After about 45 years in the making, the original members of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beach Boys[/lastfm] Al Jardine, Mike Love, and Brian Wilson have finally collected long-lost studio sessions and recordings from their famously unfinished SMiLE project from 1966-67. [photogallerylink id=43249 align=left]
The album SMiLE Sessions, which has been referred by Rolling Stone as “the most famous unfinished album in rock & roll history,” compiles all the summer studio sessions into a long-awaited physical release that’s set for release in various packages this November!
Beach Boys fans have been clamoring for a day these shelved studio sessions from the spring of ’66 through summer of ’67 would see the light of day, and now, 45 years later, SMiLE is finally being released.
The Beach Boys recorded several songs and drafts during these sessions intended to be a follow-up to their massive hit Pet Sounds in 1966, but the master tapes were shelved and never released until now. The SMiLE Sessions takes from the master tapes to give an in-depth look at the recording sessions and will be available in many different forms.
The SMiLE Sessions’ will be available on November 1 exclusively on TheBeachBoys.com on 2CD lift-top box, double vinyl LP, digital album, and iTunes LP formats, as well as an expanded box set including four CDs of additional audio from the sessions, a double vinyl LP set, and two 7″ vinyl singles.
The deluxe box will also contain a 60-page hardbound book with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia from The Beach Boys’ archive and newly-written essays by Beach Boys Al Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, and Bruce Johnston, as well as by Beach Boys historian and author Domenic Priore and many other inner-circle participants.