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Re: SMiLE----the album it took 37 years to release

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Re: SMiLE----the album it took 37 years to release

on Tue May 22, 2018 9:50 am
Here's another from PSF but this time from leetwall31 (with grateful thanks to theSuperMetroid for reposting it there). This extraordinary document deserves to be better known. And as I said there, the circle of fifths would make a fantastic book cover. At the link below, you'll see he made some recent corrections to his original post. I've incorporated them here. I've also taken the liberty to replace his piece on "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" with a new one I compiled today (he knows about it). Edit: I've also changed his description of "Bag Of Tricks". (With thanks to theSuperMetroid for sending me an audio file.)

leetwall31:
The following sections are presented in the same order as the Smile Sessions (excluding the first 19 tracks). I’ve also listed the opening and closing chords/notes of the songs. I will present them as: Chord/Bass Note

You’re Welcome
Key of C#
Starts on C#, ends on C#

He Gives Speeches
Key of F
Starts on F/C, ends on C7
It should be noted that Brian intended to use the Eltron on this piece (this device alters the pitch without affecting the tempo), so we shouldn’t assume it was meant to end on C7.

Our Prayer (2nd Version)
Key of Ebm
Starts on Ebm, ends on Bb

Our Prayer (2nd Version)
Key of Eb
Starts on Eb, ends on Bb

Heroes and Villains Verse (Original)
Key of C#
Starts on C#, ends on C#

Barnyard
Key of G#
Starts on G#, ends on C#

I’m In Great Shape
Key of G#7
Starts on G#7, ends on G#7
Piano Version starts on Gaug, ends on G#7

Heroes and Villains Intro (Early Version)(Technically it was Part 3)
Key of E
Starts on E, ends on E

Do a Lot
Key of E
Starts on E, ends on E

Bag of Tricks
No tonal centre
The title speaks for itself

Mission Pak
Key of G#
Starts on G#, ends on C#

Bridge to Indians
Key of C#
Starts on C#, ends on C (just the note, not the chord)

Tag to Part 1
Key of C#
Starts on C#, ends on C#

Pickup to 3rd Verse
Key of C#
Starts on C#, ends on C (an augmented version of the Eb chord)

Children Were Raised
Key of C#
Starts on C#, ends on D#7

Cantina
Key of F#
Starts on F#/C#, ends on Fm

Whistle Bridge
Key of C#
Starts on C#, ends on C#

All Day
Key of F#
Starts on F#, ends on C#

Prelude to Fade
Key of C#
Starts on C#, ends on G#

Heroes and Villains Piano Theme
Key of G#m
Brian recorded 2 versions; A short one, and then a long one with “wandering notes”
Short version starts on G#m, ends on Bm6
Long version starts on G#m, ends on G#

Heroes and Villains Part 2 (Stereo Session)(Bruce calls this “When you Wish Upon a Star”)
Key of D#
Starts on Ddim, ends on G#

H&V Part 2 Revised Version (Gee)
Key of D#
Starts on D#, ends on Ddim

H&V Part 2 Revised (Clip-Clop track)
Key of D#
Brian plays two versions (Although we only find the 2nd version in earlier takes)
1st version starts on D#/Bb, ends on Fm
2nd version starts on D#/BB, ends on Ddim

H&V Part 3 (Animals)
Key of D#
Starts on D#, ends on Ddim

H&V Part 4
Key of D#
Starts on D#, ends on C#

H&V Part Two (Chorus)
Key of D#m
Starts on D#m, ends on F#m6

H&V Fade
Key of G#
Starts on G#, ends on C#

H&V Verse (2nd Version)
Brian wanted to record this in the key of E and then slow it down to C# (like he did with Wonderful). In order to know how slow to play the song in E, they recorded a version in C# first. Sadly, that’s all we have.
Key of C#
Starts on C#, ends on C#

H&V Intro (Organ Waltz)(Slated as Part 2 Intro)
Key of F
Starts on F, ends on F

Children Were Raised (2nd Version)
Key of C#
Starts on C#, ends on D#m

Do You Like Worms? Part 1
Key of F
Starts on F/C, ends on C (just the note on bass)

Do You Like Worms? Part 3
Key of Gm
Starts on Gm, ends on Cm

Bicycle Rider
Key of Gm
Starts on Gm, ends on C7/G

Bicycle Rider (East or West Indies)
Key of Am
Starts on Am, ends on F

The Old Master Painter
Key of F#
Starts off on two notes (C#-F#), ends by on C#

My Only Sunshine Fade
Key of G#
Starts on G#, ends on C#

Home on the Range
Key of Eb
Starts on Ebmaj7, ends on C (just the note on cello)

Who Ran the Iron Horse?
Key of F
Starts on F, ends on F (just the note on cello)

Have you Seen the Grande Coolie?
Key of C
Starts on C, ends on C

Wonderful (1st Version)
Brian recorded this in Eb and then slowed it down to C#.
Key of C#
Starts on C#, ends on G#/Eb

Wonderful (2nd Version)
Key of Bb
Starts on Bb, ends on Bb/F

Wonderful (3rd Version)
Key of A
Starts on A, ends on A/E

Look aka I Ran:

Intro

Key of G#
Starts on G#/F#, ends on Eb7

Verse
Key of E
Starts on Emaj7, ends on G#

Chorus
Key of G#
Starts on G#, ends on D#

Bridge (Sad part)
Key of Cm
Starts on Cm, ends on G#

12th Street Rag Pickup
Key of D#
Starts on D#, ends on D#

Child Is Father of the Man (1st Version)
Version 1’s keys can be found in Version 2. The 1st Version uses the Tag as it’s Verse

Child Is Father of the Man (2nd Version):

Chorus
Key of F#m
Starts on F#m7, ends with two bass notes (C#, F#)

Verse
Key of C#m
Starts on C#m7/F#, ends on bass note F#

Tag
Key of B
Starts on Bm7, ends on bass note F#

“Walk-Child” Piano bit
Key of E
Starts and ends with 2 loud bangs (D/F#,E/G#)

Surf’s Up (1st Movement)
Key of Gm
Starts on Gm7/D, ends on D/F#

I Wanna Be Around
Key of F#
Starts on F#maj7, ends on C#7/G#

Friday Night
Key of F#
Starts on F#6, ends on B

Vega-Tables Verse
Key of E
Starts on E/B, ends on B7

Vega-Tables Chorus
See Do a Lot

Vega-Tables Insert
A big piano bang on B

Vega-Tables Ballad Insert
Key of E
Starts on E, ends on E

Vega-Tables Fade
Key of E
Starts on E, ends on E

With Me Tonight (Vega-Tables Version)
Key of E
Starts on E/B, ends on E

Holidays
Key of F, C
Starts on F, ends on C

Wind Chimes
Key of Dm
Starts on Dm/C, ends on C

Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow
Key of F

Part One (fast)
Starts in F, ends in F plus random organ squiggle

Part Two (slow)
Starts with bass riff alternating Eb and Db
Vocal section alternates chords of Bb A5/Ab and F
Reprises alternation of Eb and Db bass riff
Ends on Ab with random bass squiggle (the last note being Ab) and drum thumps

Dada (Tapped Piano Strings)
Key of B
Starts on B, ends on G flat5

Dada (Fender Rhodes)
Key of B
Starts on B, ends on Cdim

Love to Say Dada Part 1
Key of G
Starts on Em7/G, ends on F6/G

Love to Say Dada Part 2
Key of C
Starts on Cmaj7, ends on C#dim

Love to Say Dada Part 3
Key of F
Starts on F, ends on (?)
Similar to CFM “Walk Child” piano bit

Love to Say Dada 2nd Day
Key of C
Starts on Cmaj7, ends on C#dim (however, piccolos play G#dim (landing on a D note)

Water Chant
Key of E

With Me Tonight
Key of E
Starts on E, ends on B7

Tune X (aka Tones)
Key of G
Starts on G/D, ends on C

I Don’t Know (aka Part 2)
Key of G
Starts on G, ends on G/D

Good Vibrations Verse
Key of Ebm
Starts on Ebm, ends on C#7

Good Vibrations Chorus
Key of F#
Starts on F#, ends on Bb

Good Vibrations Bridge (Elations Sensations)
Key of Bb
Starts on Bb, ends on Bb

Good Vibrations Insert (Organ)
Key of F
Starts on F, ends on Eb6

Good Vibrations Reprise Chorus
Key of G#
Starts on Bb, ends on F#

Good Vibrations Fade (Na, nana & Fade)
Key of G#
Starts on F#, ends on G#





Source: http://petsoundsforum.com/thread/2587/uploading-smile-mixes-essays-smileysmile?page=1&scrollTo=65493


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Re: SMiLE----the album it took 37 years to release

on Wed May 23, 2018 1:14 pm
This is going back a few years but it's all grist to the fantastic
mill that is SMiLE.  (Don't forget to read the YouTube blurb.)

SMiLE: Reflections (A Fan Remix) Side One~On America



SMiLE: Reflections (A Fan Remix) Side Two~On Childhood



There's plenty more worth checking out at this channel.

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Re: SMiLE----the album it took 37 years to release

on Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:01 am
Folks, THIS is the link you need for ALL THINGS SMiLE:

http://petsoundsforum.com/thread/2587/uploading-smile-mixes-essays-smileysmile?page=3&scrollTo=66537

What an astonishing achievement by theSuperMetroid. As a SMiLE neophyte, there is still much for me to digest here. I've added it to my signatures here, at Smiley and at PSF. It's the least I can do.

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Re: SMiLE----the album it took 37 years to release

on Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:39 pm
This is what I'm listening to these days. I'm told it's a beefed-up reworking of the "Reflections" mix I linked earlier:


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Re: SMiLE----the album it took 37 years to release

on Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:56 am
Mr. K wrote:This is what I'm listening to these days. I'm told it's a beefed-up reworking of the "Reflections" mix I linked earlier:


Bookmarked for a later date. Smile

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Re: SMiLE----the album it took 37 years to release

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Cool Cool Water wrote:
Mr. K wrote:This is what I'm listening to these days. I'm told it's a beefed-up reworking of the "Reflections" mix I linked earlier:

Bookmarked for a later date. Smile

"Aquarian" uses a great many spoken words recordings found on the Psychedelic Sounds bootleg:



For an extremely detailed critique of its contents, go to:

http://petsoundsforum.com/thread/2587/uploading-smile-mixes-essays-smileysmile?page=2&scrollTo=65997

I read this on holiday--most illuminating!


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Re: SMiLE----the album it took 37 years to release

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^^^^
Wow, cool!

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Re: SMiLE----the album it took 37 years to release

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In ’67, The Beach Boys Still Raised A Smile



It was, at the time, an album of what might have been, but Smiley Smile is nonetheless a fascinating chapter in the story of the Beach Boys. The album made its US album chart debut on 30 September 1967.

The early weeks of that year saw Brian Wilson experimenting with ever more sophisticated studio techniques in his quest to follow the groundbreaking Pet Sounds opus of 1966. The first working title for the new project was Dumb Angel, which later changed to the name that would become legendary among legions of fans as the great lost Beach Boys record, Smile.



The ambitious ideas and often eccentric methodology that Wilson explored with lyricist Van Dyke Parks, for what was envisaged as an even greater sonic tour de force than Pet Sounds, were often met with bemusement by Brian’s band members. Huge sections of what was recorded were subsequently abandoned, and became the subject of great conjecture among devotees for the next four decades.

In more recent years, Wilson let audiences into his creative process of the period, firstly with the 2004 live performances that became the Brian Wilson Presents Smile album, and then via Capitol’s The Smile Sessions box set, which set out to reassemble much of it in 2011.



But at the time, what remained of the work was gathered together on Smiley Smile. It was something of a curate’s egg of a disc, onto which Capitol placed the previous year’s masterwork ‘Good Vibrations’ and a tantalising glimpse of what might have been, in the epic ‘Heroes and Villains.’ The song charted in the summer and performed well, reaching No. 8 in the UK and No. 12 in the US.



British audiences, indeed, remained loyal to the Beach Boys through the year, also giving them an unlikely hit with the incongruously belated release of ‘Surfer Girl.’ Even as the Smile sessions were unravelling in May, the group (minus Brian) were delighting British audiences on an eight-date, two-shows-a-night tour.

Smiley Smile included several whimsical and sometimes downright peculiar material, such as ‘Vegetables’ and ‘She’s Goin’ Bald,’ but it was also home to Carl Wilson’s lovely vocal interpretation of a Parks lyric and his brother’s melody on ‘Wonderful.’ American audiences never fully embraced the album, which peaked there at No. 41; in the UK, it didn’t enter the chart until November, but spent four weeks in the top ten and peaked at No. 9. It was a positive end to a difficult year.


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Re: SMiLE----the album it took 37 years to release

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^^^^ Fascinating, Rich. Here's an interesting article from the SMiLE era, with grateful thanks to madlove at Smiley (see linked PDF in first post):

http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,26139.0.html

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Re: SMiLE----the album it took 37 years to release

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Mr. K wrote:^^^^ Fascinating, Rich. Here's an interesting article from the SMiLE era, with grateful thanks to madlove at Smiley (see linked PDF in first post):

http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,26139.0.html

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