Friday, March 11, 2011

Capitol Officially Announces The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE' Box Set Release!

Breaking News (8/26/2011): Well, I recently wrote that I would hold off on posting anything about The Beach Boys' rabidly anticipated SMiLE Sessions box set until the rumors had evaporated and the hard facts materialized. That day has come. The surprisingly reasonably priced box set and 2-disc editions of The SMiLE Sessions are now available to pre-order on! The release date is November 1, 2011. Follow this link to get the box and this one if you want to settle for the double-disc. But why would you?

More information here.

Now back to the original article:

Gadzooks! In what will surely be the Retro Rock news of the year--fuck that, the century--Capitol Records has finally confirmed those rumors that have been swirling around ever since Al Jardine spilled the beans last month: The Beach Boys' "lost" mid-'60s masterpiece SMiLE will finally beam into existence this year. No specific release date has been announced yet, but an article on revealed "[t]he project will be released in three versions: a two-CD set, an iTunes LP digital album and a limited-edition boxed set containing four CDs, two vinyl LPs, two vinyl singles and a 60-page hardbound book written by Beach Boys historian Dominic Priore.

"The Smile Sessions is being released with the support of the band, including Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson. Wilson wasn't immediately available for an interview but he expressed his excitement about the release in a statement released through Capitol."

Wilson, who was previously so bummed out by the bad vibrations he associated with the SMiLE sessions, has been changing his tune about the project in recent years. In 2004, he performed the project live for the first time and recreated it with his touring band for a solo release. In the Billboard article, Wilson says he's "thrilled" about the upcoming box set.
Brian beams while recording "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" from 'SMiLE'.
SMiLE bootlegs have been plentiful for decades, and several tracks from the sessions were released officially for the first time on the 1993 box set 30 Years of Good Vibrations, but this will be the first time the entire, original project recorded by The Beach Boys in 1966 and '67 will see official release.

Engineer Mark Linette explains the set will include "the whole piece as close to as it was envisioned, or as is envisioned, as possible . . . and obviously with input from Brian and from everybody else." Billboard continues to report that "an approximation of the original Smile album will occupy one CD or three sides of vinyl, with session outtakes and studio chatter occupying the rest of each version of the release" and that "Wilson's 2004 Smile album has served as a blueprint for the current project."

That there is a wealth of information, kids! Now you'll have to excuse me, because I just peed my pants!

Thanks, as always, to the great site The Second Disc for passing along this wonderful news.
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