Wednesday, 30 October 2013

SMiLE: Millenium Edition

Here's an ambitious Smile boot from 2000, which tries for full, wide stereo (it doesn't really pull it off and sounds a bit crap in places). But here it is on the blog anyways because historical signamifacance

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Zach Steiner's Smile

Zach Steiner's 2008 Smile reconstruction is available at his website, though for me at least the files aren't working, so I converted 'em back and put a .zip up on Mediafire.

01. Our Prayer - Gee
02. Heroes and Villains
03. Do You Like Worms?
04. Barnyard
05. Old Master Painter
06. He Gives Speeches
07. Wonderful
08. The Child is Father of the Man
09. Cabinessence
10. Bicycle Rider
11. Good Vibrations
12. Look
13. Vegetables
14. I Wanna Be Around - Workshop
15. Holiday
16. Windchimes
17. Mrs. O'Leary's Cow
18. Love to Say Dada
19. Can't Wait Too Long
20. Surf's Up

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Vigotone Smile

Here's Vigotone's 1993 two-disc CD of Smile material (Vigotones 110/111). It's notable for its 24-minute recording of October 1966 in-studio chatter, which I'd highly recommend if you'd like to hear 1966 Brian utter "tough shit".

1. Heroes and Villains   (7:06)
2. Do You Like Worms   (3:56)
3. Medley: The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine   (1:11) 3. Surf's Up   (6:28)
4. Wonderful   (2:06)
5. Child Is Father Of The Man   (1:56)
6. Prayer   (1:09)
7. Cabin-Essence   (2:34)
8. Good Vibrations   (3:33)
9. Vege-Tables / I'm In Great Shape   (3:34)
10. Wind Chimes   (2:23)
11. Mrs. O'Leary's Cow   (2:07)
12. Cool Cool Water   (2:57)
13. Surf's Up   (5:18)
14. Prayer   (5:05)
15. I Love To Say Dada   (1:27)
16. Untitled (She's Goin' Bald)   (0:55)
17. Untitled (With Me Tonight)   (0:55)
18. Wonderful   (2:09)
19. Child Is Father Of The Man   (1:42)
20. You're Welcome   (1:04)
21. Heroes and Villains / Do You Like Worms    (0:49)
22. Heroes and Villains / Do You Like Worms    (0:27)
23. Heroes and Villains / Do You Like Worms    (1:15)
24. Heroes and Villains / Do You Like Worms    (3:37)
25. Heroes and Villains / Do You Like Worms    (3:28)

1. Good Vibrations   (7:41)
2. Cabin-Essence   (4:05)
3. Surf's Up   (6:28)
4. Tones / Tune X   (3:02)
5. Tones / Tune X   (2:21)
6. Medley: The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine   (1:08)
7. George Fell Into His French Horn   (9:12)
8. Mrs O'Leary's Cow   (3:51)
9. Barnyard   (0:57)
10. The Woodshop Song   (1:36)
11. Holidays   (2:36) *Actually 'Look', incorrectly listed
12. Prayer   (1:02)
14. Smile Era Party   (24:05)

Disc 1
Disc 2

Seltaeb's stereo mixdowns

Here are some amazing stereo/modified versions of Beach Boys songs by insanely talented mixer seltaeb, which he shared on the Smiley Smile forum. My Solution has never sounded better!

My Solution (stereo)
Little Girl I Once Knew (stereo)
A Thing Or Two (stereo)
This Whole World (fadeout modified)
Our Sweet Love (extra Brian vocals)
Heroes and Villains/ Do You Like Worms mashup and f*ckery

Also, here's my personal favourite of his; a delightful 9-minute long stereo mini-mix of Smile. I urge you to download this one - it's some of the most dazzlingly inventive Smile mixing you'll ever hear. Dude's a wizard.



So the above links have apparently 'expired'; I'm sure seltaeb will reupload them at some point, but for now here's a rar of the mixes (apart from the H&V/DYLW mashup, which I inexplicably lack sorry agh) in 320kbps mp3s.

FastEddie's Smile

Thanks to Warnakey's blog for the download link :-)
Here's FastEddie's mix of Smile; really quite dated by now, but it's another one for the collection!

"SMiLE 1966/1967 - the 2004 reconstruction...

by FAST EDDIE, September 2004

Now that Brian Wilson completed, performed and re-recorded his lost masterpiece, comparisons with the original 1966/1967 session recordings are made. For my own satisfaction, I compiled and edited a version of SMiLE using only 66/67 vintage recordings, but following the arrangement of the 2004 concerts and re-recording. The results are here for your listening pleasure. They are not meant to be a substitution of the 2004 re-recording in any way.

Generally, the differences with the 2004 re-recording are:
- most of the segues are missing
- some songs don't have vocals as these weren't recorded in 66/67 - or if they were, they haven't been unearthed yet
- to emphasize the unfinished nature of the "original" recordings, I used the old "working" titles for some now re-titled songs.
- some tracks may have a few differences in arrangement, because of their wildly unfinished nature in 66/67

Some technical notes regarding this "reconstruction":
- I used the best available lossless sources (most original silver CDs), except for a few short pieces where only mp3 was available; eventually, I managed to complete it using only just over 1 minute of mp3-sourced music
- for editing, re-arranging, balancing of sound, mixing to mono where applicable and a bit of eq-ing, I used AUDACITY - a cool piece of software that does exactly what's needed for the challenge at hand, without demanding too much technical/musical knowledge - see for more info and downloads
- if you're going to burn it, don't forget to use a 'no pause'-preference, as I've specifically aimed at seamless flow wherever possible
- some tracks are sped up or down a bit. Regarding the "right speed", I followed the guidelines as advocated by Ryan Guidry in the notes to his superb "old-skool" SMiLE edit (unfortunately only available in MP3)

Oh, feel free to pass it on, but it would be nice if proper credits are attached. If I ever catch anyone trying to make a buck out of this... Fast Eddie's fatwah will rest upon you!

Here are track-by-track comments:

1. Our Prayer - Gee 1:59
Sources: Friends/20-20 remastered cd and Good Vibrations boxed set
I used the 20/20-version of PRAYER because I prefer it over the "early" 1966 version. GEE of course is part of the 'Heroes And Villians [Sessions]' track on the boxed set that can also be found on Vigitone SMiLE and other bootlegs.

2. Heroes And Villains 4:34
Sources: Good Vibrations boxed set [45 version, alternate "cantina" version and 'sections']
Edited from various versions of this track on the boxed set.

3. Do You Like Worms 3:41
Sources: Good Vibrations boxed set
Added to the boxed set backing track are: the Bicycle Rider chant from the 'Heroes And Villains [sections]' and a repeat of the 'plymouth rock'-vocals towards the end.

4. Barnyard 0:53
Source: Mok's SMiLE
Though this synchronization of the 'Heroes And Villains' demo vocals with the instrumental tracks isn't exactly according to 2004 arrangement, it is by far the best sync-job I've heard, so I used it. All props to MOK! Only change is I faded it out early to better flow "on-the-one" into...

5. Old Master Painter - You Are My Sunshine 1:09
Source: Mok's SMiLE
Mok synced the stereo instrumental with the mono vocal bootleg mixes. Can't improve it, so once again all props to him!

6. Cabin Essence 3:33
Source: Friends/20-20 remastered cd
The 1968 finished version is like the 2004 version, so no need for any work.

7. Wonderful 2:00
Source: Good Vibrations boxed set
The original mono version, faded out a few seconds early to better flow into...

8. Look 2:10
Source: Mok's SMiLE
The best sound, due to Mok's cleaning!

9. Child Is The Father Of The Man 2:39
Sources: Unsurpassed Masters Vol.16 and Mok's SMiLE
I used the intro from UM-16. This isn't exactly right according to the 2004 arrangement, but since it's impossible to re-create the Song For Children > CITFOTM transition and this intro makes it flow much better, I decided to use it. The rest of the track is from Mok's SMiLE, but I re-arranged the parts to better fit the new arrangement.
By the way: check out Mic Luv's CITFOTM that is uncannily similar to the 2004 arrangement, but unfortunately only available in MP3.

10. Surf's Up 4:11
Sources: Mok's SMiLE and Sunflower/Surf's Up remastered CD
First part is Mok's perfect synchronization of demo vocals over 1966-stereo track, remainder is 1971 album version.

11. Great Shape, etc. 1:56
Sources: Endless Harmony Soundtrack CD + Psychedelic Sounds collector's disc + Unsurpassed Masters Vol.16
First up is a part of the 'Heroes And Villains' Demo, segueing into the recently unearthed Great Shape tracking (actually, my edit is a combination of 2 attempts featured on the Psychedelic Sounds disc - MP3 sourced!). Finally, we have the regular I WANNA BE AROUND - FRIDAY NIGHT from UM-16, but sped up a bit (most sources are mastered too slow) and mixed to mono.

12. Vega-Tables 2:15
Sources: Good Vibrations boxed set + Mok's SMiLE + Smiley Smile / Wild Honey remastered CD
Most of this track is the boxed set version, but the double 'SLEEP-A-LOT'-insert is from Mok's SMiLE and the vocal coda is from the Smiley version.

13. Holiday 2:30
Sources: Mok's SMiLE + Stereo Smiley Smile / Wild Honey collector's version
Most of this track is the clean and superb sounding Mok version, but it's sped down a bit (in fact most sources are mastered a bit too fast). The WHISPERING WINDS coda is from the Wind Chimes remix on the Stereo Smiley Smile / Wild Honey disc (MP3 sourced!).

14. Wind Chimes 2:47
Source: Mok's SMiLE + Unsurpassed Masters Vol.17
Again, I used Mok's version for best sound, but I re-edited it, shortening the bridge and repeating the chorus like it was performed in 2004. The final verse/chorus is from the "complete instrumental take 5" on Unsurpassed Masters Vol.17.

15. Mrs. O'Leary's Cow 2:30
Source: Mok's SMiLE
What can I say? Best sounding version, IMHO!
I didn't try to sync the Fall Breaks chanting onto this, because I didn't believe it could work (I heard 1 or 2 attempts at this and found these close to unlistenable). No use of the "real fire"-effects too, as Brian didn't in 2004!

16. I Love To Say Da Da 2:24
Source: Unsurpassed Masters Vol.16
The WATER CHANT plus the backing track to what's now known as BLUE HAWAII. The second part is also available on the Good Vibrations boxed set.

17. Good Vibrations 4:20
Sources: Smiley Smile / Wild Honey remastered cd [45 version & early take] + Hawthorne, CA CD [unused stereo sections] + Good Vibrations boxed set [tracking sessions]
My pride and joy! I expected this not to work, but I think it turned out rather good. The intro and the choruses are from the 45 version, as is the first part of the bridge ("Got to keep those loving good vibrations..."). The verses are from the early take (Tony Asher's vocals!). The second part of the bridge ("hum-de-dum") is from the Hawthorne, CA rarities collection (mixed to mono!). At the end, I used the ending of the full backing track version that closes the 'tracking sessions' on disc 5 of the boxed set; instead of quickly fading out like the 45 version, it repeats the instrumental chorus a few times before ending rather suddenly. I found that a fitting end, because of course I couldn't re-create the climaxing drum rolls of the concert version. By the way: Brian ends the 2004 studio version with a simple fade-out, which is a damn shame I think!"

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Sunday, 20 October 2013


The Brian Wilson/Andy Paley sessions from 1996.

01. Gettin' In Over My Head
02. You're Still A Mystery
03. Chain Reaction of Love
04. Soul Searchin'
05. It's Not Easy Bein' Me
06. Desert Drive
07. Saturday Morning in the City
08. This Song's Gonna Sleep With You
09. Marketplace
10. I'm Broke
11. Must Be A Miracle
12. In My Moondreams
13. Mary Anne
14. Slightly American Music
15. Proud Mary
16. Proud Mary
17. Proud Mary
18. Soul Searchin'
19. Everything I Need
20. Everything I Need
21. Untitled

MFP reissues

So far my only vinyl copies of All Summer Long and Today are unfortunately not original pressings, but cheap reissues from the 70s (the latter is retitled Do You Wanna Dance). Just their covers more or less tell you what you need to know:

I did some research on the record label, MFP (Music For Pleasure), who seem to specialize in cheap reissues of classics. Their releases include The Beach Boys (compilation), The Beach Boys again (another comp), Good Vibrations (comp), Super Pop Groups Vol. 8 (comp), Good Vibrations Vol. 2 (comp), 24 Original Hits (comp), The Beach Boys Christmas Album, I Love You (comp), Endless Summer, The Beach Boys yet again (another comp), Good Vibrations again (another comp), Live in London, and The Fabulous Beach Boys (Pet Sounds).

Observe the care put into the tracklisting:

Along with the necessary Dick Clark quote: 

Landlocked and Adult/Child (soniclovenoize)

Over the past two weeks, soniclovenoize has put out two reconstructions of lost Beach Boys albums - Landlocked and Adult/Child. Both are excellent and well worth downloading.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Secret Smile

2004 boot of rare Smile material. (2 CDs)

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April 2014 Update: For the audiophiles, Secret Smile is now available in FLAC - Download here