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IT CAME!!!! I haven't finished it yet but I was listening to it in the car and got through disc one. It was SO AMAZING!! I love it so much and for those of you who haven't bought it, I highly recommend it. Even the booklet is great. The photos are awesome and the liner notes are just as good. I found it interesting that recordings from a concert in Detroit '67 were said to be unrealeased, because a few months ago, they were on YouTube and were taken off only recently. I love hearing them live.
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Sunshine tomorrow is fabulous! Wow! Wild Honey in stereo is a revelation. I have always liked the album, but this sounds so vibrant, so exciting, so now! It really does. The things you hear now - instruments, voices. Just feels so alive. It does sound like you are in the Bellagio house with the Boys. I love, love, love Brian's lead on Here Comes The Night. And I'd Love Just Once To See You - Brian shines. I love Carl and Al on acoustic guitar on I'd Love Just Once. They sound and play fantastic! The alternate version of Can't Wait Too Long is incredible. Aren't You Glad sounds soooo good. Mike and Brian and Carl on lead; delicious! And throughout the sessions the banter between the guys, Brian clearly with it and running things. Carl, too. Very FUN to hear Dennis working on things, asking Brian what he wants. The Mamma Says session is hilarious.

I have only listened to the first disc. I listened to the Wild Honey album 3 times. The 3rd time with headphones on and then went on to listen to the sessions and 1967 live Wild Honey songs. Alan Boyd and Mark Linett - thank you, thank you and thank you. Marvelous work, Men!

What a treat this package is. The liner notes and pictures are fun and illuminating. I love how Brian and Mike and Al's memories are included, For more great input from all the guys, pick up the latest issue of Endless Summer Quarterly - great articles about Smiley Smile and Wild Honey.
 
I am gonna dive into Smiley Smile and Lei'd In Hawaii on disc 2 later today. What a great way to kick back over the 4th of July holiday!

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Sunshine tomorrow is fabulous! Wow! Wild Honey in stereo is a revelation. I have always liked the album, but this sounds so vibrant, so exciting, so now! It really does. The things you hear now - instruments, voices. Just feels so alive. It does sound like you are in the Bellagio house with the Boys. I love, love, love Brian's lead on Here Comes The Night. And I'd Love Just Once To See You - Brian shines. I love Carl and Al on acoustic guitar on I'd Love Just Once. They sound and play fantastic! The alternate version of Can't Wait Too Long is incredible. Aren't You Glad sounds soooo good. Mike and Brian and Carl on lead; delicious! And throughout the sessions the banter between the guys, Brian clearly with it and running things. Carl, too. Very FUN to hear Dennis working on things, asking Brian what he wants. The Mamma Says session is hilarious.

I have only listened to the first disc. I listened to the Wild Honey album 3 times. The 3rd time with headphones on and then went on to listen to the sessions and 1967 live Wild Honey songs. Alan Boyd and Mark Linett - thank you, thank you and thank you. Marvelous work, Men!

What a treat this package is. The liner notes and pictures are fun and illuminating. I love how Brian and Mike and Al's memories are included, For more great input from all the guys, pick up the latest issue of Endless Summer Quarterly - great articles about Smiley Smile and Wild Honey.
 
I am gonna dive into Smiley Smile and Lei'd In Hawaii on disc 2 later today. What a great way to kick back over the 4th of July holiday!
That's exactly what I've been hoping for, Curt!  Just Wild Honey in vibrant stereo/sound.  That's all.  It would be enough for me - anything else would be a wonderful bonus...and I guess that's there also!
Just perfect (so far) Curt - thank you![thumb][thumb]

I still have hope for mine - Delayed from yesterday to Tuesday, then to Monday, now perhaps tomorrow, Amazon says.  Maybe they'll soon say today...maybe now!  Maybe I should go check!

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Great release, lots of goodies and of course one hears things in a new light. Long live the Beach Boys! I live in 'Beatletown' UK.
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That's exactly what I've been hoping for, Curt!  Just Wild Honey in vibrant stereo/sound.  That's all.  It would be enough for me - anything else would be a wonderful bonus...and I guess that's there also!
Just perfect (so far) Curt - thank you![thumb][thumb]

I still have hope for mine - Delayed from yesterday to Tuesday, then to Monday, now perhaps tomorrow, Amazon says.  Maybe they'll soon say today...maybe now!  Maybe I should go check!


Bugs - You are gonna love, love, love Wild Honey.

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Listened to disc 2 last night. I know we all know that the Beach Boys are the best vocal group ever, but when you ear them rehearse Heroes and Villains in Hawaii it is SOOOO hit home that no group can sing like the Beach Boys. Brian working on Surf's Up in 1967 - love it and wow! The a capella Surfer Girl is sublime.  The Smiley Smile cuts are very interesting. The instrumentation is excellent which is cool since most were the guys playing, I believe, not as much Wrecking Crew. Correct me if I am wrong. I know Wild Honey was almost all the guys. The horns had to be the Wrecking Crew guys. And I love the horns that are more present on the new mix. I am jumping around between discs now, sorry. I hear more SMiLE in "Fall Breaks And Back To Winter" than I had always heard before. And again the vocals are beautiful in the little splotches you get on these sections and tags.

I like the different takes, arrangements the guys were doing on the Lei'd In Hawaii tracks they were recording "live" back in LA. A little stripped down. The rehearsals in Hawaii and the live songs from Hawaii (rehearsals and in concert) are a lot of fun. Interesting that Mike feels so insecure about their performing "Surfin'". They sound great on it. I really love Brian's leads and backgrounds in the live songs in Hawaii and the "live" recordings back in LA. He shines on his parts on "Gettin' Hungry" live in Hawaii. "Game of Love" is fun and very good with Brian and Mike sharing lead. Just fun to hear Brian shining in the year after his disappointment in the shelving of SMiLE.

Everyone run out and get this, or sit there on your computer and order it. LOL You will have some summer fun in store for yourself.

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Even though it's a small point, I LOVE the live alternate ending of Cali Girls. I'm obsessed with all the tracks but the Lei'd in Hawaii Sessions might be my favorite part. Wild Honey in stereo is excellent, with a whole new dimension of the album being revealed. Also, I'm nuts about the studio sessions for all the albums. I just don't have enough good things to say about this compilation. You're going to love it Doug!!!
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Thank you Curt & Jenny!  I'm pretending Amazon is making a special Sunday trip to my house, just for this delivery.  And they are, really, because it's special to me!

So spoiled.

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It's here - and everyone speaks the truth!  As Curt said, the "new" Wild Honey LP alone is worthy of excitement.  I'll just add this take on it (so far, as that's all I've heard) - I'll no longer need to explain the muffled/muddled sound to other listeners...for that aspect is gone!!

Well done, Messrs. Linnett and Boyd

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...and it just keeps gettin' better!  (s l o w l y  savoring)
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Here's some interesting words from Alan Boyd, long time Beach Boys producer/archivist re this album.  The problem is, you'll have to listen to this guy interviewing Alan - he talks like he knows the subject, but he doesn't.  First time I've heard "Smiley Smile" referred to as a "lush...stone cold classic."  And the interview is really more about Wild Honey in '67 than the anticipated subject matter.  But Alan shared some personal stories...I just wanted him to keep on talking, but alas:

Worth a listen.  It's a 10-minute radio airplay.  Click 'Listen' below the title pic...

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/thursday-july-6-2017-whitehorse-roxane-gay-and-more-1.4190700/how-a-beach-boys-fan-ended-up-being-a-guardian-of-their-legacy-1.4190714

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Having trouble focusing on typing.  The listening 'thing' is SO captivating.  My copy arrived yesterday while I was on the road for a work related 'day' at the golf course...doin' cut-ins and then just golfing.  Played OK...especially the 19th hole.

Today was a typical work Saturday.  Up at 6:00.  Prep.  On air at 8:00.  Home at 4:00.  Relax.  And now...an uninterrupted chance to listen, marvel and really/truly appreciate.

Geez...these guys were good.  SOOOooooooOOOOOOoooooo good.  I always thought that Wild Honey [the l.p.] was quickly tossed together in order to cover for the sinking of Smiley Smile so that the group could get some stuff back on the radio.  Maybe it was 'cause it sounds overly simple and there's only about 25 minutes of actual content.  No song longer than 2:45.  3 of 'em less than 2 minutes.  But here are some missing pieces which could have filled it out and made the album even better than it is.

The 'highlights' really are a highlight as they show that the 'tuneage' wasn't that easy-peasy/simple after all.  I really enjoyed hearing the original l.p. in stereo.  Lonely Days would have been a nice add.  I quite like THIS version of I'd Like Just Once to See You.  Some of the I Was Made to Love Her vocal calisthenics are just a HUGE treat.  REALLY neat to hear that.

I DO love hearing Carl singin' Wild Honey live.  Suddenly I have a greater appreciation for how wonderful the song really is.  Previously I kind of wrote it off as a weaker moment...over performed.  Country Air is one of their all time best songs.  Helped to make the original album.  VERY good live performance.  THIS is where Carl really started to take over...phase 1.  Suddenly the musicality factor really began to blossom as the 'noseitis' factor took a welcome back seat.  'Boogalooed It' works WAY better faster...as it was originally recorded.  It loses it's excitement and energy here. The group effort on Aren't You Glad is terrific...even Mike's lead bits work well as he pulls it back and sings at least from his throat.  Carl sails it through the uprights and the harmonies are bang on GREAT.

THAT was a better live set than Live in London.  Far less inane chatter from the 'front man'.

And I quote..."What's the matter?"  [annoyed]  There-in lies the difference.

These Vegetables proved to be good for my health.  T'was a song..beyond GVs and H and Vs which I initially also liked on the SS album.  This is VERY cool. 

Many of these little snippets like Wind Chimes are worth the price of admission all by themselves.  Others?  You can see/hear why certain changes were made in terms of who would get the lead.  In some cases I'm pretty sure that I would have liked the album [SS] better if they had used some of these arrangements.

Lei'd?  The Letter?  No.  Not really.  The Box Tops, Joe Cocker and the Arbors all did it ENTIRELY better.  I wonder why the BBs thought that THEY should do it?  BAD idea.  The songs sound like they're from an early rehearsal.  Most of them are too slow.  With a little help from My Friends?  Absolutely NO!!!  Not warranted or necessary.  BOOO!

God Only Knows is special.  THAT one is a keeper.  S'all good.  ['cept for the tink tinks on the high hat.  No sense of the beat at all.]  Same on Good Vibes.  Take that stick away from high hat 'boy'.  Otherwise...Pretty good.

Game of Love.  Sometimes you just have to leave well enough alone.  Like wouldn't people have wondered WHY are THEY doing THAT song??????  I can't figure it out 50 years later.  A better version of The Letter here.  Help from my Friends?  Still No, NO, NO!!!  What did Olive Oil say Popeye?  1,000 times NO!!!

Screaming?  Gawd no!!!  All those oldies but goldies ... ... ... from less than 5 years ago?  Really?  Surfin?  Too slow.  Kinda sloppy.  Dopey intro to Gettin' Hungry...typical of the front man schtik I just didn't ever really 'dig'.  Fairly good rendition of a song that just never quite made it for me.  Close but still no cigar.

Hawaii.  I prefer it when Brian and his gang do it.  Worked for Mike with Kona Coast.  Nice to have this one.  Heroes and Villains?  Nice.  Well done boys.  Carl with his finger on the pulse. 

We'll remember allllllllllways...the good old days.  Like the first live album version.  Speaking of which...HERE is I Get Around...actually performed live.  Needs a bit of work...and more in the way of respect from 1 guy in particular.  It was, after all, a # 1 hit.

How 'bout that voice on Brian?  Clean, [mostly] clear, true.  GREAT!!!  Also worth the price of admission.  A real highlight!!!  And going out with a BIG bang...Surfer Girl...still sounding like a million bucks +.

Thanks Mark.  Thanks Alan.  Thanks Brian.  Thanks 'Boys'.

This is so outstanding.  It helps to enable one to begin to forget what happened on the 4th of July.  THESE are the Beach Boys...in mind, body and spirit. 


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Having trouble focusing on typing.  The listening 'thing' is SO captivating.  My copy arrived yesterday while I was on the road for a work related 'day' at the golf course...doin' cut-ins and then just golfing.  Played OK...especially the 19th hole.

Today was a typical work Saturday.  Up at 6:00.  Prep.  On air at 8:00.  Home at 4:00.  Relax.  And now...an uninterrupted chance to listen, marvel and really/truly appreciate.

Geez...these guys were good.  SOOOooooooOOOOOOoooooo good.  I always thought that Wild Honey [the l.p.] was quickly tossed together in order to cover for the sinking of Smiley Smile so that the group could get some stuff back on the radio.  Maybe it was 'cause it sounds overly simple and there's only about 25 minutes of actual content.  No song longer than 2:45.  3 of 'em less than 2 minutes.  But here are some missing pieces which could have filled it out and made the album even better than it is.

The 'highlights' really are a highlight as they show that the 'tuneage' wasn't that easy-peasy/simple after all.  I really enjoyed hearing the original l.p. in stereo.  Lonely Days would have been a nice add.  I quite like THIS version of I'd Like Just Once to See You.  Some of the I Was Made to Love Her vocal calisthenics are just a HUGE treat.  REALLY neat to hear that.

I DO love hearing Carl singin' Wild Honey live.  Suddenly I have a greater appreciation for how wonderful the song really is.  Previously I kind of wrote it off as a weaker moment...over performed.  Country Air is one of their all time best songs.  Helped to make the original album.  VERY good live performance.  THIS is where Carl really started to take over...phase 1.  Suddenly the musicality factor really began to blossom as the 'noseitis' factor took a welcome back seat.  'Boogalooed It' works WAY better faster...as it was originally recorded.  It loses it's excitement and energy here. The group effort on Aren't You Glad is terrific...even Mike's lead bits work well as he pulls it back and sings at least from his throat.  Carl sails it through the uprights and the harmonies are bang on GREAT.

THAT was a better live set than Live in London.  Far less inane chatter from the 'front man'.

And I quote..."What's the matter?"  [annoyed]  There-in lies the difference.

These Vegetables proved to be good for my health.  T'was a song..beyond GVs and H and Vs which I initially also liked on the SS album.  This is VERY cool. 

Many of these little snippets like Wind Chimes are worth the price of admission all by themselves.  Others?  You can see/hear why certain changes were made in terms of who would get the lead.  In some cases I'm pretty sure that I would have liked the album [SS] better if they had used some of these arrangements.

Lei'd?  The Letter?  No.  Not really.  The Box Tops, Joe Cocker and the Arbors all did it ENTIRELY better.  I wonder why the BBs thought that THEY should do it?  BAD idea.  The songs sound like they're from an early rehearsal.  Most of them are too slow.  With a little help from My Friends?  Absolutely NO!!!  Not warranted or necessary.  BOOO!

God Only Knows is special.  THAT one is a keeper.  S'all good.  ['cept for the tink tinks on the high hat.  No sense of the beat at all.]  Same on Good Vibes.  Take that stick away from high hat 'boy'.  Otherwise...Pretty good.

Game of Love.  Sometimes you just have to leave well enough alone.  Like wouldn't people have wondered WHY are THEY doing THAT song??????  I can't figure it out 50 years later.  A better version of The Letter here.  Help from my Friends?  Still No, NO, NO!!!  What did Olive Oil say Popeye?  1,000 times NO!!!

Screaming?  Gawd no!!!  All those oldies but goldies ... ... ... from less than 5 years ago?  Really?  Surfin?  Too slow.  Kinda sloppy.  Dopey intro to Gettin' Hungry...typical of the front man schtik I just didn't ever really 'dig'.  Fairly good rendition of a song that just never quite made it for me.  Close but still no cigar.

Hawaii.  I prefer it when Brian and his gang do it.  Worked for Mike with Kona Coast.  Nice to have this one.  Heroes and Villains?  Nice.  Well done boys.  Carl with his finger on the pulse. 

We'll remember allllllllllways...the good old days.  Like the first live album version.  Speaking of which...HERE is I Get Around...actually performed live.  Needs a bit of work...and more in the way of respect from 1 guy in particular.  It was, after all, a # 1 hit.

How 'bout that voice on Brian?  Clean, [mostly] clear, true.  GREAT!!!  Also worth the price of admission.  A real highlight!!!  And going out with a BIG bang...Surfer Girl...still sounding like a million bucks +.

Thanks Mark.  Thanks Alan.  Thanks Brian.  Thanks 'Boys'.

This is so outstanding.  It helps to enable one to begin to forget what happened on the 4th of July.  THESE are the Beach Boys...in mind, body and spirit. 




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Here's some interesting words from Alan Boyd, long time Beach Boys producer/archivist re this album.  The problem is, you'll have to listen to this guy interviewing Alan - he talks like he knows the subject, but he doesn't.  First time I've heard "Smiley Smile" referred to as a "lush...stone cold classic."  And the interview is really more about Wild Honey in '67 than the anticipated subject matter.  But Alan shared some personal stories...I just wanted him to keep on talking, but alas:

Worth a listen.  It's a 10-minute radio airplay.  Click 'Listen' below the title pic...

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/thursday-july-6-2017-whitehorse-roxane-gay-and-more-1.4190700/how-a-beach-boys-fan-ended-up-being-a-guardian-of-their-legacy-1.4190714


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As a general rule, I really enjoy all of these important archival releases. And, as to Wild Honey, while it was kind of jarring when it first came out (that was when some people starting leaving the band for other loyalties), there still is some good music on it. For me, though, Smiley Smile doesn't move the needle. It was weird music then--and it remains so today. As David Beard notes, Bruce is not on the album because he objected to the environment--that 'everyone was high during the recording'. Count me in with Bruce. I walked away from Smiley Smile then and can't get into it now--and describing drug-induced silliness as just "humor" doesn't do it for me. But, everyone has his or her own sense of taste. 
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