The Boys Who Cried “Smile”

March 11th, 2011

You see this album here? You will never own it.


It’s an event that pop music fans have been waiting for since the Summer of Love: Capitol Records is planning to release the Beach Boys’ great lost album, “Smile,” later this year.


Wow! Really? That’s awesome!

Two longtime Beach Boys associates — engineer Mark Linett and archivist Alan Boyd — are co-producing the release, which Capitol has titled “The Smile Sessions.”


Fantastic! I can’t wait to pick it up! How’s it going to be released? I mean, there’s so many options now. Vinyl is back in vogue, digital is an increasing part of the industry. CDs haven’t been made obsolete completely.

The 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 Domenic Priore.


That sounds yippy-skippy! I have Brian Wilson’s 2004 remake, so I might just buy all three versions! What took so long?

“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.


Fantastic! Everybody who is still alive in the Beach Boys is on the same page, finally. Hurry up before someone else dies! When is it coming out?

“The Smile Sessions” doesn’t yet have a specific release date, with Capitol saying only that it will arrive later this year.




When Warner Bros. Records signed the Beach Boys to a record deal in 1970, part of the label’s interest in the group was rooted in its hopes of releasing “Smile.” Linett, who has engineered Beach Boys reissues for more than two decades, recalls going through the “Smile” tapes as early as 1988.


I feel an overwhelming sense of deja-vu all over again ad nauseam.


And in 1995, Capitol told Billboard that it was preparing to release a three-CD compilation tentatively titled “The Smile Era” for release in August of that year. But that set never saw the light of day.


Just what we need: another cocktease from the Boys who cried “SMiLE”. I shouldn’t hold my breath, right?


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