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Ask most music lovers to name female singer-songwriters of the classic-rock era and the same trilogy of names will come numbingly to the tongue—Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. It’s a familiar enough group to have inspired a best-selling biography covering all three, “Girls Like Us,” by Sheila Weller.

It’s too bad more people don’t know that there should be a fourth “girl” in that club one of equal talent and reach who sprang from the same era: Laura Nyro. That’s especially unjust given the fact that, in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Nyro penned many more chart hits than Joni did and at least as many as Carly managed. Admittedly, there’s a significant caveat to Nyro’s success: She could only smuggle her genius into the mainstream via cover versions recorded by more accessible artists. Between 1967 and ’71, songs that Nyro wrote, like “Stoney End”  “Eli’s Coming and “Wedding Bell Blues”, flew high on the charts and became embedded in the public’s consciousness. But they only did so cut by other artists like Barbra Streisand, Blood Sweat and Tears, Three Dog Night, and The 5th Dimension, respectively.

It was left to the most dedicated fans to savor the quirks and drama of Nyro’s own recordings. They were contained on classic albums like Eli and the Thirteenth Confession , New York Tendaberry , and Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat, all works which presented Nyro in the raw. Her albums served unsweetned versions of the songs, spiked by complex arrangements, sneaky beats, and vocals that could turn in an instant from shy to stentorian. Given those eccentricities, it’s understandable that Nyro never achieved the exposure of her peers.

This year, however, Nyro’s achievements deserve a fresh view, will mark 50 years since her debut appeared under the apt title More Than A New Discovery (later re-released as ‘The First Songs’). This fall, the star would have turned 70, while April 8th will mark twenty years since her death, exacerbating the silence surrounding her. Even most of the stars who gave Nyro her hits back in the day have fallen from popular, or critical, favor. The exception? Barbra Streisand, who included a herculean version of “Stoney End” on her most recent tour, this past summer.

That song, and others, demonstrate how Nyro brought together elements, and sensibilities, no other writer thought to connect. Her sift of genres put her beyond easy category. Listening to Nyro’s records today, you find yourself thinking: Just what kind of music did she make? Her unconventional keys and startling tempo changes suggest jazz. Her theatrical melodies speak of Broadway, while the introspection of the songs says “singer-songwriter.” Meanwhile, the soulfulness of Nyro’s tunes played straight to the heart of Motown. Everything from art-song to girl group hits had an influence on her sound.

Nyro’s music also boasted a heightened sense of place. Her records spoke the clamorous language of her birth city, New York, in the mid-20th Century. In her recordings, we hear the grandeur of Grand Concourse, the striving of the Lower East Side, the chic of Riverside Drive and the soul of Harlem. It’s a sound of uptown and down, an ideal blend of the sophisticated and the earthy.

The source of this creative nexus was born Laura Nigro on October 18, 1947 in the Bronx. Her parents boasted Russian Jewish and Italian Catholic roots. Her mother, Gilda, toiled as a bookkeeper while her father, Louis, provided her musical genes. Louis earned his living as a piano tuner and jazz trumpeter. Laura taught herself to play piano as a child, absorbing records played by her parents from the worlds of classical music (Debussy) and jazz (Billie Holiday). A clear prodigy, Laura wrote her first composition at the age of 8. In high school, she came to love the best soul songs of the day, from Martha Reeves to Curtis Mayfield to Nina Simone. Reflecting her ambition, she changed her name to Nyro (NEAR-oh) in high school. Her father’s contacts in the music business brought her to Artie Mogull, who became her first manager in 1966, before she turned 19.

It wasn’t long before the newly dubbed Laura Nyro sold her first song: “And When I Die,” a rousing ode to mortality and rebirth, which Peter Paul and Mary snapped up for five thousand dollars. Three years later, the song became a pop smash for the jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat and Tears, augmented by an unusual hoe-down arrangement. Nyro made her own professional debut at the hungry i, the famed boho performance space in San Francisco. Shortly after, Mogull got her a recording contract with Verve Folkways Records, home to Richie Havens, Janis Ian and Tim Hardin. In 1967, Verve issued Nyro’s debut, which barely cracked Billboard’s Top 100 Album chart. Its first single, “Wedding Bell Blues,” never inched above No. 103 on the singles list. Yet, two years later, the song went all the way to No. 1 in a version cut by The 5th Dimension. Nyro’s debut contained a Trojan Horse full of eventual hits, including “And When I Die,” which BS&T finessed to No. 2 in ’69, Blowin’ Away, which The 5th Dimension drove to No. 26 the same year and “Stoney End,” which Barbra Streisand rode to No. 6 in 1970, providing her biggest hit since People in 1964.

Still, Nyro wasn’t happy with the album. She had originally conceived of “Wedding Bell Blues” as a three-act suite. But producer Herb Bernstein made her cut a simpler version, undermining her theatrical reach. She experienced more frustration in the live arena. The singer considered her performance at the breakthrough Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 awkward, making her reluctant to play live. At the same time, the show made an impression on an important observer. A young David Geffen saw her and became smitten. He lobbied to become her manager, easing out her earlier handler, Mogull. Nyro became the budding mogul’s first project. Geffen immediately connected her to Clive Davis, then the pasha of Columbia Records. Davis had been to Monterey as well, inspiring him sign another key female star of the ’60s: Janis Joplin.

The fabled story of Nyro’s audition for Davis underscores the intimacy of her style. In Davis’ first memoir he wrote that, when she played for him, she insisted on turning off every light in the room save one—a beam from a television set positioned next to her piano. Bathed in the cathode ray, Nyro performed songs that would end up on her Columbia debut, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, in 1968.

The performance epitomized the star’s keen sense of dynamics. In many songs, Nyro’s voice broke the silence like a spotlight falling on a darkened stage. Slowly, and quietly, piano chords would make their way around the voice, as if waiting for guidance. For minutes, vocal and keyboard would amble on until, fitfully, they erupted with spirit. The singing, then, turned exuberant, the piano playing orgasmic until, together, they formed a melody that couldn’t be more winning or true. The result presented a bold irony: Nyro’s songs were at once embraceable and elusive, easy and hard.

Her songs came to full bloom on ‘Eli,’ which appeared in March of 1968, graced by a unusual bit of packaging. Nyro insisted that the lyric sheet be perfumed. The recording found Nyro fully owning her operatic vocals, while the arrangements (co-created with Charlie Callelo) didn’t skimp on eccentric flourishes. Once again, the album yielded hits for others, including “Eli’s Coming,” a Top Ten smash for Three Dog Night, Sweet Blindness, a No. 13 score for the Fifth Dimension and Stone Soul Picnic, which the same group soared to No. 3. While the essential songs had as much pop appeal as compositions of the era by Jimmy Webb or Holland-Dozier-Holland, in the context of Nyro’s album they dove deeper. They coalesced into a full musical, mapping out Nyro’s greatest loves, hopes and fears.

While the album only inched to No. 181 by Billboard’s album tally, it had a profound influence on other artists. A young Todd Rundgren sought Nyro out, impressing her enough for the star to offer him a position as her band leader. He declined, since he had just signed a contract for his band The Nazz, whose first single Hello It’s Me, bears an obvious resemblance to Nyro’s style. Several years later, Elton John introduced a sound that bore its own debt to Nyro’s. Rickie Lee Jones also took influence from her, evident in her unusual approach to pace and her will to let her songs evolve.

The public began to take more notice of Nyro late in ’69, following the publicity identifying her as the writer of so many songs they loved. In the fall, Nyro’s third album, New York Tendaberry, got to No. 32, the finest showing of her career. A more spare recording, the album contained a song she first released the year before, Save The Country, which showcased her political side. “Save The Country” had been written after the assassination of Robert Kennedy. As usual, the piece got a far wider airing in a version by The 5th Dimension, which became a Top Ten hit in 1970.
Ironically, the only time Nyro finessed a single of her own into the Top 100 was a cover version—of the Goffin-King classic Up On The Roof. It appeared on her 1970 album, Christmas And the Beads of Sweat. The recording proved the power of Nyro as a performer, divorced from her role as a songwriter. That secondary aspect received a full airing on her next album, 1971’s Gonna Take A Miracle, a work comprised entirely of covers. Yet, these sounded like no others. To rarify the sound, Nyro made several key hires. For her producers, she chose the creators of Philly-soul, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. For her backup group, she selected Labelle. The twist? She didn’t use the group members—Patti Labelle, Nona Hendrix and Sarah Dash—as common backup singers.

Throughout the album, Labelle stands on nearly equal footing with Nyro, creating a thrilling sense of tension, while adding great dimensionality to the sound. Together, their voices created some of the erudite vocal harmonies in the history of soul.

For the material, Nyro drew on the Motown, doo-wop and Brill Building hits that first drew her to pop in the late ’50s and early ’60s. Everything from Spanish Harlem to Monkey Time turned up, along with a version of Marvin Gaye’s The Bells that may be Nyro’s most sensual recording. A 2002 re-issue of the album added four live tracks to the ten original studio cuts, including another nod to Nyro’s peer, Carole King, in Natural Woman.

The lyrics to that song perfectly suited Nyro’s image as an urban Madonna, the bohemian Jewish street poet who had become an heir to the classic American songwriters, from George Gershwin to Irving Berlin. The live cuts dispelled the notion of Nyro as an awkward concert performer, an impression held over from her Monterey appearance. In fact, one of her finest recordings was a concert set, Spread Your Wings and Fly, released in 2004 and cut at The Fillmore East 1971, mere weeks before that storied hall closed.

By the end of ’71—at the height of her songwriting career— Nyro announced her retirement from music. She was 24. Nyro had been newly married and wanted to concentrate on her life away from the stage. Happily for fans, her “retirement” ended five years later, when she divorced her husband and released her first album of original material in over half a decade, Smile. For that album she reunited with her arranger on ‘Eli’, Charlie Calello. The album arrived in the wake of the death of her mother, to ovarian cancer the year before, but it had as many encouraging moments as melancholy ones. Over the next two decades, Nyro continued to periodically record and tour, releasing her final work of original material in 1993, Walk The Dog and Speed The Light. It was produced by Gary Katz, known for his work with Steely Dan, a band whose early, R&B-leaning work bore Nyro’s clear influence.

Three years after her final album, the songwriter herself was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, a disease which took her life in April of 1997. Then 49, Nyro was same age her mother had been when she succumbed to the identical illness. In the years since, Nyro’s recordings have become entirely ghettoized to the writerly sidelines. At the same time, her compositions have enjoyed a life of their own. They stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the repertoires of Leiber-Stoller and Bacharach-David. There’s just one difference in that analogy. Those other catalogues sprang from teams of two. With Nyro, as always, there was only just one.

On this day (February. 20th) in 2004: Brian Wilson kicked off an 11-date UK tour at London’s Royal Festival Hall; the shows saw the former Beach Boy performing the full suite of songs from his (then)-unreleased masterpiece ‘Smile’, a project described as Brian’s “teenage symphony to God”

Surf’s Up” is a song written by  Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks five years earlier for the abandoned famed studio album “Smile”  Surf’s Up’s creative direction was largely influenced by newly employed band manager Jack Rieley, who strove to reinvent the group’s image and reintroduce them into music’s counter-culture.

Its title is an ironic nod to the group’s earlier associations with surf music, but nothing in the song is about surfing. Through its stream of consciousness lyric, the song details a man who experiences a spiritual awakening, resigns himself to God and the joy of enlightenment, and prophesies an optimistic hope for those who can capture his youth.

From 1966 to 1967, “Surf’s Up” was partially recorded for the group’s unfinished studio album Smile before being shelved indefinitely. After Wilson was filmed performing the song for a 1967 television documentary covering the 1960s rock revolution, the composition acquired relative mystique. the Smile Sessions features three different vocal versions of “Surf’s Up” among several instrumental session highlights.In 1971, the original studio recording was completed and served as the title track for the group’s 22nd album.  It was also released as a single, serving as the A-side to Don’t Go Near the Water, which did not chart.

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The first is a digital mix-up of Brian Wilson’s vocal track for his 1966 piano demo interspersed with the 1966 instrumental and 1971 backing vocals. In this version, Carl Wilson’s 1971 lead vocal is also used to fill in a brief call-and-response gap left by the 1966 Brian Wilson vocal. This gap was originally meant to be filled by an instrumental overdub of some kind, but it was never recorded. The second version is the 1967 vocal and piano demo by Brian Wilson. Lastly is the studio-recorded 1966 solo piano/vocal demo, but remixed for stereophonic sound.

In 1967 it was acknowledged by classically-trained clarinetist David Oppenheim who called it “too complex to get the first time around...’Surf’s Up’ is one aspect of new things happening in pop music today. As such, it is a symbol of the change many of these young musicians see in our future.

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Four piece musical family from Melbourne Australia, SMILE are the result of two years of monday night coconut slabs. Delicious! SMILE sophomore LP released earlier this year on SMOOCH RECORDS.

There’s an underlying political thunder rumbling through the clear skies. Quoting the Australian anthem the new track from the Melbourne band comes as a hint  towards their native country’s response to the refugee crisis with the aptly-titled “Boundless Plains To Share”.

Twangs that are so ’90s they could have been plucked from under the nails of Liz Phair initiate the song, whilst steady percussion and guitar layers follow in the most gorgeously melodic of fashions. with textured vocals , unfolding chant-like as though the lyrics could be as easily be sung by 10,000 people as they could be by five.

There are moments of dynamic, fire fuelling excitement and endless momentum, and it’s hard to avoid being engulfed entirely. Unsurprising when you think about it, Smile are a seriously good band.

“Boundless Plains To Share” features on the band’s forthcoming second album, Rhythm Method.

An impossible dream has become reality. “Smile”, the great lost Beach Boys album, Finally received an official release on Capitol Records in 2011. The musical jigsaw that Brian Wilson couldn’t quite piece together in 1967, has, thanks to the wonders of digital editing, been assembled 44 years behind schedule. It may only be a version of Smile – using the 2004 album Brian Wilson Presents Smile as a template – but that’s good enough for Wilson. “Yes, Smile is now a finished piece of work,

Pet Sounds (1966) had been a symphonic, heart-tugging album about adolescent love and the coming of age. The intention with Smile – briefly called “Dumb Angel”, a title soon jettisoned – was to explore America’s landscape and history in a theatrical (but also cinematic) style, executed in a spirit of gaiety and fun. “Brian was consumed with humour at the time and the importance of humour,” his friend David Anderle later recalled. “He was fascinated with the idea of getting humour onto a disc and how to get that disc out to the people.”
“We wanted to try something different with music,” says Brian today. “We wanted to do something a little more advanced. We wanted to try and top Pet Sounds.” Brian Wilson and his lyricist Van Dyke Parks conceived Smile as a journey across America from east to west; a movie in widescreen Surreal-O-Vision, featuring pioneers and frontiers, cantinas and log cabins, railroads and “waves of wheat”. Wilson began recording Smile in earnest in October 1966, a week before the release of the spectacular No 1“Good Vibrations”. As Wilson and his musicians – some of LA’s leading session players – worked on the new songs (tackling them in individual sections to be linked together later), his fellow Beach Boys embarked on their second European tour. On October 27th, to pick a date at random, Brian was in Western Studio at 6000 Sunset. Directing and organising sessions for “Heroes And Villains” and “I’m In Great Shape”, while his stripey-shirted comrades performed on a bill with Peter & Gordon in Ludwigshafen, oblivious to their leader’s visionary activities back home.

Smile was given a catalogue number (T-2580) by Capitol and scheduled for release in December 1966. In mid-December, its release date was put back to January 1967. Artwork depicting a Smile ‘shop’ was created, and Capitol printed around 400,000 booklets for the album. Smile missed its January release, but Brian told the NME’s Keith Altham, in an article published on April 29, that the 12-song album was at last ready. Brian was filmed singing “Surf’s Up”, a particularly poignant moment on the LP, for a CBS TV doc, Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution, which aired on April 26th. However, on May 6th, Beach Boys’ publicist Derek Taylor broke the news that Smile had been “scrapped”. Though Wilson continued to record until May 18th, he formally abandoned work on the album later that month. “We junked it,” he says now, curiously adopting the royal ‘we’. “We didn’t like where we were coming from. It was too advanced. We were taking drugs. We just decided not to do it any more.”

Various problems had combined and conspired to send the Smile project and Brian Wilson as a human being – off the rails. He was smoking hashish and ingesting uppers on a regular basis, and had started experimenting with LSD. An enormous musical backlog had built up as he attempted to edit down more than 30 hours of music into the 36-minute confines of a vinyl LP. In a classic case of a man under stress, he worked obsessively on details (“Heroes And Villains”, a proposed single, ran to some nine sections), losing sight of the overall picture. He became paranoid that tapes of Smile had fallen into the hands of The Beatles. He daily faced the implacable opposition of his father, Murry, and he’d seen Van Dyke Parks quit the sessions twice (in March 1967, and again in April), offended by Mike Love’s mockery of his lyrics.

Some months later, in September, a new Beach Boys album, Smiley Smile, emerged. Consisting of re-recordings of tracks intended for Smile, it was a vastly  reduced, whimsically simple outline of Brian’s grand vision. Sessions for Smiley Smile had begun, tellingly, on June 3rd – two days after the release of Sgt Pepper, the conclusive proof that Brian’s race with The Beatles for artistic supremacy had been lost. Despite the presence of “Good Vibrations” and “Heroes And Villains”, Smiley Smile was savaged by critics for being hopelessly anti-climactic. “There was no purpose to it,” says Brian. “We just wanted to make something peaceful. Like ‘aaaaah… peace of mind’.”

For some years afterwards, The Beach Boys excavated elements of Smile periodically. “Cabinessence” and “Our Prayer” featured on their 1969 album 20/20. “Cool Cool Water” (previously known as “Love To Say DaDa”) appeared on Sunflower (1970). “Surf’s Up”, combining original Smile recordings with a new lead vocal from Carl Wilson and new ensemble vocals at the end, was the finale of the 1971 album Surf’s Up. Indeed, as their record sales declined, plans were even concocted for The Beach Boys to finish Smile as a matter of urgency. Capitol circulated an internal memo in late 1967 promising a forthcoming album of 10 unheard Smile tunes (and, for good measure, the release of the 400,000 booklets). The insurmountable obstacle, though, was that Brian was in no fit state to revisit the tapes. The Beach Boys released Wild Honey instead, and the Smile booklets were pulped.

A second attempt to revive Smile was made in 1972. The Beach Boys had left Capitol and were now signed to Reprise. Their contract, intriguingly, demanded that they deliver a master tape of Smile to the record company by May 1st, 1973. “When The Beach Boys started courting underground radio in the early ’70s, it was almost like they had to pull Smile out of the hat,” says Domenic Priore, author of Smile: The Story Of Brian Wilson’s Lost Masterpiece. “It was as if Smile gave them legitimacy in the eyes of the counterculture.” Carl Wilson, along with the group’s manager Jack Rieley and recording engineer Stephen Desper, sifted through the tapes – and quickly realised that, sans Brian’s input, they were lost. The tapes were returned to the vaults.

In the summer of 1975, a three-part article was published in NME, written by Nick Kent. Armed with bizarre stories of ‘meditation tents’ and pianos in sandboxes, Kent delved deep into the genius and insanity of Brian, the dysfunction of The Beach Boys and the enigma of Smile. He revealed that, following a hashish-fuelled recording session for a song called “Fire”, Brian had flown into a panic on hearing that a fire had broken out in another part of LA at the same time. He was convinced his music had become witchcraft.

There was a further twist that proved crucial to Smile’s mystique. When Kent wrote his story, Smile was so rare, so forgotten, that people couldn’t even find it on bootleg. “The first tape that started circulating of Smile – in very limited circles – was in about 1979, 1980,” explains Andrew G Doe, curator of the online Beach Boys archive Bellagio 10452, “when an official biography of the band was written by Byron Preiss. He was given Smile tapes by a member of Brian’s household, and they got into the hands of collectors. Those tapes circulated for two or three years before we began to see, in 1983, the first vinyl bootlegs that you could go into a shop and buy.”
In ’85 came a second bootleg, with improved sound quality. Evidently, a Beach Boys insider had obtained access to the vaults and, as Doe puts it, “liberated very good cassette copies”. In the late ’80s, Smile bootlegs began to creep out on CD. One of the most popular, believed to have emanated in Japan, bore the album’s original Capitol catalogue number (T-2580) and opened with a 15-minute “Good Vibrations”. The reason it sounded so good. Reputedly is because first-generation Smile tapes had been given to a collaborator on Brian Wilson’s 1988 solo album, who made copies and passed them to a DJ, who distributed them among friends. After that, the vaults opened wide. “Bootlegs of Smile came out left, right and centre,” says Doe. A 20-volume series of high-quality Beach Boys CD boots (Unsurpassed Masters) was made available in the late ’90s by the Sea Of Tunes label, which took its name from the publishing company founded by Murry Wilson.

Volumes 16 and 17 were dedicated to Smile sessions copied directly  from original tapes. Other CD bootlegs included a 5CD set (Archaeology – The Lost Smile Sessions 1966-1967) on a German label, Picaresque; Heroes And Villains Sessions One & Two, on Wilson Records; and a 2CD edition of Smile on the renowned bootleg label Vigotone, in 1993. Vigotone released a follow-up, Heroes And Vibrations, in 1998, examining the sessions for “Heroes And Villains” and “Good Vibrations” in detail, and planned a multi-disc Smile box set before being raided by the authorities and closed down in 2001.

Bootlegs of Smile, as a rule, contain familiar Beach Boys songs (“Good Vibrations”, “Heroes And Villains”, “Surf’s Up”, “Cabinessence”) performed in rather haunting, and at times halting, fragments. Some tracks have vocals, some don’t. As it became clear that Wilson had been working on up to 20 songs, fans speculated about which ones he’d earmarked for the LP – and in what versions, and in which order, they might have appeared. Nobody has ever been able to ascertain the truth. But one thing was inescapable. The music on the bootlegs lived up to the description of Smile as something exceptionally ambitious. How does Wilson feel today, Uncut wonders, about people first hearing Smile on bootlegs? “Well, I don’t know if they liked them or not,” he replies uneasily. “I mean, do you think they did?” Oh, absolutely! “Are you sure? Really?” Yes, really – they loved them. “OK, then.” Besides, didn’t the bootlegs help to establish Smile’s ‘specialness’, creating the romantic notion of a long-lost masterpiece that would blow people’s minds if it ever came out? “No!” he guffaws, and pauses. “But I guess it did, though, right?”

From the mid-’80s onwards, there have been occasional tantalising glimpses of Smile in an official capacity. Excerpts were used in a 1985 documentary, The Beach Boys: An American Band, including the notorious “Fire”. In 1990, edited highlights of sessions for “Good Vibrations” and “Heroes And Villains” were issued as bonus tracks on Smiley Smile/Wild Honey, a Capitol twofer CD. As interest in The Beach Boys’ legacy grew, a 5CD box set in 1993, Good Vibrations: Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys, found room for almost 40 minutes of music from Smile. Finally , on the 1998 anthology Endless Harmony Soundtrack, fans were treated to a recording of Brian and Van Dyke running through three Smile songs for an LA-based radio presenter in November 1966.

In the meantime, there had been another attempt (in 1988-’89) to prepare the Smile tapes for an official release, but things went awry when a cassette compiled for Capitol executives leaked into the public domain, causing Brian to lose interest.

In the mid-’90s, yet another attempt was made. Capitol announced plans for a Pet Sounds boxset (The Pet Sounds Sessions), to be followed by a 3CD Smile box. But the latter failed to materialise. An 18-month delay in the release of The Pet Sounds Sessions – allegedly due to Mike Love’s unhappiness about the way he was portrayed in the sleeve notes – made the relevant parties unwilling to risk a repeat performance.

A few years passed. Brian made a recovery and was persuaded by his wife Melinda to perform live again. His Pet Sounds tour played to packed houses in 2000-2002. Then, in 2003-’04, aided by Van Dyke Parks and musician Darian Sahanaja, work began on Brian Wilson Presents Smile, a modern-day recreation of Smile. “I will be honest with you,” Sahanaja told interviewer Lindsay Planer, “at first he was not into doing it at all. Remember, this was emotionally taxing for him back in 1967. So much so, he abandoned it. Bringing it all back to him was unsettling to say the least.” Brian Wilson Presents Smile was received warmly on its release in September 2004. Seven months earlier, amid scenes of extraordinary praise (the Evening Standard compared it to the comeback of King Lear), Wilson performed Smile live for the first time at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Even so, few people expected an official release of the original 1966-’67 recordings. Al Jardine let the cat out the bag in February 2011: “Smile is the Holy Grail for Beach Boys fans… 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?” True to form, Smile still missed its scheduled release date (July 12), then its next one (August 9), then the one after that (October 4). It seems amazing it came out at all. Domenic Priore: “When Smile ended, it wasn’t pretty. All of them had their hearts broken in 1967. But I always believed this day would come. I always thought the music on Smile would overcome the inhibitions and the inertia about releasing it.”

Within days of being listed on Amazon, it was the fifth best-selling music title on pre-orders alone. Not bad for a bunch of 44-year-old songs recorded in mono.

Uncut broke the happy news to Brian Wilson. “Are you sure, man?” he says, uncertainly. “Really? It’s gonna sell? What market, though? Who’s going to buy it?” Bless him.

But don’t assume that the release of Smile has rendered the bootlegs obsolete. Collectors don’t think like that. “Bootlegs will still have a place,” remarks Andrew G Doe. “People will look at the Smile box and say, ‘It hasn’t got this 30-second snatch of “Cabinessence”, or it hasn’t got the 1967 Capitol promo disc.’ It’s extensive, but it won’t make the bootlegs redundant. I’m sure there’s stuff to be unearthed. New tapes will turn up.”

This version of “Smile” was made in 2000 and has some of the most interesting arrangements of the usual smile songs. I especially like the extended Heroes and Villains, the foxtrot version of Wonderful with the Rock with me Henry ending and The powerful Elemental suite. This version has great dynamics and originality but also uses some clips with too much static without any effort to remove it, but thankfully this doesn’t happen very often.

Our Prayer: Real stereo version and the last verse remixed with break out into laughter.

Heroes and Villains (The Barnyard Suite): This is not “Heroes and Villains”. This track is new-salvage remix called “Heroes and Villains” suite made with lots of fragments. This stereo remixed version contains “I’m In Great Shape” demo verse. Constitution is different from ever make-up another suite.

Child is Father of the Man: This track contains a lot of pieces from “Child is father of The man” sessions. The first verse is the same as “Look”. The second verse diverted to last verse of “Surf’s Up”. Break in as “Vega-Tables” tag, track move on last verse like a Jazz flavor (sic) sound.

Wonderful: Harpsichord version with “ma ma ma” chorus and “rock with me henry” verse. Ending part is smiley smile’s laughing dialogue tag.

With Me Tonight: An acappella (sic) version is smiley smile sessions, but this track’s end verse is never heard fast chorus on album version.

Do You Like Worms?: Real stereo version you never heard on other disc. Complete last mix with stereo sounds. And also this song is one part of “Heroes and Villains” suite.

The Old Master Painter: Real stereo version with “Barnyard part 2”. This song might be included among “Heroes and Villains” suite, too.

Cabin Essence: This a long version with instrumental introduction. After “Grand coolle (sic) dam-Over the crow cries” verse, “Who run the iron horse” arrival again as ending verse.

Good Vibrations: Incredible Stereo sound! First Time On C.D.! Try to hear each channel. Maybe you can find secret of this miracle number.

Vega-Tables: Incredible arrival at first time on this C.D. Real stereo sound! Again try to hear each channel.

Wind Chimes: Beautiful marimba version with stereo sound.

The Elemental Suite: The “Elements” is still in mysteriousness. Maybe Brian construct with “Good Vibrations” ” Vega-Tables” “Wind Chimes” “Look” “Holidays” “Mrs. O’leary’s (sic) Cow” “I Love to say Da-da” “I wanna be around” “Friday Night” … and other fragment from SMILE sessions. This is a puzzling suite made with lots of fragments that previously we heard.

Vega-tables reprise: Reprise with a incredible session track! This is take-2 of the session. Maybe this take is Brian’s original idea for “SMILE”. Because he filled up the track with a burst of laughter.

Surf’s Up: Luckily you can hear heavenly sound in this version presented by Brian. This version contains four parts. The First verse is instrumental introduction as prelude for Brian’s singing. Second one is incledible (sic) with Brian’s lead vocal and perfect track. Third one is solo performance from “Inside Pop”. Fourth one is as known as “Child is father of the man”.

 

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Nashville Singer songwriter known mostly for the collboration with Rhianna and the chart hit “Stay” this track released from his solo debut album”TIME” with his unmistakable vocal and irrsistable charm , This song “SMILE” will actually make you do that a synth rhythm and the constant percussive beat, also check out the track “Kids”