The Beach Boys - Smiley Smile
(Capitol Records 1967 T9001 Mono)
G&L Flipback Sleeve in Nr MINT condition
EMI Inner Sleeve in Nr MINT condition
Vinyl in Nr MINT condition
(there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don't affect the sound quality)
The Beach Boys are an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson; their cousin Mike Love; and their friend Al Jardine. Distinguished by their vocal harmonies and early surf songs, they are one of the most influential acts of the rock era. The group, led by their principal songwriter and producer Brian, pioneered novel approaches to popular music form and production, combining their affinities for jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and black R&B to create their unique sound. He later arranged his compositions for studio orchestras and explored a variety of other styles, often incorporating classical or jazz elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways.
The Beach Boys began as a garage band managed by the Wilsons' father Murry, with Brian's increasingly sophisticated songwriting and recording abilities dominating their creative direction. Emerging at the vanguard of the "California Sound", they performed original material that reflected a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance. After 1964, they abandoned the surfing aesthetic for more personal lyrics and multi-layered sounds. In 1966, the Pet Sounds album and "Good Vibrations" single vaulted the group to the top level of rock innovators and established the band as symbols of the nascent counterculture era. Following the dissolution of the group's Smile project in 1967, Brian gradually ceded production and songwriting duties to the rest of the band, reducing his input because of mental health and substance abuse issues. The group's public image subsequently faltered, and despite efforts to continue their psychedelic/avant-garde ventures and reclaim their hippie audiences, they were dismissed as an embodiment of the values and outlooks shared by early 1960s white, suburban teenagers.
The continued success of their greatest hits albums during the mid 1970s precipitated the band's transition into an oldies act, a move that was denigrated by critics and many fans. Since the 1980s, much-publicized legal wrangling over royalties, songwriting credits and use of the band's name transpired. Dennis drowned in 1983 and Carl died of lung cancer in 1998. After Carl's death, many live configurations of the band fronted by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston continued to tour into the 2000s while other members pursued solo projects. Even though Wilson and Jardine have not performed with Love and Johnston's band since their one-off 2012 reunion tour, they remain a part of the Beach Boys' corporation, Brother Records Inc.
The Beach Boys are one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and widely influential bands of all time. The group had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them US Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band), four reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time and are listed at No. 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". The core quintet of the three Wilsons, Love and Jardine were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
Smiley Smile is the twelfth studio album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released on September 18, 1967 on Brother Records and Capitol. Released in the aftermath of the shelving of Smile, Smiley Smile is best known for its sparse and lo-fi production. Upon its unveiling, the album was received with confusion.
The release of "Good Vibrations" in October 1966, teamed with the heavy marketing of Smile placed great expectation on the band to produce their next studio album. Originally intended for a Christmas 1966 release, by mid-1967, the band had yet to release any material and their popularity in the US started to suffer. The official cancellation of Smile and the band's failure to appear at the Monterey International Pop Festival furthered this popular downturn. Still owing an album to Capitol, the pressure was immense for the group to release new material and to remain relevant.
Smiley Smile was primarily recorded in Brian Wilson's home studio in June and July 1967. Though the album reached number 9 in the UK, Smiley Smile only resonated moderately with US audiences, reaching number 41 on the Billboard charts—the lowest chart placement the band had yet had for a record. Though initially reviewed in the US with indifference, Smiley Smile has grown in stature over the years to become a cult and critical favourite in the Beach Boys' oeuvre.
All songs written and composed by Brian Wilson except where noted.
|1.||"Heroes and Villains" (Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks)||B. Wilson/Al Jardine||3:37|
|2.||"Vegetables" (B. Wilson/Parks)||Jardine/B. Wilson/Mike Love||2:07|
|3.||"Fall Breaks and Back to Winter (W. Woodpecker Symphony)"||instrumental||2:15|
|4.||"She's Goin' Bald" (B. Wilson/Love/Parks)||B. Wilson/Love/Dennis Wilson/Jardine||2:15|
|5.||"Little Pad"||Love/Carl Wilson/B. Wilson||2:30|
|1.||"Good Vibrations" (B. Wilson/Love)||C. Wilson/B. Wilson/Love||3:36|
|2.||"With Me Tonight"||C. Wilson||2:17|
|3.||"Wind Chimes"||Love/B. Wilson/C. Wilson/D. Wilson||2:36|
|4.||"Gettin' Hungry" (B. Wilson/Love)||Love/B. Wilson||2:27|
|5.||"Wonderful" (B. Wilson/Parks)||C. Wilson||2:21|
|6.||"Whistle In"||C. Wilson/Love||1:04|
- The Beach Boys
- Al Jardine – lead, harmony and backing vocals; electric rhythm guitar; bass guitar
- Bruce Johnston – harmony and backing vocals; bass guitar; hammond organ
- Mike Love – lead, harmony and backing vocals
- Brian Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals; bass guitar; hammond organ, upright piano
- Carl Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals; electric guitar, bass guitar, percussion
- Dennis Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals; drums; hammond organ
Session musicians and production staff
- Chuck Bergofer – upright bass
- Hal Blaine – drums, percussion
- Jimmy Bond – upright bass
- Glen Campbell – guitar
- Al de Lory – tack piano
- Mike Deasy – guitar
- Stephen Desper – sound engineer
- Jesse Ehrlich – cello
- Jim Gordon – drums
- Carol Kaye – bass guitar
- Larry Knechtel – hammond organ
- Jim Lockert – sound engineer
- Paul McCartney – sound effects
- Tommy Morgan – harmonica
- Ray Pohlman – bass guitar
- Don Randi – harpsichord
- Lyle Ritz – upright bass
- Diane Rovell – backing vocals
- Paul Tanner – electro-theremin
- Marilyn Wilson – backing vocals
THE BEACH BOYS - SMILEY SMILE LP - Nr MINT UK MONO BRIAN WILSON
- Product Code: T9001
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