Smiley Smile (1967) Jun 2, 2021 0:33:52 GMT
Post by Deleted on Jun 2, 2021 0:33:52 GMT
Boy, am I ever late to this discussion! But hey, as you know I'm still catching up on this forum.
Smiley Smile is probably the most perplexing 1960s BBs album to me. I agree with many of the criticisms in this thread, especially where inferior versions of Wonderful and Wind Chimes were hastily recorded and released instead of the Smile versions. BTW, I actually like the Smiley version of Vegetables over its Smile counterpart, and believe it could have had single potential.
With that in mind, I can see the above track list resulting in a much improved album. I don't know if I could love it, and we have no way of knowing if it would have fared better in 1967. I do have one disagreement, though. I can't stand She's Going Bald or He Gives Speeches in any way, shape or form. Bald is just too weird for me (yes, even me!) with the sped up part and the rapid tempo shifts. And Brian's caterwauling behind the main part of Speeches just grates, man!
So what would I suggest to replace it? The only thing that seems to be missing is Gettin' Hungry. Yes, I know that one sounds more like a Wild Honey tune. And in all reality it's a so-so tune. The choruses are ok, but the verses are pretty weak.
What do you think on GH, Kapitan? Save it for the WH album? Single only (a one-off for "Brian and Mike")?