Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On my turntable: Beach Boys - Smiley Smile

Every so often I get a hankering for the soft, drugged-out simplicity of Smiley Smile (1967). I have three different pressings of the record, but I'm not particularly pleased with any of them. There's a Simply Vinyl audiophile pressing that I'll probably buy before the summer's over.


Mark said...

"it's too late, mama, ain't nothing upside your head (no more, no more, no more, no more!)

as fate would have it, this was my very first BB purchase. My family was shocked.

Jeff said...

mark - I can imagine the shock! Nobody had really made records like this, especially a #1 million selling band like the BBs. I bought this album in the summer of '84 along with a slew of other LPs: Pet Sounds, 20/20, Today!, Sunshine Dream, Be True to Your School (80s compilation). There wasn't much else that I listened to that summer.

Bill Wikstom said...

I was formally introduced to TBB's in the Summer of 1998 (via VH1's Endless Harmony doc) I was 21 years old and way into XTC, Beatles, Kinks, Husker Du and The Replacements. Strangely, American 60's rock/pop was largely foreign to me, so, after picking up (and subsequently worshiping) Pet Sounds my popview completely changed. My second purchase was the Smiley Smile/Wild Honey twofer. Hearing Smiley Smile was a mind-expanding experience for me (for a variety or reasons).

It has yet to sound any less awesome than it initially did.