Symphonic Vibrations: Beach Boys tunes getting the orchestral on new album due out in June

Written by on May 10, 2018

Capitol/UMeFollowing in the footsteps of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Aretha Franklin, The Beach Boys will be releasing a new album that updates some of their classic recordings with new orchestral accompaniment.

The Beach Boys with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a 19-track collection featuring symphonically augmented versions of various hits and gems from their back catalog. It hits stores on June 8.

Initially, the album will be available on CD and digitally, with a two-LP vinyl set due out on August 17. As with similar albums by Presley, Orbison and Franklin, the Beach Boys project features fresh arrangements recorded by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios.

“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,” says Brian Wilson. “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.”

Adds Mike Love, “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.”

In advance of The Beach Boys with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra‘s release, an updated version of “Fun Fun Fun” has been made available for purchase as a digital single and via steaming services. You also can listen to the track at the band’s official YouTube channel. In addition, a video about the making of the album has been posted on YouTube.

Here’s the album’s full track list:

“California Suite”
“California Girls”
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
“Fun, Fun, Fun”
“Don’t Worry Baby”
“God Only Knows”
“Sloop John B”
“Heroes and Villains”
“Disney Girls”
“Here Today”
“In My Room”
“Kokomo”
“The Warmth of the Sun”
“Darlin'”
“Help Me, Rhonda”
“You Still Believe in Me”
“Good Vibrations”

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