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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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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.

Disc 1:

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listen  1. Our Prayer 1:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Gee0:51$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Heroes And Villains 4:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock) 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I'm in Great Shape0:27$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Barnyard0:47$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  7. My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine) 1:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Cabin Essence 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Wonderful 2:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Look (Song For Children) 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Child Is Father Of The Man 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Surf's Up 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Wanna Be Around / Workshop 1:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Vega-Tables 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Holidays 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Wind Chimes 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow) 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Love To Say Dada 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Good Vibrations 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. You're Welcome 1:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Heroes And Villains (Stereo Mix) 4:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Heroes And Villains Sections (Stereo Mix) 7:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Vega-Tables (Demo) 1:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. He Gives Speeches 1:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Smile Backing Vocals Montage 8:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Surf's Up 1967 (Solo Version) 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen27. Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls Into A Piano 1:30$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Our Prayer (Dialog) 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Heroes And Villains: Part 1 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Heroes And Villains: Part 2 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Heroes And Villains: Children Were Raised 2:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Heroes And Villains: Prelude To Fade 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. My Only Sunshine (Parts 1 & 2) 6:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Cabin Essence (Session Highlights and Stereo Backing Track) 5:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Surf's Up (1st Movement) 4:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Surf's Up: Piano Demo (Master Take) 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Vegetables: Fade 5:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Elements: Fire 8:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Cool, Cool Water (Version 2) 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Good Vibrations: Session Highlights 8:19$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 1966
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Capitol / EMI
  • ASIN: B005J29HCQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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And, therefore, well worth the wait.
R. Cole
The two-disc set includes a colorful 36-page booklet, a SMiLE button, and a fold-out poster of the album artwork.
Who knows what the "real" album would've sounded like had it been released way back then.
Stuart Jefferson

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By steve_manassas on November 7, 2011
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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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117 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black on November 1, 2011
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The product of a drug addled genius imploding, the greatest lost album in rock music, a smorgasbord of styles and content so varied it makes your head ache but your heart leap and a tale of ambition so big no studio could hope to contain it. The Beach Boys resident modern day Mozart has of course previously let the cat out of the bag on this music with his truly lovely 2004 "Brian Wilson presents Smile" where the compositional dreams of completely inspired 24 year old imbued with the lyrical preoccupations of the slightly less mad Van Dyke Parks, were finally reconstituted by more reflective composer in his early sixties. Some Beach Boys fans might argue that the 2004 rework fully did the job (scoring an unprecedented 97 on Metacritic reviews) but others have never ceased to harbor deep longing for the base metal of the original sessions on official release despite the fact that this must be one of the most available bootlegs in musical history.

"Smile" was the product of Wilson being locked away in 1966-67 in the small Studio One at Sunset Sound in Hollywood. His behavior by this time was erratic at best and his emotional state increasingly volatile. The pressure of following Pet Sounds and the sheer earth shaking impact of the Beatles "Sgt Pepper" literally spun him out of control and impacted on a man whose mental health was rapidly degenerating and which would spiral into a prolonged acid induced psychological hell. All this is captured in graphic detail in Wilson's own enthralling yet excruciatingly painful autobiography "Wouldn't it be nice" and "Smile" was primary architect of his near destruction.

That was then and this is now.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Philip D. Parshall on November 1, 2011
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Like everyone else I'm beside myself with this collection (even though I'd heard most of the tracks before). I/we have been waiting for this for an eternity! It's about time! When I found out earlier this year that the original 'Smile' would be released (then pushed back until today), I was counting the days. I had today off and at 10:00 sharp entered the local CD store and walked out with the 2-CD Set five minutes later. I drove for the next two hours while I listened to every note on my car stereo. Then listened again. There were more snippets than I knew existed. I mean, didn't Brian say years ago that he got rid of a lot of the tracks because it was too painful to keep them? I'm glad that was a falsity. Anyway, I loved it infinitely more than the 2004 version, mainly due to the 1966 Beach Boy voices! Listening to the Smile background vocal track and hearing Brian's clear high angelic voice withers the 2004 vocal versions. No offense to Darian, Scott and the boys, who shine on that album. My only qualms with the Smile Sessions (and they really don't matter for my overall enjoyment); are: 1. Most of the tracks are in mono; and 2. My favorite 30 seconds of the album needed to be recorded louder per volume and in my opinion carry on a little longer: The 'Whispering Winds' section of the latter part of 'Holidays'. Other than those trivialities on my part, the album is a classic! Thanks Beach Boys and Capitol! Finally!
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 2, 2011
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"The Most Anticipated Album In Rock & Roll History!!!, says the sticker on the box.

"Really? Smile is gonna sell? What market, though? Who's going to buy it?" Brian Wilson, 2011.

A-h-h-h.The great lost album at last. Who knows what the "real" album would've sounded like had it been released way back then. But what's here is mostly fine indeed-even hearing it "put together" (from about 60 reels of tape) at this late date. Coming of age in the era of much great music (the mid/late 1960's) I can't help but wonder (selfishly) what this album would've sounded like up against, and with, other fine albums of it's era. That, and being able to hear "Smile" (Wilson's original title was "Dumb Angel" until Van Dyke Parks suggested "Smile") in the overall context of the 60's-when music was important, exciting, and alive-and so were we. Hats off, too, to Carl Wilson, Chuck Britz (" a co-producer but he only got credits for being an engineer."-Brian Wilson), and Dennis Wilson. Important people who aren't here to hear this beautiful music.

I'm glad these recordings have been released-sequenced and all of a piece. Finally, all the wondering, the curiosity, and the longing to hear Brian Wilson's much talked about masterpiece can be put to rest. Has it been worth the wait? Absolutely. Is this something you (and I) will play over and over again? Yes. But, as I wrote above, while it's nice to hear it in the present-even with everything changed (including all of us)), a piece of me (again, selfishly) wishes this wonderful music-in mono-could have been all over the radio (both AM and FM-remember the difference?), back when albums were a very real part of the 60's generation's life (as opposed to "lifestyle").
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Would a Beach Boys full reunion go over in 2012?
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
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!)

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.
Dec 14, 2011 by C. Shields |  See all 3 posts
Only Two Full Stereo Tracks?
Well from what I've read, Brian Wilson is deaf from one ear.
So he prefers to mix his music in mono.

Now, the record label or who ever probably mixes the stereo tracks.

But stereo vs mono shouldn't take away from the actual music.

Personally I prefer mono most of the time.
Nov 1, 2011 by E. Rodriguez |  See all 25 posts
We still don't know what the 1967 track list would have been.
like i said.....nerds.
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