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The long awaited release of the Brian Wilson and Beach Boys masterpiece, Smile Sessions. With the full participation of original Beach Boys Al Jardine, Mike
Love, and Brian Wilson, Capitol/EMI has, for the first time, collected and compiled the band's legendary 1966-'67 sessions for the never-completed SMiLE

album. Rolling Stone magazine recently called SMiLE the most famous unfinished album in rock & roll history."
In several sessions between the summer of 1966 and early 1967, The Beach Boys recorded a bounty of songs and drafts for an album, SMiLE, that was intended to

follow the band's 1966 album, Pet Sounds. The master tapes were ultimately shelved, and The Beach Boys' SMiLE has never been released. Drawn from the

original masters, SMiLE Sessions presents an in-depth overview of The Beach Boys' recording sessions for the enigmatic album, which has achieved legendary,

mythical status for music fans around the world.


SMiLE Sessions' physical and digital configurations include an assembled collection of core session tracks, while the box set delves much deeper into the

sessions, adding early song drafts, alternate takes, instrumental and vocals-only mixes, and studio chatter. SMiLE Sessions invites the listener into the

studio to experience the album's creation, with producer, singer and bassist Brian Wilson's vision leading the way as he guides his fellow Beach Boys, singer

Mike Love, drummer Dennis Wilson, lead guitarist Carl Wilson, rhythm guitarist Al Jardine, and newest member Bruce Johnston (who'd replaced Brian Wilson in

the touring group during 1965), through the legendary sessions.


Artwork for all of the SMiLE Sessions' physical and digital configurations has been created with and inspired by Beat-Pop artist Frank Holmes' original 1967

LP sleeve art and booklet designs intended for the SMiLE album.



2CD Edition contains:

- Lift top box measures 5.5" x 5.5" x 1"

- Features original cover art designed by Frank Holmes

- 2 CD wallets

- 14.5" x 20" poster of Frank Holmes cover art

- 1" Smile button

- 36 page booklet featuring:

- Liner notes by Brian Wilson and more.

- Previously unseen photos

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 1, 2011)
  • deluxe_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Capitol / EMI
  • ASIN: B005J29HCQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It is difficult to accurately judge this set, simply because I am so shocked it actually has been released. While much of this material was leaked out on bootlegs over the past few decades (as well as the first official release of material on the band's box set in the early 90's), we finally have a legitimate release of a deluge of music from the aborted album's sessions.

First, the album itself. Using Wilson's 2004 solo release as its template, this does not entirely work as a stand-alone piece as many of the sections used here were not completed at the time of the original album sessions. That said, it is still astonishing to hear a straight runthrough of the closest "SMiLE" came to completion. And the vast majority of what is finished, and even most of what was not finished, is deeply awe-inspiring. That it was so close to potentially being finalized it its own time just makes the album's history that much more bittersweet.

Now let's get to the four additional CDs of sessions. Simply put, these are a godsend. It is fascinating to be a fly on the wall of these sessions, and the roughly 5 hours of material here was well chosen and carefully culled from the overwhelming amount of material on the master tapes. There is enough material on this set to intimidate even the most ardent Beach Boys fans, and yet it is incredibly well-organized, with multiple takes and disparate elements grouped by song (in album order) and then in roughly chronological order.

It is fascinating to hear tracks mutate over the course of multiple takes--sometimes into different songs.
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Beautiful, inspirational, wacky, avante garde, often accessible, sometimes inaccessible, incredibly creative, like nothing you've ever heard, and even for a long-time Smile fanatic, there were endless sessions and material I had never heard before. I feel I finally understand SMILE thoroughly, and I offer four basic conclusions:

1) Brian was not only way before his time, he was way before technology's time. His modular approach to songwriting was an entirely new form of composition in pop music, and while he had SMILE in his head -- and probably multiple versions of SMILE in there at the same time -- the llimited technology of the day (small number of tracks on tape recorders, editing done by razor and tape, etc.) quite simply made his task IMPOSSIBLE. That he was able to piece together "Good Vibrations," "Cabinessence," the released version of "Heroes and Villains," and some other snippets is amazing enough. But to have expected him to release a 50- to 60-minute album with literally thousands of musical fragments and overdubs all managing to hold together as a musical whole would have been beyond the capability of ANYBODY in the decades before computers, digital editing, and other technological advances. Especially when all the time Capitol wanted more hit singles. SMILE was not about hit singles -- it was about a brilliant conceptual whole unlike any recording ever made in history.

2) There was never a SMILE that Brian's 2004 version can be compared to. It was a work-in-progress whose very nature allowed it to be shuffled and rearranged into an infinite variety of presentations. Had Brian finished SMILE in 1967, that would have been just one possible version of his music.
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Note: This review also applies to The Smile Sessions Box Set.

Other than The Beatles' GET BACK album, which still has not been released in its original form (the Spectorized Let It Be (Remastered) and the remixed, de-Spectorized Let It Be... Naked notwithstanding), The Beach Boys' SMiLE project is the most famous (and maybe infamous) unreleased album in rock history. Originally planned as a follow-up to 1966's Pet Sounds, Brian Wilson scrapped the project in mid-1967 after months of work, believing he had lost his competition with The Beatles, and the pressures from the other Beach Boys, plus legal problems with Capitol Records, finally wore him down.

A replacement album, Smiley Smile, cobbled together by the group using only the "Good Vibrations" single and fragments from the original sessions - the rest of the album was rerecorded - was a critical and commercial flop. Fragments of SMiLE were issued on later Beach Boys albums such as 20/20 and Surf's Up. In 1993, about an hour of lost SMiLE music was issued on the
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Would a Beach Boys full reunion go over in 2012?
Don,
Sure. However, it would be the same basic audience that likes them now. If you like The Beach Boys and/or Brian Wilson solo enough to see them in concert seperately, you'd surely go to a show with them all together. David
Oct 29, 2011 by David Moore |  See all 68 posts
Only Two Full Stereo Tracks?
Boy. This is getting ridiculous.
When the "Pet Sounds Sessions" was done back in the 90's Mark Linett had all of the surviving sessions tapes from 1965/66. In fact I think he had all of them. 17 reels in total. To mix Pet Sounds for stereo was relatively easy since all the instrumental... Read More
Nov 7, 2011 by E.I.E.I. Owen |  See all 25 posts
We still don't know what the 1967 track list would have been.
No one knows what the original 1967 track list would of been, not even Brian. The list that Brian sent to Capitol was, everyone admits, not the final listing but just an idea of what was going to be on the album. Brian himself has said on numerous occasions that the "final" final... Read More
Jun 18, 2012 by Amazon Customer |  See all 5 posts
Does the 2CD package come with individual cases for the 2 CDs?
The 2-CD set has two simple cardboard sleeves housing the CD disks.

The cover art for the Disc 1 sleeve has the originally-planned front and back LP covers reduced to CD size. On the back: "see label for correct playing order," because when the original release was scheduled for... Read More
Dec 26, 2011 by Hal Lancer |  See all 4 posts
Question re track listing (spoilers!)
Yes.

The deluxe box also features bonus tracks at the end of the discs that aren't credited in the lineup.

That SMiLE promo is fantastic. I've heard it on cassettes and some bad bootleg pressings. Great to hear it in high quality.
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