I was so looking forward to the Brian Wilson band's redo of the Smile epic. It is amazing that 40 something years after the original Smile recordings, after all the advances made in recording technology, this still sounds like a budget album from a tribute band. Very nice, very clever but nowhere near as good as the "original" Beach Boys version released recently. Compare this to the songs from Smile that ended up on Surf's Up and you hear how far it falls short. I am a Brian Wilson/Beach Boys fan and i have every album they ever made. As Paul McCartney said,"The Brian Wilson band is the best touring band in the world. Period". That's maybe the problem; This band was a BW/BB tribute band for years before Brian decided to use them as his live band. They are a damn fine live band that does a great emulation of the BB sound. They don't have the warmth or class that the Beach Boys had when they sang together. They had a sound that still knocks me out today. A good album and all BW/BB fans should have it in their collection.
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