Nearly four decades after it was initially slated for release on Capitol, Brian Wilson's "lost" Beach Boys masterpiece "SMiLE" will finally be heard by the record-buying public Sept. 28, when a newly
Nearly four decades after it was initially slated for release on Capitol, Brian Wilson's "lost" Beach Boys masterpiece "SMiLE" will finally be heard by the record-buying public Sept. 28, when a newly recorded version of the album is to be released worldwide by Nonesuch Records.
The new "SMiLE" was produced by Wilson and features the pop icon's 10-member touring band along with the Stockholm Strings and Horns ensemble. Wilson first revisited the project in November 2003 along with lyricist Van Dyke Parks and keyboardist Darian Sahanaja, reviewing the original 37-year-old tapes with the intent to prepare a version of the album for live performance.
The album was debuted Feb. 20 in a live performance at London's Royal Festival Hall and played to audiences on a brief European tour. Following the album's release, Wilson plans to take the performance on the road in the United States this fall.
The reworked "SMiLE" features recreations of songs and musical motifs first recorded in 1966-1967 as Wilson attempted to produce a highly ambitious follow-up to the Beach Boys' orchestral pop classic "Pet Sounds." The project was famously abandoned in 1967 after it already appeared on a release schedule for the band's label Capitol, and the group would release the patchwork album "Smiley Smile" later that year.
Parks, who collaborated with Wilson on the original "SMiLE" sessions, also co-wrote new material with Wilson to complete the album for performance and release.
Wilson will also release a new solo album, "Gettin' in Over My Head," on Rhino Records next month.