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|9. Child is Father of the Man|
|10. Surf's Up|
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One of the most mythic albums in rock-the one that pushed Wilson over the edge and sat unfinished in the vault for decades-returned in 2004 when Brian resurrected it , re-recorded it and earned his most rapturous raves in decades. The CD contains Heroes and Villains; Surf's Up; Mrs. O'Leary's Cow; Roll Plymouth Rock , and the rest of the captivating creations of Wilson and Van Dyke Parks. To watch a revelatory documentary about the history and ultimate triumph of SMiLE and see its complete performance in LA (plus an ocean of bonus features), go for the DVD!
The Greatest Album That Never Was finally is. The Beach Boys' uncompleted 1967 album Smile has remained the elusive touchstone of Brian Wilson's brilliant, star-crossed career for decades. Artistic Holy Grail and troubling professional Waterloo for Wilson, a tantalizing prism of unfulfilled promise to his loyal cadre of fans, its story has become pop music's Rashomon. Finally completed via spring 2004 recordings with his stellar, longtime touring band (none of the original '60s sessions were used, though they've been recreated here with often stunning authenticity), it's arguably as alien to contemporary pop as it might have seemed in its intended '67 context--even to ears freshly primed by the glories of Pet Sounds.
Collaborator Van Dyke Parks's impressionistic, often mischievous lyrics conjure a collage of arcane 19th century Americana that's equal parts artful ellipse and aloof nostalgia. But wed to Wilson's innovative composition and recording techniques (echoing beat author William Burroughs's fabled cut 'n' paste methodology and exemplified by the modular "Good Vibrations"), the resulting semisuite confections challenge the boundaries of both song and album form, but with an insouciant charm that's as different from Pet Sounds as that landmark was from "I Get Around." Turns out those hypothetical comparisons to Sgt. Pepper's weren't so far off the mark. --Jerry McCulley
Smiling with Brian
Amazon.com Music Editor Peter Hilgendorf called Brian Wilson to congratulate him on the release of Smile, and to talk about the recording and some of the history behind this highly anticipated release. Listen now.
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Brian Wilson had developed some astonishing production techniques, and constructed the landmark single "Good Vibrations" out of a production style he called modular recording. He planned to follow up "Good Vibrations" with an entire album of suite songs in similar, using American culture and history as its foundation. His plan was to construct a `teenage symphony to God." With all that baggage, it's not hard to see why the project never made it out of the gates.
Reading stories of Wilson during the 1960s shows his grip on reality wasn't exactly strong (that can be said of several artistic giants). During the Elemental Suite, he made the musicians wear fire hats, and was convinced the cause of several fires around the studio originated because his song, "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" was sending out bad vibrations. Do to the increasingly prevalent drug intake, 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 inappropriate music.Read more ›
The three main songs on it, people have known for decades - Heroes and Villains, Surf's Up, and of course, Good Vibrations. What's been created now are three fifteen minute "mini symphonies" built around each song - the album can be looked at as 17 songs, or 3 big songs. It's incredible. Sounds are flying in from everywhere, constantly, I can't imagine how long it took to mix this thing. And I was skeptical - they rerecorded everything, with Brian on main lead - and I've heard Brian lately, his voice is shot. But on this album, he makes it work - he sounds just like he did in the 60's. This was incredible. I want to tell the world everyone must own a copy, before you listen to anything. It sound be handed out in Grade 1.
To have predicted the structure of the first official SMiLE release would have been to forget that it was ever intended for single-LP release. For starters, the album is divided into not two, but _three_ suites: the "Americana" and "Elements" sections have now been trimmed to bookend a third, 10-minute, "Cycle of Life" section incorporating Wonderful, Song for Children (aka "Look"), Child is Father of the Man, and Surf's Up. (All three sections sound complete, in case you're wondering.) Second, new lyrics (and, at times, new song titles) fit in perfectly with the ones we've been hearing (and reading, in the case of certain pieces whose vocal tracks were never recorded), which is no mean feat when you consider some of them were completed thirty years after the fact. And one cannot be sure which is more surprising: the inclusion of "Good Vibrations" (aka the million-selling hit that was not conceived for SMiLE), or its inclusion as the programme finale (with alternate lyrics, to boot).Read more ›
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Die hard fans will not appreciate my opinion but I found this CD tedious from beginning to end.
This product does not hold up to the test of time as well as any release... Read more
In 1967 when Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys failed to release SMiLE ... the face of music was deprived of a REAL guiding light. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2007 by Lee Marshall
Si vous avez aimé PET SOUNDS et avez aprécié ses arrangements instrumentaux et vocals sophistiqués vous adorerez cet album. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2004 by andre michaud
The big problem is this album has been released now and not then. As of now this album is no big deal and by no means nowhere near enough meat to justify the reviews. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2004 by Andrew Pen
Brian Wilson is a genius. This is a beautifuly crafted piece of music. From the beginning to the end, it fills you with a sense of happiness and optimism. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2004
I had to listen to SMiLE just twice to make sure that I had actually heard this exquisite, breathtaking work of art. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2004
The album took 37 years to be released, so you know it is good. :)
As far as the guy from Calgary saying he'll never buy another album again .. Read more
This is the worst music I have ever listened to. It is no wonder that record companies are losing sales, I will never buy another CD again after being ripped off yet again.Published on Oct. 13 2004 by Shaun Mesher