Beach Boy mastermind Brian Wilson has announced that he is returning to Capitol Records — the label that was home to the Beach Boys’ classic recordings — where he will release his eleventh solo album. Wilson is also producing the untitled album which doesn’t have a current release date.
This album will be Wilson’s first solo release since 2011’s In the Key of Disney. Just last year, of course, Wilson reunited with the Beach Boys, producing the lineup’s first album in twenty years, That’s Why God Made the Radio, which went to #3 on the Billboard album chart. The band also embarked on an extensive 70-city tour. That reunion ended acrimoniously, with Mike Love essentially uninviting Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks from any further touring or participation with the group.
Wilson’s new album is being recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Hollywood, and Wilson has been joined by a number of musical guests including guitar maestro Jeff Beck, Don Was, Jim Keltner, and members of Beck’s touring rhythm section. Members of Wilson’s touring group are also contributing to the recording, and long-time Wilson associate Joe Thomas is also participating in the song arrangements.
Wilson’s new album will be more informed by rock and roll, unlike his past two albums Reimagines Gershwin and In the Key of Disney, which is one of the reasons why Beck is joining Wilson in the studio.
“When I watched Jeff Beck perform ‘Surf’s Up’ to honor me at the MusiCares Person of the Year event in 2005, I knew I had to find a way to work with him,” says Wilson. “He absolutely blew my mind and we’ve been friends ever since. Jeff’s incredible guitar playing is exactly what I want for my new album and I’m also looking forward to performing live with him soon.”
Wilson will be performing some shows this summer with Al Jardine and David Marks.
July 20 – Atlantic City, NY The Grand @ The Golden Nugget
July 21 – Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE—Outdoor Stage
July 23 – Interlochen, MI Kresge Auditorium
July 25 – Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion
July 26 – Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival
July 27 – Apple Valley MINN Weesner Family Amphitheatre
Oct 20 – Los Angeles Greek Theatre
Author: Ryan King
Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.