[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beach Boys[/lastfm] are finally going to release the album Smile this summer in celebration of their 50th anniversary!
Smile was recorded over seventeen sessions in 1966 and 1967 and was supposed to be the follow-up to Pet Sounds. As the story goes a combination of strained relationships, contract issues, the draft, drugs, paranoia and musical differences prevented the release. For a run down on what happened check out this Examiner article.
The tracks of Smile are still, to this day, shrouded in mystery. Some of the tracks resurfaced on later albums, some reassembled ‘albums’ were passed around as bootlegs, and in 2004 [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Brian Wilson[/lastfm] recorded his own version of the album under the title Brian
Wilson Presents Smile.
In a recent interview with The Examiner [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Al Jardine[/lastfm] admitted Smile was being issued.
“Capitol Records plans to issue a Beach Boys version of Smile sometime this summer to begin the celebration of The Beach Boys’ anniversary. Smile is the Holy Grail for Beach Boys’ fans, so it will be good.
I don’t have many details on it, although we didn’t do any new recording. I’m happy to see it finally come out. Brian’s changed his mind about releasing the material, but it was inevitable, wasn’t it? (Al chuckles).”
With Pet Sounds continuing to have a huge musical influence on modern bands the release of this album is sure to be a very big deal!
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