Archive for September 12th, 2004

The finished Smile album finally sees the light of day. And guess what? It’s good!

Sep 12, 2004 in Music

The new, finished edition of Brian Wilson’s Smile is scheduled for release later this month, and the official website is streaming several tracks from the album (requires email registration).

For those of you unfamiliar with Smile, it is the lost Beach Boys album that was slated to be the follow-up to Pet Sounds. The project was scrapped, and all that remains are a handful of muddy-sounding bootlegs and a few tracks that appeared on the Good Vibrations boxset and other Beach Boys albums.

Judging from what I’ve heard so far, the new Smile sounds as amazing as the original. The arrangements are very similar to the original tapes, and several songs, such as “Barnyard” and “Roll Plymouth Rock,” are fully fleshed out with lyrics and arrangements. Even though Brian Wilson’s voice is long past it’s peak, it doesn’t distract from the beauty of the songs.

Here are a few resources on the Smile legacy:

The Smile Shop - a website dedicated to the Smile album
A previous blog post on the upcoming Smile release
An essay I wrote several years ago on the Beach Boys’ late-sixties output