We continue our exclusive coverage of the long-awaited release of the SMiLE Sessions from the Beach Boys with our interview with another co-producer of the set, Alan Boyd. He talks to us about how they decided which takes of songs to use for the “estimation” of the SMiLE LP on disc one, if it is ever possible to release a stereo mix of “Good Vibrations,” and which song he was the proudest of helping put together. He also describes what specific role he and co-producer Mark Linett had in helping piece together the SMiLE Sessions.
Myths, speculation, anecdotes, assumptions and pure flights of fantasy, shroud rock/pop’s most reverential unreleased album, ‘Smile’. Recorded between May of 66 and 67, the adumbrate conceptually ambitious magnum opus has remained aloof; taking on a role as music’s holy grail: much better envisioned in its unheard state; or remaining hidden in a Howard Hughes paranoid style secured vault. Such is the anticipation for this ethereal relic that its brilliance can never, truly, meet expectations. It should, perhaps, remain just in the minds of fans.
“Listening to music have became too casual, since iPod and mp3 files stormed the world. That’s why I would listen to my favorite music much carefully at my own sound system. I’m not saying “Buy an expensive music player, speaker and headphone” … Just I’d like to say “Enjoy music with much more attention, try sparing a time to concentrate on music.” - Kota”—