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Brian Wilson Says New Solo Album Featuring Jeff Beck Is About Two-Thirds Done

Photo: Mr. BonzaiAfter Brian Wilson finishes his current co-headlining tour with guitar great Jeff Beck at the end of the month, fans can look forward to a new album from the Beach Boys mastermind that he says is "very different than anything I've ever done."

In a recent Billboard interview, Wilson reveals that he's about "about two-thirds of the way through" with the project, which -- as previously reported -- will include contributions from Beck and three Beach Boys alumni who are serving as special guests on the trek: Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin.

Brian adds, "We have eight or nine songs done, and we need three or four more songs."  He describes the music that's been recorded already as being "very mellow kind of stuff, mellow harmony, not very much rock 'n' roll yet."

Wilson has some gushing praise for Beck, who played on several songs that will appear on the upcoming record.

"He plays the most goddamn greatest guitar you've ever heard," declares the 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.  "He really brings quality notes, more notes per bar than you can imagine."

Among the tunes is a rendition of the standard "Danny Boy," a song with which Wilson and Beck have been closing their concerts, and which they performed during an appearance last Friday on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

As for when the new album might be completed, Wilson says he hopes "sometime early next year, maybe."

Putting in his own two cents about the record, Beck suggests that Wilson "wants to recapture some of the Pet Sounds flavor," judging by the chords and melody Wilson is incorporating into the songs.  He adds that while he was given free rein with regard to the guitar melodies he contributed, he automatically was drawn to playing in a West Coast style because of Wilson's chord structures.

Wilson and Beck's tour will wrap up with an October 30 show in Milwaukee.

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