Friday, August 26, 2011

The Wait Is Over: Pre-Order The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE Sessions' Now!

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?

Of course, track lists have not been posted yet, but here's the information that is available on Amazon:

SMiLE Sessions' physical and digital configurations include an assembled collection of core session tracks, while the box set delves much deeper into the sessions, adding early song drafts, alternate takes, instrumental and vocals-only mixes, and studio chatter...

Artwork for all of the SMiLE Sessions' physical and digital configurations 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...

Box Set Content
- 5 CDs / 2LPs / 2 7" singles
- Three-dimensional shadow box lid featuring the original artwork of Frank Holmes.
- The Box Set measures 13" x 13" x 2.5"
- 60 page case bound book with liner notes by: Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, Frank Holmes, Peter Reum, Tom Nolan, Dominic Priore
- Anecdotes by: Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford, Diane Rovell, Dean Torrence, Mark Volman, Michael Vosse, David Anderle, Danny Hutton
- Timeline
- Sessionography
- Lyrics
- Frank Holmes drawings
- Producer's Notes
- More than 60 previously unreleased photos

- Box also contains:
- 6 panel folder holding 5 CDs and singles. Features photos of original session tape boxes.
- 7" vinyl singles
- "Heroes and Villians" in sleeve art
- Vega-Tables" in sleeve art
- Gatefold 2 LPs
- Features full tracklisting of proposed unfinished album +
- Stereo mixes and session highlights (not available on CDs)
- 12" x 12" booklet created for original release features:
- Photos by Guy Webster
- Drawings by Frank Holmes
- 24" x 36" poster of Frank Holmes cover art

2CD Edition contains:
- Lift top box measures 5.5" x 5.5" x 1"
- Features original cover art designed by Frank Holmes
- 2 CD wallets
- 14.5" x 20" poster of Frank Holmes cover art
- 1" Smile button
- 36 page booklet featuring:
- Liner notes by Brian Wilson and more.
- Previously unseen photos
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