Okay, so here is one of those things I was telling you good people about earlier... The question being I guess, like why am I doing another Smile mix? I mean I've done two already, and I'm guessing everyone in the so called community has heard them by now. So the point being... whaaaat?
Here's the thing, you guys... Just wait...
(Are you waiting yet?)..............
Wait.. Breathe in....
Okay, so we just got rid of all the stragglers.
So here's the deal: my Smile '66 is essentially what Brian had in his arsenal as of New Years Eve, 1966, no more and no less. What this is is an attempt to get the real Smile out, per tracklist, before the insanity really took hold.
What this is not is another Smile mix attempting to emulate the 2004
abortion recreation. What we're going to do right here is go back ("how far you goin' back?") wayyyyy back.. And it goes. A. Little. Something. Like. This...
While you ponder that exceedingly sophisticated question in your heads, let me take advantage of your nostalgic state for nineties hip-hop and crow for a second. To put it bluntly, I, Mr. Fonzie J. Robocop, have figured out the first truly passable Smile mix. Many have tried and failed. I may have failed as well, but mine is better. Okay. You still say I suck...
Well you're probably right, but here's the deal. This is the best Smile mix you've ever heard. Real talk; this is the one where, if my mixing skills are what I think they are, and all the years and years of pouring Smile into my head have resonated worth a fuck, then I think... hope!.. you might see it my way.
Confused yet? Good. I see my powers are working. In a perfect world, this would be the Smile you know, only it's different.. and better. But get this you guys (wait for it) -- I have stuck faithfully with the original tracklist. Yes! You know the one:
So the typical Smile bro mentality would say like, "oh, where is 'Our Prayer'? and where is 'You're Welcome'?, and you left off 'Look', and yo my mom is a bitch because she won't give me money, and I'm a huge fan of the Miami Heat", and so on...
Well right now we're about to say fuck that mentality, and we're going straight after the list. All holds barred. I don't care if it's right, only that it sounds good. But can this happen following this list that no one seems to adhere to?
Well I like this list. I'm not saying it's "right", but I guarantee you I can make the best Smile mix you've ever likely heard based off of it. Let us move on..
I dig opening with "Worms", and I love the fuck out of ending with the "Old Master Painter" and that beautiful fade that it entails. More to that point, Smile '66 is what you've been craving.
I get Smile mix off of TAVCS. My neighbor cannot afford. Great success!!
Yes, you, mister "I've heard a bajillion Smile mixes in my life and what's one more?" Your cynicism is your downfall, and it's going to lead to an early, unfulfilled death.
No, seriously, you have to watch your blood pressure and cholesterol on the reg, and once you hit 40 then you have to submit to the ol' finger up the grand wazoo for your own best interests. It's part of being a grown up you see.
But you tell me. I'm not so cocky that I think I've reached into the mind of Brian Wilson; but I do think I've come closer than anyone has so far to nailing this bitch. Again, you tell me.
This bro loves his Smile mixes. You got something to say?
P.S.: "Surf's Up" will be lacking some vocals. "Worms" will not have some vocals and overdubs you might be expecting. "Heroes" is absolutely going to be different from any version you've ever heard before. The second side of this made up album will blow your mind.
That's because nothing in this mix was recorded in 1967 or later. This is the true Smile, the one that was destined to sell a million units... in January. Or maybe it totally sucks and I'm just shouting at windmills and passing cattle.
Anyway this will be upped to YouTube on Monday, so I wanted to give you people a sneak peak. Feel free to tell me your opinions, positive or otherwise.
P.P.S.: This is presented in two lossless FLAC files: side 'a' and side 'b'. Those expecting some sort of epic 80-minute suite will be disappointed. This is sticking to the tracklist, 30 minutes, in and out Smile that is trying to approximate what Brian himself would have released if pressed for the January '67 deadline.
Can you dig it?
Side 'A' Smile
Side 'B' Smile