[pullquote quote=”I’m looking forward to this collection and having fans hear the beautiful angelic voices of the boys in a proper studio release.” credit=”Brian Wilson”]It’s an event that pop music fans have been waiting for since the Summer of Love: Capitol Records is finally releasing the original studio sessions from the [lastfm]Beach Boys[/lastfm]’ great lost album, Smile later this year. The album was stalled in 1967 by mastermind Brian Wilson’s nervous breakdown and was never released besides some bootlegs and Wilson’s 2004 solo version of Smile.
According to Mark Linett, who recorded Wilson’s 2004 solo version of Smile, he and Alan Boyd are co-producing the album. The release will be available as a download, double-CD set, and a box set featuring four CD’s, two vinyl LP’s, two vinyl singles and a book by Beach Boys historian Domenic Priore.
The two producers are working as hard as possible to construct a version of Smile that is as close to the original as possible. The plan is that the album will take up an entire CD and three sides of vinyl, with outtakes taking up the rest of the space. Brian Wilson recently talked to Billboard and had this to say about the release, “I’m thrilled that the Beach Boys’ original studio sessions for Smile will be released for the first time, after all these years. I’m looking forward to this collection of the original recordings and having fans hear the beautiful angelic voices of the boys in a proper studio release.”