OK. This is true Rock N' Roll history. The harmonies of the Beach Boys are 100% amazing and if you appreciate the history of popular music this is essential listening. This version of the legendary unreleased SMiLE album, (one of Brian Wilson's works of genius) is presented by Purple Chick known for her fan releases of Beatles works.
I can't say enough about the quality of this release. It is outstanding. It is a pleasure to listen to, start to finish. The historical value is worth the download alone. I don't know how long this will be up here because a version of this was officially released in 2004, though very different (Brian Wilson re-recorded much of the content and much of what is presented here is not in the official release). I have renamed all the tracks with proper titles, tagged everything with all information and artwork as is my custom. It is my honor to present to you possibly the most talked about unreleased album of all times, The Beach Boys unreleased classic "SMiLE".
-Presented by RMac©
The Beach Boys
SMiLE - a STEREO reconstruction
(or "Not another damn SMiLE mix??!!??")
by Purple Chick
SBD > ? (many varied sources, I'm sure) > 'original' CDR > EAC > FLAC > you
1: Our Prayer/Gee
2: Heroes And Villians
3: Roll Plymouth Rock
5: Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine
6: Cabin Essence
8: Song For Children
9: Child Is Father Of The Man
10: Surf's Up
11: I'm In Great Shape/I Wanna Be Around/Workshop
13: On A Holiday
14: Wind Chimes
15: Mrs. O'Leary's Cow
16: In Blue Hawaii
17: Good Vibrations
Very Unnecessary Bonus Tracks:
18: Vega-Tables (vocals only)
19: Our Prayer/Gee (mono)
20: Heroes And Villians (mono)
21: Roll Plymouth Rock (mono)
22: Child Is Father Of The Man (mono)
23: Surf's Up (alternate)
24: I'm In Great Shape/I Wanna Be Around/Workshop (mono)
25: Vega-Tables (mono)
26: In Blue Hawaii (with mono sections)
27: Good Vibrations (stereo - original lyrics)
Brian Wilson's 2004 arrangement of SMiLE as performed by the Beach Boys back in the day. In glorious STEREO, just like it says on the cover. We decided to do it the way we imagined which necessitated edits, manipulation, speed tempo and pitch correction, etc. Despite killing all the sacred cows it sounds mighty fine to us.
There have been many, many other attempts at reconstructing SMiLE. This one is by far the best I've heard. It all flows together beautifully, the arrangements and cuts are probably as good as we're going to get. Also, unlike any other version, it's almost completely in stereo. I think only "On A Holiday" is mostly mono, by necessity. Good Vibrations really packs a punch.
So if you're downloaded other versions, you might want to take a chance on this one also.
Rapidshare download links here.