Brian Wilson – Reimagines Gershwin (Universal Music Canada)

Though George Gershwin passed away five years before Brian Wilson was born, the influence that he had on Wilson’s own music and career is unquestionable. For this 11-song tribute to the late Gershwin, Wilson actually received permission from Gershwin’s estate to allow the former Beach Boys to put the finishing touches on two otherwise incomplete songs (The Like I Love In You and Nothing But Love). The collection as a whole is a beautiful piece of work, reminiscent of some of The Beach Boys best-known songs. Consider it a pop music master paying homage to another. It’s really nothing less than amazing.