Brian Wilson - Smile (CD)

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  2. Rock & Pop
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Rolling Stone (p.94) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[With] brief bridge melodies, youthful harmonies more precise and uplifting now...and an enthralling profusion of instrumental colors. Trombone, timpani, theremin and tenor sax brush by and disappear; a banjo shows its head; strings vibe around..."
Rolling Stone (p.153) - Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "[It] ranks in symphonic beauty, goofy humor and spiritual loveliness with the Beach Boys' greatest achievements."
Spin (p.67) - Ranked #10 in Spin's "40 Best Albums of the Year" - "The meaty songs you know and the link tracks you don't give simple humanity the complex orchestrations humans deserve."
Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "With a new melodic idea occurring every 45 seconds on average, it's a gorgeous trip back to a time when anything seemed possible..." - Grade: A
Uncut (p.98) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[M]uch of it harks back, both lyrically and musically, to the past....SMILE is likely to remain a unique and unlikely moment of retrieval, restoration and renaissance."
Uncut (p.74) - Ranked #1 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "SMILE combines arcane and obtuse lyrical imagery, complex harmonising and densely compacted layers of instrumentation to quite awesome effect."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.62) - Ranked #37 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "SMILE now exists in tangible form, beautifully played, sung and produced."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]here is a remarkable consistency about SMILE's complex tapestry of delights....This legendarily fragmented work now possesses a unity to rival that of PET SOUNDS."

  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Our Prayer
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Heroes And Villains
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Roll Plymouth Rock
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Barnyard
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Cabin Essence
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Wonderful
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Song For Children
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Child Is Father Of The Man
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Surf's Up
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] I'm In Great Shape
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Workshop
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Vega-Tables
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] On A Holiday
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Wind Chimes
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Mrs.O' Leary's Cow
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] In Blue Hawaii
  18. [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Good Vibrations
South Africa
Pop / Rock
Release Date
15 September 2004
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Our Prayer/Gee
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Heroes and Villains
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Roll Plymouth Rock
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Barnyard
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Cabin Essence
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Wonderful
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Song for Children
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Child Is Father of the Man
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Surf's Up
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] I'm in Great Shape/I Wanna Be Around/Workshop
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Vega-Tables
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] On a Holiday
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Wind Chimes
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Mrs. O'Leary's Cow
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] In Blue Hawaii
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Good Vibrations

Personnel: Brian Wilson (vocals, keyboards); Brian Wilson ; Probyn Gregory (vocals, whistling, guitar, whistle, brass); Nelson Bragg (vocals, whistling, whistle, percussion); Jeffrey Foskett (vocals, guitar, hammer dulcimer); Scott Bennett (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion); Scott Bennett (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Darian Sahanaja (vocals, keyboards, percussion); Andreas Forsman (violin); Eric Holm (viola); Anna Landberg, Markus Sandlund (cello); Stockholm Strings 'N' Horns (strings, horns); Viktor Sand (flute, clarinet, saxophone); Bj”rn Samuelsson (trombone); Staffan Findin (bass trombone); Dave Stone (acoustic bass, acoustic bass guitar); Jim Hines (drums, percussion, sound effects, musical saw); Nick Walusko (vocals, guitar); Taylor Mills (vocals, sound effects); Paul Mertens (harmonica, woodwinds, saxophone, electronics); Bob Lizik (bass guitar).
Audio Mixer: Mark Linett.
Liner Note Author: David Leaf.
Recording information: Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA (04/13/2004-04/17/2004).
Photographers: Melinda Jean Wilson; Guy Webster; Jasper Dailey.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Jeffrey Foskett; Probyn Gregory.
Arranger: Brian Wilson .
Between 1967 and 2004, the SMILE sessions were pretty much the Dead Sea Scrolls of pop music. Well documented as head Beach Boy Brian Wilson's answer to the Beatles' masterpiece SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (which was itself largely an answer to the Beach Boys' PET SOUNDS), the tracks laid down in '67 for the projected SMILE album were the furthest afield anyone nominally operating under the pop/rock umbrella had ever ventured. Notoriously, intraband conflict (Mike Love, in particular, found the Wilson/Van Dyke Parks-penned conceptual work too far out) kept the record from being released. With several oceans' worth of water under the bridge, Wilson finally decided to finish the aborted project three-and-a-half decades later, adhering closely to the original blueprints. The results are as timelessly breathtaking as the original version must have been to the lucky few who first heard the initial tapes.
With sterling support from his backing band the Wondermints, Wilson meticulously pieced together the conceptual, orchestral puzzle of SMILE into a rewarding, cohesive whole. Even decades down the line, it still sounds miles away from anything else in the world of popular music. A series of extended vignettes tied together with seamlessly arranged melodic latticework, SMILE is a masterpiece that incorporates the influences of gospel, ancient hymns, Charles Ives-style avant-garde experimentalism, barbershop-quartet harmony, Stephen Foster, and more, in a churning cauldron of lush Americana. Strings, harpsichord, and a wide palette of orchestral percussion are just as important as drums and guitars, though traces of the PET SOUNDS sonic stew can be heard here as well. A triumph of the will for Wilson and a victory for art and humanity, SMILE bears--among many other things--an extremely appropriate title.

WEA (Distributor)
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
Brian Wilson (Pop)
Brian Wilson; Brian Wilson
  1. Wilson, Brian
Date Released
Mark Linett
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