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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: SMiLE Instrumentals by soniclovenoize on: May 06, 2017, 02:21:30 PM

YES Thank you!!
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: SMiLE Instrumentals by soniclovenoize on: May 02, 2017, 09:14:06 AM
Any chance someone could re-upload this? All the old links are dead.
I would be very thankful!!  Looking for good instrumentals to listen to while reading.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / How the Beach Boys invented Death Metal on: March 22, 2014, 01:15:29 AM
I'm just going to leave this here.... Grin
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / "Major Beach Boys memorabilia being auctioned off" on: April 19, 2013, 06:26:20 AM

"LONDON (AP) ó The material sat in a Florida storage facility for many years, apparently forgotten, until the storage company finally sold it off in bulk because payments had not been made. Only then did a buyer open the boxes and discover what is being dubbed "the lost archive" of the Beach Boys, one of America's greatest and most commercially successful bands. The collection of thousands of documents included what seems to be the band's first royalty check, for $990, dozens of signed contracts, and handwritten and copied scores to "Good Vibrations", "California Girls" and many other hits from their heyday in the 1960s."

Anyone seen/heard about this? (hoping this isn't a repost)
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 1960's Zappa Session Photo - Budimir, Tedesco, BW connection on: September 13, 2012, 09:14:26 AM
I would highly, highly recommend listening to the instrumental backing tracks on the MOFO Project set that feature Wrecking Crew members playing alongside the Mothers. Without the vocals, one would swear they were 65-vintage Brian Wilson or Jan Berry tracks.

I can't believe I've never heard these.  Can I find these tracks on the 2-CD version or the 4-CD version of the MOFO Project release from 2006?

4 disc set. One of the greatest sets I have ever heard.

Is there anything on the 2-CD set that isn't on the 4-CD set?
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: August 29, 2012, 07:28:39 AM
The band Jellyfish only put out two albums, but they eventually issued a 4-CD boxed set which contained NONE of those album tracks. Instead it had the demos of every song, alternate versions, live versions, b-sides and unreleased stuff. It was a great compilation which proved you could do a career-spanning box without including the "hits".

Uhm, what?! Why have I never heard of this boxset! I love Jellyfish.
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: The Official Smiley Smile e-Collaboration Thread (delegating parts now!) on: August 21, 2012, 03:47:04 PM
Hey guys, I know i'm a little late to the game, but i'd love to contribute somewhere!  My strong points are drums and vocals.

If "This Whole World" ever happens, i'd love to have a go at the lead.  I only skimmed through the entire thread, so i'm not exactly up to date of everything you guys have been doing, i'll have to read more thoroughly later when I have a little more.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / Ask The Honored Guests / Re: The Stephen Desper Thread on: August 17, 2012, 03:37:33 PM
I was just kidding. That is why I posted the smiley. Smiley

COMMENT:  Good Show!   Cool <---- Florida Smiley Face

I would be interested in hearing from you and other fans RE: how you liked the bonus track or comments on how it sounded


Personally, I like it better than the released version. It's much richer.

I agree. It sort of takes the "cheese" out of it, if that makes any sense.

As for the CCW study video, I don't think I could begin to express my gratitude towards Mr. Desper and Will C. for putting this beautiful (both visually and aurally) presentation together.  Among all the awesome separated parts we get to hear, just hearing CCW in it's intended form was amazing... and the color-coded lyric video at the end was just the icing on the cake for me.  Well done both of you!

Side note: Mr. Desper, you make reference to your book "Recording The Beach Boys" quite often on this board.  Is it still possible to purchase a copy of this somehow?
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / Ask The Honored Guests / Re: The Stephen Desper Thread on: August 17, 2012, 09:25:21 AM
It says to email for the password, but the email is "hidden". Am i missing something? Sad
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Surf's Up lyrics - assist on: August 06, 2012, 02:23:28 PM
Mr. Desper, is it possible for a studying Audio Engineer such as myself to achieve this playback matrix at home?

COMMENT: It's quite complex; many years of development, the subject of two court-tested patents, a 150 page white paper with 108 references to pear reviewed research papers and other patents. Beyond this are added improvements that include transient restoration techniques. However, an alternative solution for fans, such as yourself, is in the works.  Please Stand-By. 


Amazing to hear! Thank you, and looking forward to it!
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Surf's Up lyrics - assist on: August 05, 2012, 03:40:30 PM

After sleeping on it, this morning I got out my LP copy. Put it on the turntable and listened. Again, I can hear it either way. Then I got to thinking, you-all are listening to the stereo versions. That version is the version always released. However, it is the unresolved-matrix version. On the other hand, Iím always listening to the resolved-matrix version, since I have the playback matrix in my playback system. So I got an idea.

Mr. Desper, is it possible for a studying Audio Engineer such as myself to achieve this playback matrix at home?
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / SDSN Gold Record signed by BW on eBay? on: July 28, 2012, 02:22:54 PM
Just came across this, sorry if its been mentioned before.

It looks pretty legitimate, is it the real deal?

This very plaque is from the lobby walls of the world famous Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, CA where it had been on display since it's original 1965 'Gold Record' status until 1976 when Capitol began changing the award presentations to include cassettes. At this point, the older awards were replaced with the new style that included cassettes in the frame under glass (unlike the early awards that had no glass). The old plaques were then offered up to senior Capitol Records employees and were distributed among those that wanted them.
John Carter was a Senior Vice President of A&R Capitol Records during this period and ended up choosing a few gold records for himself including this one.
In 1977, Scott Mathews went to Abbey Road Studios with Mr. Carter to work on a record called 'Red' by Sammy Hagar (Carter was Hagar's A&R man and producer). During the
weeks they spent together in London, they developed a tight friendship and upon returning to the States, Carter gifted Mathews (a HUGE Beach Boys fan) with the gold record offered here as a bonus for helping with the Hagar recordings.
Within two years, Mathews had signed and released his own album for Capitol Records as an artist, songwriter and producer under a band name 'Durocs' (along with Ron Nagle).
Carl Wilson became a big fan and supporter of Mathews and played the Beach Boys inspired 'Durocs' record for Brian Wilson who was becoming very involved in Beach Boys sessions after a long sabbatical. Brian was so impressed with what he heard, he asked Bruce Johnston to call Mathews which led to Mathews playing and singing on the next Beach Boys record. Carl Wilson and Mathews continued writing and recording together and Mathews would perform with The Beach Boys whenever they appeared in the Bay Area where he lived.
Brian Wilson signed the gold record offered here in San Francisco when Wilson was on a book tour for 'Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story' in 1991.
Mathews has stayed in close touch with Brian Wilson, sang (with Al Jardine) on Wilson's final Pet Sounds performance in Oakland, CA and has been presented many gold records (Pet Sounds, Smile, Good Vibrations Box Set, etc.) for facilitating in various roles to Wilson, Jardine and The Beach Boys.

13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Beach Boys 2012 Remasters! on: July 23, 2012, 08:57:19 AM
Did a quick search.  This person believes the 24/192 to be upsampled from the 24/96.  I don't know how they know...but HDTracks does have a history of this.  So it never hurts to check.

Mark Linett responded, saying

"Wanted to correct the above post. The HD tracks 192/ 24 bit version was not up sampled from 96 k. It is an analog xfr at 192/ 24.

Mark Linett"
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Pet Sounds now available in 24-bit HD on: July 17, 2012, 12:07:45 PM
I hate to ask the obvious question here, but is this a new mix?

Kinda sounds like it to me...

Maybe (and probably) i'm wrong.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / Concert Reviews / Re: Show 30- Merriweather Post Pavilion-Columbia, MD-June 15th on: June 17, 2012, 03:57:21 PM
Less amazing: Brian's cough on the first part of H&V!

I LOVED that cough!  Hilarious.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / Concert Reviews / Re: Show 27: Bonnaroo Festival - Manchester, TN 6/10/12 on: June 11, 2012, 01:35:30 PM
It truly was an amazing show. Every single person in the crowd that I saw, young and old, sober and wasted, thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Easily the highlight of my Bonnaroo experience. 

I'm not surprised that "Sail on Sailor" went over so well, Brian seemed to really get into the vocal on that one.  I sure as hell loved it!
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The \ on: June 03, 2012, 04:38:09 PM
What was recorded by/for the Beach Boys on Oct 11 & 12 1967?

I'm not with you. Are you talking about the Wild Honey era recording of TTGA? But it should have been logged as Redwood, not the BB, right?

I think he's referring to the logged Oct 11&12 Wild Honey sessions for "untitled song"(according to the Bellagio site), which occurred right before the Redwood sessions for TTGA on the 14&15(also according to Bellagio)
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian's morphing tunes on: June 03, 2012, 04:27:20 PM
I don't know if this counts, considering they're all basically the same song.

Sandy -> Sherry, She Needs Me -> She Says That She Needs Me

I love every version of this song, honestly.
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: SMiLE Sessions on in 24 bit / 88.2 kHz on: May 22, 2012, 04:30:03 PM
Very cool! Wish they had a WAV/AIFF option, FLAC has never quite rubbed me the right way. But i'm still considering...

FLAC is so easy, I don't know why folks think it's some crude, unmanageable format. Any decent media player (i.e. not iTunes) comes with a plugin to play them, and hunting down a program like dBpoweramp that converts them to any format you could possibly want in mere seconds is pretty easy, too, all while retaining tags, filenames, etc. I've been dealing with FLAC files on a daily basis lately - editing, tagging, converting to and from with absolutely no problems. WAV is a huge waste of space.

It doesn't have anything to do with the manageability.  It's just something about the sound, there's just something weird to me, I can't put my finger on it.  It's just a personal opinion, not a stab at the format.  And for the right songs, WAV is definitely not a waste of space.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: SMiLE Sessions on in 24 bit / 88.2 kHz on: May 22, 2012, 01:45:49 PM
Very cool! Wish they had a WAV/AIFF option, FLAC has never quite rubbed me the right way. But i'm still considering...
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Autotune Thread on: April 29, 2012, 05:42:57 PM
This is the most blatant example of the auto tune:

If you can't hear something very strange about Brian's voice here never will. It is is clear that it is being digitally pushed to hit the notes.

In all seriousness if they keep this up it is only a matter of time before the media catch on and Brian and the Beach Boys are a laughing stock. Someone has got to get rid of this. Brian has never needed it before.

Wow, that's horrible. Sad to hear.  I'm an audio engineer, and that's just bad use of autotune. It wouldn't even be that big of a deal if they at least used it efficiently, but the settings are just horribly done.  Hopefully, they'll figure the situation out soon.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Saddest Beach Boys Song :/ on: February 29, 2012, 08:52:55 AM
Might be a weird choice, but i always found "Ballad of Ole Betsy" to be pretty sad, especially ending. Brian sings the lyrics with a lot of emotion, even if it is about a car.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Is there any website that has the movie \ on: February 15, 2012, 11:23:52 AM
WOW that opening credits font just screams Full House
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / Concert Reviews / Re: Beach Boys - Bonnaroo 2012 June 7-10 on: February 14, 2012, 12:32:12 PM
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Which Beach Boys song has grown on you the most? on: February 09, 2012, 09:59:04 AM
Smiley versions of SMiLE songs....I used to badmouth the album to my friends, saying the usual "it pales in comparison to what SMiLE would've been."
But now, Smiley Smile is easily one of my favorite Beach Boys albums, along with Today, Pet Sounds, Wild Honey, and Friends.

However, I still can't seem to into a good bulk of Summer Days/Nights. (obvious exceptions being Rhonda, California Girls, SLC, Let Him Run Wild and AYDCT)
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