CD Making God Smile (CD 6671986), Audio Other
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Making God Smile

  • 1. Your Imagination - Amilia K. Spicer/Tom Prasada-Rao
    2. Good Vibrations - Phil Keaggy
    3. I Just Wasn't Made for These Times - Sixpence None the Richer
    4. I Know There's an Answer/Hang on to Your Ego - Aaron Sprinkle
    5. Love and Mercy - Randy Stonehill/Terry Scott Taylor
    6. Help Me, Rhonda - Jimmy A./Kevin Max
    7. Heroes and Villains - Phil Madeira
    8. Add Some Music to Your Day - Kate Campbell
    9. 'Til I Die - Doug Powell
    10. In My Room - Jason Harrod
    11. This Whole World - Dolour
    12. Vegetables - Terry Scott Taylor
    13. Don't Worry Baby - Derrick Harris
    14. Wouldn't It Be Nice - Jan Krist
    15. Pet Sounds - Brooks Williams
    16. Lay Down Burden - Jane Kelly Williams
    17. Surf's Up - Rick Altizer
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SPR 0904

  • Credits
    ProducerD. Baker; Jim Bizer; Dave Richards; Doug Powell; Alan Finkbeiner; Jan Krist; Robert Watson; Aaron Sprinkle; Kevin Max; Rick Altizer; Rob Burrell; Walt Aldridge; Brooks Williams
    EngineerDave Richards; Total Planet Refreshment; Wade Baynham; Aaron Sprinkle; Jordan Richter; Mark Thayer; Phil Keaggy; Phil Madeira; Rob Burrell; Walt Aldridge

    MAKING GOD SMILE is a celebration of Brian Wilson's 60th birthday and acknowledgement of his lifetime work.
    Includes liner notes by Steve West.
    Personnel: Tom Prasada-Rao (vocals, guitar, sitar, percussion); Aaron Sprinkle (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion, programming, loops); Phil Keaggy (vocals, guitar, keyboards, sound effects); Jason Harrod, Kate Campbell (vocals, guitar); Dolour (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, organ, background vocals); Jane Kelly Williams (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Wurlitzer organ); Jim Bizer (vocals, acoustic guitar); Kevin Max (vocals, keyboards, programming); Amilia K. Spicer (vocals, keyboards); Gene Miller, Jan Krist, Leigh Nash, Randy Stonehill, Rick Altizer (vocals); Jimi Zhivago (guitar, classical guitar); Walt Aldridge (guitar, mandolin, background vocals); Jimmy A. (guitar, background vocals); Erick Cole (guitar); Brooks Williams (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, loops); Matt Slocum (12-string guitar, cello); Robert Watson (keyboards, background vocals); Wade Baynham (keyboards); Dave Richards (electric bass); Dale Baker (drums, cymbals, timpani, chimes); Dougie Yowells, Ken Lewis (drums, percussion); Larry Babb, Rob Mitchell, Alan Finkbeiner, Jon E. Rock, Dennis Holt (drums); Mickey Buckins, Steve Hindalong (percussion); Scott Lenox (programming); Jason Holstrom (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Jim Bizer; Dave Richards ; Total Planet Refreshment; Wade Baynham; Alan Finkbeiner; Rob Paustian; Scott Lenox; Jan Krist; Jane Kelly Williams; Robert Watson; Aaron Sprinkle; Jordan Richter; Kevin Max; Phil Keaggy; Phil Madeira; Rob Burrell.
    Recording information: Compound Studios, Seattle, WA; Kegworth Studio; Los Angeles, CA; Mission Viejo; Nashville, TN; Outpost Studio; Planet Of The Tapes, Brentwood, TN; Roswell East Studio, Nashville, TN; Second Story, Durham, NC; Signature Sound, Palmer, MA; Waltz Time Music, Sheffield, AL.
    Illustrator: Kurt Lightner.
    Photographer: Kurt Lightner.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Dale Baker; Jimi Zhivago; Matt Slocum .
    Arrangers: Jim Bizer; Alan Finkbeiner; Jan Krist; Robert Watson.
    A gaggle of alternative CCM artists cover the music of the Beach Boys -- that sunniest of pop groups -- with unpredictable results that, surprisingly, tend toward the tastes of record collectors, as well as inspirational audiences. For one thing, executive producers Steve West and Tony Shore amply display their familiarity with what made the Beach Boys special artistically, remaking the projected cover of the legendary Smile album for their cover and directing the artists toward material from the late '60s or later. There's also a conscious focus away from the hits; other than "Good Vibrations," "Help Me Rhonda," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," and "In My Room," any listeners who know the Beach Boys mostly from oldies radio won't recognize many of these inclusions. That leaves plenty of choices for solid inspirational material, though: "Add Some Music to Your Day," "Lay Down Burden," "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times," and a pair of later Brian Wilson solo songs ("Your Imagination," "Love and Mercy"). Unfortunately, the performances vary wildly; Sixpence None the Richer and Aaron Sprinkle re-create -- and add to -- the originals with their excellent covers of songs from the classic Pet Sounds LP, but Phil Madeira's "Heroes and Villains" instrumental barely rises to the level of elevator music. Derrick Harris is feeling it just a bit too much for a twangy cover of the juvenalia anthem "Don't Worry, Baby," while overproduction mars several other versions. Doug Powell summons the lonely sense of melancholy necessary for 1971's "'Til I Die," though it's unclear why such a hymn to fatalism is even included here. (One of the more superficially obvious choices for a song on a CCM Beach Boys tribute -- 1966's "God Only Knows," regularly attributed to be the first popular song title to mention the deity -- isn't included; though the liners never state why, the likely reason is that it isn't really a song about God [the full line reads "God only knows how much I love you"].) ~ John Bush

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