Gettin' In Over My Head

Gettin' In Over My Head

by Brian WilsonBrian Wilson
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Overview

Given Brian Wilson's, shall we say, fragile state, fans tend to await any new material from the onetime pop wunderkind by holding their collective breath. The response to this, Wilson's first studio recording in more than five years, is likely to be a sigh of relief. With the help of an all-star collection of collaborators, the man behind the Beach Boys has crafted a set that lives up to -- and, on songs like the creamy "Desert Drive," conjures up images of -- his daunting back catalog. Unlike some of his earlier solo offerings, Gettin in Over My Head finds Wilson testing the limits of his comfort zone, rocking out with surprising abandon on "City Blues," which is further enlivened by some no-frills soloing by Eric Clapton, and easily segueing back into high school angst mode on the Van Dyke Parks–penned "The Waltz." Some of the collaborations work better than others -- Elton John helps kick "How Could We Still Be Dancin' " into a "Crocodile Rock"–like groove, but Paul McCartney adds little more than a thin coating of cheese to "A Friend like You." The disc's best moments are those where Wilson stands alone, exuding a childlike innocence that imparts genuine poignancy to songs like "Saturday Morning in the City" -- a slice of wistful pop that could've appeared on Sunflower -- and the R&B-styled "Soul Searchin'," which features an archival vocal turn from his late brother, Carl. Don't believe the doubting tenor of that title; for the first time in ages, Brian Wilson sounds like he's standing -- or even dancing -- on solid ground.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2008
Label: Wea Japan
UPC: 4943674052059
catalogNumber: 11886

Tracks

  1. How Could We Still Be Dancin’ @@Elton John
  2. Soul Searchin’ @@Carl Wilson
  3. You’ve Touched Me
  4. Gettin’ in Over My Head
  5. City Blues @@Eric Clapton
  6. Desert Drive
  7. A Friend Like You @@Paul McCartney
  8. Make a Wish
  9. Rainbow Eyes
  10. Saturday Morning in the City
  11. Fairy Tale
  12. Don’t Let Her Know She’s an Angel
  13. The Waltz

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian Wilson   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Elton John   Piano,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Paul McCartney   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Carl Wilson   Vocals
Scott Bennett   Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vibes
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Jim Hines   Percussion
Peter Kent   Violin
Greg Leisz   Guitar
Bob Lizik   Bass,Bass Guitar
Andy Paley   Percussion,Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes   Bass,Bass Guitar
Carol Robbins   Harp
Todd Sucherman   Percussion,Drums
John Thomas   Keyboards
Darian Sahanaja   Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Vibes
Nick Walusko   Guitar
Jeffrey Foskett   Guitar,Background Vocals
Paul Mertens   Clarinet,Flute,Harmonica,Saxophone
Rudy Stein   Cello
Joe Thomas   Keyboards
Probyn Gregory   Guitar,Trombone,Trumpet,French Horn,Keyboards
Sandra Jensen   Violin
Amy Farris   Violin,Viola
Susan Jensen   Violin

Technical Credits

Van Dyke Parks   Composer
Brian Wilson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mark Linett   Engineer
Mark London   Art Direction
Andy Paley   Composer
David Leaf   Liner Notes
Joe Thomas   Composer
Lisa Gray Sall   Marketing Consultant
Steve Kalinich   Composer
Paul Von Mertens   String Arrangements

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