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Published on Mar 11, 2012
It's taken me about 3 (on-and-off) years, but I've just finished recording and mixing my own recreation of the first suite of SMiLE. It's about 18 minutes long and loosely follows the formats we know and love.. part The SMiLE Sessions, part Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE, and part my own mix (with a tiny sprinkle of Smiley Smile and 20/20, and lots of "Heroes and Villains (Sections) bits, mixed in). I think you'll get a kick out of some transitions, including a brief acapella Heroes & Villains part hinted at in TSS but (as far as I know) never recorded by the Boys. I sang and played all the parts myself--on top of the drums, guitars, keyboards, harmonica, banjo, fender bass guitar, etc. that I already had, I bought a fretless bass guitar, melodica, siren whistle, ukulele, lots of weird percussion instruments, a frech horn, flute, violin, and trumpet to fill it out (the last four of which I had never played before starting this project). I'm sure it'll prompt some "Why bother covering it if you're not going to add your own spin?" comments, but I really just did it for my own enjoyment, not to break any new ground. I hope you get enjoy it too! (Don't expect Suites Two or Three anytime soon--now that I've finished Suite One, I'm taking a break!)