I rarely write about topics that do not involve food, wine or travel, but the LOVE part of DEL is supposed to include other passions that stir my heart. I recently purchased the Beach Boys' Smile Sessions. The album was never fully finished or realized but Brian Wilson and Co. have put together the best of what they cut and I can tell you it is one of the most beautiful albums I have ever listened to.
Wilson's genius in arranging, the Wreaking Crew's ability to interpret Wilson's vision and Van Dyke Park's alluring and sometimes haunting lyrics are all amazing. My mom loved the Beach Boys and I remember listing to her albums as I was growing up, but it was not until a few years ago that I began to dig into Pet Sounds and the mystic of Brian Wilson. Smile is a true work of art and Wilson's name belongs along side greats such a Mozart, Beethoven, Lennon, and Dylan. I am addicted to the album and love hearing harmonies that haunt me all day.
This is a MUST have album of 2011!
Check out these Youtube videos with some of the songs from the album:
Heros and Villians
Good Vibrations - it was released as a single and became one of the Beach Boy's greatest hits but heard in context with the rest of the album makes it that much great...listen to the harmonies, the tempo changes, the arrangment and the space between the notes.