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historical context

 

final thoughts

 

extras and links

 

 

Click On Each Title Below For A Full Page Review of Each Track:

 

Heroes and Villains

 

Vegetables

 

Fall Breaks

 

Shes' Goin' Bald

 

Little Pad

 

Good Vibrations

 

With Me Tonight

 

Wind Chimes

 

Gettin' Hungry

 

Wonderful

 

Whistle In

 

 

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A Close Listen Preview

 

Click on each title below for a full page review of each track

 

Side One:

 

Heroes and Villains

 

The only chunk available from the abandoned masterwork Smile, squeezed into shape as a single, is placed here at the album's beginning. Listening to it first is like devouring a huge slice of mofongo or fruit cake that's been served as an hors doeuvre. We will need the rest of this musical meal to digest the opening track. And that gets really interesting.

 

Vegetables

 

A deceptively simple reworked bit from Smile sets us off in new directions utilizing a musical blend of be bop and Spike Jones. The best loved non-hit track on the album and a Beach Boys classic.

 

Fall Breaks And Back To Winter
(W. Woodpecker Symphony)

 

A weirdly clever minimalistic musical snippet that sounds like it fell into the album from nowhere (and didn't), yet fits.

 

She's Goin' Bald

 

Funny, strange, maybe even a tiny bit ominous, unpredictable, and yet of a piece that moves the album along.

 

Little Pad

 

A soft landing as we end this side in a place outside of but adjacent to the universe of the Boys first ten albums.

 

 

Side Two:

 

Good Vibrations

 

If side one presents and then explains Heroes and Villians, side two does the same with Good Vibrations, placing it, appropriately enough, in the center of the album, as it is the centerpiece of the Beach Boys' career.

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With Me Tonight

 

Good Vibrations is a hard act to follow, and this cut wisely yet cleverly works a small piece of the same terrain without boring us or throwing us off balance.

 

Wind Chimes

 

A modest echo in the mode of the previous tracks and an amazing musical acheivement: recreating the experience of listening to wind chimes after smoking a joint.

 

Gettin' Hungry

 

The album's welcome carnal interlude successfully negotiates its own musical-historical relationship to reality.

 

Wonderful

 

If Smiley Smile needs justification as an album beside yet beyond both versions of Smile this is the track.

 

Whistle In

 

In conclusion, it's been nice, farewell, that's it, we're outta here.

 

Track by Track, Side One, Track One: Heroes and Villains