In his post-'04 tour interview, he says he would rate Pet Sounds a 4 and Smile a 10. Later, asked again, he doubles down. A lot of what he says in interviews over the past few decades, it's obvious he has been coached. ("The music was ahead of its time" ... "it's a rock opera" ... certain phrases just pop up a little too often and awkwardly to think they're natural.) But while his rating scale seems a bit, uh, inaccurate to me, you can tell he was really proud of that work. As he should have been.
I sneaked into the relevant section of EH and retrieved this, as it still reflects my feelings on the subject (after the odd tweak):
I think I must have been the only person on the planet who hadn't heard a bootleg SMiLE mix before BWPS was released. Oh I was acquainted with the tracks included on the GV box set and I'd heard some random SMiLE sessions. But that was all.
For a while after buying it, I was of the unshakeable opinion that "this was it". As if Brian had given fans these wonderful songs to do what they liked with but now he was taking them back. They were his again -- and in this order. There was so much of BWPS that I'd never heard before and that was what stole my heart for a while. I rejected the idea of personal SMiLE mixes as being presumptuous and downright disrespectful. After all, Brian had spoken.
But then I started having doubts. The sound was too trebly, and the bootlegs sessions I'd heard had these booming bass lines that just weren't there in BWPS. Combined with the fact that the first performance as filmed in Beautiful Dreamer seemed more like a circus than a concert. I began cautiously investigating personal SMiLE mixes and found I actually enjoyed them! Then I discovered Aquarian SMiLE, sans "Good Vibrations” (whose inclusion as the "romp home" in BWPS had never struck me as satisfactory). And I've stayed with it ever since.
carllove: If you want to pick one today, I can do one Monday. Gotta start getting ready to power wash my deck this morning! Did get my thoughts in on 2010 this morning. Rough year!
Sept 18, 2021 13:04:24 GMT
carllove: Actually Kapitan, my husband is still sleeping, so I will choose a year this morning. It will be 1972.
Sept 18, 2021 13:14:07 GMT
B.E.: '63-72 - not just the best years for the Beach Boys but for popular music.
Sept 18, 2021 13:25:18 GMT
Kapitan: Great year for music!
Sept 18, 2021 14:34:33 GMT
B.E.: So, "H.E.L.P. Is On The Way" quotes a Kenny Rogers song. Had no idea...
Sept 19, 2021 18:50:49 GMT
Kapitan: You mean "what condition my condition is in"?
Sept 19, 2021 21:16:37 GMT
B.E.: Yes. Is there more to the story? Is it from somewhere else?
Sept 19, 2021 21:51:28 GMT
Kapitan: No, I was actually wondering the same from you! I just recognized the phrase, no idea of any specific details, reasons, stories.
Sept 19, 2021 22:42:38 GMT
jk: carllove, I see you double-posted in the "365 Days" topic. You can delete the first one, you know. Just click on the cogwheel at top right of that post and it gives you that option.
Sept 20, 2021 7:14:11 GMT
Kapitan: "Sail On, Sailor" and "Only With You" are up for discussion and rating. (As of yesterday, so is George Harrison's self-titled album, in the Beatles rating thread.)
Sept 20, 2021 11:58:33 GMT
jk: Sheriff John Stone: Are you planning to continue your Sparks history? It's been fascinating so far and I'm sure I'm not the only poster here who would appreciate it. When the time is right, of course.
Sept 20, 2021 20:19:15 GMT
Sheriff John Stone: Thanks, jk. I apologize for dragging my feet. I expect to have something posted in a few days.
Sept 20, 2021 22:35:38 GMT
Kapitan: That is NO EXCUSE. You're guilty as charged (said the guy who realized today he started a Prince thread like a month or more ago and 100% forgot about it).
Sept 20, 2021 22:48:03 GMT