Blurt has details pertaining to The Beach Boys’ The SMiLE Sessions, an unreleased collection of works recorded between the summer of ‘66 and early ‘67, that will arrive in both physical and digital versions.
The Beach Boys intended to follow 1966’s Pet Sounds with SMiLE but never did due to various business and legal reasons, including court action with Capitol Records.
The original Beach Boys, Al Jardine, Mike Love and Brian Wilson, along with Capitol/EMI, participated in compiling the collection The Smile Sessions, which will be released worldwide this year in numerous physical and digital formats.
It will come in 2CD and digital album packages as well as a deluxe, limited-edition box set.
The standard physical and digital formats include all of The SMiLE Sessions, while the box set includes “early song drafts, alternate takes, instrumental and vocals-only mixes, and studio chatter,” writes Blurt.
Wilson said, “I’m thrilled that The Beach Boys’ original studio sessions for SMiLE will be released for the first time, after all these years…I’m looking forward to this collection of the original recordings and having fans hear the beautiful angelic voices of the boys in a proper studio release.”
Blurt also has a quote from the late Dennis Wilson, who said, “In my opinion [The SMiLE Sessions] makes Pet Sounds stink — that’s how good it is.”
The release date, tracklist and artwork will arrive soon.