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Smiley Smile/Wild Honey [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

The Beach Boys Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (9 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Capitol/EMI
  • ASIN: B00005ABX0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Heroes and Villains (2001 - Remaster)
2. Vegetables (2001 - Remaster)
3. Fall Breaks and Back to Winter (Woody Woodpecker Symphony) (2001 - Remaster)
4. She's Goin' Bald (2001 - Remaster)
5. Little Pad (2001 - Remaster)
6. Good Vibrations (2001 - Remaster)
7. With Me Tonight (2001 - Remaster)
8. Wind Chimes (2001 - Remaster)
9. Gettin' Hungry (2001 - Remaster)
10. Wonderful (2001 - Remaster)
11. Whistle In (2001 - Remaster)
12. Wild Honey (2001 - Remaster)
13. Aren't You Glad (2001 - Remaster)
14. I Was Made to Love Her (2001 - Remaster)
15. Country Air (2001 - Remaster)
16. A Thing or Two (2001 - Remaster)
17. Darlin' (2001 - Remaster)
18. I'd Love Just Once to See You (2001 - Remaster)
19. Here Comes the Night (2001 - Remaster)
20. Let the Wind Blow (2001 - Remaster)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for Wild Honey 18 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I think it's a shame that Smiley's Smile is on the cover of this CD...Wild Honey is the better of the two albums. It's first rate pop...very soul influenced. Some great,catchy,up-beat songs...and some stinkers...but the good stuff is very,very good. By no means as clever and as creative as Pet Sounds...but I don't care I love it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SMiLING at the improvement 4 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is a straight reissue of the original CD two-fer release, with one important difference: the tracks have been remastered and are presented here in HDCD format. Even on bog-standard CD players, the extra rhythm, depth and clarity over the original is stunning. I imagine the sound on an HDCD-equipped player is even more fantastic. The tracks have not been remixed from Brian Wilson's originals (as happened when Pet Sounds was released in stereo), so all the album tracks, including Good Vibrations, the most important track on the album, still exist only in mono. Nevertheless, the sound here is so clear that extra detail is revealed that you'd miss before. Especially improved is the Heroes and Villains SMiLE version. The stripped-down sound of the true Smiley Smile tracks, recorded in about 3 weeks from material left over after the SMiLE sessions collapsed in on themselves, is, taken on its own, quite stunning when it sounds like this. True, GV and H&V are out of place, but SS remains an inventive, interesting and enjoyable album. Wild Honey is an attempt at "white soul", and is great fun, containing no weak tracks and some real surprises that show the magic was still there. The bonus tracks comprise some of the GV sessions and a couple of unreleased songs. The last one, Can't Wait Too Long, is interesting for its sheer length (and is in stereo). A cut-down version of this track appeared in the 1993 Good Vibrations box set. So SS and WH are certainly no Pet Sounds, but both are interesting albums and are musically strong in their own ways. You'll keep going back to this CD, but I doubt you'll play SS right through. One star off because (i) it should have been SMiLE and (ii) EMI should have gone back to the session tapes of GV and done a stereo remix by now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared for some interesting listening 15 July 2000
Format:Audio CD
The reaction you will have to these albums will depend on the type of Beach Boys music you prefer. Smiley Smile, the last-minute substitute for Smile (many say Smile would have been the greatest album ever) is....interesting. Songs like "She's Goin' Bald" and "Little Pad" demonstrate what happens to the human mind when drugs are introduced to it. "Good Vibrations" and "Heroes and Villains" demonstrate what happens when a musical genius is introduced to a recording studio and allowed complete artistic freedom.
Wild Honey is a great, although quite short album. It appears that Brian Wilson gave up trying to produce great songs, and instead the group made decent songs. The difference is clear if you compare Wild Honey with Pet Sounds. On Pet Sounds, Wilson used a lot of studio musicians to capture the sounds he heard in his head. On the other hand, on Wild Honey, it appears the band just tried to do the best they could - on their own. The results are good, but not excellent.
I recommend this album because it symbolizes the musical fork in the road that the Beach Boys faced in the late '60's. Did they choose the right path? I don't know.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amongst the weeds lies a little flower... 2 Oct 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is two albums and some extra bits worth of the most fragile and beautiful music there is. It's all in the details and the fun to be had finding them. The squeeze boxes, the hidden melodies at the end of tracks, the contrast of the two 'big' songs on 'Smiley Smile' with the rest of the album, 'Country Air' and its overwhelming melancholy, I could go on, but you should have got the idea by now. The bonus tracks are essentially 'Good Vibrations' in free jazz form, 'Well, You're Welcome,' a frail cut of pure harmony, a wobbly version of 'Heroes and Villains' and 'Can't wait too long,' more free jazz (or sessions stuck together, but the description sounds better...). Buy it, play it and treasure it. This is the lost masterpiece of the Beach Boys, pants to the 'Smile' fans. Although a box set of that would be nice. Eh, Capitol? Eh??
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Makes me Smile! 3 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
As the first album of this 2-fer release the 'Smiley Smile' album for anybody that doesn't know was the first Beach Boys album not to be completly produced, arranged, written and controlled by the chief musical genius Brian Wilson after the fantastic 'Pet Sounds' and 'Good Vibrations' and frankly it shows.

The overall effect is 'under production' with tracks that sound as if they were rushed into completion. It should be mentioned that the aforementioned 'Good Vibrations' is included which sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the rest of the tracks. The closest thing to rival GV here is 'Heroes and Villains' which was one of a couple or so rehashed versions tracks off of another Beach Boys record known as 'Smile' which although never released or completed, from what I have heard makes a mockery of 'Smiley Smile' and is more a like musically to 'Pet Sounds'.

'Wild Honey' is an improvement in many ways on 'Smiley Smile'. Although no masterpiece it does feature some great chill out tracks such as 'Country Air' and 'I'd Love Just Once To See You', as well as one of my faves 'Let The Wind Blow'. Beach Boys fans are usually divided by this record but I like it.

Bonus tracks include 'Smile' material such as a version of 'Heroes and Villains'....Well worth a listen. If anything, these two records are the most 'interesting/challenging' of their vast catalogue.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad,but the songs could have been polished up a bit!
There is normally One Beach Boys track on an album where they are fooling about in the studio. These Two albums seems there was a lot of bits and pieces and songs that seemed not... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tony Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars Smiley Smile/Wild Honey The Beach Boys
Smiley Smile/Wild Honey
The Beach Boys, if you like the beach boys then this is the album for you all.
Published 7 months ago by diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Holding up brilliantly
Smiley smile is fantastic
Maybe not the greatest record ever, as was expected, but a brilliant, weird, transporting thing.
Better than the White album?
Published on 27 July 2012 by fibre
3.0 out of 5 stars Doodles on themes from SMiLE
It is really interesting to listen to the Smiley Smile album in the context of Smile and the recently released The Smile Sessions. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by Kenneth F. Mcara
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Great Great!! Buy This Beautiful Album.
As a youngster it was The Beatles all the way, sadly The Beach Boys never even came on to my radar. What an idiot!! Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2011 by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 From 1967 From The Beach Boys.
From their earliest surf type harmony recordings The Beach Boys blazed a trail and fought it out with The Four Seasons, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones etc to rule the US and... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2010 by J. Thompson
2.0 out of 5 stars A matter of opinion
I guess one man's meat is another man's poison. I don't like either of these two albums. I also don't like the 'Smile' album released a few years ago. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2010 by Keiran McAllister
4.0 out of 5 stars A good idea of what might have been.
Until the 2004 release of: "Brian Wilson presents SMILE" ,this was the closest a listener could come to experiencing the legendary unrecorded masterpiece. Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2009 by Close Range.
4.0 out of 5 stars sadly underated.
If only we could get rid of the 'it's not Smile' syndrome in dealing with the first album on this '2fer'. No, it isn't, I agree! Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2005 by Old Bluebottle
4.0 out of 5 stars SMILEY SMILE 4 WILD HONEY 3
Smiley Smile though never completed, until its release a few months ago, is still a great album even though at first it's very hard to get into. Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2004 by gdb
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