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Forget these recent reviews! This release is fantastic!,
This review is from: The Smile Sessions (Audio CD)
I was surprised to look at the reviews here and see bad to average ratings being given recently! It seems to me these people aren't the target audience this project is aimed at and expected something similar to Barbara Ann or their earlier surfing songs! If you a big fan of and The Beach Boys and/or psychedelic albums in general (Sgt Pepper, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn) this release is essential! I have only been a Beach Boys fan for two years and I am only 17 but there have been fans waiting for this release to come out since 1967! The music has been available in the form of bootlegs for many years but usually with bad sound quality. The music although somewhat incomplete (Brian Wilson had a break down before he could finish the project) is fantastic and anyone who thinks of the Beach Boys as a lame band that only sings old car and surf songs should take a good listen to Surfs Up, Wonderful or Heroes and Villains!
This deserves five stars for the packaging and sound quality alone which is miles better than any of the bootlegs! The music is some of the best I have ever heard and deserves to rub shoulders with the likes of Pet Sounds and Sgt Pepper. I would say to make sure that people realise however that parts of the music is incomplete, (You would never know though listening to the main album!) and that the tracklisting is based on the Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE version from 2004, despite this it really does suit the music down to a tee which should really be listened in full from Our Prayer to Good Vibrations! Also the music just has a great somewhat eery vibe which you just can't get from the more recent replica version which although similar and more complete just doesn't compare to the original with Brian Wilson and the rest of the Beach Boys voices in great shape and the sound of studio musicians, the Wrecking Crew! Anyway I would say to make sure to pick this album if you are a big Beach Boy fan but just be aware that this isn't the type of music they are known for making and that it doesn't have the amount of polish that a finished album would have but getting down to it is just fantastic somewhat weird music to listen to!