The Beach Boys | The SMiLE Sessions | Deluxe Box Set (5 CD / LP / 2 7" Singles)

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With the full participation of original Beach Boys Al Jardine, Mike Love, and Brian Wilson, Capitol/EMI has, for the first time, collected and compiled the bands legendary 1966-67 sessions for the never-completed SMiLE album.

In numerous sessions between the spring of 1966 and the summer of 1967, The Beach Boys recorded a bounty of songs and drafts for an album, SMiLE, that was intended to follow the band's 1966 masterpiece, Pet Sounds. The master tapes were ultimately shelved, and The Beach Boys' SMiLE has never been released. Drawn from the original masters, The SMiLE Sessions presents an in-depth overview of The Beach Boys' recording sessions for the enigmatic album, which has achieved legendary, mythical status for music fans around the world.

This expanded, boxed edition of The SMiLE Sessions features the main SMiLE album tracks, plus four CDs of additional audio from the legendary sessions, a double vinyl LP set, and two 7 vinyl singles. The deluxe box also contains a 60-page hardbound book with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia from The Beach Boys archive and newly-written essays by Beach Boys Al Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, and Bruce Johnston, as well as by Beach Boys historian and author Domenic Priore and many other inner-circle participants.

Produced by Brian Wilson, Mark Linett, Alan Boyd and Dennis Wolfe in Los Angeles The SMiLE Sessions box set includes an assembled collection of core session tracks. It also delves much deeper into the sessions, adding early song drafts, alternate takes, instrumental and vocals-only mixes, and studio chatter. The SMiLE Sessions invites the listener into the studio to experience the album's creation, with producer, singer and bassist Brian Wilson's vision leading the way as he guides his fellow Beach Boys, singer Mike Love, drummer Dennis Wilson, lead guitarist Carl Wilson, rhythm guitarist Al Jardine, and newest member Bruce Johnston (who'd replaced Brian Wilson in the touring group during 1965), through the legendary sessions.

Artwork for all of The SMiLE Sessions has been created with and inspired by Beat-Pop artist Frank Holmes original 1967 LP sleeve art and booklet designs intended for the SMiLE album. With its three-dimensional shadowbox lid, The SMiLE Sessions box set offers a whimsical peek inside the storied SMiLE Shop.

When Capitol/EMI and The Beach Boys first announced plans for The SMiLE Sessions 2011 release, the news spread rapidly. Pitchfork reported, "The Beach Boys SMiLE is quite possibly the most storied album in rock history," Billboard proclaimed the upcoming release "an event that pop music fans have been waiting for since the Summer of Love," and The Washington Post called SMiLE "the most legendary unreleased album of all time."

The best efforts have been taken by The Beach Boys, the producers, and Capitol/EMI to present the SMiLE album sessions most vital and fascinating elements. However, there will no doubt be some debate amongst Beach Boys fans around the world who, during the past four decades, have become familiar with a variety of widely-traded bootlegged bits and pieces from the sessions. As recently explained by the Detroit Metro Times, No album, released or not, has generated a more personal relationship with its audience, since no two people can ever agree on its content and purpose.
Beginning with Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys best-selling record in a long string of hits, Brian Wilson had begun to construct songs in a modular form, crafting individual sections that would later be edited together to form a coherent whole. In several intense bursts of creative energy, Wilson, drawing on the talents of the finest studio musicians in Los Angeles and utilizing the best studio facilities available on any given day, laid down dozens of musical fragments, all designed to fit together in any number of possible combinations. No one had done this before in pop music, and his next endeavor would be an album-length version of this unique and luxurious songwriting parlance: SMiLE.

In 1965, Brian Wilson met an up-and-coming session keyboard player and songwriter, Van Dyke Parks. Noticing Parks' conversational eloquence, Wilson felt that he could help to volley The Beach Boys songwriting into the wave of broader-messaged and socially-conscious rock 'n' roll that would come to define the '60s. They were soon collaborating on keynote songs for SMiLE, including Heroes And Villains, the bands follow-up single to Good Vibrations. Wilson and Parks would also co-write Surf's Up, Vega-Tables, Cabin Essence, Do You Like Worms, Wonderful, Wind Chimes, and other pieces of the SMiLE tapestry. Parks also introduced Frank Holmes to create album sleeve art and a booklet interpreting the albums James Joyce-mode lyrics.

The reason SMiLE did not see a release in 1967 had more to do with back room business that obscured the creative side of the program than anything else. In late 1966, The Beach Boys formed Brother Records, initially to produce outside artists. Soon, however, The Beach Boys would become embroiled in a court action with Capitol Records with the goal to become the top-selling artists on their self-owned, independent label. The group withheld Heroes And Villains and announced they would instead release Vega-Tables recorded with the bands own money in April of '67 on Brother Records. By July of 1967, Capitol Records and The Beach Boys had come to terms, with Capitol agreeing to distribute the bands Brother Records, and it was agreed that SMiLE was no longer to be the bands next album.

Track Listing:

LP 1
Side 1
1. Our Prayer
2. Gee
3. Heroes and Villains
4. Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
5. I'm In Great Shape
6. Barnyard
7. My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine)
8. Cabin Essence
Side 2
1. Wonderful
2. Look (Song for Children)
3. Child Is Father Of the Man
4. Surf's Up
LP 2
Side 3
1. I Wanna Be Around / Workshop
2. Vega-Tables
3. Holidays
4. Wind Chimes
5. The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)
6. Love to Say Dada
7. Good Vibrations
Side 4
1. You're Welcome (stereo mix)
2. Vega-Tables (stereo mix)
3. Wind Chimes (stereo mix)
4. Cabin Essence (Session highlights and stereo backing track)
5. Surf's Up (Session Excerpt and Stereo mix)
Heroes and Villains "Smile" 7" single:
Side A: Heroes and Villains Part One
Side B: Heroes and Villains Part Two
Vega-Tables 7" single:
Side A: Vega-Tables
Side B: Surf's Up
CD 1
1. Our Prayer
2. Gee
3. Heroes and Villains
4. Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
5. I'm In Great Shape
6. Barnyard
7. My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine)
8. Cabin Essence
9. Wonderful
10. Look (Song for Children)
11. Child Is Father Of the Man
12. Surf's Up
13. I Wanna Be Around / Workshop
14. Vega-Tables
15. Holidays
16. Wind Chimes
17. The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)
18. Love to Say Dada
19. Good Vibrations
Bonus Tracks:
20. You're Welcome
21. Heroes and Villains (Stereo mix)
22. Heroes and Villains Sections (Stereo mix)
23. Vega-Tables Demo
24. He Gives Speeches
25. Smile Backing Vocals Montage
26. Surf's Up 1967 (solo version)
27. Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls Into A Piano
CD 2 - Session Highlights:
Our Prayer
1. Our Prayer "Dialog" (9/19/66)
2. Our Prayer (10/14/66)
Heroes and Villains
Heroes and Villains Session (10/20/66)
3. Heroes and Villains: Verse (Master take)
4. Heroes and Villains: Barnyard (Master take)
5. Heroes and Villains: I'm In Great Shape (10/27/66)
6. Heroes and Villains: Intro (Early version - circa 12/66)
Heroes and Villains Session (1/3/67)
7. Heroes and Villains: Do A Lot
8. Heroes and Villains: Back of Tricks
9. Heroes and Villains: Mission Pak
10. Heroes and Villains: Bridge To Indians
11. Heroes and Villains: Part 1 Tag
12. Heroes and Villains: Pickup To 3rd Verse
Heroes and Villains (1/27/67)
13. Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised
14. Heroes and Villains: Part 2 (Cantina track)
15. Heroes and Villains: Whistling Bridge
16. Heroes and Villains: Cantina
17. Heroes and Villains: All Day
18. Heroes and Villains: Verse Edit Experiment
Heroes and Villains Session (2/15/67)
19. Heroes and Villains: Prelude to Fade
20. Heroes and Villains: Piano Theme
Heroes and Villains Session (2/20/67)
21. Heroes and Villains: Part 2
22. Heroes and Villains: Part 2 (Gee)(Master take)
23. Heroes and Villains: Part 2 Revised
24. Heroes and Villains: Part 2 Revised (Master take)
25. Heroes and Villains: Part 3 (Animals)(Master take)
26. Heroes and Villains: Part 4
27. Heroes and Villains: Part Two (Master take) (2/27/67)
28. Heroes and Villains: Fade (2/28/67)
Heroes and Villains Session (3/1/67)
29. Heroes and Villains: Verse Remake
30. Heroes and Villains: Organ Waltz / Intro
Heroes and Villains Session (6/14/67)
31. Heroes and Villains: Chorus Vocals
32. Heroes and Villains: Barbershop
33. Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised (Remake)
34. Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised (Master take Overdubs Mix 1)
35. Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised (Master take A Capella)
Bonus Tracks:
36. Heroes and Villains Piano Demo (incorporating "I'm In Great Shape" and "Barnyard") Brian with Van Dyke Parks and "Humble Harve" Miller, KHJ Radio (11/4/66)
37. Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls Into A Microphone (11/4/66)
38. Psycodelic Sounds: Moaning Laughing (11/4/66)
CD 3 - Session Highlights
Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
Do You Like Worms Session (10/18/66)
1. Do You Like Worms: Part 1
2. Do You Like Worms: Part 2 (Bicycle Rider)
3. Do You Like Worms: Part 3
4. Do You Like Worms: Part 4 (Bicycle Rider)
5. Do You Like Worms: Bicycle Rider Overdubs (Heroes And Villains Part 2) (1/5/67)
My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine)
6. My Only Sunshine: Parts 1 & 2 (11/14/66)
7. My Only Sunshine: Part 2 (Master Take With Vocal Overdubs) (2/10/67)
Cabin Essence
Cabin Essence Session (10/3/66)
8. Cabin Essence: Verse
9. Cabin Essence: Chorus
10. Cabin Essence: Tag
11. Wonderful (Version 1) (8/25/66)
Wonderful (Version 2 Rock With Me, Henry) Session (1/9/67)
12. Wonderful (Version 2)
13. Wonderful (Version 2 Tag)
14. Wonderful (Version 3) (4/10/67?)
Look (Song For Children)
15. Look (8/12/66)
Child Is Father Of The Man
16. Child Is Father Of The Man (Version 1) (10/7/66)
17. Child Is Father Of The Man (Version 2) (10/11/66)
Surf's Up
18. Surf's Up: 1st Movement (11/4/66)
19. Surf's Up: Talking Horns (11/7/66)
20. Surfs Up: Piano Demo (Master Take) (12/15/66)
I Wanna Be Around / Workshop (Friday Night)
21. I Wanna Be Around (11/29/66)
Vega-Tables (Vegetables)
Vegetables Sessions (4/4/67 4/11/67)
22. Vegetables: Verse (Master Take Track) (4/4 4/11/67)
23. Vegetables: Sleep A Lot (Chorus)
24. Vegetables: Chorus 1 (Master Take)
25. Vegetables: 2nd Chorus (Master Take Track And Backing Vocals)
26. Vegetables: Insert (Part 4) (Master Take)
CD 4
Session Highlights
Vega-Tables (Vegetables) (continued)
1. Vegetables: Fade (4/12/67)
2. Vegetables: Ballad Insert (4/14/67)
3. Holidays (9/8/66)
Wind Chimes
4. Wind Chimes (Version 1) (8/3/66)
Wind Chimes (Version 2) Session (10/5/66)
5. Wind Chimes (Version 2)
6. Wind Chimes (Version 2 Tag)
The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)
7. The Elements (Fire) (11/28/66)
Love to Say Dada / Cool, Cool Water
Da Da Session (12/22/66)
8. Da Da (Taped Piano Strings)
9. Da Da (Fender Rhodes)
Love To Say Dada Sessions (5/16/67 - 5/18/67)
10. Love To Say Dada: Part 1 (5/16/67)
11. Love To Say Dada: Part 2 (5/17/67)
12. Love To Say Dada: Part 2 (Master Take) (5/17/67)
13. Love To Say Dada: Part 2 (Second Day) (5/18/67)
Cool, Cool Water
14. Cool, Cool Water (Version 1) (6/7/67)
15. Cool, Cool Water (Version 2) (10/26/67 & 10/29/67)
Smile Additional Sessions
16. You're Welcome (12/15/66)
17. You're With Me Tonight (6/66/7/67)
18. Tune X (3/3/673/31/67)
19. I Don't Know (1/12/67)
20. Three Blind Mice (10/15/65)
21. Teeter Totter Love (Jasper Dailey) (1/25/67 & 2/9/67)
Bonus Tracks:
22. Psycodelic Sounds - Underwater Chant (11/4/66)
23. Hal Blaine Vega-Tables Promo Session (11/16/66)
24. Heroes And Villains: Early Version Outtake Sections (1/67 2/67)
CD 5
Session Highlights
Good Vibrations Sessions
1. Good Vibrations: Gold Star 2/18/66 (The Pet Sounds Session)
2. Good Vibrations: Gold Star 4/9/66
3. Good Vibrations: Western 5/4/66 (First Chorus)
4. Good Vibrations: Western 5/4/66 (Second Chorus & Fade)
5. Good Vibrations: Sunset Sound 5/24/66 (Part 1)
6. Good Vibrations: Sunset Sound 5/24/66 (Parts 2 & 3)
7. Good Vibrations: Sunset Sound 5/24/66 (Part 4)
8. Good Vibrations: Western 5/27/66 (Part C)
9. Good Vibrations: Western 5/27/66 (Chorus)
10. Good Vibrations: Western 5/27/66 (Fade Sequence)
11. Good Vibrations (Inspiration): Western 6/2/66 (Part 1)
12. Good Vibrations (Inspiration): Western 6/2/66 (Part 3)
13. Good Vibrations (Inspiration): Western 6/2/66 (Part 4)
14. Good Vibrations: Western 6/16/66 (Part 1)
15. Good Vibrations: Western 6/16/66 (Part 2 & Verse)
16. Good Vibrations: Western 6/16/66 (Part 2 Continued)
17. Good Vibrations: Western 6/18/66 (Part 1)
18. Good Vibrations: Western 6/18/66 (Part 2)
19. Good Vibrations (Persuasion): Western 9/1/66
20. Good Vibrations: Western 9/1/66 (New Bridge)
21. Good Vibrations: Session Masters
22. Good Vibrations: Single Version Stereo Track
23. Good Good Good Vibrations (First Version With Overdubs) 3/66
24. Good Vibrations: Alternate Edit 8/24/66