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Larry Franz

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Someone going by the name Summertime Blooz has a YouTube channel that features "amazing music accompanied by colorful and imaginative slideshows". That is an accurate description. Actually, it's putting it mildly.

He has a bunch of Smile-related tracks with very colorful and imaginative slideshows here (link added later):

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLptIp1kEl6BWNpXyJ_mb20W4ZqJ14-Hgg

The first video:



Yesterday, he uploaded a video for "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" that features gorgeous abstract art. His comment:

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This is a slideshow video for The Beach Boys' 1966 song 'I Just Wasn't Made For These Times' from their album masterpiece 'Pet Sounds'. I think the themes of feeling alienated and not fitting in are universal and timeless. In making this video I gained an even greater appreciation of the intricacies of the record's production and believe it's truly one of the finest and most daring productions Brian Wilson ever created. I hope you enjoy this visual tribute. All thanks and gratitude to Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys and lyricist Tony Asher for this fantastic music.



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Al Forsyth

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Larry, may he or she keep on doing these types of things.
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Larry Franz

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I hope he does too. (His picture shows a bald guy with a beard.)

But I forgot the link to his Smile playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLptIp1kEl6BWNpXyJ_mb20W4ZqJ14-Hgg



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Love the artwork...DON'T love his song order.  The opening after 'Our Prayer' is indecisive and badly in need of a stronger, more forceful kick into gear and a true call to action.  I very much appreciate the way Brian worked it out with Darian in order to actually make it all work.  That the subsequently released Beach Boys version then followed the same blueprint suggests a LOT.

Our boy here uses some interesting alternate takes to build his concept but the way it FAR too slowly slides toward a meaningful beginning leaves me thinking "Uh... ... ...NO!!!"  The fact that it also, later on in, just grinds to a total halt in places is just catastrophic.  Artful?  Yes.  Effective?  In no way.  Thus...'Tis a waste of marvelous jigsaw pieces.

So...that said, when you add it all together?

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Larry Franz

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Lee -- I haven't gotten around to watching many of them, but I had the same thought when I saw the sequence he created. It almost looked random. Maybe they were posted in the order he finished them.

But, as you say, the art is the main attraction in this case.

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'...£$£$£ for god's sake...' 
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Larry Franz

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'...£$£$£ for god's sake...' 
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Paul -- You think "Summertime Blooz" did all that work for filthy lucre? Or maybe you're referring to Google $$ Tube. (My ad blocker takes care of that aspect.)

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Larry Franz

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I think this one is special.

From YouTube aficionado S. Blooz (dated Oct. 13, 2016):

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This is a slideshow set to my own edit of The Beach Boys’ medley version of ‘The Old Master Painter’ and ‘You Are My Sunshine’ followed by the Boys’ ‘Heroes And Villains’ section known popularly as ‘Barnshine’. It was recorded as part of the sessions for The Beach Boys’ legendary uncompleted ‘Smile’ album. It is part of the Americana theme that runs throughout so much of the Smile material. I don’t profess to know what Brian Wilson’s concept was for using these two songs, except that changing the tense of the song to “You were my sunshine” makes it seem quite sad, indicating that something has been lost. Next month will be the Golden Anniversary of the first sessions for this record. Thanks to the fan mixers whose work is heard here, but mostly thanks to Brian Wilson and all The Beach Boys for music that continues to inspire us even after 50 years.
something has been lost. Next month will be the Golden Anniversary of the first sessions for this record. Thanks to the fan mixers whose work is heard here, but mostly thanks to Brian Wilson and all The Beach Boys for music that continues to inspire us even after 50 years.
 
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I agree with all, the art is the thing. But as with all art not all of it appeals to everyone. There are some highlights hare, I like the abstract IJWMFTT.
These are definitely worth the watch.
Nice find, Larry

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Larry Franz

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Summertime Blooz left a comment underneath the "Old Master Painter" video on YouTube in response to our discussion of the Smile sequence he used:

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Thanks for posting the kind comments. I read the link you posted to and just wanted to explain the sequence of this playlist since it was brought up. I mostly followed the December 1966 12 song track list that The Beach Boys submitted to their record label Capitol Records. That list was used as a guide for printing tens of thousands of album covers that were ultimately never used. I know a lot of fans don't care for that sequence, but for me it works for the most part. I made two big changes to that running order though. First I moved 'Wind Chimes' from the second song on the album to side two right before 'The Elements' which just makes sense for me. Second, I moved what I call 'I'm In Great Shape' (the barnyard suite) to near the end of the album, just before 'The Old Master Painter'. I really believe those two songs belong together. I also take note that Brian Wilson is heard in session tapes referring to the second section of 'Old Master Painter' (the 'Barnshine' part) as "the big finale", an indicator to me that it was intended as the album closer. Finally, I added the short unlisted tracks Prayer, George Fell Into His French Horn, He Gives Speeches, and Brian Falls Into A Piano where they seemed appropriate to. So that is the logic of this sequence which I hope you enjoy. Link to the 1966 back album cover: https://arkhonia.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/smile-%E2%80%93-my-first-25-years-finishing-smile/
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