While rumors and questions about his potential participation in the looming Beach Boys' 50th anniversary shenanigans continue to swirl, Brian Wilson will release another unusual new album October 25th. "In the Key of Disney" is a collection of re-worked songs made famous in Disney-produced animated films such as "Toy Story" and "Cinderella".
Wilson was the driving force behind The Beach Boys during their commercial heyday. He stopped performing with the group in the early 70's, following years of substance abuse and mental health issues. Often referred to as his magnum opus,"Smile", the planned follow-up to their breakthrough LP "Pet Sounds", was left unfinished for decades while Wilson recovered, only to finally see release as a re-recorded solo album and worldwide tour in 2004.
Since then, he has remained a relatively prolific performer, selling out several high-profile outings in support of recent albums "That Lucky Old Sun" and "Brian Wilson Re-imagines Gershwin". He has also retained his reputation as one of only a handful of true geniuses working in popular music, with now classic Wilson-penned songs like "In my Room" and "Wouldn't it be nice" remaining a strong influence on many current critically-acclaimed rock bands, including The Shins and Arcade Fire.
When asked about the Disney collection, Wilson said:
“I tried to put the Beach Boys style to it, a combination of Beach Boys and Disney. When I listen to it I think to myself, ‘How in the heck did we pull that off?’”
As for rumors of Wilson rejoining his former band-mates for a world tour next year, Wilson was typically blunt:
"I don't really like working with the guys, but it all depends on how we feel and how much money's involved. Money's not the only reason I made records, but it does hold a place in our lives."
Former band-mates Mike Love and Al Jardine are reportedly far more optimistic about the possibility.
The full "In the Key of Disney" track listing:
1. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (Toy Story)
2. “The Bare Necessities” (The Jungle Book)
3. “Baby Mine” (Dumbo)
4. “Kiss the Girl” (The Little Mermaid)
5. “Colors of the Wind” (Pocohontas)
6. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” (The Lion King)
7. “We Belong Together” (Toy Story 3)
8. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” (The Lion King)
9. “Stay Awake” (Mary Poppins)
10. “Heigh-Ho” (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)
11. “When You Wish Upon a Star” (Pinocchio)
12. “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” (Cinderella)