Beach Boys to release Smile sessions

By | Published on Tuesday 15 March 2011

Beach Boys

The Beach Boys have announced that they are to release recordings originally intended for their unfinished follow-up to ‘Pet Sounds’, ‘Smile’.

‘Smile’ had been intended for release in 1966, but, as Brian Wilson’s mental health deteriorated, the album was scrapped. Although some incomplete recordings exist, Wilson claimed to have destroyed the master tapes and, of course, he re-recorded the album from scratch as a solo release in 2004.

But now what original recordings still exist are being pieced together for an official Beach Boys release through EMI, which has been given the approval of all surviving band members. Brian Wilson himself said: “I’m looking forward to this collection of the original recordings and having fans hear the beautiful angelic voices of the boys in a proper studio release”.

The new release’s co-producer Mark Linett explained: “We have gaps where we are missing some vocal parts. But all the music was recorded, which is heartening. [The aim is to get] the whole piece as close to as it was envisioned, or as is envisioned, as possible, obviously with input from Brian and from everybody else”.

No release date has been set as yet, though the album is expected later this year.