Beach Boys - Smile Sessions (CD)

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    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. Today, Capitol/EMI and The Beach Boys are pleased to announce November 1 (October 31 internationally) as the release date for the long-awaited arrival of The SMiLE Sessions in multiple physical and :digital configurations. Artwork and complete tracklists are also unveiled for the first time today for what Rolling Stone magazine recently called “the most famous unfinished album in rock & roll history.” In numerous sessions between the spring of 1966 and the summer of 1967, The Beach Boys recorded a bounty of songs and drafts for an album, SMiLE, that was intended to follow the band’s 1966 masterpiece, Pet Sounds. The master tapes were ultimately shelved, and The Beach Boys’ SMiLE has never been released. Drawn from the original masters, The 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.
    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    3. Art Rock
    Number of Discs
    Copy Control
    Number of Items
    Media Type
    The Smile Sessions (2CD)
    EMI Catalogue
    Mono / Stereo

    Rolling Stone (p.78) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Think of this SMILE as Wilson's first solo album, with those voices as golden brush strokes....There is delight and confidence in Wilson's exchanges with his studio crew."
    Rolling Stone (p.75) - Ranked #1 in Rolling Stone's '10 Best Reissues Of 2011' -- "The outtakes take you into Wilson's imagination before it shut down in disappointment."
    Spin (p.82) - "Brian Wilson's vision always was more aligned with America's myth than its reality....He sees it end to end, from pilgrim hymnals and banjo-led frontier songs to Hollywood's version of the Wild West..."
    Spin (p.51) - Ranked #1 in Spin's 'The Top 10 Reissues Of 2011' -- "[M]ore of a dazzling masterpiece than the original might've been -- America through a prism before rock'n'roll deflowered it."
    Billboard (p.40) - "THE SMILE SESSIONS captures Wilson, session musicians and the Beach Boys in moments that are chaotic, loopy and remarkably in synch. It's a consistently brilliant album."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.89) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "There's clarity and dynamism here....There are surprises which have, until now, been hidden away on bootlegs, such as the discarded, jazzed-up version of 'Wonderland'..."

    Pop / Rock
    Release Date
    11 January 2011
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Our Prayer
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Gee
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Heroes and Villains
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] I'm in Great Shape
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Barnyard
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine)
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Cabin Essence
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Wonderful
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Look (Song for Children)
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Child Is Father of the Man
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Surf's Up
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] I Wanna Be Around/Workshop
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Vega-Tables
    15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Holidays
    16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Wind Chimes
    17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Elements: Fire, The (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)
    18. [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Love to Say Dada
    19. [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] Good Vibrations
    20. [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] You're Welcome
    21. [ Disc 01 Track 21 ] Heroes and Villains [Stereo Mix] - (remix)
    22. [ Disc 01 Track 22 ] Heroes and Villains Sections [Stereo Mix] - (remix)
    23. [ Disc 01 Track 23 ] Vega-Tables Demo
    24. [ Disc 01 Track 24 ] He Gives Speeches
    25. [ Disc 01 Track 25 ] Smile Backing Vocals Montage
    26. [ Disc 01 Track 26 ] Surf's Up 1967 [Solo Version]
    27. [ Disc 01 Track 27 ] Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls Into a Piano
    28. [ Disc 01 Track 28 ] [Untitled]
    29. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] Our Prayer "Dialog"
    30. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Heroes and Villains, Pt. 1
    31. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Heroes and Villains, Pt. 2
    32. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised
    33. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Heroes and Villains: Prelude to Fade
    34. [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] My Only Sunshine
    35. [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Cabin Essence
    36. [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] Surf's Up: 1st Movement
    37. [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] Surf's Up: Piano Demo
    38. [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] Vega-Tables: Fade
    39. [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] Elements: Fire Session, The
    40. [ Disc 02 Track 12 ] Cool, Cool Water Version 2
    41. [ Disc 02 Track 13 ] Good Vibrations Session Highlights
    42. [ Disc 02 Track 14 ] [Untitled]

    Personnel: Dennis Wilson , Al Jardine, Elliott Lott, Mike Love , Carl Wilson , Brian Wilson , Bruce Johnston .
    Audio Mixer: Mark Linett.
    Liner Note Authors: Alan Boyd; Mark Linett; Dennis Wolfe; Brian Wilson .
    Editors: Alan Boyd; Mark Linett.
    Photographers: Guy Webster; Jim Marshall ; Peter Reum; Brian Wilson .
    Arranger: Brian Wilson .
    The holy grail of classic rock, the Beach Boys' SMiLE album was worked on tirelessly by Brian Wilson, his chosen studio musicians, and the rest of the group during late 1966 and early 1967, but most of the completed tracks were scrapped and lay in disarray for decades while an assortment of sources -- both legal and extra-legal -- gradually began piecing out elements of the whole. (Aside from the numerous bootleg releases, several Beach Boys' albums of the late '60s and early '70s included some material, while the Good Vibrations box set of 1993 featured 30 minutes of SMiLE sessions.) Now, for the first time, Capitol is releasing hours and hours of SMiLE sessions, resulting in one of the most long-awaited releases in modern music history. [The SMiLE Sessions is available in several different editions, all of which include one disc that re-creates what a mono release of SMiLE could've sounded like. A two-CD package adds one disc of sessions tracks, while a Deluxe Edition includes a total of five CDs, two LPs, and two 7" singles -- including the one disc of SMiLE, three discs of SMiLE sessions, and one disc of assorted sessions from the making of the "Good Vibrations" single throughout 1966. The Deluxe Edition also features a 2' x 3' poster, gatefold double LP with accompanying booklet, and a 12" by 12" photo and essay hardcover book.]

    Date Released
    2011-09-01 00:00:00
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Video Disabled
    The Beach Boys
    Alan Boyd; Mark Linett; Brian Wilson; Alan Boyd (Compilation); Mark Linett (Compilation); Dennis Wolfe (Compilation); Brian Wilson (Compilation)
    1. Beach Boys
    143m 5s
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