This celebration of Beach Boys guiding light Brian Wilson, recorded in March 2001 at New York's Radio City Music Hall, may be the best tribute concert ever. Wilson himself appears toward the end of the 90-minute show; he's game, but after decades of mental problems, he's not what he once was. It's his admirers who take the event to another level. Backed by the remarkable Wondermints, a diverse lineup (Ricky Martin, the Go-Go's, Billy Joel, Aimee Mann and Michael Penn, Wilson Phillips--with Brian's two daughters--and others) perform both obvious ("California Girls") and more obscure ("I Just Wasn't Made for These Times") Wilson material. And then there are Elton John ("God Only Knows"), Vince Gill ("The Warmth of the Sun"), Paul Simon ("Surfer Girl"), Heart's Wilson sisters ("Good Vibrations"), and Carly Simon, David Crosby, and songwriter Jimmy Webb ("In My Room"), who turn in performances that are, quite simply, among the greatest of their careers. Transcendent. --Sam Graham
He is the Mozart of pop, the Orson Welles of rock, the George Gershwin of his generation. You'll see and hear exactly why on An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
, a celebration of Wilson's artistry held at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall on March 29, 2001. This once-in-a-lifetime gathering of superstars and legends takes us on an amazing musical journey through an unparalleled body of work--and along the way, we learn the uplifting story of the heroic survivor who has brought us a lifetime of "Good Vibrations." Songs: Our Prayer (Boys Choir of Harlem), California Girls (Ricky Martin), Help Me Rhonda (Ricky Martin), Surfer Girl (Paul Simon), Surf City (The Go-Go's), In My Room (David Crosby, Carly Simon, Jimmy Webb), The Warmth of the Sun (Vince Gill), I Get Around (Evan and Jaron), God Only Knows (Elton John), I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (Aimee Mann, Michael Penn), Don't Worry Baby (Billy Joel), Sail On Sailor (Darius Rucker, Matthew Sweet), You're So Good to Me (Wilson Phillips), Good Vibrations (Heart, Jubilant Sykes, Boys Choir of Harlem), Surf's Up (David Crosby, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb), Heroes and Villains (Brian Wilson), Wouldn't It Be Nice (Elton John, Brian Wilson), Barbara Ann (Brian Wilson, Ensemble Cast), Fun, Fun, Fun (Brian Wilson, Ensemble Cast), Love and Mercy (Brian Wilson). 96 minutes.