Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson has had a seismic influence on music over the past five decades, and his new album, No Pier Pressure, will point out his impact on the current generation of hit makers.
Also collaborating with Wilson are several of his former Beach Boys bandmates, including Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin.
However, the album doesn’t include Lana Del Rey, although the song that Del Rey was said to be working on, “The Last Song,” is on the track list. Ditto Frank Ocean, although the song Wilson wanted to work with him on, “Our Special Love,” is also included on the record as well.
Also not mentioned in the press release announcing the record: guitar legend Jeff Beck, with whom Wilson toured and collaborated with on-stage; Beck said in interviews that they had spent time in the studio as well.
Wilson worked on the album with Joe Thomas, with whom he collaborated on the Beach Boys’ well-received 2012 reunion album, That’s Why God Made the Radio. Indeed, No Pier Pressure album was originally conceived as a follow-up to that one, but those plans were derailed when former bandmate Mike Love (who owns the rights to the name the Beach Boys, it’s complicated) ended the reunion.