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  • If Then Not When If Then Not When Quick View

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    If Then Not When

    The ghost stories, murder ballads and grimoires on Louisville, KY's King's Daughters & Sons full-length album If Then Not When are haunting, spare and at times explosively unsettling; part William Faulkner, part Led Zeppelin. Informed by, but not beholden to the history of its members (Shipping News, Rachel's, The For Carnation, Shannon Wright), their songs are singular, thoughtful and best heard loud. If Then Not When was made direct to 2 tape in 2008 and 2009 at The Funeral Home by Kevin Ratterman, engineer for California Guitar Trio, My Morning Jacket and Wax Fang. Mastered by Bob Weston, Chicago Mastering Service.
    1. Sleeping Colony
    2. Arc Of The Absentees
    3. Dead Letter Office
    4. The Anniversary
    5. A Storm Kept Them Away
    6. Volunteer
    7. Lorelei
    8. Open Sky
    King's Daughters and Sons
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  • Fifteen Quiet Years (Awaiting Repress) Fifteen Quiet Years (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Fifteen Quiet Years (Awaiting Repress)

    Features members June of '44, Rachels, The Sonora Pine, The Shipping News, and Retsin


    Includes UNRELEASED BBC studios session from 1994 for the legendary John Peel show


    LP Jacket letterpress printed by Jeff Mueller at Desterity Press studio


    Remastered at Chicago Mastering Service with Bob Weston


    Fifteen Quiet Years is a celebratory document four
    years in the making; a repository for all the important Rodan
    recordings that fans of Rusty have long wished they could
    unearth. The collection includes the 1994 BBC Peel session,
    together with all of Rodan's long-out-of-print 7s and
    compilation tracks. In 2009, Bob Weston, Jeff Mueller and
    Jason Noble lovingly re-mastered the tracks at Chicago
    Mastering Service. The packaging for the vinyl album and CD was
    designed by Jason Noble and Jeff Mueller, and has been
    letterpress printed by Jeff Mueller at his own Dexterity Press
    studio.


    Despite the brief time span of their existence (1992-
    1994), Rodan appeared on a surprising number of records.
    Aside from their classic (and only) full length album Rusty
    (1994 on Quarterstick Records), the band released the Aviary
    demo cassette, and the How The Winter Was Passed single.
    They also contributed tracks to the Compulsiv For Two,
    Inclined Plane, and Merry Christmas Is For Rockers
    compilations as well as releasing a song on the soundtrack to
    the film Half Cocked (in which they also acted), and recording
    a brilliant session at the BBC studios in London for the John
    Peel show (unreleased until now).

    1 Darjeeling
    2 Milk and Melancholy
    3 Tron
    4 Shiner
    5 Tooth Fairy
    6 Exoskeleton
    7 Sangre
    8 Big Things, Small Things
    9 Before the Train


    Bonus Live Songs


    1 Tooth Fairy Retribution Manifesto (The Black Cat, Washington, DC)
    2 Wurl (The Flying Squire, Danbury, CT)
    3 Big Things, Small Things / Martin (40 Watt Club, Athens, GA)
    4 Before the Train (Lounge Ax, Chicago, IL)
    5 Milk and Melancholy (Lounge Ax, Chicago, IL)
    6 Wurl (Our House CafÉ, Costa Mesa, CA)
    7 Darjeeling (Thunderdome, Louisville, KY)
    8 Big Things, Small Things (The Black Cat, Washington, DC)
    9 Exoskeleton (Twice Told Books, Louisville, KY)
    10 Rocket House pre-show (Louisville, KY

    Rodan
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  • Three-Four Three-Four Quick View

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    Three-Four

    Three-Four is a collection of three EP's (plus extra bonus material) made by the band The Shipping News (commonly referred to as RMSN) and originally released in 2003 via Quarterstick Records. The project grew from the desire to take a different approach to making songs and recordings.



    The rules were each band member (Kyle Crabtree, Jeff Mueller, Jason Noble) would record one solo song per EP. They would make songs quickly and with little preconception; open to whatever ideas arrived in a short time period and document them almost immediately. These would be made without talking to each other about content or style then assembled later. The three EPs would be released over the course of one year. This would happen while they worked on their next full album together, and some of the EP material would be reworked as band music eventually.



    The series was limited to 1,000 copies per EP, which allowed for the packaging to be handmade. Kerri Sancomb and Jeff Mueller designed, printed, and stitched each copy personally.



    In such a limited quantity these special EP's became highly sought-after pieces, and each EP sold out soon after it was released.

    This collection includes all of the songs that appeared on each EP, and as an added bonus it also includes three entirely new songs exclusive to Three-Four. This is the sound of The Shipping News broken down into component parts, each part working independently to find its way back to the others.

    1. Sickening Bridge Verses Horrible Bed
    2. Haunted on Foot
    3. Paper Lanterns
    4. Haymaker
    5. Dogs
    6. We Start to Drift
    7. Variegated
    8. You Can't Hide The Mark Inside
    9. Cock-a-Doodle-Do
    10. Non-Violent
    11. Now That Your Diamond Lined Star is Failing...
    12. Wax Museum
    13. The Architect in Hell
    14. Everglade
    The Shipping News
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  • Flies The Fields Flies The Fields Quick View

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    Flies The Fields

    This Louisville and Chicago trio has added a fourth member in the form of Todd Cook (The For Carnation, Parlour). Upon first listen to "Flies The Fields", one may note the varying colors the band displays, from groove, to urgency, to subtle menace. This is a group making music that breathes and moves, lurches and crawls.
    1. Axons and Dendrites

    2. Louven

    3. (Morays Or) Demon

    4. It's Not Too Late

    5. Sheets and Cylinders

    6. The Human Face

    7. Untitled w/Drums

    8. Paper Lanterns (Zero Return)
    The Shipping News
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  • Good News (Discontinued) Good News (Discontinued) Quick View

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    Good News (Discontinued)

    Good News is the first full-length from Withered Hand. The album was funded by the Scottish Arts Council, recorded by Pete Harvey (The Leg) and produced by cult indie rock hero Kramer (Low/ Galaxie 500/Daniel Johnston).
    1. Providence
    2. Cornflake
    3. Love In The Time of Ecstacy
    4. Joy
    5. New Dawn
    6. Religious Songs
    7. No Cigarettes
    8. I Am Nothing
    9. Hard On
    10. For The Maudlin
    Withered Hand
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  • The Clearing The Clearing Quick View

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    The Clearing

    Rachel Grimes is a pianist, composer, and arranger
    based in Kentucky - most renowned for her work in
    Rachel's, the groundbreaking chamber-rock ensemble
    that introduced an entire generation of underground rock
    fans to the unexpected similarities and appeal of
    neoclassical music. Grimes has toured the world as a
    solo pianist, and as a collaborator with chamber
    ensembles such as Portland Cello Project, astrïd,
    Cicada, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta trio, and Orchestra
    Kandinskij.


    Unhurried, at times fleeting, and stretching into the sky,
    The Clearing is a winding path of transient moments
    exploring personal memory, relationships, and mystery
    from a deeply internal place. The music is a wide
    spectrum of textures in strings, harp, piano, woodwinds,
    and percussion. Featuring an ensemble that includes
    Scott Morgan (LOSCIL), Scott Moore, Kyle Crabtree
    (Shipping News), Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Jacob
    Duncan (Liberation Prophecy), and Helen Money, The
    Clearing reveals a broad new chapter for Rachel
    Grimes.

    1. The Air
    2. The Clearing
    3. The Air of Place
    4. The Herald
    5. The Air in Time
    6. In the Vapor With the Air Underneath
    7. Transverse Plane Vertical
    8. Transverse Plane Horizontal
    9. The Air, Her Heart
    10. Further Foundation
    11. The Air at Night
    Rachel Grimes
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  • House With A Curse House With A Curse Quick View

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    House With A Curse

    How much change is a band willing to endure in pursuit of a dream? In the case of Coliseum, as much as it takes. In the three years since their second album, No Salvation (their first and only for Relapse Records), the Louisville power trio have changed labels, producers, engineers, and replaced the frenetic breakneck speed of former drummer Chris Maggio with the emphatic rhythmic stomp of Carter Wilson, all in the service of producing the album they always dreamed of. That album is House With A Curse, their third full-length and first for Temporary Residence Ltd.


    Produced by the band at The Funeral Home in Louisville and mixed by J. Robbins in Baltimore, House With A Curse features no less than a half dozen guests: Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy), J. Robbins (Jawbox), Jason Noble (Shipping News, Rachel, Rodan), Peter Searcy (Squirrel Bait) and more all stopped by to add vocals, extra guitar, strings and whatever else a particular song might have called for. House is not just a new and exciting chapter in the Coliseum story, it's a celebration of the underground music community that inspired its very existence.

    1. Introduction
    2. Blind In One Eye
    3. Everything To Everyone
    4. Crime And The City
    5. Cloaked In Red
    6. Perimeter Man
    7. Skeleton Smile
    8. Isela Vega
    9. Lost In Groningen
    10. Statuary
    11. Man Was Never Meant To Fy
    12. Punk/Money
    Coliseum
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  • No One's First, And You're Next No One's First, And You're Next Quick View

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    No One's First, And You're Next

    Since first breaking into the mainstream in 2004 with their hit, Float On, platinum-selling artist Modest Mouse have continued to break ground on the indie music scene. Their impressive back catalog has become essential and they often treat fans with b-side and rare track releases. No Ones First, And Youre Next is a collection of b-sides from the We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank and Good News for People Who Love Bad News sessions. Three 7 limited edition, hand-numbered singles were released over the course of 3 months, all leading up to the release of this comprehensive collection, including the two additional unreleased and out-of-print tracks, King Rat and Ive Got it All (Most).
    1. Satellite Skin
    2. Guilty Cocker Spaniels
    3. Autumn Beds
    4. Whale Song
    5. Perpetual Motion Machine
    6. History Sticks To Your Feet
    7. King Rat
    8. I've Got It All (Most)
    Modest Mouse
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  • Uma Casa Portuguesa Uma Casa Portuguesa Quick View

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    Uma Casa Portuguesa

    Import


    Rodrigues not only popularized the fado throughout South America, she reinvented it -- brilliantly fusing the urban and rural styles of Lisbon and Coimbra, she also sought out material that moved far beyond the traditional tales of failed romance to explore instead the deepest crises of the soul and spirit, delivering performances unmatched in their fatalistic power and haunting beauty... Rodrigues recorded upwards of 170 albums and even appeared in a number of feature films, retaining her drawing power even after the popularity of fado itself began to dissipate during the 1960s. She continued touring well past her 70th birthday... upon receiving news of her passing [1999], Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres ordered three days of national mourning, declaring her 'the Voice of Portugal.'

    - All Music Guide

    LP1
    1. Uma Casa Portuguesa
    2. Nem As Paredes Confesso
    3. Ai Mouraria
    4. Perseguicao
    5. Tudo Isto E Fado
    6. Fado Corrido
    7. Barco Negro
    8. Coimbra
    9. Sabe-Se La
    10. A Tendinha
    11. La Vai Lisboa
    12. Que Deus Me Perdoe
    13. Lisboa Antiga
    14. Amalia


    LP2
    1. Foi Deus
    2. Lisboa Nao Sejas Francesa
    3. Interior Triste
    4. Esquina Do Pecado
    5. A Chave Da Minha Porta
    6. Fado Xuxu
    7. Saudade De Itapua
    8. Cancao Do Mar (Solidao)
    9. Ay! Mourir Pour Toi
    10. Fado Dos Fados
    11. Ceu Da Minha Rua
    12. Libertacao
    13. Triste Sina
    14. Fado Final

    Amalia Rodrigues
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  • Stage Four Stage Four Quick View

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    Stage Four

    TOUCHÉ AMORÉ, is a Los Angeles based punk band whose earnest and artful approach to song writing, along with relentless touring, fueled their rise to prominence in the hardcore community.


    In 2013 TOUCHÉ AMORÉ crossed into new territory with their beloved release, Is Survived By. The band had reached a high point in notoriety when frontman Jeremy Bolm received news that his mother had been diagnosed with Stage Four cancer. With the band's support, Bolm wanted to go on hiatus to care for his ailing mother. However, as his biggest supporter, she encouraged him to continue on living his dream. So he returned to the road with bandmates- guitarists Nick Steinhardt and Clayton Stevens, bassist Tyler Kirby, and drummer Elliot Babin. In October of 2014 while TOUCHÉ AMORÉ was headlining Fest in Gainesville, FL, the final stop on their tour, Bolm received a call that his mother passed. He went home the next day.


    Now from a band both living its dream and marred by loss comes their new album Stage Four. Triumphant in sound and cathartic in delivery, Stage Four is a powerfully creative leap for TOUCHÉ AMORÉ. The first single is the catchy "Palm Dreams," and it's instantly clear from Bolm's vocals that TOUCHÉ AMORÉ is breaking new ground: the career screamer is actually singing, in a quite capable sing-speak harmony. The final track, the lush, jangly "Skyscraper," featuring haunting guest vocals from Julien Baker, ends the album with an atmospheric departure, both sonically and in spirit.

    1. Flowers And You
    2. New Halloween
    3. Rapture
    4. Displacement
    5. Benediction
    6. Eight Seconds
    7. Palm Dreams
    8. Softer Spoken
    9. Posing Holy
    10. Water Damage
    11. Skyscraper
    Touche Amore
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  • Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Edition) (Compact Disc) (On Sale) Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Edition) (Compact Disc) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Edition) (Compact Disc) (On Sale)

    Ranked 1/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time!


    50th Anniversary Reissue


    CD Features The New 'Sgt. Pepper' Stereo Mix, Complete With The Original U.K. Album's "Edit For LP End" Run-Out Groove


    It was 50 years ago this June 1st when The Beatles' John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music's most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles will release 'Sgt. Pepper' Anniversary Edition.


    "It's crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art," says Paul McCartney.


    "'Sgt. Pepper' seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it," Ringo Starr recalls.


    The Anniversary Edition includes Martin's new stereo mix of the album, which was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.


    The album's vibrant artwork, including its extravagant Pop Art cover which finds The Beatles surrounded by a crowd of heroes in a 3D collage, was created by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth in collaboration with the band.


    "We hope you will enjoy the show"


    Just as many ideas are sparked by chance, 'Sgt. Pepper' first sprang from a conversation between Paul and Beatles roadie Mal Evans on an airplane, when Mal's request to pass the salt and pepper was misheard by Paul as "Sgt. Pepper." The concept of who such a figure could be took root in Paul's mind, blooming with the imagination of The Beatles as an Edwardian era military band -- "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The Beatles' creative wellspring for 'Sgt. Pepper' also flowed from such myriad sources as The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, a Victorian circus poster ("Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!"), a TV commercial for breakfast cereal ("Good Morning Good Morning"), a picture drawn by John's young son, Julian ("Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"), a teen runaway reported in the news ("She's Leaving Home'), and Hindu teachings ("Within You Without You").


    "Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song"


    Using the standard four-track tape recording equipment of the day, The Beatles collaborated with producer George Martin to achieve "the impossible," as they dubbed it, to go as far out as they could with arrangements and new technology to realize their collective vision for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. As George Martin described it, "We were into another kind of art form where you were putting something down on tape that could only be done on tape." The Beatles clocked more than 400 hours in Abbey Road's Studio 2 to record the album, wrapping sessions in April 1967.


    "I read the news today oh boy"


    Upon its release on June 1, 1967, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band initially spent 148 weeks in the British chart, including a total of 27 weeks at number one. During its first U.S. chart run, the album held the number one spot for 15 of the 88 weeks it appeared in the Top 200. 'Sgt. Pepper' won four GRAMMY Awards®, including Album of the Year, and it remains one of the most influential and bestselling albums of all time. In 2003, the U.S. Library of Congress selected 'Sgt. Pepper' for the National Recording Registry, recognizing the album as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." 'Sgt. Pepper' tops Rolling Stone magazine's definitive list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    Sgt. Pepper 2017 Stereo Mix
    1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    2. With A Little Help From My Friends
    3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    4. Getting Better
    5. Fixing A Hole
    6. She's Leaving Home

    7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

    8. Within You Without You

    9. When I'm Sixty-Four
    10. Lovely Rita
    11. Good Morning Good Morning

    12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
    13. A Day In The Life
    The Beatles
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  • Tale Spinnin' (Speakers Corner) Tale Spinnin' (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Tale Spinnin' (Speakers Corner)

    We played music that people listened to every day just as they watch the news every evening, music which changed constantly - just like the weather, reminisced Joe Zawinul when talking about coming up with a name for the group. This would probably frighten off listeners in today's mass market. But back in those days CBS was satisfied with the group's sound being somewhat similar to the Miles Davis Combo and offered them a recording contract without carrying out the usual sound check. The magic potion Bitches Brew, which Zawinul and Wayne Shorter had conjured up with Miles Davis, was promising of exhilarating new things to come.



    The heart-stopping mix of motivic fixed points and exciting improvisations, »the sketchy melodies, all that a synthesizer and other similar electronic devices could offer, combined with a Milky Way of rhythms« (Der Spiegel) was the pathway down which the group went - without ever becoming pure routine. The fifth album, Tale Spinnin', is captivating for its wealth of distinctive, often warm, synthesized sounds, which are further enhanced by Wayne Shorter's bright, twangy soprano saxophone, lending it a jazzy aura. To be sure, this gripping jazz fusion never progresses steadily all the time, but takes up snatchy, though seemingly familiar, melodic ingredients and combines them to produce a new mixture. Badia, however, is completely different: a quietly flowing and totally rhythmic ethnic work, which today would be classified as World Music.



    Musicians:



    • Joe Zawinul (keyboards, percussion, vocals)

    • Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone)

    • Alphonso Johnson (bass)

    • Alyrio Lima (percussion)

    • Leon Ndugu Chandler (drums)




    Recording: 1975 in den Wally Heider Recording Studios, San Francisco, von Bruce Botnick

    Production: Josef Zawinul und Wayne Shorter





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Man In the Green Shirt
    2. Lusitanos
    3. Between the Thighs
    4. Badia
    5. Freezing Fire
    6. Five Short Stories
    Weather Report
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    The Smile Sessions Box Set

    With the full participation of original Beach Boys Al Jardine, Mike Love, and Brian Wilson, Capitol/EMI has, for the first time, collected and compiled the bands legendary 1966-67 sessions for the never-completed SMiLE album.


    In numerous sessions between the spring of 1966 and the summer of 1967, The Beach Boys recorded a bounty of songs and drafts for an album, SMiLE, that was intended to follow the band's 1966 masterpiece, Pet Sounds. The master tapes were ultimately shelved, and The Beach Boys' SMiLE has never been released. Drawn from the original masters, The SMiLE Sessions presents an in-depth overview of The Beach Boys' recording sessions for the enigmatic album, which has achieved legendary, mythical status for music fans around the world.


    This expanded, boxed edition of The SMiLE Sessions features the main SMiLE album tracks, plus four CDs of additional audio from the legendary sessions, a double vinyl LP set, and two 7 vinyl singles. The deluxe box also contains a 60-page hardbound book with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia from The Beach Boys archive and newly-written essays by Beach Boys Al Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, and Bruce Johnston, as well as by Beach Boys historian and author Domenic Priore and many other inner-circle participants.


    Produced by Brian Wilson, Mark Linett, Alan Boyd and Dennis Wolfe in Los Angeles The SMiLE Sessions box set includes an assembled collection of core session tracks. It also delves much deeper into the sessions, adding early song drafts, alternate takes, instrumental and vocals-only mixes, and studio chatter. The SMiLE Sessions invites the listener into the studio to experience the album's creation, with producer, singer and bassist Brian Wilson's vision leading the way as he guides his fellow Beach Boys, singer Mike Love, drummer Dennis Wilson, lead guitarist Carl Wilson, rhythm guitarist Al Jardine, and newest member Bruce Johnston (who'd replaced Brian Wilson in the touring group during 1965), through the legendary sessions.


    Artwork for all of The SMiLE Sessions has been created with and inspired by Beat-Pop artist Frank Holmes original 1967 LP sleeve art and booklet designs intended for the SMiLE album. With its three-dimensional shadowbox lid, The SMiLE Sessions box set offers a whimsical peek inside the storied SMiLE Shop.


    When Capitol/EMI and The Beach Boys first announced plans for The SMiLE Sessions 2011 release, the news spread rapidly. Pitchfork reported, The Beach Boys SMiLE is quite possibly the most storied album in rock history, Billboard proclaimed the upcoming release an event that pop music fans have been waiting for since the Summer of Love, and The Washington Post called SMiLE the most legendary unreleased album of all time.


    The best efforts have been taken by The Beach Boys, the producers, and Capitol/EMI to present the SMiLE album sessions most vital and fascinating elements. However, there will no doubt be some debate amongst Beach Boys fans around the world who, during the past four decades, have become familiar with a variety of widely-traded bootlegged bits and pieces from the sessions. As recently explained by the Detroit Metro Times, No album, released or not, has generated a more personal relationship with its audience, since no two people can ever agree on its content and purpose.


    Beginning with Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys best-selling record in a long string of hits, Brian Wilson had begun to construct songs in a modular form, crafting individual sections that would later be edited together to form a coherent whole. In several intense bursts of creative energy, Wilson, drawing on the talents of the finest studio musicians in Los Angeles and utilizing the best studio facilities available on any given day, laid down dozens of musical fragments, all designed to fit together in any number of possible combinations. No one had done this before in pop music, and his next endeavor would be an album-length version of this unique and luxurious songwriting parlance: SMiLE.


    In 1965, Brian Wilson met an up-and-coming session keyboard player and songwriter, Van Dyke Parks. Noticing Parks' conversational eloquence, Wilson felt that he could help to volley The Beach Boys songwriting into the wave of broader-messaged and socially-conscious rock 'n' roll that would come to define the '60s. They were soon collaborating on keynote songs for SMiLE, including Heroes And Villains, the bands follow-up single to Good Vibrations. Wilson and Parks would also co-write Surf's Up, Vega-Tables, Cabin Essence, Do You Like Worms, Wonderful, Wind Chimes, and other pieces of the SMiLE tapestry. Parks also introduced Frank Holmes to create album sleeve art and a booklet interpreting the albums James Joyce-mode lyrics.


    The reason SMiLE did not see a release in 1967 had more to do with back room business that obscured the creative side of the program than anything else. In late 1966, The Beach Boys formed Brother Records, initially to produce outside artists. Soon, however, The Beach Boys would become embroiled in a court action with Capitol Records with the goal to become the top-selling artists on their self-owned, independent label. The group withheld Heroes And Villains and announced they would instead release Vega-Tables recorded with the bands own money in April of '67 on Brother Records. By July of 1967, Capitol Records and The Beach Boys had come to terms, with Capitol agreeing to distribute the bands Brother Records, and it was agreed that SMiLE was no longer to be the bands next album.

    LP 1
    Side 1
    1. Our Prayer
    2. Gee
    3. Heroes and Villains
    4. Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
    5. I'm In Great Shape
    6. Barnyard
    7. My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine)
    8. Cabin Essence


    Side 2
    1. Wonderful
    2. Look (Song for Children)
    3. Child Is Father Of the Man
    4. Surf's Up


    LP 2
    Side 3
    1. I Wanna Be Around / Workshop
    2. Vega-Tables
    3. Holidays
    4. Wind Chimes
    5. The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)
    6. Love to Say Dada
    7. Good Vibrations


    Side 4
    1. You're Welcome (stereo mix)
    2. Vega-Tables (stereo mix)
    3. Wind Chimes (stereo mix)
    4. Cabin Essence (Session highlights and stereo backing track)
    5. Surf's Up (Session Excerpt and Stereo mix)


    Heroes and Villains Smile 7 single:
    Side A: Heroes and Villains Part One
    Side B: Heroes and Villains Part Two


    Vega-Tables 7 single:
    Side A: Vega-Tables
    Side B: Surf's Up


    CD 1
    1. Our Prayer
    2. Gee
    3. Heroes and Villains
    4. Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
    5. I'm In Great Shape
    6. Barnyard
    7. My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine)
    8. Cabin Essence
    9. Wonderful
    10. Look (Song for Children)
    11. Child Is Father Of the Man
    12. Surf's Up
    13. I Wanna Be Around / Workshop
    14. Vega-Tables
    15. Holidays
    16. Wind Chimes
    17. The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)
    18. Love to Say Dada
    19. Good Vibrations
    Bonus Tracks:
    20. You're Welcome
    21. Heroes and Villains (Stereo mix)
    22. Heroes and Villains Sections (Stereo mix)
    23. Vega-Tables Demo
    24. He Gives Speeches
    25. Smile Backing Vocals Montage
    26. Surf's Up 1967 (solo version)
    27. Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls Into A Piano


    CD 2 - Session Highlights:
    Our Prayer
    1. Our Prayer Dialog (9/19/66)
    2. Our Prayer (10/14/66)
    Heroes and Villains
    Heroes and Villains Session (10/20/66)
    3. Heroes and Villains: Verse (Master take)
    4. Heroes and Villains: Barnyard (Master take)
    5. Heroes and Villains: I'm In Great Shape (10/27/66)
    6. Heroes and Villains: Intro (Early version - circa 12/66)
    Heroes and Villains Session (1/3/67)
    7. Heroes and Villains: Do A Lot
    8. Heroes and Villains: Back of Tricks
    9. Heroes and Villains: Mission Pak
    10. Heroes and Villains: Bridge To Indians
    11. Heroes and Villains: Part 1 Tag
    12. Heroes and Villains: Pickup To 3rd Verse
    Heroes and Villains (1/27/67)
    13. Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised
    14. Heroes and Villains: Part 2 (Cantina track)
    15. Heroes and Villains: Whistling Bridge
    16. Heroes and Villains: Cantina
    17. Heroes and Villains: All Day
    18. Heroes and Villains: Verse Edit Experiment
    Heroes and Villains Session (2/15/67)
    19. Heroes and Villains: Prelude to Fade
    20. Heroes and Villains: Piano Theme
    Heroes and Villains Session (2/20/67)
    21. Heroes and Villains: Part 2
    22. Heroes and Villains: Part 2 (Gee)(Master take)
    23. Heroes and Villains: Part 2 Revised
    24. Heroes and Villains: Part 2 Revised (Master take)
    25. Heroes and Villains: Part 3 (Animals)(Master take)
    26. Heroes and Villains: Part 4
    27. Heroes and Villains: Part Two (Master take) (2/27/67)
    28. Heroes and Villains: Fade (2/28/67)
    Heroes and Villains Session (3/1/67)
    29. Heroes and Villains: Verse Remake
    30. Heroes and Villains: Organ Waltz / Intro
    Heroes and Villains Session (6/14/67)
    31. Heroes and Villains: Chorus Vocals
    32. Heroes and Villains: Barbershop
    33. Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised (Remake)
    34. Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised (Master take Overdubs Mix 1)
    35. Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised (Master take A Capella)
    Bonus Tracks:
    36. Heroes and Villains Piano Demo (incorporating I'm In Great Shape and Barnyard) Brian with Van Dyke Parks and Humble Harve Miller, KHJ Radio (11/4/66)
    37. Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls Into A Microphone (11/4/66)
    38. Psycodelic Sounds: Moaning Laughing (11/4/66)


    CD 3 - Session Highlights
    Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
    Do You Like Worms Session (10/18/66)
    1. Do You Like Worms: Part 1
    2. Do You Like Worms: Part 2 (Bicycle Rider)
    3. Do You Like Worms: Part 3
    4. Do You Like Worms: Part 4 (Bicycle Rider)
    5. Do You Like Worms: Bicycle Rider Overdubs (Heroes And Villains Part 2) (1/5/67)
    My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine)
    6. My Only Sunshine: Parts 1 & 2 (11/14/66)
    7. My Only Sunshine: Part 2 (Master Take With Vocal Overdubs) (2/10/67)
    Cabin Essence
    Cabin Essence Session (10/3/66)
    8. Cabin Essence: Verse
    9. Cabin Essence: Chorus
    10. Cabin Essence: Tag
    Wonderful
    11. Wonderful (Version 1) (8/25/66)
    Wonderful (Version 2 Rock With Me, Henry) Session (1/9/67)
    12. Wonderful (Version 2)
    13. Wonderful (Version 2 Tag)
    14. Wonderful (Version 3) (4/10/67?)
    Look (Song For Children)
    15. Look (8/12/66)
    Child Is Father Of The Man
    16. Child Is Father Of The Man (Version 1) (10/7/66)
    17. Child Is Father Of The Man (Version 2) (10/11/66)
    Surf's Up
    18. Surf's Up: 1st Movement (11/4/66)
    19. Surf's Up: Talking Horns (11/7/66)
    20. Surfs Up: Piano Demo (Master Take) (12/15/66)
    I Wanna Be Around / Workshop (Friday Night)
    21. I Wanna Be Around (11/29/66)
    Vega-Tables (Vegetables)
    Vegetables Sessions (4/4/67 4/11/67)
    22. Vegetables: Verse (Master Take Track) (4/4 4/11/67)
    23. Vegetables: Sleep A Lot (Chorus)
    24. Vegetables: Chorus 1 (Master Take)
    25. Vegetables: 2nd Chorus (Master Take Track And Backing Vocals)
    26. Vegetables: Insert (Part 4) (Master Take)


    CD 4
    Session Highlights
    Vega-Tables (Vegetables) (continued)
    1. Vegetables: Fade (4/12/67)
    2. Vegetables: Ballad Insert (4/14/67)
    Holidays
    3. Holidays (9/8/66)
    Wind Chimes
    4. Wind Chimes (Version 1) (8/3/66)
    Wind Chimes (Version 2) Session (10/5/66)
    5. Wind Chimes (Version 2)
    6. Wind Chimes (Version 2 Tag)
    The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)
    7. The Elements (Fire) (11/28/66)
    Love to Say Dada / Cool, Cool Water
    Da Da Session (12/22/66)
    8. Da Da (Taped Piano Strings)
    9. Da Da (Fender Rhodes)
    Love To Say Dada Sessions (5/16/67 - 5/18/67)
    10. Love To Say Dada: Part 1 (5/16/67)
    11. Love To Say Dada: Part 2 (5/17/67)
    12. Love To Say Dada: Part 2 (Master Take) (5/17/67)
    13. Love To Say Dada: Part 2 (Second Day) (5/18/67)
    Cool, Cool Water
    14. Cool, Cool Water (Version 1) (6/7/67)
    15. Cool, Cool Water (Version 2) (10/26/67 & 10/29/67)
    Smile Additional Sessions
    16. You're Welcome (12/15/66)
    17. You're With Me Tonight (6/66/7/67)
    18. Tune X (3/3/673/31/67)
    19. I Don't Know (1/12/67)
    20. Three Blind Mice (10/15/65)
    21. Teeter Totter Love (Jasper Dailey) (1/25/67 & 2/9/67)
    Bonus Tracks:
    22. Psycodelic Sounds - Underwater Chant (11/4/66)
    23. Hal Blaine Vega-Tables Promo Session (11/16/66)
    24. Heroes And Villains: Early Version Outtake Sections (1/67 2/67)


    CD 5
    Session Highlights
    Good Vibrations Sessions
    1. Good Vibrations: Gold Star 2/18/66 (The Pet Sounds Session)
    2. Good Vibrations: Gold Star 4/9/66
    3. Good Vibrations: Western 5/4/66 (First Chorus)
    4. Good Vibrations: Western 5/4/66 (Second Chorus & Fade)
    5. Good Vibrations: Sunset Sound 5/24/66 (Part 1)
    6. Good Vibrations: Sunset Sound 5/24/66 (Parts 2 & 3)
    7. Good Vibrations: Sunset Sound 5/24/66 (Part 4)
    8. Good Vibrations: Western 5/27/66 (Part C)
    9. Good Vibrations: Western 5/27/66 (Chorus)
    10. Good Vibrations: Western 5/27/66 (Fade Sequence)
    11. Good Vibrations (Inspiration): Western 6/2/66 (Part 1)
    12. Good Vibrations (Inspiration): Western 6/2/66 (Part 3)
    13. Good Vibrations (Inspiration): Western 6/2/66 (Part 4)
    14. Good Vibrations: Western 6/16/66 (Part 1)
    15. Good Vibrations: Western 6/16/66 (Part 2 & Verse)
    16. Good Vibrations: Western 6/16/66 (Part 2 Continued)
    17. Good Vibrations: Western 6/18/66 (Part 1)
    18. Good Vibrations: Western 6/18/66 (Part 2)
    19. Good Vibrations (Persuasion): Western 9/1/66
    20. Good Vibrations: Western 9/1/66 (New Bridge)
    21. Good Vibrations: Session Masters
    22. Good Vibrations: Single Version Stereo Track
    23. Good Good Good Vibrations (First Version With Overdubs) 3/66
    24. Good Vibrations: Alternate Edit 8/24/66

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