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|1. Our Prayer / Gee|
|2. Heroes and Villains|
|3. Roll Plymouth Rock|
|5. Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine|
|6. Cabin Essence|
|8. Song for Children|
|9. Child Is Father of the Man|
|10. Surf's Up|
|11. I'm in Great Shape / I Wanna Be Around / Workshop|
|13. On a Holiday|
|14. Wind Chimes|
|15. Mrs. O'Leary's Cow|
|16. In Blue Hawaii|
|17. Good Vibrations|
SMiLE has a troubled, but well documented history. Let's just say that we are incredibly fortunate to live in the time when Brian Wilson finally feels ready to share his SMiLE with us.
Hearing the new recordings of the completed tracks, it is clear that Brian and his band have put a lot of care into this. The vocals are simply stunning for a 62 year old and far surpass any other recent efforts. The songs were recorded in the same manner as the original 60's tapes, so each segment has it's own atmosphere and feel. You can tell that everybody was having a fun time during "On A Holiday" and that they felt "Surf's Up" deserved reverence.
This isn't easy listening, it takes the listener on a journey across America from Plymouth Rock to Blue Hawaii and from colonial times up to modern days with some (apparently) whimsical interludes thrown in for good measure. Time signatures and keys and tempos change abruptly, strange instruments abound...this isn't something that you put on as background wallpaper music. It is serious listening, but the experience is totally rewarding. Quite possibly the best album ever, certainly way up there with anything else any "rock" or "pop" act has ever cared to record, SMiLE ought to be the musical highlight of the deaced.
With music this good, I can honestly say that SMiLE isn't 37 years late....like the finest wine it has matured and become something better.
Brian Wilson had developed some astonishing production techniques, and constructed the landmark single "Good Vibrations" out of an idealogy he called modular recording. He planned to follow up "Good Vibrations" with an entire album of suite songs in similar style, using Americana as its foundation. His plan was to construct a 'teenage symphony to God."
Do to drugs, pressure from Capitol, his own quickly deteriorating mental condition, and the antagonism the Beach Boys directed to the project, by the summer of 1967 Brian Wilson abandoned SMiLe, seemingly permanently. Whenever asked about it in ensuing years, Wilson would have nothing to do with it, saying SMiLe was inapproriate music.
As the years passed, SMiLe's fame grew to mythic proportions, becoming the Holy Grail of the rock canon. Many of the sessions leaked out over the years, and several SMiLe songs found their way onto Beach Boy LPs during the late 1960s and 1970s. Wilson became increasingly withdrawn, and from what I've read of him became very bizarre. SMiLe was written off as the greatest album never released, and Wilson's ultimate masterpiece.... Read more ›
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