Brian Wilson To Perform Aborted Album
Thirty-seven years after aborting his most ambitious project midway through recording, former Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, plans to resurrect the long-lost "Smile" album in U.K. concerts next yThirty-seven years after aborting his most ambitious project midway through recording, former Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, plans to resurrect the long-lost "Smile" album in U.K. concerts next year. Wilson has set four dates at London's Royal Festival Hall for February 2004 as well as five additional shows throughout the U.K. the following month.
"Smile" was intended to be the follow-up to the Beach Boys' best-known album, 1966's "Pet Sounds" (Capitol). Later that year, the symphonic hit single "Good Vibrations" gave listeners an idea of the direction Wilson was planning to take the music. The artist had extensive plans for the album, and was working with lyricist Van Dyke Parks on a number of tracks.
In December 1966, Wilson delivered to Capitol a tentative track list for the album, including such songs as "Good Vibrations," "Do You Like Worms?," "Heroes and Villains," "Surf's Up," "Cabinessence," "Wonderful," "I'm In Great Shape," "Vegetables," and "Wind Chimes." The album was also to include a musical suite titled "The Elements," with themes relating to fire, earth, and water.
But in early summer 1967, with recording sessions already having lasted far longer than for any previous Beach Boys album, the group scrapped "Smile." A separate album, "Smiley Smile," was hastily assembled and featured "Good Vibrations," a handful of intended "Smile" cuts, and newly written material.
Wilson and the Beach Boys hinted that they would return to the "Smile" project in the future, but it never happened. However, various songs from the "Smile" sessions were eventually released on other Beach Boys albums, such as 1969's "20/20" and 1971's "Surf's Up."
The 2004 U.K. shows will see "Smile" performed in its intended entirety alongside other Beach Boys and Wilson solo hits, plus new material Wilson is writing for a forthcoming solo album.
Here are Brian Wilson's 2004 tour dates:
Feb. 20-24: London (Royal Festival Hall)
March 2: Bristol, England (Colston Hall)
March 4: Glasgow (Clyde Auditorium)
March 6: Newcastle, England (City Hall)
March 7: Liverpool, England (Empire)
March 8: Birmingham, England (Symphony Hall)