Over the years there have been countless bootleg collections of the original Smile sessions. The songs “Good Vibrations” and “Heroes and Villians” are the earliest reminders of the pop-promise this record could deliver. While none of these recordings are from those master tapes, this Smile was recorded this past Spring with Brian Wilson’s touring band, The Wondermints, along with Van Dyke Parks, the legendary composer and arranger who worked on the original sessions with Wilson.
After Pet Sounds, the ’67 Smile promised a vision of art and pop music and society full of doses of utopian Southern California stoner youthfulness. Finally, after all these years, Smile's timelessness and agelessness and appeal feels as fresh as the Sixties Cali-surf world that inspired it.
Written by Bruce Warren
Release Date: 9/28/2004
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