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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|
I've heard people say 'imagine what the world would be like if Germany won the 2nd world war' and how different things would be. I think to myself 'imagine how different music would be if 'Smile' had been released in '67'.
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 Wilson became increasingly withdrawn, and from what I've read of him became very bizarre.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 ›