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Published on Mar 27, 2017
This mix of "Good Vibrations" uses various session releases to create a faithful stereo version of the Beach Boys' masterwork. Designed to closely match the essence of Brian Wilson's original mix, it adapts and builds on the 2012 stereo mix using channel extraction, selective filtering, and the lucky existence of a couple stems from the original vocal master.
I had two goals for this mix: to "feel" like the original as much as possible, and to fold seamlessly to mono, as all classic Beach Boys productions do. A good remix doesn't improve on the original, but does offer a chance to highlight things that weren't always obvious. I hope this mix furthers your appreciation for the song's bracing, ethereal, timeless beauty.
SOURCES Good Vibrations box set (1993): Sessions Used for the chorus's cello and theremin overdubs.
Good Vibrations EP (2006): Stereo Instrumental Track Used for the final fade, since the Smile Sessions version is edited differently.
Smile Sessions box set (2011): Western (Fade Sequence); Inspiration: Western, Pt. 3; Session Masters; Single Version Stereo Track Used to create the majority of the instrumental track. Most of it comes from the Single Version Stereo Track, but I used the Inspiration session for the chorus basic track; the Fade Sequence session for the tag; and the Session Masters for the tambourine overdub that kicks off the bridge.
Smiley Smile (mono/stereo, 2012): Stereo mix (Derry Fitzgerald) All vocals except for the interlude.