by Robert Wilkinson
My birthday post on Brian Wilson led me on a path to find something by this genius I had never seen, but is astonishing as one of the truly great compositions and arrangements of the 20th century. If you're into non-mainstream great music, this one is worth 7 minutes of your time.
The story of Brian sinking into disability in the late 60s is legend. He broke under the stress of creating "SMiLE," a work that would have eclipsed anything done in pop music before then. It was unfinished for decades, with only a few stripped down tunes from that masterwork released for public enjoyment.
I found his amazing live performance of one of the pieces from SMiLE, "Heroes and Villains," originally released by the Beach Boys way back when. That pop release was a pale version of the finished work, and as I noted in the recent article, "... as a punctuation point for those who think Brian is somehow not one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, check this out. It's the original concept for "Heroes and Villains" as only Brian could perform and arrange it. It's the maestro at his best, and breathtaking in its elaborate orchestration and production, all courtesy of our birthday boy. For your admiration and appreciation, the original arrangement of "Heroes and Villains." Simply spectacular!!!"
If you want a transcendent experience, this is an astonishing piece. If you didn't view this in the recent article, you may want to do so now. Brian really is one of the great composers of all time!!
© Copyright 2012 Robert Wilkinson
ps - I have a link to the entire performance of "SMiLE" at the end of the recent birthday article, so if you want more, by all means check it out.....