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The Beach Boys Play Smile

The Beach Boys

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  • The Beach Boys Play Smile: Main Version

    These previously released versions of songs from Smile give you an insight into what the original Beach Boys version of the album might have sounded like. We even put them in the correct sequence for you. "Cabinessence" is a superb piece of Americana, complete with banjo and the promise of "a home on the range." "Heroes and Villains (Alternate Take)" is reportedly Wilson's first collaboration with lyricist Van Dyke Parks. And "Vegetables," complete with chomp-crunch sound effect, is delightfully goofy fun.

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  • The Beach Boys Play Smile: Alternate Version

    If you want to go deeper and hear Smile during its evolution, check out these versions, also placed in sequence. Unlike the finished album, many of the Beach Boys tracks feature significant contributions from Mike and Carl Wilson. "Our Prayer," with its massive reverb, is a virtual Gregorian chant. "Good Vibrations (Early Take)" features Tony Asher's lyrics, significantly different from those on the hit. And "Surf's Up" brings up Carl's vocals in a far more intimate manner than the original release.

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  • The Beach Boys Play Smile: Complete Set

    To say that Smile was the Holy Grail of unreleased albums might understate its position in rock history. Shelved just before its intended 1967 release, Smile was the subject of rumor, gossip, speculation, and bootlegs for decades. Finally, in 2004, Wilson returned to the studio and completed his masterpiece, re-recording every note with remarkable fidelity to the sound of the original. Over the years, many Smile sessions tunes appeared on Beach Boys albums, box sets and collections, most notably "Good Vibrations," which the British magazine Mojo ranked as the #1 Record of All Time. We've reassembled the majority of the album from previously issued takes (and outtakes), just to give you an idea of what you might have heard in that alternate 1967 universe where the Beach Boys version of Smile was released.

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Customer Reviews

Remnants of a lost masterpiece!

This is a great job in attempting to give us an approximation of what "Smile" should've been. Realizing how close this album was to completion makes me wonder why the remaining Beach Boys never went back to put the finishing touches on ALL these songs (as they did for "Surf's Up" & "Our Prayer"). Carl & the boys did a wonderful job on finishing up the vocals on those tracks. I guess Brian was the only one who could put all the pieces of the Smile puzzle together and he wasn't well enough to do that until 2004. Although I love his official (solo) version of "Smile", I still find myself coming back to these core tracks of the Beach Boy's version of "Smile" primarily because Brian's vocals on these recordings are so good. The finished version of "Surf's Up" included here is simply one of the greatest pieces of music ever put down on tape. It's breathtaking, beautiful & heartbreaking. At least we have these wonderful remnants. Had it been fully realized in 1967 I believe "Smile" would have turned the music industry on it's head. We will never know. A couple notes on the song titles here on iTunes, "Do You Like Worms?" was simply a working title and was officially retitled "Roll Plymouth Rock". "Heroes & Villains (intro)" is a typo and is actually "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow (Fire)". Lastly, "I Love To Say Da Da" was retitled "In Blue Hawaii". These are the titles Brian gave to those themes when he released his new version in 2004. Enjoy!!!

The album teaser!

This playlist is great! I understand Smile is finally going to be on CD in November. I wonder if this playlist will stay her after then...