Do It Again! The Songs Of Brian Wilson Various Artists (Songwriter Series)


Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDTOP 1619

Of the great American songwriters who emerged from the revolutionary 60s, none more than Brian Wilson carried such precocious talent for transcending the era’s pop music tropes with heart-melting melodies, soaring harmonies and idiosyncratic musical settings. “Here Today! The Songs Of Brian Wilson” (CDCHD 1445) was one of Ace’s best-selling releases of 2015. This follow up set reveals again how Brian’s words and music were so strong they made for perfect cover versions.

Compiled by Mick Patrick and packaged with a 28-page booklet crammed with a 9,000-word essay by Kris Needs, the collection comprises songs that span 1963’s ‘The Lonely Sea’ from the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ USA” LP and ‘Love And Mercy’ from Brian’s eponymous solo album of 1988, performed by artists ranging from wholesome 60s duos Bruce & Terry and Jan & Dean through to latter-day indie bands such as the Pearlfishers, the Fiction Aisle and Epicycle. Lest we forget, Brian’s co-writers on the featured songs include his frequent collaborators Mike Love, Van Dyke Parks and Gary Usher.

Among the many highlights are power pop stalwarts the Rubinoos’ epic chamber chorale rendition of ‘Heroes And Villains’, Lisa Loeb’s subtly impassioned interpretation of ‘In My Room’, self-confessed Beach Boys super-fan Sean Macreavy’s version of ‘Let’s Go Away For A While’ from his “Dumb Angel” album, jazzy song stylist Samantha Sidley’s smoky reading of ‘Busy Doing Nothing’ and a recording of ‘Do It Again’ by Wall Of Voodoo that Brian liked so much he agreed to appear in the promo video.


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Do It Again - Wall Of Voodoo

  • 02 Preview Heroes And Villains - The Rubinoos

  • 03 Preview It's OK - Celebration

  • 04 Preview Vegetables - Jan & Dean

  • 05 Preview Hawaii - Bruce & Terry

  • 06 Preview Wake The World - Epicycle

  • 07 Preview I Wanna Pick You Up - Darian Sahanaja

  • 08 Preview In My Room - Lisa Loeb

  • 09 Preview A Day In The Life Of A Tree - The Fiction Aisle

  • 10 Preview The Warmth Of The Sun - Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs

  • 11 Preview Let's Go Away For A While - Sean Macreavy

  • 12 Preview Love And Mercy - Libera

  • 13 Preview The Farmer's Daughter - Fleetwood Mac

  • 14 Preview Busy Doing Nothing - Samantha Sidley

  • 15 Preview Please Let Me Wonder - The King's Singers

  • 16 Preview Let Him Run Wild - Papa Doo Run Run

  • 17 Preview The Lonely Sea - Steve Almaas & Ali Smith

  • 18 Preview Little Pad - Louis Philippe

  • 19 Preview Let's Put Our Hearts Together - The Pearlfishers

  • 20 Preview All I Wanna Do - June & The Exit Wounds

  • 21 Preview Deirdre - Bruce Johnston

  • 22 Preview Darlin' - Persuasions

  • 23 Preview Sail On Sailor - KGB

  • 24 Preview Hang On To Your Ego - Frank Black

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Press quotes


Wow, what a great compilation of Brian Wilson songs!  You got my attention right off the bat with this really cool industrial 80’s version of “Do It Again” by Wall of Voodoo and of course, who can’t like the beautiful vocal harmonies of the Bay Area’s Rubinoos on “Heroes and Villains.” I really like Fleetwood Mac’s laidback rendition of “Farmer’s Daughter” too and “The Lonely Sea” by Steve Almaas and Ali Smith, is very moving like the original, which I sang on in 1963! But my favorite song in this entire collection is Darian Sahanaja’s Pet Soundsy version of “I Wanna Pick You Up” from our Love You album. I don’t think I ever paid that much attention to the seemingly-innocent lyrics Brian wrote when Dennis sang them but Darian gives the song a whole new life and the ‘pat pat pat her on her butt’ sequence along with the SMiLE-like ending are exquisitely psychedelicate.  Excellent job Ace, I really enjoyed listening to Do It Again!

Al Jardine
Original founding member of The Beach Boys

Thank you Ace Records for reading my mind and releasing a second volume of Brian Wilson songs covered by other artists because the first edition has never really left my CD player! Sandwiched in between two of my favorite alternative rock acts, Wall of Voodoo and The Pixies’ Frank Black, who both deliver edgy and somewhat-quirky versions of The Beach Boys’ classic “Do It Again” and the relatively obscure (unless you’re a SMiLE fanatic!) “Hang On To Your Ego” respectively, are twenty-two gems of covers by a wide array of different artists from five decades! The Rubinoos deliver a beautiful vocal on “Heroes and Villains” with very creative backing vocals and Mike Love’s Celebration, Jan & Dean and Bruce & Terry all do justice to different Beach Boys classics. Darian Sahanaja’s unique take on the obscure “I Wanna Pick You Up” is definitely a highlight of the album with its mix of Pet Sounds and SMiLE production while Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs give us a very emotional version of “The Warmth Of The Sun” very reminiscent of the original. Sean Macreavy then does the unthinkable by adding original lyrics and vocals to the instrumental “Let’s Go Away For A While” that actually work. I really like Fleetwood Mac’s relaxed version of “Farmer’s Daughter” and The King’s Singers “Please let Me Wonder” is very joyful sounding. Having always been a fan of Papa Doo Run Run’s Beach Boys covers, they can do no wrong with their version of  “Let Him Run Wild” while Steve Almaas and Ali Smith’s “The Lonely Sea” is a touching version of one of my all-time favorite Brian Wilson/Gary Usher compositions. Louis Philippe then takes us on a nice little trip to Hawaii with “Little Pad” and June & The Exit Wounds’ “All I Wanna Do” sounds like it could actually be on Sunflower! The Persuasion’s version of “Darlin’” reminds me of The Spinners while KGB’s “Sail On Sailor” with its new lyrics is just as soulful as the original sung by Blondie Chaplin. All in all, Do It Again! with its very-informative liner notes (thanks Kris Needs!) is a great collection of Brian Wilson covers and without any hesitation, I am requesting a volume three from Ace Records!         

Digital Media Manager

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