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Smile [Sep. 28th, 2004|10:31 am]
Tony Grist
In 1966 Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson were in a race to produce the first high concept pop album. Macca got there first with Sergeant Pepper and Wilson's project fell by the wayside.

Now, nearly 40 years later, Wilson's project- Smile- has been completed and issued as a CD.

Smile is a tighter package than Sergeant Pepper. It feels through-composed, less bitty. Also the individual songs are stronger. Sergeant Pepper lost its two best songs- Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields- to a double "A" side . None of the songs that are left, with the possible exception of Day In The Life, belong in the first division. By contrast Smile contains some of Wilson's best work- and concludes with Good Vibrations- which is arguably the greatest pop song ever.

Smile is curiously un-rock'n'roll. There are no guitars. For much of its length it sounds like the 1920s on acid.
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[User Picture]From: cybersofa
2004-09-28 03:44 am (UTC)

Surf's Up

Thanks - added it to my wish list, but I might just have to whizz up to Virgin at lunchtime.

When they say "completed" ... is it a case of overdubbing new material on to the 1966 tracks, or is it more of a re-creation?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-09-28 04:14 am (UTC)

Re: Surf's Up

It's a recreation. They've started again from scratch- and filled in some of the gaps. None of the other Beach Boys feature. But Brian Wilson is in charge and he's playing keyboards and singing the lead vocals.
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[User Picture]From: cybersofa
2004-09-28 06:21 am (UTC)
Ha, fastest ever wishlist add/delete cycle ever! Add, delete, rip, transfer to iPod and stream around the office cycle, in fact. In great form isn't he? Compare the Jubilee concert thing where he didn't seem to know what was happening at all.

> arguably

No argument here. :)
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2004-09-28 06:42 am (UTC)
Does this mean I don't have to whizz to Virgin either?

:)
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[User Picture]From: cybersofa
2004-09-28 07:21 am (UTC)
Toast 'n post? Only if you can live without a booklet featuring a pic of the 1966 Brian being licked by a large dog in front of the Hollywood Hills.

Well, you probably can. He looks a bit like Elvis, it must be said.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2004-09-28 07:45 am (UTC)
It's not Shannon, is it?
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[User Picture]From: cybersofa
2004-09-28 08:22 am (UTC)

Great link!

No, I meant Brian looked like Elvis. The dog's more of a Great Dane, I'd say.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-09-28 07:45 am (UTC)
Yes, great form.

Every time I go into the kitchen I listen to a track or two. It's wonderful, inventive, happy-making music.
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[User Picture]From: besideserato
2004-09-29 07:18 am (UTC)
Ooh, must check into this. Thanks for the heads up.
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