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The Beach Boys announce new album with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Story by Jack Foley

THE Beach Boys have announced a new album, The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The new collection of songs will be released on June 8, 2018, by Universal/UMC.

The album pairs The Beach Boys’ original vocal performances with new symphonic arrangements, newly recorded by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.

The album is produced by Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, who were at the helm for the hugely successful albums A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Available now for pre-order in digital, CD, and 180-gram 2LP vinyl LP formats (2LP vinyl to be released on August 17), The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra spans decades of timeless Beach Boys hits and favourites across its 17 tracks.

Fun, Fun, Fun is available now for streaming and for immediate download with the digital album pre-order. The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra can be pre-ordered here

Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson commented: “I always knew the vocal arrangements I did back in the 1960s would lend themselves perfectly for a symphony and there is no better one in the world than the Royal Philharmonic. I am both proud and humbled by what they have created using our songs and I hope everyone falls in love with it like I have.”

Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love added: “This album is one of a kind. I think the fact that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has accompanied The Beach Boys with these great arrangements is just a phenomenal thing. It’s a whole other dimension to our music.”

The Beach Boys will also be performing at Hampton Court Palace Festival on June 15 and 16, 2018, which are the band’s only UK concerts on their summer tour this year.

On March 8 and 9, 2018, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra convened in Studio 2 at Universal Music Group’s Abbey Road Studios in London, the storied room where The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and other legendary artists have recorded some of the world’s most cherished music.

There, they recorded new orchestral arrangements to complement The Beach Boys’ classic vocal harmonies from the legendary group’s original recordings. Conducted by Steve Sidwell and Sally Herbert, who also wrote several of the album’s new symphonic arrangements, the orchestra dove into The Beach Boys classics, including the new album’s earliest hit, 1964’s Fun, Fun, Fun, and its most recent hit, 1988’s Kokomo.

The album also features the orchestra’s new turns on the signature classics Good Vibrations, California Girls, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, God Only Knows, Sloop John B, Help Me, Rhonda, In My Room, Disney Girls and several more.

The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra co-producer Nick Patrick said: “I’m a complete and utter fan of The Beach Boys and the way their music makes you feel. The Beach Boys’ music is so multi-layered; you can experience it on so many levels. You’ve got the obvious harmonies, which are amazing.

“But what we found making this record is when you dig down into the arrangements, they’re extraordinary. They’re fresh, new, complex, beautiful and constructed in a completely original way.”

Tracklisting:

  1. California Suite
  2. California Girls
  3. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
  4. Fun, Fun, Fun
  5. Don’t Worry Baby
  6. God Only Knows
  7. Sloop John B
  8. Heroes And Villains
  9. Disney Girls
  10. Here Today
  11. In My Room
  12. Kokomo
  13. The Warmth Of The Sun
  14. Darlin’
  15. Help Me, Rhonda
  16. You Still Believe In Me
  17. Good Vibrations

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