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Philharmonic Convergence

Orchestra added to Beach Boys classics


The Beach Boys are putting out a new album of their greatest hits—with strings attached.

"The Beach Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra," available June 8, embellishes 17 classic Beach Boys songs with fresh arrangements by the prestigious London-based orchestra.

The swelling strings and brassy flourishes on hits like "California Girls," "God Only Knows" and "Good Vibrations" have gotten an enthusiastic thumbs up from Brian Wilson, the surf band's co-founder and chief creative force.

"I always knew the vocal arrangements I did back in the Sixties would lend themselves perfectly for a symphony," Wilson said in a statement. "I am both proud and humbled by what they have created using our songs and I hope everyone falls in love with it like I have."

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra previously worked on similar projects with the music of Aretha Franklin, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley.

"It's not like doing a symphonic version of a band," said arranger Sally Herbert. "It's just adding something extra."

Sounds fun, fun, fun.