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Various ‎– Making God Smile (An Artists' Tribute To The Songs Of Beach Boy Brian Wilson) (*NEW-CD) Kevin Max, DA, Sixpence, Stonehill+

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Various ‎– Making God Smile (An Artists' Tribute To The Songs Of Beach Boy Brian Wilson) (*NEW-CD) Kevin Max, DA, Sixpence, Stonehill+

CUSTOMER REVIEW
A project like Making God Smile wherein a wide variety of artists undertake covers of an outstanding artist's material is risky. There is plenty of room for people taking something we are used to hearing a certain way and butchering it in the name of noveau creativity. Happily, Making God Smile does just the opposite. What you have in this collection is a fresh take on a wonderful (and sometimes surprising) collection of Brian Wilson tunes -- both solo and Beach Boy era stuff. Some is fairly close to the original prototype, such as Phil Keaggy's take on "Good Vibrations" while others have taken tremendous liberities with the material (for example, a "Help Me, Rhonda" that swells with angst underneath a slightly techno sound). There is a straight-ahead country/folk reading of "Put Some Music in Your Day" and a fun version of "My Favorite Vegetables" by the former frontman for Daniel Amos. But the real stunner that (in my humble opinion) actually outdoes the original is Rick Altizer's take on "Surf's Up" that updates the sound of the classic version on SMiLE nicely while speeding up just a tad so as to make it even more compelling.

If you are a Brian / Beach Boys fan, you will want a copy of MGS for your collection. It gives respect to the original artist in the best kind of way and will cause you to hear familiar favorites and a few lesser-known gems in a whole new way.

Tracklist
1 –Tom Prasada-Rao & Amilia K Spicer* Your Imagination 5:04
2 –Sixpence None The Richer Good Vibrations 4:08
3 –Phil Keaggy I Just Wasn't Made For These Times 3:02
4 –Aaron Sprinkle I Know There's An Answer / Hang On To Your Ego 3:16
5 –Randy Stonehill Love And Mercy 3:34
6 –Kevin Max & Jimmy A* Help Me Rhonda 4:55
7 –Phil Madeira Heroes And Villains 5:01
8 –Kate Campbell Add Some Music To Your Day 3:54
9 –Doug Powell 'Til I Die 3:24
10 –Jason Harrod In My Room 3:52
11 –Dolour This Whole World 1:53
12 –Terry Scott Taylor* Vegetables 2:00
13 –Derrick Harris Don't Worry Baby 3:36
14 –Jan Krist Wouldn't It Be Nice 3:04
15 –Brooks Williams (2) Pet Sounds 5:02
16 –Jane Kelly Williams Lay Down Burden 4:24
17 –Rick Altizer Surf's Up 4:05