**** Hiess dieses Album anno dazumals nicht "Smiley Smile"?? Wie auch immer. Es klingt, ähnlich wie Pet Sounds, recht experimentell und leider nur selten eingängig. Heroes & Villains ist (neben Good Vibrations) der beste Song da drauf. Was auch bei Brian Wilsons Neuauflage aus 2004 so ist. 3.5+
****** The most famous unreleased album in rock history (until 2011) and the intended follow-up too "Pet Sounds", this was to be Brian's "magnum opus" a "teenage symphony to god". Everything fell to pieces in mid 1967 after 10 months of recording, many factors came into play for it's non appearance (record label disputes, drugs and internal band problems). Recorded in a ground breaking "modular technique" (recording small fragments of music, then putting them together in a concise structure) that Brian used earlier for the albums first single "Good Vibrations" became a burden upon it's self.
The music recorded is breath taking and technically astonishing for it's time, some say if this came out in 1967 it may have changed the course of contemporary music. Standout tracks like "Good Vibrations", "Heroes And Villians Parts 1 & 2", "Surf's Up", ""CabinEssence", "Wonderful" & "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" are some of the best songs recorded by the group.
About 75-85 percent of the album was complete when shelved, in 2004 Brian revived the album as a solo project which led to the release of The Beach Boys 2011 version from the tapes dating from 1966-1967.
Incomplete, a bit fragmented....but absolutely mind blowing given the time of it's writing and recording...an album of legendary status. Last edited: 10.10.2013 10:15