Recordings from the ‘SMiLE’ sessions, the legendarily aborted Beach Boys album, will finally be given official release Oct. 31 internationally and the next day in the US, according to group leader Brian Wilson’s website.
Intended as a “teenage symphony to god,” the band’s follow-up to landmark ‘Pet Sounds’ was famously ditched as Wilson began a decline into mental illness and drug abuse that continued well into the ’80s. Though several of the songs from the 1966-67 sessions found their way onto subsequent Beach Boys albums, and a newly recorded version of the album was done by Wilson in 2004, the LP was never released in its intended form.
‘The SMiLE Sessions’ will be released in a variety of formats: two-CD lift-top box, double-vinyl LP, digital album and iTunes LP. According to the press release on Wilson’s site, the compilation will “feature an approximation of what was intended to be the completed ‘SMiLE’ album, compiled from the Beach Boys’ original session masters.” Bonus tracks, stereo mixes and additional session highlights will also be included.
A deluxe box set “featuring the main ‘SMiLE’ album tracks, plus four CDs of additional audio from the legendary sessions, a double vinyl LP set, and two 7-inch vinyl singles,” will also be released. The expanded version will also come with a 60-page hardbound book with rare photos and memorabilia as well as essays written by the remaining Beach Boys, historians and session insiders.