The Beach Boys - The Smile Sessions [2011] [Anthology]

MUSiC, Album. October 31, 2011 by Jason.

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."

The Beach Boys - The Smile Sessions [2011] [Anthology]
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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. With its three-dimensional shadowbox lid, The Smile Sessions box set offers a whimsical peek inside the storied Smile Shop.'

CD 1


1 Our Prayer 1:06
2 Gee 0:51
3 Heroes and Villains 4:53
4 Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock) 3:36
5 I'm in Great Shape 0:29
6 Barnyard 0:48
7 My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine) 1:57
8 Cabin Essence 3:32
9 Wonderful 2:04
10 Look (Song for Children) 2:31
11 Child Is Father of the Man 2:14
12 Surf's Up 4:12
13 I Wanna Be Around / Workshop 1:23
14 Vega-Tables 3:49
15 Holidays 2:33
16 Wind Chimes 3:06
17 The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow) 2:35
18 Love to Say Da Da 2:32
19 Good Vibrations 4:13

Bonus tracks

20 You're Welcome 1:08
21 Heroes and Villains (Stereo Mix) 4:53
22 Heroes and Villains Sections (Stereo Mix) 7:16
23 Vega-Tables Demo 1:46
24 He Gives Speeches 1:14
25 Smile Backing Vocals Montage 8:30
26 Surf's Up 1967 (Solo Version) 4:09
27 Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls Into a Piano

CD 2

1 Our Prayer "Dialog" (9/19/66) 3:02
2 Heroes and Villains: Part 1 3:08
3 Heroes and Villains: Part 2 4:18
4 Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised (1/27/67) 2:07
5 Heroes and Villains: Prelude to Fade (2/15/67) 3:42
6 My Only Sunshine (11/14/66) 6:52
7 Cabin Essence (10/3/66) 5:19
8 Surf's Up: 1st Movement (11/4/66) 4:55
9 Surf's Up: Piano Demo (12/15/66) 3:53
10 Vega-Tables: Fade (4/12/67) 5:25
11 The Elements: Fire Session (11/28/66) 8:27
12 Cool, Cool Water (Version 2) (10/26-10/29/67) 3:32
13 Good Vibrations Session Highlights 8:20

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  • [8 November 2011 08:07]
Why there is no iTunes LP D: it was the most important