Smile (album)

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Studio album by The Beach Boys
Released November 1, 2011 (2011-11-01)
Recorded May 11, 1966 – May 19, 1967
Except "Good Vibrations": recorded February 17 – September 1, 1966
Genre Psychedelic rock[1]
Psychedelic pop[2]
Baroque pop[2]
Acid rock[3]
Length 48:00:24[4]
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys chronology
The Warmth of the Sun
Singles from Smile
  1. "Good Vibrations"
    Released: April 16, 2011
  2. "Cabin Essence"
    Released: June 15, 2011
  3. "Heroes and Villains"
    Released: November 1, 2011
  4. "Vega-Tables"
    Released: November 1, 2011

Smile was an album by The Beach Boys. Their bass player Brian Wilson wanted the album to be the follow-up to the album Pet Sounds. For some reasons, it was not released for over 30 years.

Background[change | change source]

After seeing the success that Pet Sounds had been, Wilson wanted to make an album that was even better. In late 1966, he started work on what he said would be "the greatest rock album ever made." He asked Van Dyke Parks to write words for new songs.

Smile was not completed on time for at least three reasons:

  1. Wilson was taking several drugs at the time. This made his mental disorders worse.[source?] It would sometimes make working difficult for him.
  2. In 1967, The Beach Boys sued (went to court and asked for money from) their record label, Capitol Records. They believed that they were not getting enough money from the sales of their albums.
  3. Mike Love argued with Van Dyke Parks because of his "absurd" lyrics. He also argued with Wilson, because he was against his musical experiments.

When the time came to release the album, Brian said that the album was not finished and would be delayed for an unknown length of time. People still hoped that he would finish it, but in May 1967, the album was cancelled. Wilson had stopped working on it and said it would never be finished.

Smiley Smile[change | change source]

Later in 1967, The Beach Boys released another album called Smiley Smile. The album had songs that were written for Smile. Smiley Smile was not the great success that Wilson thought Smile would have been. The Beach Boys lost many fans because of the album's failure. The failure also cost Capitol Records much money because not enough people bought the album.

As Carl lamented, they tried for a homerun with Smile, and ended up hitting a bunt with Smiley Smile.[needs simplifying]

Release[change | change source]

In 2004, Brian finished Smile. The album was a success. People were happy that Smile could finally be heard as it was meant to be heard.

References[change | change source]

  1. J. DeRogatis, Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock (Milwaukie, Michigan: Hal Leonard, 2003), ISBN 978-0-634-05548-5, p. 39.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Smile [Not Released] - The Beach Boys | AllMusic
  3. Vernon Joynson,"The acid trip: a complete guide to psychedelic music",(Babylon Books, 1984),p.8.
  4. "Press Release". 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2011-10-10.