Last year, with the 80-piece BBC Concert Orchestra at its heart and 27 ridiculously talented musicians from a wide range of genres, this “impossible orchestra” represents the talent, diversity and musical passion found every single day throughout the BBC. Seventeen years ago, when the BBC first unveiled a megastar-laden lineup performing a beloved rock classic of a certain vintage, this paper had a withering take on matters. The performance of Lou Reed’s Perfect Day, this paper said, offered “a none too subtle message: keep writing the cheque”.
The Beach Boys‘ masterpiece God Only Knows remade with the help of a few friends to celebrate the launch of BBC Music with Artisis featuring Dave Grohl, Alison Balsom, Lorde, Pharrell Williams, Zane Lowe, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, Eliza Carthy, Nicola Benedetti, Chris Martin, Jaz Dhami, Martin James Bartlett, Danielle De Niese, Stevie Wonder, Florence Welch, Lauren Laverne, Brian Wilson, Jake Bugg, Katie Derham, Gareth Malone, Kylie Minogue, Chrissie Hynde, One Direction, Emeli Sandé, Elton John, Baaba Maal, Ethan Johns, Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, Brian May, Tees Valley Youth Choir and The BBC Concert Orchestra. Make sure to get it now on iTunes.
Brian Wilson & All Star Tribute – God Only Knows (Official Video) (2014)