Re: [thewire] beach boys
- I've also become a convert of the white-boy soul and organ sound of Wild
Honey and the later Dennis Wilson material on 20/20, etc. is also terrific.
On Fri, 2 Feb 2001, Alex Stone wrote:
> Pet Sounds - classic.
> Surf's Up - my favourite.
> Some of the Smile stuff ended up on Smiley Smile, and the Smile bootleg is
> great if you can get it, but possibly more interesting if you are already
> familiar with the official material. At their best, there's nothing like
> the Beach Boys.
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- At 10:57 AM 2/2/01 -0500, kurt.gottschalk@... wrote:
>smile was never completed and the tapes destroyed. against wilson's wishes,Nope, not quite. _Smiley Smile_ was the official Beach Boys album release
>someone at capitol records (or wherever) tried to reconstruct it and
>using whatever sorts of dubs were still around. or something. it was
>the early 70s as 'smiley smile' and is great regardless of its troubled past.
>it's not in print in the u.s. (where i am). my copy is a dutch import, as i
>recall. you need it, if only for 'vegetables'.
after _Smile_ was shelved, in 1967. The versions of the songs here which
were originally slated for _Smile_ ("Heroes & Villains", "Vega-Tables",
"Wind Chimes") were deliberately released in unambitious lo-fi mixes by
Brian, for reasons probably only he knows.
"Cabinessence" & "Surf's Up", two of the major songs on _Smile_, eventually
surfaced in more close-to-intended form on _20/20_ ('69, which also
includes Chuckles Manson's "Never Learn Not to Love" aka "Cease to Exist",
plaintively rendered by Dennis) and _Surf's Up_ ('71), which is a freaking
masterpiece in it's own right w/Carl's transcendant "Feel Flows", & Brian's
might-as-well-be-_Smile_-outtakes "Til I Die", & "A Day in the Life of a Tree".
The other albums from the immediate post-_Smile_ era ('67's _Wild Honey_,
'68's _Friends_, '70's _Sunflower_) all have a lot to recommend them as
well. While _Pet Sounds_ (esp. the stereo mix) is a consistent
masterpiece, it'd be pretty easy to extract 2 or 3 albums worth of stuff
from the above (none of which comes clunker-free) that would be even more
- Gack, beaten to the Beach Boys draw by Jason "Brian's Gone Forever, So
Wipe Your Runny Nose With Your Hairshirt Sleeve" Witherspoon! I just have
a couple of comments to add to his (non-reproduced) response.
On Fri, 2 Feb 2001 kurt.gottschalk@... wrote:
> the pet sounds 4-disc box is a really interesting listen. all of the
> elements wilson compiled (vocal harmonies, train sounds, dogs barking,
> etc.) seperated into original bits. it's better than that makes it
> sound, but still not probably not worth the ticket price if you've not
> heard the original.
Yeah, the breakdown is something like stereo remix, instrumental
version scattered among 2 CDs of outtakes and vocals only tracks. I
personally find the separated stereo backing tracks and vocal-only tracks
to be revelatory, but I have to admit that you'd probably want to know
what you're getting into first.
> album in mono and stereo, a bit unnecessary, but...
Well, the stereo version was first presented in the box. Brian Wilson
worked exclusively in mono at the time and never envisioned a stereo
release of the album. So in that sense, the stereo version is a
concession to modern home listening and the mono version the "director's
> smile was never completed and the tapes destroyed. against wilson's
> wishes, someone at capitol records (or wherever) tried to reconstruct
Untrue. There was talk of a Smile sessions box to be released a year
after the Pet Sounds box. There was probably enough brou haha over the
PS box to deter the second project (I think Mike Love was pissed off about
the liner notes or something). One will probably have to wait until the
guy dies for an officially sanctioned release.
At any rate, like Jason said, some of the Smile material has been
trickling out. 20/20 had a couple of tracks (though I could swear some of
the stuff was rerecorded, Surf's Up maybe), and the full-length Heroes and
Villains appeared on the Smiley Smile/Wild Honey 2fer release bonus
tracks. The biggest, and to date most significant, release of Smile
material is the 5CD _Good Vibrations_ box set which has a good chunk of
the tracks as they were left (most of which were unfinished to some
degree). I think about 40 minutes total. The set isn't terribly expensive
by current box set standards and also includes a fairly comprehensive
overview of their career (for those of you intrigued by the revival of
interest of the 70s incarnation of the band). It's actually a 4CD comp +
1 CD of collector-oriented stuff (a la what you might find in one of the
> something. it was released in the early 70s as 'smiley smile' and is
> great regardless of its troubled past. it's not in print in the u.s.
Smiley Smile was comprised of material recorded exclusively for it,
post Smile plug-pull (except Good Vibrations, which was recorded before
the Smile sessions and Heroes and Villains, which was an edited down
version of the original). It was a deliberate move back to simplicity, see
also Wild Honey. "She's Going Bald" (a song not intended for release on
Smile) is the song that got my underground-oriented ears perked Beach
> there's also lots of multi-disc smile boots around. i haven't heard those.
There's basically one 2CD and one 3LP. I believe all Smile boots are some
sort of permutation of this material (the former, referred to as the
"Japanese" boot came from tapes made for the band during a period in which
they were considering issuing the stuff, so they're imaginably close to
what's languishing around the vaults). Overall I'd say the 2CD is
superior, though the 3LP does have a mind-bending section of "George Fell
Into His French Horn" that I haven't heard anywhere else.
> interesting things for a number of years after its release. a sorta
> myth has built up that brian's breakdown was immediately after and
> nothing else released is worthy of consideration. that's not true.
I agree that this is kind of a weird way of looking at things.
Conversely, most people dismiss the pre-Pet Sounds era as being nothing
but hit singles, though albums like _Today_ clearly indicate where Brian
Wilson was heading.
The upshot is, if you want a reasonably complete collection of official
Smile material, get the box and the Smiley Smile/Wild Honey 2fer CD with
bonus tracks (still in print in England, I think).
- On Fri, 2 Feb 2001, R. Lim wrote:
> degree). I think about 40 minutes total. The set isn't terribly expensiveI would check the public library, first. Cause it's like so many of these
> by current box set standards and also includes a fairly comprehensive
> overview of their career (for those of you intrigued by the revival of
> interest of the 70s incarnation of the band). It's actually a 4CD comp +
> 1 CD of collector-oriented stuff (a la what you might find in one of the
> Beatles anthologies).
outtake things, like, worth a single listen, but not something you would
keep in your 6CD player for a couple weeks. And seriously, how many times
do you need to read the liner notes?
Public libraries are great for box sets.
I had the pleasure of listening to all of Ornette Coleman and company's
Atlantic recordings for eight straight weeks thanks to the library. I
could never have afforded to buy the set.
(and now I have a complete copy on cassette tape! virtually for free! I
can listen to it while I'm driving around in my van!)
then...I know how you music geeks are about owning owning owning
crazy fetish seekers that you are
- At 10:45 AM -0500 2/3/01, Jason Jay Stevens wrote:
>(and now I have a complete copy on cassette tape! virtually for free! IYeah, some of us "music geeks" fetishists also have really wacky &
>can listen to it while I'm driving around in my van!)
>then...I know how you music geeks are about owning owning owning
>crazy fetish seekers that you are
nutty ideas about the artist making some puny profit from their work,
- on 3/2/01 8:25 pm, Jason Witherspoon at arzachel@... wrote:
> At 10:45 AM -0500 2/3/01, Jason Jay Stevens wrote:well, why ever would you be having crazy ideas like that! Not happy with
>> (and now I have a complete copy on cassette tape! virtually for free! I
>> can listen to it while I'm driving around in my van!)
>> then...I know how you music geeks are about owning owning owning
>> crazy fetish seekers that you are
> Yeah, some of us "music geeks" fetishists also have really wacky &
> nutty ideas about the artist making some puny profit from their work,
> if possible--
working at tesco any longer???
- i have no problem liking those inventive middle period beachboy
albums even today.
i guess we don't need to go into the 'fact' that Mike Love maybe one
of the WORST lead singer/performers of all time, topped only by the
likes of Michael Bolton et al.
He is execrable, yes, but what is even worse is their fawning begging
groveling stance to play for the Reagan Coronation in 1980 - or was
it 1984. They were avid fund raisers for the Reaganites and have been
a performing albatross for about the last 15 years. which, of course,
is not Brian's fault except for the fact that he is incapble of
taking a bad band and making it interesting again...
this does not get in the way of me appreciating their best work, however...
just a small monkey wrench reality check in the BB accolades.
bart / wreck this mess