Hollywood, CA (October 12, 2017)—Brian Wilson recently completed a new song, “Run, James, Run,” at United Recording in Hollywood for inclusion on his new compilation album, Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology.
“Brian is at the top of his game,” said Wesley Seidman, a United staff engineer who has worked with Wilson for the past 10 years. Explaining the vocal signal chain he employed for Wilson, Seidman said, “I usually use a vintage Neumann U-47 for Brian’s vocals with a Soursound API 2312 customized mic-pre and a vintage Urei 1176 limiter. We do most of the processing on the way in while Brian is singing.”
Matt Jardine, son of Beach Boys’ co-founder Al Jardine, tours with Wilson and sings many harmony tracks on the new song. “Because Matt sings so many different parts, I didn’t want everything to sound the same,” Seidman said. “We had a couple of different chains for him. One was an AKG C-12 with a Neve 1073 mic-pre and a Urei Blackface 1176 compressor/limiter. We also had the new Sanken CU-51 dual-diaphragm mic and that went through a channel of Soursound mic-pre and an 1176 limiter. Matt also used a Telefunken 251 with the Soursound and the Neve, depending on the part.”
Wilson’s eponymous solo debut for Sire in 1988 launched an extended period of renewal for the iconic Beach Boys co-founder and songwriter. Rhino revisits Wilson’s solo career with a new 18-song collection that mixes studio and live recordings with two previously unreleased tracks: “Run, James, Run” and “Some Sweet Day,” an unreleased gem he wrote with Andy Paley in the early 1990s for an unfinished recording project.
“Brian is the consummate artist,” said Seidman. “His passion and artistic genius shine through in this upbeat track, which is reminiscent of the good times in his past. Brian’s trademark flair for great harmony works magically in this song.”