Pet Projects: The Brian Wilson Productions, one of Ace's first releases in their much-admired Producers series.
Wilson now joins such greats as Randy Newman, Laura Nyro, Goffin & King, Dan Penn, Bacharach & David, Jackie DeShannon and Serge Gainsbourg in their equally high profile Songwriters series.
The collection opens with 'Do You Have Any Regrets?' by Darian Sahanaja of the Wondermints, a rare composition from Wilson's unissued Sweet Insanity album of the early 90s.
While Wilson's version was a rather frantic latin-styled piece, Sahanaja's recording is an homage to the 1965-era Beach Boys.
Along with collectable tracks by Johnny Wells, Basil Swift, the Castells, Joey & the Continentals, Keith Green and Peggy March, Sahanaja's luxuriant cover makes its legit CD debut here.
Other highlights include heavenly versions of songs from the Beach Boys' masterpiece Pet Sounds by Kirsty MacColl, Carmen McRae, Nick DeCaro, Betty Everett, Bobby Vee and Louis Philippe.
Those who own a copy of Kirsty MacColl's harmony-drenched 'You Still Believe In Me' single might have noticed a message etched into the run-off groove: God Bless Brian, an emotion seconded by all lovers of great music. Compilation and notes by Kingsley Abbott, Mick Patrick and Harvey Williams.Track listing:
|1. Do You Have Any Regrets? - Darian|
|2. Here Today - Bobby Vee|
|3. Guess I'm Dumb - Johnny Wells|
|4. Don't Worry Baby - The Tokens|
|5. Farmer's Daughter - Basil Swift & The Seagrams|
|6. Help Me Rhonda - Bruce & Terry|
|7. I Do - The Castells|
|8. The New Girl In School - Jan & Dean|
|9. Time To Get Alone - Redwood|
|10. Don't Hurt My Little Sister - The Surfaris|
|11. My Buddy Seat - The Hondells|
|12. Move Out, Little Mustang - Rally-Packs|
|13. She Rides With Me - Joey & The Continentals|
|14. The Girl From New York City - Tony Rivers & The Castaways|
|15. Surf City - The Tymes|
|16. My First Love - The Super Stocks|
|17. Things Are Changing - Jay & The Americans|
|18. Girl Don't Tell Me - Keith Green|
|19. Aren't You Glad - Peggy March|
|20. God Only Knows - Betty Everett|
|21. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - Carmen Mcrae|
|22. Good Vibrations - Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus|
|23. Caroline, No - Nick Decaro|
|24. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times - Louis Philippe With Dean Brodrick|
|25. You Still Believe In Me - Kirsty MacColl|