30 year career as a solo artist. The album will be called Playback and it will be released via Rhino on September 22nd.
Across 18 tracks the release will also feature two previously unreleased songs, "Run James Run", which was written specifically for the album, and a track called "Some Sweet Day", which Wilson composed with Andy Paley during an unfinished project from the early 1990's.
Wilson has released nine solo albums across his solo career, and it's from that canon of work that the rest of the collection pulls selections. Opening with "Love and Mercy" the album also features another three tunes from the artist's 1988 self-titled debut album.
Also included on Playback are tracks from two albums released in 2004: Gettin' In Over My Head, and Brian Wilson Presents Smile, two live recordings from Live at the Roxy Theatre. Also included is the song "One Kind Of Love" which Wilson wrote for his 2014 biopic, Love and Mercy — which also featured on No Pier Pressure, his last solo album which was released in 2015.
The album will be available on CD, double LP vinyl and on digital formats. The physical releases will include photos from Wilson's solo career, and a handful of images from the "Run James Run" studio session which happened recently. Famed rock journalists and Rolling Stone writer David Wile has provided liner notes for the collection, while a picture taken by legendary rock photographer Robert Matheu provides the cover.
Along with the release of the album, Brian Wilson will be continuing his world tour in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds, the classic Beach Boys album. Dates will see the artist appearing in Europe and the U.K. through the summer before he heads off on a North American series of shows — starting in Moncton, Canada on September 15th.
For collectors, completists and fans of Wilson it's encouraging to hear that the artist still owns a certain slice of summer.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff