JEM Records Celebrates
Brian Wilson

(Various Artists)

2021 JEM Records (CD)

JEM Records Celebrates Brian Wilson (Various Artists)

"You’re So Good to Me"

CD: $12.99

CD Autographed by The Grip Weeds: $17.99

Also available: JEM Records Celebrates John Lennon on CD and Vinyl

The second in the series of multi-artist tributes to the icons of rock is JEM Records Celebrates Brian Wilson, featuring covers of songs from both his albums with The Beach Boys and his work as a solo artist. The Grip Weeds, The Weeklings, Richard Barone, and The Anderson Council are among the artists contributing tracks.

The Grip Weeds contribute two tracks to this collection: A rocked up version of “You’re So Good To Me” and “Heroes And Villains/ Roll Plymouth Rock,” a 5-minute-plus epic that includes sections of The Beach Boys’ SMiLE.

Ben Greenman, co-author of “I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir,” writes in the liner notes that Wilson’s “finest songs are immortal, but they got a little more life this past year, when the very things that afflicted him — anxiety around others, a dependence on and despair regarding his solitude, the realization that people need a mess of help to stand alone — took hold of the world once again during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, ‘In My Room’ was not just a portrait of a solitary genius, but an international reality. This record, and the artists who contributed to it, reflect back Brian’s brilliance, his pathos, his ability to transform isolation and loneliness into direct emotional and spiritual communication, and in doing so they move the music and its magic forward in time.”

“It’s an exciting album. I asked our artists to choose tracks and they unleashed their creativity. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity and the album shows their enthusiasm,” said Marty Scott, President of JEM Records.

Mastered by Kurt Reil at The House Of Vibes; Many of the tracks were also recorded and mixed there by Kurt Reil.


"My top marks easily go to The Grip Weeds for their Psych Rock reimagining of a “Heroes & Villains” that morphs into “Rock Plymouth Roll”, and back again! It’s a powerful rendition showcasing a deep understanding, knowledge, and reverence for the source material – I bet someone in this group owns a light-up SMiLE Sessions box – and offers a considered “what could have been” arrangement that blends the best ideas of both tunes.” –Allan Smith, Endless Summer Quarterly (read the review here)

Mastered by Kurt Reil at The House Of Vibes; Many of the tracks were also recorded and mixed there by Kurt Reil.

Track Listing
01 - "The Warmth of the Sun" The Weeklings
02 - "Help Me, Rhonda" The Weeklings
03 - "You’re So Good to Me" The Grip Weeds
04 - "Hang On to Your Ego" Nick Piunti
05 - "Dance, Dance, Dance" Johnathan Pushkar
06 - "Love & Mercy" The Gold Needles
07 - "Girl Don’t Tell Me" The Anderson Council
08 - "Don’t Worry Baby" Lisa Mychols & Super 8
09 - "Heroes and Villains/Roll Plymouth Rock" The Grip Weeds
10 - "In My Room" Richard Barone
11 - "Do It Again" The Midnight Callers
12 - "I Get Around" Richard Barone and Johnathan Pushkar
13 - "I’d Love Just to See You" The Anderson Council
14 - "Please Let Me Wonder" Johnathan Pushkar
15 - "Pet Sounds (Story)" Lisa Mychols & Super 8