November 15, 2007

Thanks to my new friend Antonio Jesus Reyes from ‘across the pond’ in England, who discovered this little site while looking for Beach Boys / SMiLE album material, the wheels finally went into gear and forced me to burn some copies of my own SMiLE album mix for a few special friends.

(Oh, don’t worry, you policemen of the Internet, I’m not making a dime off it and don’t want to – in fact, I even paid the postage simply for the pleasure of spreading this unfinished 1967 masterpiece of Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks to others!)

Just for the record, I thought it would nice to let everyone know how my final – and yes, this will indeed be my FINAL – mix of SMiLE was configured:

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(What would have been) SIDE 1:

1. Prayer – Originally recorded in 1966, additional vocals by Carl and Dennis Wilson added in 1968 on the 20/20 album.

2-4. Heroes And Villains – Combines original recordings from 1966-67 with Brian’s version from his 2004 “Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE” release.

5. Do You Like Worms? – From Brian’s 2004 SMiLE release (“Roll Plymouth Rock”); arrangement faithfully replicated from a 1966 recording with vocals added in 2004.

6. Barnyard – From Brian’s 2004 SMiLE release; originally included on Brian’s 1966 list of intended SMiLE tracks, but only he knows what the original might have sounded like.

7. The Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine – From Brian’s 2004 SMiLE release; faithfully reproduced from original 1966 recording; Dennis Wilson sang original vocal.

8-10. Wonderful – Combination of original 1966 recordings (the “With Me Tonight” insert is just a guess, we only know that Brian intended something to be inserted between the 2nd and 3rd verses, but it’s anyone’s guess as to what it was…)

11-12. Child Is The Father To The Man – From Brian’s SMiLE 2004 release; arrangment faithfully reproduced from original 1966 recording with vocals (and missing lyrics) added in 2004.

13-15. Heroes And Villains (Reprise) – Mix of original recordings from 1966-67.

16. Cabin Essence – Originally recorded in 1966, additional vocals by Carl and Dennis Wilson added in 1968 for the 20/20 album.

(What would have been) SIDE 2:

17. Good Vibrations – The original 1966 45 RPM release.

18. I’m In Great Shape – From Brian’s 2004 SMiLE release; originally included on Brian’s 1966 submitted list of intended SMiLE tracks, but only he knows what the original recording must have sounded like.

19-20. Vega-Tables – Combination of original 1966-67 recordings, obviously not the intended final version, but close I think.

(The next tracks serve as “The Elements” suite, which is the great unknown: the intended part of SMiLE that Brian conceived, but was never finished. No one knows what the finished version would have sounded like, as by mid-1967 and the release of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” album Brian knew he would never be able to pull the SMiLE project together. Here’s my attempt, though…)

21. On A Holiday – From Brian’s 2004 SMiLE release; arrangement faithfully reproduced from an original 1966 recording called “Tones”; 2004 lyrics added by Van Dyke Parks. Could it have been the original “earth” section?

22. Wind Chimes – From Brian’s 2004 SMiLE release; faithfully reproduced from an original 1966 recording. Included here as the “air” section.

23. Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow – From Brian’s 2004 SMiLE release; faithfully reproduced from an original 1966 recording (believe it or not!). Originally conceived as the “fire” section. (Note: The most incredible piece of music I’ve ever heard.)

24. I Wanna Be Around – From Brian’s 2004 SMiLE release. Back in 1966 Brian said “I Wanna Be Around” was to follow “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow” as a way to compare and simulate the rebuilding of a relationship after its end with what would take place after a fire. Why it was placed where it was on the 2004 release is anyone’s guess…

25. In Blue Hawaii – From Brian’s 2004 SMiLE release; arrangement faithfully reproduced from an original 1967 recording (called “I Love To Say Da Da”). Lyrics added in 2004 by Van Dyke Parks. Originally planned as the “water” section.

26. Surf’s Up – From The Beach Boys’ 1971 “Surf’s Up” album; arrangement is from an original 1966 recording with lead vocals by Carl (first section) and Brian (third section) added in 1971; in the second section, Brian’s vocal is from the original 1966 recording, augmented with Carl’s vocal in 1971.

27. Heroes And Villains – Remixed original A side from 1967; The first 45 RPM single release intended out of SMiLE.

28. You’re Welcome – original B side from the 1967 45 RPM single release.

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As the back cover of the SMiLE replacement album, “Smiley Smile” reads (and attributes to ‘Indian wisdom’) – “The smile that you send out returns to you.” Well, here’s hoping there’s a few smiles generated by my special mix.

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