Friday, May 28, 2010

Life's A Beach Series 20 & 21 - Christmas All Summer Long

Hello everyone,

There's one more edition of the Life's A Beach Series. This one has sessions from June of 1964 when the Beach Boys were recording songs for their Christmas album and even one song from The Beach Boys Today! album. It's not the most fascinating thing ever, but if you gotta have it, you gotta have it!


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Thursday, May 6, 2010

SMiLE - The New Master Painter Mix

Hello again everyone,

I'm actually very excited to share this new and different mix of SMiLE. I really enjoyed listening to this one, and I'm pretty sure you will too. Read the description and download below.

SMiLE - The New Master Painter Mix

My initial goal with this mix was to present the closest possible version to a 1967 album line up of SMiLE. Nothing more. Nothing less. It's all mono because it's a safe bet that Brian would have mixed the album in mono had it been finished back then. I did quite a bit of research and reading on every possible subject relating to the music and the time period to put me in the right frame of mind (quick plug for Domenic Priore's amazing "Story of Brian Wilson's Masterpiece SMILE"). That said, I didn't want to make a mix that anybody else had already done so more often than not, I took the road less traveled. Is it perfect? Hell no. Complete? Not by a long shot. But I hope listening to this wonderful music in this sequence will somehow move you in a positive way. - NMP

Our Prayer/Gee
Taken from the GV box set with a little touch from the Vigotone. I think the laughter towards the end of "Prayer" really lightens up the mood from the get go. It also helps the transition from the 'serious' choral type music to more fun 50's style doo-wop. The album is called SMiLE after all... you have to have laughter.

Heroes & Villains
Essentially the Smiley Smile version with the 'Cantina' section edited in from the GV box and SOT 17. Followed the 2004 edit for the most part with a few exceptions towards the end. I decided to skip the repeat of the chorus. This was slightly inspired by one of Brian's "edit attempts" heard on the Vigotone set. There's an extra "mmm" after the "ahh" before the conclusion. This, as well as the strings and whistle ending are from the original sessions. This section leads us into the barnyard suite.

I'm In Great Shape
I could be wrong, but I believe this is from Jason Penick's wonderful mix of Smile. This is the only time I used anything that was digitally manipulated in my mix. Jason was able to do it rather smoothly which is not easy by any means. If I didn't have this, one of the instrumental versions from Secret Smile would probably appear in its place.

A re-edit of the Vigotone mix. Not exactly the same structure as the 2004 version but close.

The Old Master Painter/My Only Sunshine
Someone's clever mix of SOT 17 and Vigotone. I found it amidst all my Smile stuff that I have piled up. I neglected to label the CD it was on so apologies to whomever deserves the credit for it. The fade is actually an edit of three different versions/mixes. The intro is my own creation taken from the Heroes & Villains sessions boot while the main body of the song is from the GV box and Secret Smile. There's a noticeable jump (to me at least) in audio quality from one mix to the other. Sometimes you have sacrifice quality for quantity. As far as I know, Secret Smile is the only place one can find a mix of this with Mike Love's faint lead vocal in tact. My guess is that his vocal was probably wiped somewhere along the interim.

Do You Like Worms
The 2004 arrangement of this was top notch. Compare my edit to your BWPS CD's and you'll notice that I followed it almost to the letter (taking several civil liberties, of course). Note how the "natives" come in before the second chorus. Left Brian's extra "Mahalo" in towards the end because it made me chuckle.

I'm quite proud of this one. Most folks tend to use the 20/20 version as is but the ADT on Carl's lead vocal made it sound rather weird when I folded the track down to mono. It was then that I decided to make this song sound more mid 60s authentic. I used whatever original rough mixes from the time period I could dig up from various sources. They have that nice punchy quality that really make the song pop out of the radio (most noticeably on the chorus). I personally think this sounds more appropriate to the era it was created in than the mix appearing on 20/20 does. I hope you agree.

He Gives Speeches
From the SOT boot, speed corrected. I added a fade section following a three note bass line that I ripped off from Ryan Guidry's amazing fan mix. However I added some 60's style slapback echo to these bass notes to make it sound more like a true solo.

Taken from the GV box set version. The repeated line at the end was inspired by the way Carl Wilson performed the song in concert during the 70s (when the group was planning on finishing the Smile album for release). I liked the way it made the ending slightly more climatic, happy yet in a sad way. Some more editing and cross fading leads us into...

Edited down from Mok's mix of Smile.

Child Is Father of The Man
Taken from the Vigotone boot and re-edited to fit the 2004 arrangement. There's fan mixes that have added vocals but I like the bare bones sound of this track. It makes the following track seem even more climatic. It took me a while to come up with a decent transition to end it with before I stumbled upon the session for "Surf's Up" where the percussionist and Brian are trying to get the right sound and eureka! Similar to the transition that Brian and band used for "Child..." into "Surf's Up" when performing Smile live in 2004. The bass at the end of this track also adds a nice touch of R&B to the mosaic.

Surf's Up
From the Surf's Up album completely unaltered besides being folded down to mono. I may catch grief for not using Brian's vocal over the 60s backing track. Truth is, I have never heard a mix of the two that really convince me. My ears detect too much digital manipulation of Brian's vocal. He's obviously playing at a different tempo in spots and one has to digitally stretch his vocal to make it fit. Nobody can touch him singing this song, but Carl did a great job putting this track together in the 70s.

A nice breather after the drama of "Surf's Up". This either came off Secret Smile or Vigotone. Only thing I added to it was the fade out.

Wind Chimes
Based upon Jason Penick's mix of this track but with some additions from me to make it slightly more cohesive. Mostly from GV box set and Archaeology.

Mrs. O'Leary's Cow
My own mix but based on Ryan Guidry's.

Love To Say Dada
My own mix created by following the 2004 arrangment until the ending where I added on a tag from the Heroes & Villains sessions boot (slightly sped down to match the pitch of "Dada").

I Wanna Be Around/Friday Night
Domenic Priore and others still claim this is the "rebuilding after the fire" in addition to being "the repairing of the broken heart". Thus, in the interest of accuracy, I have adjusted the sequence of songs as such. The workshop section is actually taken from the 2004 version of smile since it had the original sound effects (and sounded better than the original recording, mix wise, when folded down to mono). You might not have even noticed this if I didn't tell you. Another tricky transition (that I hopefully pulled off) into...

From GV box set, Smiley Smile, Wild Honey, Archeology, and Mok's mix. This one was the most tricky of them all. As usual, I followed the 2004 arrangement but added my own touches along the way (Listen closely for a little bit of "Mama Says" from the Wild Honey album). While I was creating this mix, I kept in mind that this track was planned to be a single and that it should be both commercial and yet completely out of left field (like "Good Vibrations"). I consider this a worthy 'single mix' if you will. Long slow fade out and then...

Good Vibrations
I doubt that anybody who listens to this mix hasn't heard "Good Vibrations". Therefore, I added one or two things to make my GV both familiar and new. The original lyrics (as well as Carl's wonderful lead vocal) are still left in tact. However, be prepared for one or two small surprises that hopefully won't ruin it for you and, more than anything, make you SMiLE.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wrightfan Presents Smile Version Infinity

Hello everyone,

I'm happy to post the new version of SMiLE by Wrightfan! This mix is mastered down to mono and has these 12 tracks.

1. Our Prayer
2. Heroes And Villains
3. The Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine
4. Do You Like Worms?
5. Vega-Tables
6. Cabinessence
7. Good Vibrations
8. Wonderful
9. Child Is Father of The Man
10. Wind Chimes
11. The Elements
12. Surf's Up

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Dennis Wilson - The Real Beach Boy

My friend sent me a link to a great documentary about Dennis Wilson and his antics/solo career.

If you are a super Dennis fan, check this out:

p.s. if you are a member of the Trader's Den, please join the SMiLE group here: (this group has almost every fan made version of SMiLE in great quality in one centralized location.)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Life's A Beach Series 16 & 17 - Don't Back Down

Hello everyone,

I'm back now, so if you have any questions or comments please email me:


Sorry these are all posted out of order, but I do have every issue in the Life's A Beach Series now. Enjoy this one too.

April - May 1964

01 Little Honda (Track Only, 10.04.64)
02 Little Honda (Vocal Track, 10.04.64)
03 Little Honda (Alternate, Vocal Overdubs 1, 10.04.64)
04 Little Honda (Alternate, Vocal Overdubs 2, 10.04.64)
05 Little Honda (Alternate, Vocal Overdubs 3, 10.04.64)
06 Little Honda (Alternate, Stereo Mix, 10.04.64)
07 Little Honda (Alternate Take)
08 Little Honda (Mono)

The Honeys:
09 He's A Doll (Single, 13.04.64)
10 The Love Of A Boy And A Girl (Single, 13.04.64)

The Fantastic Baggys (as 'Rally-Packs'):
11 Move Out Little Mustang (Single, 29.04.64)
12 Bucket Seats (Single, 29.04.64)
13 Hushabye (1st Vocal Overdub, 29.04.64)
14 Hushabye (2nd Vocal Overdub, 29.04.64)
15 Wendy (Vocal Overdub Takes 1a-3a, 29.04.64)
16 Wendy (Vocal Overdub Take 4a, 29.04.64)
17 Wendy (Vocal Overdub Takes 5a-6a, 29.04.64)
18 Wendy (Vocal Overdub Take 7a, 29.04.64)
19 Wendy (Mono)
20 Drive-In (Track Only & Vocal Track, 29.04.64)
21 Drive-In (1st Vocal Overdub, 29.04.64)
22 Drive-In (2nd Vocal Overdub, 29.04.64)
23 Don't Back Down (Rehearsals, 29.04.64)
24 Don't Back Down (Takes 1-3, 29.04.64)
25 Don't Back Down (Instrumental Insert, 29.04.64)
26 Don't Back Down (1st Vocal Overdub, 29.04.64)
27 Don't Back Down (2nd Vocal Overdub Takes 1A-3A, 29.04.64)
28 Don't Back Down (Additional Vocal Overdub Take 1, 29.04.64)
29 Don't Back Down (Additional Vocal Overdub Take 2, 29.04.64)
30 Don't Back Down (Alternate Version, 29.04.64)
31 Don't Back Down(Alternate Take)
32 Don't Back Down (Mono)

01 Memphis Beach (Aka Carl's Big Chance) (Take13, 29.04.64)
02 Memphis Beach (Aka Carl's Big Chance) (Takes 1-12, 29.04.64)
03 Memphis Beach (Aka Carl's Big Chance) (Instrumental Inserts, 29.04.64)
04 Let's Live Before We Die (Rehearsals, 29.04.64)
05 Let's Live Before We Die (Takes 1-2, 29.04.64)
06 Let's Live Before We Die (Take 3, 29.04.64)
07 Let's Live Before We Die (Takes 4-11, 29.04.64)
08 Let's Live Before We Die (Take 12, 29.04.64)
09 Let's Live Before We Die (Take 13, 29.04.64)
10 Let's Live Before We Die (Take 14, 29.04.64)
11 Let's Live Before We Die (29.04.64)
12 We'll Run Away (Rehearsal, 30.04.64)
13 We'll Run Away (Takes 1 & 2, 30.04.64)
14 We'll Run Away (Instrumental Insert, 30.04.64)
15 We'll Run Away (1st Vocal Overdub, 18.05.64)
16 We'll Run Away (Vocal Overdub Takes 1a-4a, 18.05.64)
17 We'll Run Away (Vocal Overdub Take 5a, 18.05.64)
18 We'll Run Away (Stereo Mix, 18.05.64)
19 Do You Remember (Takes 1-3, 06.05.64)
20 Do You Remember (Take 4, 06.05.64)
21 Do You Remember (Takes 5-9, 06.05.64)
22 Do You Remember (Take 10, 06.05.64)
23 Do You Remember (Instrumental Insert, 06.05.64)

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Life's A Beach Series 5 & 6 - Take Jan and Dean Surfin. U.S.A.

This is part 5 and 6 of the Life's A Beach Series. You can read all about all of the 19 Parts here:

January - March 1963 "Surfin U.S.A." Sessions:

01 Surfin' U.S.A. (Demo, Brian)
02 Surfin' U.S.A. (Demo, Brian & Dennis)
03 Surfin' USA (Instruments only, 05.01.63)
04 Surfin' USA (instruments plus vocals, 05.01.63)
05 Surfin' USA (Definitive Mix, 05.01.63)
06 Shut Down (1st stereo mix, 05.01.63)
07 Shut Down (2nd stereo mix, 05.01.63)
08 Lana (vocal take 11, 31.01.63)
09 Lana (vocal plus overdubs, 31.01.63)
10 Farmer's Daughter (1st stereo mix, Overdub 2 Take 9, 31.01.63)
11 Farmer's Daughter (2nd stereo mix, Overdub 2 Take 9, 31.01.63)
12 Ballad of Ole' Betsy (instrumental takes 1-3, 09.02.63)
13 Ballad of Ole' Betsy (take 4, 09.02.63)
14 Let's Go Trippin' (take 8, 11.02.63)
15 Honky Tonk (Take 9, 11.02.63)
16 Miserlou (Take 12, 11.02.63)
17 Noble Surfer (Vocal take 29, 11.02.63)
18 Noble Surfer (1st Stereo mix, 11.02.63)
19 Noble Surfer (2nd stereo mix, 11.02.63)
20 Finder Keepers (vocal take 18, 12.02.63)
21 Finders Keepers (Stereo mix, 12.02.63)
22 Surf Jam (Take 8, 12.02.63)
23 Stoked (take 16, 12.02.63)

The Four Speeds:
24 R.P.M. (Single, 02.1963)
25 My Sting Ray (Single, 02.1963)
26 Surfin' USA (Single Release, 04.03.63)
27 Shut Down (Single Release, 04.03.63)
28 The Honeys - Surfin Down the Swanee River (track, 05.03.63)
29 The Baker Man (instrumental takes 1-2, 07.03.63)
30 The Baker Man (vocal take, 07.03.63)
31 The Baker Man (Unknown Take, Stereo Vocal Over Dub Session, 07.03.63)
32 Side Two (instrumental take 1, 07.03.63)
33 Side Two (instrumental take unknown, 07.03.63)

Jan & Dean Sessions:
01 Gonna Hustle You (early acetate mix, 19.03.63)
02 Gonna Hustle You (backing track, 19.03.63)
03 Gonna Hustle You (alternate stereo mix #1, 19.03.63)
04 Gonna Hustle You (alternate stereo mix #2, 19.03.63)
05 Gonna Hustle You (Filet Of Soul, 04.66)
06 Surf City (with horns, 20.03.63)
07 Surf City (no vocals)
08 Surf City (incomplete vocals, 20.03.63)
09 Surf City (track + backing vocals, 20.03.63)
10 Get A Chance With You (alternate acetate mix, 20.03.63)
11 Get A Chance With You (alternate version, 20.03.63)
12 Get A Chance With You (alternate mix, 20.03.63)
13 Get A Chance With You (backing track, 20.03.63)
14 Get A Chance With You (vocal session, 20.03.63)

"Surfin' U.S.A." (LP, 25.03.1963.):
15 Surfin' USA
16 Farmer's Daugher
17 Misirlou
18 Stoked
19 Lonely Sea
20 Shut Down
21 Noble Surfer
22 Honky Tonk
23 Lana
24 Surf Jam
25 Let's Go Trippin'
26 Finders Keepers

Jan & Dean Sessions:
27 New Girl In School (early mix, 03.63)
28 New Girl In School (alternate stereo mix, 03.63)
29 New Girl In School (track + backing vocals, 03.63)
30 New Girl In School (B-side Single, 02.64)

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Life's A Beach Series 18 & 19 - The Girls On The Beach


May - June 1964

01 All Summer Long (Takes 1-15, 06.05.64)
02 All Summer Long (Takes 16-19, 06.05.64)
03 All Summer Long (Takes 20-42, 06.05.64)
04 All Summer Long (Take 43, 06.05.64)
05 All Summer Long (Instrumental Insert, 06.05.64)
06 All Summer Long (1st Vocal Overdub, 07.05.64)
07 All Summer Long (2nd Vocal Overdub Takes 1A And 2A, 07.05.64)
08 All Summer Long (2nd Vocal Overdub Takes 5A-10A, 07.05.64)
09 All Summer Long (3rd Vocal Overdub Stereo Mix, 07.05.64)
10 I Get Around (Single, 11.05.64)
11 Don't Worry Baby (Single, 11.05.64)
12 In My Room (Red Skelton TV Show, 12.05.64)
13 Do You Remember (1st Vocal Overdub, 18.05.64)
14 Do You Remember (2nd Vocal Overdubs Takes 1a & 2a, 18.05.64)
15 Do You Remember (2nd Vocal Overdub Take 3a, 18.05.64)
16 Do You Remember (2nd Vocal Overdubs Takes 4a-9a, 18.05.64)
17 Do You Remember (3rd Vocal Overdub Stereo Mix, 18.05.64)
18 Girls On The Beach (2nd Vocal Overdub Takes 1A-6A, 19.05.64)
19 Girls On The Beach (2nd Vocal Overdub Take 8A, 19.05.64)
20 Girls On The Beach (2nd Vocal Overdub Take 9A, 19.05.64)
21 Girls On The Beach (2nd Vocal Overdub Take 10A, 19.05.64)
22 Girls On The Beach (2nd Vocal Overdub Takes 1B-8B, 19.05.64)
23 Girls On The Beach (2nd Vocal Overdub Take 9B, 19.05.64)
24 Girls On The Beach (1st Lead Vocal Overdub, 19.05.64)
25 Girls On The Beach (2nd Lead Vocal Overdub, 19.05.64)

Gary Usher:
01 Sacramento (Single, 01.06.64)
02 Just The Way I Feel (Single, 01.06.64)

Sharon Marie:
03 Thinkin' Bout You Baby (Single, 01.06.64)
04 Story Of My Life (Single, 01.06.64)
05 Annette - The Monkey's Uncle (16.06.64)
06 Hale & The Hushabyes - Yes Sir That's My Baby (Single, 06.64)

Jan & Dean:
07 Sidewalk Surfin' (early backing track)
08 Sidewalk Surfin' (track + backing vocals)
09 Sidewalk Spinout (skateboard effects session)
10 Sidewalk Surfin' (alternate stereo mix)
11 Sidewalk Surfin' (stereo mix)
12 Ride The Wild Surf (without orchestra)
13 Ride The Wild Surf (track + backing vocals)
14 Surfin' Wild (track + backing vocals)
15 We Three Kings Of Orient Are (1st vocal overdub takes 1-3, 18.06.64)
16 We Three Kings Of Orient Are (1st vocal overdub takes 6, 18.06.64)
17 We Three Kings Of Orient Are (2nd vocal overdub takes 1a-4a, 18.06.64)
18 We Three Kings Of Orient Are (vocal inner cut 1, 18.06.64)
19 We Three Kings Of Orient Are (vocal inner cut 2 take 4, 18.06.64)
20 We Three Kings Of Orient Are (vocal inner cut takes 5-6, 18.06.64)
21 Blue Christmas (inst. takes 2-3, 18.06.64)
22 Blue Christmas (1st vocal overdub take 4a, 18.06.64)
23 Blue Christmas (1st vocal overdub take 5a-7a, 18.06.64)
24 Blue Christmas (1st vocal overdub take 8a, 18.06.64)
25 Blue Christmas (2nd vocal overdub take 8b, 18.06.64)
26 Blue Christmas (Stereo)
27 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (vocal only intro take 1, 18.06.64)
28 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (vocal only intro takes 4-5, 18.06.64)
29 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (diff. vocal only intro takes 1-7, 18.06.64)
30 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (diff. vocal only intro takes 10-18, 18.06.64)
31 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (diff. vocal only intro takes 20-24, 18.06.64)
32 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (vocal overdub 3a, 18.06.64)
33 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (vocal overdub 4a, 18.06.64)
34 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (Alternate Version)

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Brad Cook's SMiLE Edit

Hi Beach Boy fans,

Sorry I haven't updated in a few months; I've had no internet. But now that I do have access to the web again I checked my email and found this mix of smile sent from reader Brad Cook. His description of his mix and tracklisting are below.

I've had a few ideas for a while so it only took an afternoon to edit this all together. Granted, I've omitted quite a few songs. Good Vibrations doesn't belong in my book, so it's out. Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine, Friday Night and Barnyard are all dropped as they don't do much or go anywhere to me.
Also, I've opted to use Hawthorne versions of Heroes & Villains and Vega-tables which are Smiley Smile takes. Sacrilege maybe, they are better versions i think, particularly this version of Heroes and Villains is better than the cantina version that many people favor.
I've also opted continue to have the suites as the Americana/Cycle of Life/Elements.

1. Untitled Instrumental [Spanish Guitar Piece] (Secret SMiLE Disc 2)
2. Heroes & Villians (Hawthorne)
3. Holidays (Odeon)
4. Heroes & Villians [Intro] (GV Box - Actually Fire Intro)
5. Do You Like Worms (Odeon)
6. Cabinessence (Extended Intro added* GV Box)
7. Heroes & Villians [Sections] (GV Box)
8. Prayer (GV Box)
9. Wonderful (Extended Intro added* Vigotone) (GV Box)
10. Child Is The Father Of The Man (Jazzy Part inserted at the start* Odeon)
11. Look (Odeon)
12. VegaTables (Hawthorne)
13. Wind Chimes (Extended Intro added* Secret SMiLE Disc 1) (GV Box)
14. Fire (Secret SMiLE Disc 2)
15. Waterchant (Odeon Cut from Cool, Cool, Water)
16. I Love To Say Da Da (Odeon)
17. Surfs Up [Instrumental + Demo] (Odeon)

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