February 11, 2011 – 3:39 am

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Smile [no label, 2CD]
Outtakes and rarities. Very good soundboard.

This summer, The Beach Boys will be releasing their unfinished “Smile” album officially, though whether this will be a 1-CD, 2-CD or box set is unknown. Rhythm guitarist Al Jardine has announced it, and Capitol Records isn’t denying it, though Capitol is uncomfortable about having the compiler (Alan Boyd) and engineer (Mark Linnet) interviewed this far in advance. In fact, Beach Boys remixer Mark Linnet has been working on tape research for the past two years.

Until then, what you have here is the definitive, benchmark collection of music from The Beach Boys’ unfinished 1967 album “Smile”. Tracks 2 through 23 on Disc One assemble the album in the running order advised in the second edition of Domenic Priore’s excellent book “Look, Listen, Vibrate, Smile”. What Priore didn’t state in his book is that he consulted with Brian Wilson and several of the studio musicians involved in the project (including bassist Carol Kaye) in putting together that running order.

Back in 1967, Brian never did finalise a running order for “Side One” of the album, but the group of selections from “Good Vibrations” through “You’re Welcome” are indeed Smile’s intended “Side Two”, and the sequence of tracks “Look/Vegetables/Holidays/Wind Chimes/Fire/Friday Night-I Wanna Be Around/Water-Love to Sat Da Da ARE “The Elements” in their intended running order. (All of the above was written before Brian’s 2004 re-recording of “Smile”, and, of course, the much larger capacity of CD [versus vinyl] enabled Brian to assemble a much longer album than would have been possible in 1967. Brian re-thought the structure of “Smile” creating 3 suites.)

State of the art computer editing and noise reduction techniques have been used to properly assemble “Smile” for the first time (remember, this was compiled between 2000-2003), using the best possible sources. And we’re proud to present a full fidelity source for “Holidays” (previously mis-titled as “Tones”).

This two-CD “Smile” set is one of my greatest CD creations. Thanks to my friend Mike (who has apparently gone to the great CD mastering studio in the sky) for his considerable computer editing and noise reduction system expertise. The artwork has been “Borrowed” from a Japanese “Smile” bootleg. - Philip Cohen

Thanks to Phil for the grand effort and for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

These tracks are no longer available for download.

Disc 1
Track 101. Smile Promo (1.4MB)
The spoken parts are taken from one of the earliest “Smile” CDs “The Smile Era Outtakes” from South Korea’s “Compact Quality Productions” and the “Good Vibrations” music (very brief bits) from Capitol’s “Smiley Smile”/”Wild Honey” Two-fer CD.

102. Our Prayer - Omitted
Without the 1968 overdubs. From the “30 Years of Good Vibrations” box set on Capitol.

103. Heroes & Villains (Part One) - Omitted
After Capitol released this selection with loads of oxide shedding crackles on 1991’s “Smiley Smile”/”Wild Honey” Two-fer, the bootlegger “Sea of Tunes” fully de-crackled it via computer for “Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 16″. Inspired by the “Sea of Tunes” effort, Capitol made their own de-crackling effort for the 2001 reissue of the “Smiley Smile”/”Wild Honey” Two-fer. The slightly superior Capitol effort gets the nod here.

Track 104. Heroes & Villains (Part Two) (7.7MB)
Now with six of its eight segements in stereo. Assembled from material taken from the bootleg 5-CD box “Archaeology” and possibly from Vigotone’s “Heroes & Vibrations”. The opening 12-second segment was accapella with no overdubs, so it is probably a truly mono recording. One other segment is mono, because that is all that is available to us.

Track 105. Barnyard (1.5MB)
From a new source that came our way on a cassette from [where else?] California. The slower speed versus previous sources, is correct.

Track 106. Do You Like Worms? (6.5MB)
We took the Sea of Tunes’ stereo mix from “Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 16″, and inserted the additional mono segment heard on Capitol’s “30 Years of Good Vibrations”. Speed fluctuations in that segment courtesy of Capitol’s crummy mastering.

Track 107. The Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine (1.8MB)
Taken from the legendary Japanese “T-2580″ “Smile” CD, but now de-hissed.

Track 108. He Gives Speeches (1.5MB)
Version without handclaps (from “Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 17″).

109. Wonderful - Omitted
Version with all voices by Brian Wilson (from “30 Years of Good Vibrations”).

Track 110. Child is Father to The Man (2.5MB)
Version with Brian Wilson doing all the voices (from Vigotone’s 2-CD “Smile” set, which was derived from a three-LP vinyl bootleg. Now cleaned up via noise reduction).

Track 111. Link Track 2 (2.3MB)
Now in stereo, from two segments which came our way on cassette from California.

112. Cabinessence - Omitted
With 1968 overdubs. From the 2001 remaster of the “Friends”/20 20″ Two-fer.

Track 113. Bicycle Rider (1.5MB)
From “Heroes & Villains Sections”. This is in mono. Later in this collection, you’ll hear a stereo version, but missing the intro vocal overdubs.

114. Good Vibrations - Omitted
From the 2001 remaster of the “Smiley Smile”/”Wild Honey” Two-fer.

Track 115. Look (Take 20) (4.2MB)
From “Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 17″, now given a proper fade out.

116. Vegetables - Omitted
From “30 Years of Good Vibrations”.

Track 117. Holidays (previously mistitled as “Tones”) (4.3MB)
Now with full fidelity, from a cassette which came our way from California… and beautifully de-hissed!

Track 118. Wind Chimes (Stereo mix) (3.9MB)
We got this from “Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 16″ and we re-balanced the sound in the digital domain, to bring up the volume of the instruments.

Track 119. Fire (4.6MB)
This track was tackled in two sections, and takes 2 and 18 saw this piece to completion. We have copied the edit/assembly heard on the Japanese T-2580 “Smile” bootleg, but using the full fidelity stereo sources “Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 17″. This was the first full-fidelity presentation of the “No Sound Effects” version in its entirety.

Track 120. Friday Night/I Wanna Be Around (2.6MB)
From “Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 16″, but now re-balanced in the digital domain, to bring up the volume of the instruments, so that they are not drowned out the the sound effects.

Track 121. Water/Love to Say Da Da (3.9MB)
From “Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 16″.

122. Surf’s Up - Omitted
From the 2001 remaster of the “Sunflower”/”Surf’s Up” Two-fer.

123. You’re Welcome - Omitted
From the 2001 remaster of the “Smiley Smile”/”Wild Honey” Two-fer.

124. Surf’s Up - Omitted
Backing Track and Brian Wilson solo demo. Spliced together from materials derived from “30 Years of Good Vibrations”.

Track 125. Wonderful (Alternate Version) (3.3MB)

Track 126. Child is Father to The Man (Alternate version) (2.8MB)
Tracks 125 and 126 are from “Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 16″. They are unfinished alternate arrangements.

Track 127. Look (Take 3) (4.3MB)
From “Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 16″.

Track 128. Heroes & Villains (Part One) (Alternate re-edit created for this collection) (5.4MB)
The “In The Cantina” section and the ending section are in stereo, and we’ve included the “Woo Woo” section before “You’re Under Arrest”.

Track 129. Bicycle Rider (stereo mix) (1.6MB)
Stereo mix, but without the vocals during the intro. Assembled from segments that came our way on cassette from California, and digitally de-hissed.

Track 130. The Old Master Painter/You Are My sunshine (instrumental version) (1.9MB)
From “Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 16″.

Track 131. He Gives Speeches (mix with handclaps) (1.5MB)
From “Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 16″.

Track 132. Fire (with sound effects) (2.8MB)
From “Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 17″.

Track 133. With Me Tonight (Takes 11-12) (6.2MB)
From “Archaeology”.

Track 134. With Me Tonight (Take 13) (1.1MB)
From “Archaeology”.

Disc 2
Track 201. Good Vibrations Sessions (5.9MB)
Tracks 1 through 28 - Good Vibrations Sessions. From “Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 15″, but presenting only the last, best and most complete attempt at each segment.

Track 202. Good Vibrations Sessions (5.3MB)
Track 203. Good Vibrations Sessions (2.8MB)
Track 204. Good Vibrations Sessions (2.8MB)
Track 205. Good Vibrations Sessions (2.0MB)
Track 206. Good Vibrations Sessions (2.0MB)
Track 207. Good Vibrations Sessions (3.5MB)
Track 208. Good Vibrations Sessions (1.0MB)
Track 209. Good Vibrations Sessions (784k)
Track 210. Good Vibrations Sessions (1.3MB)
Track 211. Good Vibrations Sessions (1.2MB)
Track 212. Good Vibrations Sessions (1.0MB)
Track 213. Good Vibrations Sessions (624k)
Track 214. Good Vibrations Sessions (1.3MB)
Track 215. Good Vibrations Sessions (1.1MB)
Track 216. Good Vibrations Sessions (1.3MB)
Track 217. Good Vibrations Sessions (2.7MB)
Track 218. Good Vibrations Sessions (1.7MB)
Track 219. Good Vibrations Sessions (2.8MB)
Track 220. Good Vibrations Sessions (829k)
Track 221. Good Vibrations Sessions (1.4MB)
Track 222. Good Vibrations Sessions (821k)
Track 223. Good Vibrations Sessions (1.0MB)
Track 224. Good Vibrations Sessions (6.2MB)
Track 225. Good Vibrations Sessions (6.2MB)
Track 226. Good Vibrations Sessions (2.5MB)
Track 227. Good Vibrations Sessions (3.6MB)
Track 228. Good Vibrations Sessions (3.8MB)

229. Good Vibrations (Early Version) - Omitted
From the 2001 remaster of “Smiley Smile”/”Wild Honey” Two-fer.

Track 230. Good Vibrations (”Rarities” version) (5.6MB)
From the deleted Toshiba/EMI/Capitol Japanese CD of “Beach Boys-Rarities”.

Track 231. George Fell Into His French Horn (14.6MB)
The longest version yet heard, and in stereo. This came our way on cassette from California, and we digitally de-hissed it.

Track 232. Vegetables (Alternate lyric and arrangement) (3.4MB)
Another track from the California cassettes. This version has significant lyric and arrangement differences.

Track 233. Surf’s Up Sessions (9.2MB)
While not full fidelity, this has the best sound yet, and a bit of humorous dialogue between Brian Wilson and session bassist Carol Kaye. From the California cassetes, and now digitally de-hissed.

Track 234. Wonderful (3.4MB)
Beach Boys incomplete vocal attempt.

Track 235. Child is Father to The Man (3.1MB)
Beach Boys incomplete vocal attempt. Tracks 234 and 235 are from the Japanese “T-2580″ “Smile” bootleg and now digitally de-hissed.

Track 236. Heroes & Villains Part Two (Original mono mix) (7.6MB)
Taken from the Japan “T-2580″ “Smile” bootleg and “Heroes and Villains Sections” and assembled for this collection.

Track 237. Surf’s Up (Brian Wilson solo demo, unfaded) (6.2MB)
From the cassettes which came our way from California. Better sound quality than the source heard on “Archaeology”.

Track 238. “Smile Era Party” excerpt (860k)
From the Vigotone 2-CD “Smile” set.

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  2. Thank you Phil and to your friend Mike. I appreciate all the work and effort you guys put into this. And thanks for sharing this with the BigO audience. I’m sure even after the Beach Boys release their version there will still be an interest in these type of outtakes. I’m sure your version will beat the pants off of the ones I made. I’ll probably reinsert the omitted songs, the ones I have, since you were kind enough to note their origins. Looking forward to hearing this.

    By Sking on Feb 11, 2011

  3. To Sking,
    The 24th track on “Disc One” consists of the “Surf’s Up” backing track(from Disc Five of “30 Years of Good Vibrations”) immediately followed by Brian’s piano/vocal demo(from “Disc Two” of “30 Years of Good Vibrations”). Both tracks are to be presented in their entirety, but on my original CD-R’s, I opted to present the two selections as one “track”.

    By Philip Cohen on Feb 11, 2011

  4. Thanks Phil for the heads up on Surf’s Up. I have all the two-fers you listed so should be able to rebuild this with no problems. You know, It was that 5th disc in the box set that re sparked my interest in the Beach Boys. Made me realize how much talent was involved to make these ’simple pop songs’ I’d taken for granted all my life.

    By Sking on Feb 11, 2011

  5. Where are the words to describe the enjoyment? The vigotone version was vital, but had to be appreciated as, “If only…” Thank you Philip and Mike. Just the change to Wind Chimes alone…wow! If only my wife and her mother could have heard this. Instead of being the poor and ill man that I am, I can feel kingly for a brief while due to Big O, Philip and Mike.

    By 2yrsnojob on Feb 11, 2011

  6. For the material to play as intended, burn to CD-R WITHOUT between-song gaps.

    By Philip Cohen on Feb 12, 2011

  7. A grand & momentous posting. Many thanx for this groovy stuff.

    By Timmy on Feb 12, 2011

  8. Philip, re: burn without between-song gaps: I’m sorry, but I don’t know how that is done. Could you or someone else please explain? Thank you in advance!

    By 2yrsnojob on Feb 12, 2011

  9. Thanks Phil. CD burning advice noted

    By tony on Feb 12, 2011

  10. Sorry Philip. After checking web (duh!), I see it is a $ upgrade on most software. I’ll try it on Audacity.

    By 2yrsnojob on Feb 12, 2011

  11. The “No Gaps” burning is neccessary so that the transition from “Wind Chimes” to “Fire” will be correct and uninterrupted.

    By Philip Cohen on Feb 12, 2011

  12. “This two-CD Smile set is one of my greatest CD creations.” This claim I have to confirm to you, Phil. It’s no coincidence that the name Brian resembles the word Brain. One of the largest Musigenies our time!
    In 1997 they started with the official “4 CD - Pet Sounds Sessions” - publication. So far, nothing official was added - a musical sin. All the more so thanks to you for this offer and the Beach Boys “Archealogy”.
    The same I would like The Small Faces and Humble Pie with the great Steve Marriott.If there are sessions, then they bring us here. Thanks Phil

    By stevie on Feb 12, 2011

  13. not a huge beach boys fan but surfs up has always intrigued me..thanks

    By sluggo on Feb 12, 2011

  14. Hi Phil,

    Thanks for this amazing post. For clarification, is the omitted “Good Vibrations” (track 114) the official “Smiley Smile” version (track 6) or the “Early Take” version (track 25) on the 2001 reissue?

    Thanks again!

    By Geoffrey Hayes on Feb 12, 2011

  15. Geoffrey,

    Disc One/Track 14 is the regular hit version of “Good Vibrations”

    By Philip Cohen on Feb 12, 2011

  16. Hi Phil,

    Thanks for the clarification. The “Early Take” goes on Disc 2 (track 29) I presume?


    By Geoffrey Hayes on Feb 12, 2011

  17. To Geoffrey,

    Yes. You are correct. The “Early Take” goes on “Disc Two”. Also, I should also tell you, that, because of the total running time of “Disc Two”(very close to 80 minutes), the music will fit onto a CD-R, but only if you burn it with “No Gaps”

    By Philip Cohen on Feb 12, 2011

  18. Hi Phil,

    Thanks again for your hard work on this endeavour. I have reconstructed the original colour booklet with Frank Holmes illustrations and Guy Webster’s photographs. It will be interesting to see if it is included in the reissue.


    By Geoffrey Hayes on Feb 12, 2011

  19. Phil,

    Just wanted to dop a note and say “Thanks” for this and all the other wonderful music you’ve shared with us. It’s greatly appreciated.


    By Rick D on Feb 13, 2011

  20. I hate to be redundant but I’ll add to the people thanking you, Philip, and BIG-O for some pretty cool stuff.

    I have a bunch of 45s I’d like to get to my pc and play while gaming.

    Since I ‘m not yet familiar with digital recording and correction, can anyone reccomend decent software? I don’t have a huge budget and not expecting pristine transfer.

    By undead on Feb 13, 2011

  21. Hi Undead. I use an ION turntable - very inexpensive. It even allows transfer from other players (MD, cassette decks, portable CD players,etc.) through a miniplug. It puts the results into your PC through a USB port. You download a free software called Audacity which has fun tools you can spend a long time with. or just accept the recordings “as is” if you want. You can then save each song in various formats and quality. You can then use Windows Media Player or other players to either play them or burn them onto CD’s if you like, or even store them on a “thumb” or “flash” drive. There are also bookshelf stereos that will accept the thumb drives and you can play them there. I think the last time I saw a price on a new ION was just over $100. Not too bad for what it can do. And I’ve never had trouble with the turntable.

    By 2yrsnojob on Feb 13, 2011

  22. As it turns out, Al Jardine started a hoax, which he has now retracted. “Smile” is not going to be released officially. The “Smile” that you get on Big O is the best “Smile” you’ll ever get.

    By Philip Cohen on Feb 15, 2011

  23. Yep… Phil’s right. No official “Smile.” Of course, I’m not sure what good getting the “Smile” offered here is when ten tracks are omitted!

    By Shaun on Feb 18, 2011

  24. Of course, Brian Wilson put out his own version of “Smile” just a few years ago. There was also a dvd of a stage performance. I believe he also did a live version of “Pet Sounds” at Albert Hall in England a few years prior to his “Smile”.

    By 2yrsnojob on Feb 18, 2011

  25. Phil, Shaun: to paraphrase the Bee Gees:
    “Al started a joke, which started the whole world crying…”. I saw Al Jardine perform with the “Beach Boys Family and Fun”. Good performance. Bad move. Two black marks now.

    Hey, Phil told us where to hunt down the missing tracks. I respect and appreciate that. Look at all the track numbers in blue. The glass is very full, and contains the best wine available.

    By 2yrsnojob on Feb 18, 2011

  26. Shaun,

    The tracks that are omitted here are available officially on easily obtainable Capitol/EMI discs. The whole idea of this website is to provide unreleased material; not to compete with(or hurt the sales of) any official product. Most Beach Boys fans should have the official CD’s. With those discs and your computer, you can easily re-construct my “Smile” compilation complete. When you reassemble it complete, I think that you’ll like what you hear.

    By Philip Cohen on Feb 19, 2011

  27. I’m beside myself on this one. Many thanks for everyone involved in bringing this to us. I was able to fill in the missing songs too.

    By Matt on Feb 20, 2011

  28. Apparently, it wasn’t a joke. We’ll see…

    By Justin on Mar 12, 2011

  29. Thank you very much for sharing! Don’t know what went wrong yesterday - today everything is online. Thank you! :)

    By MattD on Aug 8, 2011

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