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Making God Smile: A Tribute to Brian Wilson

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Tribute albums fall flat on thier face just shy of 100% of the time. Mainly because the artists covering the group or person either stick close to the origional version, in which case you might as well have not bothered, or because they try to be too quirky with it, and just completely ruin the song. Maybe the biggest problem is that the people who cover artists for tribute cds don’t care about anything but the money, or because the artist was thier idol and try too hard.

Here Silent Planet Records has asked numberous underground folk/indie artists to cover The Beach Boy’s Brian Wilson. Many of the artists who cover the songs are already on Silent Planet Records, however, there are a few notable exceptions. Most widely known of the band list is Sixpence None the Richer. Also, not as well know but equally impressive is guitar master Phil Keaggy. For people familiar with the older Christian alternative scene, the names Randy Stonehill, Aaron Sprinkle, and Terry Scott Taylor should not be foreign.

Even apart from the artists listed above, there is some amazing talent featured on this disc. Only a few songs seem flat and uniteresting. Listening to the cd you get the feeling that the label and the artists care for the music, and many have included a story in the liner notes about that particual artist and the song they cover.

This is a well rounded, warm tribute cd. It should appeal to fans of Brian Wilson and to fans of the artists who perform the covers. Even people who are just folk/singer-songwriter fans will want to check this cd out.


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  • That looks awfully similar to “Smiles, Vibes and Harmony” on De Milo Records (1990) which featured Handsome Dick Manitoba, Sonic Youth and others.

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    mmm… the Sonic Youth…


  • Remember, making teenagers depressed is like shooting fish in a barrel.

  • “Brian Wilson – you ROOL, baby!”

  • There was a pretty good jazz CD a few years ago, based on Wilson’s tunes.

    “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” featuring mainstream pop-jazz guys like Dave Grusin and Larry carlton. If you can get past the softsoap, it was good listening.

  • “Song for Brian” by Cindy Lee Berryhill is on Garage Orchestra.

    Since she recorded the song she actually has met Brian Wilson and has become friends with his wife.

    She also wrote about “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times” as part of the Pet Sounds Project, essays on some of the songs on that album.

    The Don Was documentary on Brian Wilson which is also called “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times” is good.