Brian Wilson Says ‘Good Morning’ to Us All with a Glass of Orange Juice (Stream the 25th Anniversary Expanded Edition of ‘Orange Crate Art’)

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It’s a simple, straightforward greeting shared to social media by Brian Wilson — and, in the fashion typical of the uplifting Beach Boys legend, it’ll make you smile. From Wilson’s own smile to his fresh glass of orange juice, it says a lot without saying much at all:

Good morning to you, Brian!

While on the topic of Brian Wilson and oranges, it seems a great opportunity to revisit the recent 25th anniversary reissue of Orange Crate Art, the collaborative 1995 album from Brian and frequent collaborator/friend Van Dyke Parks.

A special reissue of the album was released back in June, and it’s a wonderful celebration of the unique record from the two musical visionaries.

Click here to pick up the 25th anniversary edition on 2-LP from our Rock Cellar Store.

Orange Crate Art came about as Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks reconnected decades after their work on the (then-unreleased) Beach Boys project SMiLE, focusing on putting together a collection of songs paying tribute to the state of California.

More on the album, per a press release:

By 1994, the roles had been reversed and it was Van Dyke who coaxed Brian into the studio to be the singer of nearly a dozen new songs he had written as a tribute to his home away from home. Parks writes in the liner notes, “Though my roots are somewhere else, far away, my limbs are here in Southern California . . . it’s here . . . that I have struggled desperately for a sense of place . . . Orange Crate Art is a continuum of that which stood, freeze-frame, at the release of SMiLE.”

Listen to the reissue below.

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