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« on: January 11, 2017, 02:01:31 PM »

So recently I have ever been examining my Smile Sessions hardback book and several questions have been raised about the sessionography on Good Vibrations.

Each tracking session date shows all the instruments that were played over the whole part recorded, while only some parts of each session were used. My main question is which instruments are played on which section of the song?

 It's hard for me to differentiate between which instruments are in the spliced out sections and which ones aren't .

Also I'd like to know if Carl's guitar playing made it on the final mix. He appears on many of session listings and for parts that were spliced into the final mix but again I can't tell which is him.

I hope this makes sense, I don't really know how to word this question.
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2017, 04:25:15 PM »

Verses Only 2/18/66 (Pet Sounds Session)
Fender Bass: Ray Pohlman
Upright Bass: Lyle Ritz
Hammond Organ: Larry Knechtel
Drums: Hal Blaine
Bongos/with Sticks: Frank Capp
Tambourine: Terry Melcher?
Piccolo: Plas Johnson
Flute: Jay Migliori
Tenor Flute: Steve Douglas
Contra-Clarinet: Bill Green

Choruses Only (Part 3) 6/2/66 This ones a bit tricky because some instruments were only played on Part 1. For instance played Carl played Rhythm Guitar at this Session and Brian played Tack Piano. To my ears it sounds like this.
Fender Bass : Lyle Ritz
Drums: Hal Blaine/ Tom Fills as OD
Electric Harpsichord: Don Randi
Tambourine: Brian Wilson as OD with Hal playing his Toms.
Electro-Theremin: Paul Tanner OD which was replaced on 9/12/66 with a better part by Tanner.
Cello: Jesse Ehrlich as OD
Dano Bass (with Fuzztone): Bill Pitman

1st Bridge (First Chorus) 5/4/66
Electric Rhythm guitars: Al Casey, Jerry Cole
Fender Bass: Ray Pohlman
Dano Bass (with Fuzztone): Bill Pitman
Upright Bass: Jimmy Bond
Tack Piano: Al de Lory (Plus a Second one as OD)
Drums: Jim Gordon
Bongos with Sticks: Frank Capp
Electro-Theremin: Paul Tanner
Bass Harmonica: Tommy Morgan
Piccolo: Jim Horn
Flute: Jay Migliori
Tenor Flute: Steve Douglas
Bass Sax: Bill Green
Jews Harp: Tommy Morgan as OD
Tambourines: Frank Capp and Hal Blaine? as ODs
Sleighbells: Jim Gordon as OD

2nd Bridge (New Bridge) 9/1/66
Hammond Organ: Dennis Wilson
Upright Bass: Lyle Ritz
Shakers: Hal Blaine and Carl Wilson
Chromatic Harmonica: Tommy Morgan. It just says harmonica but, a regular harmonica can't hit those octaves in which a Chromatic can.

Tag and Fadeout 5/27/66 (Fade Sequence)
Tambourine: Steve Douglas
Upright Piano: Mike Melvoin
Dano Bass (With Fuzztone): Bill Pitman
Fender Bass: Arthur Wright
Upright Bass: Lyle Ritz
Vibes: Emil Richards
Electric Rhythm Guitar: Carl Wilson (Fadeout Only)
Sleighbells: Gary Coleman (Fade Out Only)
Electo-Theremin: Paul Tanner (Fadeout Only?)
Piccolos: Jim Horn and Plas Johnson (Fadeout Only)
Flutes: Steve Douglas and Jay Migliori (Fadeout Only)
Drums: Jim Gordon (Fadeout only)
Cello: Jesse Ehrlich? as OD on the final Master for the Fadeout. Date unknown.

Maybe C-Man can fix this. It's the best I could figure out.








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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2017, 05:14:02 PM »

Verses Only 2/18/66 (Pet Sounds Session)
Fender Bass: Ray Pohlman
Upright Bass: Lyle Ritz
Hammond Organ: Larry Knechtel
Drums: Hal Blaine
Bongos/with Sticks: Frank Capp
Tambourine: Terry Melcher?
Piccolo: Plas Johnson
Flute: Jay Migliori
Tenor Flute: Steve Douglas
Contra-Clarinet: Bill Green

Choruses Only (Part 3) 6/2/66 This ones a bit tricky because some instruments were only played on Part 1. For instance played Carl played Rhythm Guitar at this Session and Brian played Tack Piano. To my ears it sounds like this.
Fender Bass : Lyle Ritz
Drums: Hal Blaine/ Tom Fills as OD
Electric Harpsichord: Don Randi
Tambourine: Brian Wilson as OD with Hal playing his Toms.
Electro-Theremin: Paul Tanner OD which was replaced on 9/12/66 with a better part by Tanner.
Cello: Jesse Ehrlich as OD
Dano Bass (with Fuzztone): Bill Pitman

1st Bridge (First Chorus) 5/4/66
Electric Rhythm guitars: Al Casey, Jerry Cole
Fender Bass: Ray Pohlman
Dano Bass (with Fuzztone): Bill Pitman
Upright Bass: Jimmy Bond
Tack Piano: Al de Lory (Plus a Second one as OD)
Drums: Jim Gordon
Bongos with Sticks: Frank Capp
Electro-Theremin: Paul Tanner
Bass Harmonica: Tommy Morgan
Piccolo: Jim Horn
Flute: Jay Migliori
Tenor Flute: Steve Douglas
Bass Sax: Bill Green
Jews Harp: Tommy Morgan as OD
Tambourines: Frank Capp and Hal Blaine? as ODs
Sleighbells: Jim Gordon as OD

2nd Bridge (New Bridge) 9/1/66
Hammond Organ: Dennis Wilson
Upright Bass: Lyle Ritz
Shakers: Hal Blaine and Carl Wilson
Chromatic Harmonica: Tommy Morgan. It just says harmonica but, a regular harmonica can't hit those octaves in which a Chromatic can.

Tag and Fadeout 5/27/66 (Fade Sequence)
Tambourine: Steve Douglas
Upright Piano: Mike Melvoin
Dano Bass (With Fuzztone): Bill Pitman
Fender Bass: Arthur Wright
Upright Bass: Lyle Ritz
Vibes: Emil Richards
Electric Rhythm Guitar: Carl Wilson (Fadeout Only)
Sleighbells: Gary Coleman (Fade Out Only)
Electo-Theremin: Paul Tanner (Fadeout Only?)
Piccolos: Jim Horn and Plas Johnson (Fadeout Only)
Flutes: Steve Douglas and Jay Migliori (Fadeout Only)
Drums: Jim Gordon (Fadeout only)
Cello: Jesse Ehrlich? as OD on the final Master for the Fadeout. Date unknown.

Maybe C-Man can fix this. It's the best I could figure out.









Ah thank you very much

So Carl's playing did make it on the final mix, just in the fade out.

I was very curious about those lower register parts. Are you aware at which points in the song the contra-Clarinet and bass sax are audible? Or do they just blend in with the flutes ands piccolos?
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2017, 07:06:16 PM »

<<So Carl's playing did make it on the final mix, just in the fade out.>>

Well, his playing is also present in the second bridge...but he's on shaker there, not guitar or bass. Smiley

Also - I'm now inclined to think the harpsichord is a "real" harpsichord, not the electric variety.
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2017, 06:58:11 AM »

the electric harpsichord was known as the rocksichord
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2017, 04:45:34 PM »

the electric harpsichord was known as the rocksichord

Not exactly...the electric harpsichord I was referring to is a Baldwin. The Rock-si-chord is a different instrument, made by RMI, that hit the scene around '67 or early '68. It can sound similar to a harpsichord, or similar to a piano. It's all over late '60s and early '70s BBs tracks, but not prior to the Friends sessions.
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2017, 06:57:57 AM »

like the Mellotron vs. Chamberlin controversy, only different
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2017, 04:41:41 PM »

<<So Carl's playing did make it on the final mix, just in the fade out.>>

Well, his playing is also present in the second bridge...but he's on shaker there, not guitar or bass. Smiley


Ha that kinda slipped my mind. Carl is almost as good as playing the shaker as Brian is at playing "everything".

Now the real question is which shakes are Carl's and which are Hal's?  Cheesy
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