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5.0 out of 5 stars About time!, 1 Nov 2011
This review is from: The Smile Sessions (Audio CD)
I've been listening to various fan made reconstructions of SMiLE for a few years now and it's great to have an official release, the sound quality is much clearer of course and this IS the definitive SMiLE.

The packaging on the 2cd box is very nice and the 2nd cd is worth having for the stripped-bare versions of Surf's Up alone.

As for the songs themselves well you have to listen from start to finish as most of the tracks aren't designed to be listened to in isolation, Side Two of Abbey Road by The Beatles is a reasonable comparison though many of these songs don't have verses unlike that long medley.

The highlights and possible exceptions to this would be Heroes And Villains, Good Vibrations, and the wonderful Surf's Up which has to be one of the finest songs of this or any era (even if the lyrics don't make any sense!).

Jimi Hendrix referred to the Beach Boys around this period as sounding like "a psychedelic barber's shop quartet" as if that was a bad thing, it's actually a very good description of the album - you'll either like it or hate it depending on whether you fancy hearing such a thing.
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Initial post: 1 Nov 2011 16:32:14 GMT
Mr Mushroom says:
Great review and I totally agree with your point about Hendrix (who I also love!) and other reviewers pejoratively describing the music as psychedelic barbershop when, in my opinion, I think it's a great concept. I think if Hendrix were alive today he'd probably love it; too many during the period and still today have to compare it with the whole teenage-rebel guitar rock construct when in reality no-one ever said that psychedelic music had to solely revolve around loud guitars!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2011 09:14:58 GMT
Thanks, i like a lot of Hendrix's work too.
I'm not actually a Beach Boys fan; i've owned Pet Sounds for around 20 years and only found out about SMiLE a few years ago when googling a Velvet Underground semi-official bootleg i'd bought - Pet Sounds and various versions of SMiLE are the only Beach Boys stuff i have.
I don't own the Brian Wilson Presents version as it just doesn't sound right without the Boys' singing on it.
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