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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GW8RWA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,070 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Every year in conjunction with the Grammy Awards, a concert is held for the MusiCares charity and to honor the achievements of a particular group or artist. In 2005 the recipient of the award was the one and only Brian Wilson, the leader and creative force of the Beach Boys. An amazing line-up of artists came together to give their own interpretations of classic Beach Boys songs before the great man himself took the stage for the climax of the evening.

Track Listing:
1. I Get Around (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
2. City Blues (Richie Sambora)
3. Sail on Sailor (Jamie Cullum et al)
4. Brian Wilson (Barenaked Ladies)
5. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times (John Legend)
6. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) (Backstreet Boys)
7. Surfer Girl (Shelby Lynne)
8. Don't Worry Baby (Original Version) (Michael McDonald / Billy Preston)
9. Surf's Up (Jeff Beck)
10. Surfin' USA (Jeff Beck)
11. Don't Talk (Earth Wind & Fire)
12. Wouldn't it Be Nice (Darlene Love)
13. Pet Sounds (Brian Wilson Band)
14. Heroes And Villains (Brian Wilson)
15. Good Vibrations (Brian Wilson)
16. Fun, Fun, Fun (Brian Wilson & Cast)
17. Love and Mercy (Brian Wilson & Cast)

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The renaissance of Brian Wilson continues with MusiCares: A Tribute to Brian Wilson, a 2005 concert featuring timeless tunes by the Beach Boys maestro and his various lyricists, rendered here by a variety of artists, including Wilson himself. The singer-song matches here are uniformly outstanding, as the performances tend to bring out influences that were more latent in the Beach Boys' original versions. The Backstreet Boys (who knew?) highlight the doo-wop and Four Freshmen flavors of "When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)," easily negotiating the song's complex harmonies; Shelby Lynne shows that "Surfer Girl" could have been a country song; Earth, Wind, and Fire slightly speed up "Don' Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)," an immaculate ballad from Pet Sounds, while former Crystals singer Darlene Love brings out the Phil Spector inspiration in "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and the Red Hot Chili Peppers highlight the straight rock 'n' roll of "I Get Around," with Anthony Kiedis, Flea, and John Frusciante doing a creditable job on vocal parts that were originally sung by a quintet. The others are good too, including Barenaked Ladies (who do an original song, entitled--natch--"Brian Wilson," as well as the sublime "Till I Die"), John Legend ("I Just Wasn't Made for These Times"), and especially guitarist Jeff Beck, who turns in a breathtaking instrumental version of "Surf's Up," one of Wilson's most challenging compositions. Accompanied by his first-rate band (who also back most of the other artists), Brian himself closes out the show with four tunes, and while his weird, wooden stage presence can be distracting, it's enough that the guy is still around to perform these classics. Add to that the fact that the event raised money for worthy charitable causes, and you end up with some seriously good vibrations. (Also well worth checking out is An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson). --Sam Graham

Customer Reviews

Some artist did a fantastic job while others were very poor.
Bruno Leunen
If you enjoy the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, you'll love this DVD and the refreshing versions of his music performed by very talented musicians.
J. L. Cook
All the performers are backed by Wilson's "Smile" band and these musicians are great!
Steve Ramm

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Cook on February 9, 2007
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I have the "All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson" on DVD and enjoy it very much. It featured mega-stars like Elton John, Billy Joel, David Crosby, and Carly Simon among others. I was a little hesitant on this DVD since, being an old geezer, I hadn't heard of half the performers. I needn't have worried. The performances are stellar and prove that Brian's music stands on its own merits regardless of who performs it or what decade it's performed in.

I agree with a previous reviewer that the Red Hot Chili Peppers' performance wasn't particularly inspired but things really take off after that. I enjoyed Richie Sambora's rendition of "City Blues" and Jamie Callum's version of "Sail On Sailer" was incredible. John Legend did a masterful job on "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times", even vocalizing the theramin part at the end of the song. The Backstreet Boys were a pleasant surprise with their performance of "When I Grow Up To Be A Man". Shelby Lynne was pretty low-key, but did a repectable job on "Surfer Girl".

Being a stickler for lyrics, it troubled me that Michael McDonald flubbed the lyrics to one of Brian's prettiest ballads, "Don't Worry Baby". But his vocal was very good as was Billy Preston's collaboraton on organ. Jeff Beck did a lovely version of "Surf's Up" on guitar and then proceeded to really rock out on "Surfin' USA" along with Jeffrey Foskett's lead vocal.

Earth, Wind, & Fire performed nicely on "Don't Talk, Put Your Head on My Shoulder", followed by Darlene Love's very upbeat version of "Wouldn't It Be Nice". Brian's band got to solo on "Pet Sounds", and then it was time for the big man himself to appear on stage.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter G. Simpson on February 7, 2007
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This DVD was recorded in Feb 2005 when Brian was honoured as the Musicares Person of the Year.

After the Red Hot Chilli Peppers creditable rendering of "I get around" (ideally suited to Flea's bass guitar playing). the other members of the Brian Wilson Band take the stage to support many of the other performers. One of the real delights of this DVD is to see this band at work with other artists (as on the Radio City tribute from a few years back).

Richie Sambora tries his best to emulate Clapton and does a reasonable (if somewhat overblown) job.

Jamie Cullum does a good gospel tinged version of "Sail On Sailor. Barenaked Ladies incorporate "Til I Die" into their performance.

I hadn't heard John Legend before but he turns in a soulful performance along with Brian's band (Jim is listed as James T Hines on the DVD sleeve BTW!!!) .

Backstreet Boys (a group probably not taken too seriously, but who have, in fact, made a number of great pop singles) do an excellent version of "When I Grow Up" with terrific harmony work (with Probyn Gregory from the band, getting in on the act!).

Shelby Lynne looked pretty serious (miserable even) during her performance - she has a good voice though.

Michael McDonald has one of THE great voices and it's great to finally hear him doing a Brian song - he fluffs the lyrics a bit but his voice shines through -(I wish he'd record an album of Brian's ballads). He also acknowledges how great the band are. Billy Preston joins him for what must have been one of his last performances.

Jeff Beck, as you'd expect. turns in an instrumental performance of "Surf's Up" (apart from Jeff' Foskett's "Bygones"..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Thorner on February 11, 2008
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This tribute wasn't as strong as the 2001 tribute held at Radio City Music Hall. Having said this, it's worth purchasing just for John Legend's mesmerizing performance of the Pet Sounds track I JUST WASN'T MADE FOR THESE TIMES. Even though Brian Wilson's band backs up Legend on this version, and the original arrangement is left more or less intact, this most excellent band does bend the arrangement ever so slightly, giving it a bit of a groove so as to cradle Legend's soulful voice and delivery. Legend obviously understands the material implicitly, which is surprising considering his youth and the fact that the material is over 40 years old. His performance showcases how timeless Brian's music can be as long as the artist understands the musical complexity and emotional directness Brian was such a genius at creating with his songs.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 4, 2007
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Every year the MusicCares charity division of the Grammy Foundation honors a living music legend with a "tribute concert". While the 2006 concert - honoring James Taylor - was issued in December, the 2005 one - honoring Brian Wilson- was just issued on DVD by Eagle Vision. And it was worth the wait. Though the editing of this 66-minute concert makes it look like it was edited down from a cable TV broadcast it appears - from the credits - that this was produced by Eagle Vision solely for home video. It's edited tightly and we go from performer to performer, except for one speech near the end. (All the backstage talking, and background on what MusicCares does, is included as a separate 12-minute supplement).

What we have here is a concert performed in front of a "black-tie" audience of donors at a fundraiser. So you won't see anyone from the audience yelling or standing up. This was sure a conservative audience. But it's what's captured on stage that counts. All the performers are backed by Wilson's "Smile" band and these musicians are great!

The show starts off with the weakest performance, in my opinion, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers doing "I Get Around". Maybe it was because it was early in the concert but no sparks flew. By the third number, when the amazing "twentysomething" Jamie Cullum rips through "Sail On Sailor" with Fred Martin & The Levite Camp (who got the only standing ovation of the evening for their soaring gospel vocals), thinks start to boil. The most interesting pairing is Michael McDonald and Billy Preston Performing "Don't Worry Baby" with McDonald on vocal and piano and Preston on organ. Shelby Lynn sings "Surfer Girl" without changing the gender in the lyrics, which makes for an "interesting" arrangement.
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