Brian Wilson will release his first album in more than three years in September, a project that marks his return to Capitol Records, the label where he gained fame with the Beach Boys during the 1960s.
That Lucky Old Sun will come out in the United States and Canada Sept. 2 Wilson and Capitol announced this week.
“It’s a great honor to be here and a very sentimental time in my life,” said Wilson, 65, looking relatively healthy in a striped polo shirt, faded jeans and slip-on tennis shoes. “I haven’t recorded here in 46 years, almost half a century that I haven’t recorded here. Ha!”
He said he had fond memories of recording the Beach Boys’ 1962 debut, Surfin’ Safari at Capitol. Later efforts, such as 1966’s Pet Sounds, were recorded at other studios around Hollywood, though the group remained signed to Capitol, now a unit of closely held EMI Group Plc.
Most of Wilson’s solo recordings, including his self-titled 1988 debut and 2004’s Grammy-winning Smile, have been released by Warner Music Group Corp. His last album, What I Really Want for Christmas, came out in 2005 through Arista Records.
Described by Capitol as “a musical love letter from Southern California,” the new album features 11 songs punctuated by spoken-word narratives describing life in Los Angeles.
Wilson in sentimental mood
Brian Wilson will release his first album in more than three years inSeptember, a project that marks his return to Capitol Records, thelabel where he gained fame with the Beach Boys during the 1960s.