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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: Half Asleep *Remastered* 2017 on: Today at 12:06:58 PM
The mixes are being reworked, better EQ and vocal mixing. No re recordings!

Oh! Well the new mix of Half Asleep sounds good!
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: Half Asleep *Remastered* 2017 on: Today at 09:58:45 AM
Why retouched?
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #6: Rubber Soul on: March 27, 2017, 06:51:01 AM
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #6: Rubber Soul on: March 23, 2017, 05:50:02 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu82FEEcD4U
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Album Covers/Artwork on: March 21, 2017, 09:42:20 AM
CATP/ST is like an arty cheap shot. It's a horrible good album cover, but a good bad one. If that makes sense.
It makes. Now Endless Summer. I read years-back comments about it - people were frightened by its cover saying BBs don't look like them. Does it weird you out too?

It might've at the time. They don't really fit the image the songs on the album represent, which is kinda exciting. It could've been the obvious picture of them in their glory years all smilng holding a surfboard in a woodie in the parking lot of Fosters Freeze surrounded by cheerleaders. The cover makes them look like hermits from a lost world, which they kinda were anyways.
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #6: Rubber Soul on: March 21, 2017, 09:35:41 AM
I don't like the "tatatatatatatatatatatat" schtick. Except that, I think it's not bad, no?

Fun fact for boob fans: they're actually singing "tit" there over and over.
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #6: Rubber Soul on: March 20, 2017, 06:27:09 PM
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Album Covers thread on: March 20, 2017, 03:39:28 PM
My particular favorites are Pet Sounds, SMiLE, Smiley Smile, Chap With Horse, and Love You.
SMiLE was probably the best one in terms of trying to capture the feeling of the music. All the Frank Holmes drawings are amazing.
Pet Sounds should've been a photograph of Brian's ego. No, but really it's a good cover. I always feel like I'm there with them when I look at the cover.
Smiley Smile matches the music in a way. It's sort of mysterious music, lost in it's own world. And the cover is a house in it's own world admist the swampy grass and elephants and giraffes and things. I could've done a lot better explaining that but that's my explanation.
Chap With Horse as I said is just striking.
Love You is just such a magical cover. I can't explain it. It's just perfect to me. It perfectly captures the music. There's something weird and off putting about it, like it looks wrong, but it's also warm. Like a rug. It's homely. Just a weird home. Which is Love You kinda.

As for the other albums:
Surfin' Safari is like a lesser version of the Surfer Girl cover.
I always felt the Surfin USA cover was cheap. I'm sure it worked if you were really excited about surfing or whatever but it's a bad album cover. At least for one that had 'Surfin USA' on it.
Surfer Girl was their best surfin' album cover. The classic photo of them with the surfboard (or one of the classic ones).
Little Deuce Coupe is cheap like Surfin USA, only worse because cars are less interesting than surfing.
Shut Down Vol. 2's a great cover.
I like All Summer Long's cover. It's their first arty one if that makes sense.
The Christmas one's nice.
Today! and Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) just capture the excitement of those records for me. That's when their music started getting amazing. I've never thought about how good the covers are individually, and I can't really separate them from the feeling I get seeing them.
Party! works with the music.
I love Wild Honey's cover. It's just great that Brian had it in his house and probably saw it every day. It works with the homely feeling the album has.
Love the Friends cover. One of their best. There's something dreamy about it, like it's floating away, which is how the album sounds to me.
20/20 could've been better. As a cover and as an album.
Again I can't separate the cover from the music, but Sunflower has an amazing album cover. There's something serene about it. And it's nice to see Bruce finally. The whole Sunflower photo session was one of their best collection of photos. Brian with his Good Humor hat.
CATP/ST is like an arty cheap shot. It's a horrible good album cover, but a good bad one. If that makes sense.
Holland has a good cover. Kind of mysterious like the album.
I think the 15 Big Ones album cover is much better than the album for the most part.
M.I.U. might've worked as a cover if the album was better. Same with L.A. (Light Album).
Keepin' The Summer Alive is their saddest. It was just their worst time. Trapped in a twilight zone, living their fantasy while the reality was much darker. Which the cover depicts well.
Beach Boys 85 is cheap.
Still Cruisin' and Summer In Paradise are dismal.
I don't count Stars and Stripes Vol. 1.
That's Why God Made the Radio could've been better, but it could've been worse. I'm happy it's as good as it is I guess.

9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #6: Rubber Soul on: March 20, 2017, 02:54:11 PM
I can't believe how unpopular Michelle is.

Never liked the song. What RangeRover said about it pretty much sums up my thoughts on it

Geez laweez. I can't find my knees.
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: Lonely Sea Cover on: March 20, 2017, 02:52:58 PM
This is my favorite cover of yours so far. Really beautiful. Listening to it for the 3rd time now! Your voice is holy cow good.
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: The Official BB You Tube Thread on: March 19, 2017, 12:56:27 PM
Mike and Brian seem so at ease with each other here it's unbelievable.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQGb379AntA
What the hell happened?

12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Did Landy ever realize he did anything wrong? on: March 18, 2017, 11:18:05 PM
I've just gone through this whole thread. There's no opinion I can add about Eugene's methods/character that hasn't already been given.

But I think it speaks volumes upon volumes about Brian that he missed Eugene. What a beautiful soul Brian has.
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Chuck Berry has died. on: March 18, 2017, 03:32:02 PM
Damn
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / 1970's Beach Boys Albums / Re: Holland on: March 18, 2017, 03:15:35 PM
Blondie's vocal in the last minute and 30 seconds of 'Funky Pretty' is just so haunting though.
15  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #6: Rubber Soul on: March 18, 2017, 03:12:40 PM
I can't believe how unpopular Michelle is.
16  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: March 18, 2017, 02:01:24 PM
In my opinion (and probably the opinion of a lot of people), the really great Oasis stuff was their first two records (and all the non-album songs from that period, collected on The Masterplan). Their third album had great moments ('Stand By Me', 'Don't Go Away', 'All Around the World') but from then on they had the occasional good or great song ('Go Let It Out', 'The Importance of Being Idle', 'The Shock of the Lightning', 'I'm Outta Time') on albums of mainly middle of the road (trying to be complimentary) shite.

But their first two albums (especially their first) are both incredible.
This is still and always will be one of the greatest songs ever:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qTPl5Do8mQ
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: March 18, 2017, 01:40:11 PM
Don't know how many people here are fans of Big Star, but I just found this cover Alex Chilton did of 'Don't Worry Baby' while recording demos for Big Star's Third.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqlHiWrVGag&list=PL8vCZxAbc06iSG-QpFDVWVG6wQl_ZBvZp&index=12
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Uncut’s “Ask Mike Love” on: March 18, 2017, 01:20:29 PM
That would be appreciated if it's not too much work.
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Favorite instrumentals on: March 18, 2017, 12:47:57 PM
Though I remember posting on here sometime about this subject, I was just making a playlist on the ol IPOD of all my fav instrumentals. I've been loving Manhattan Skyline for some reason from the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack lately.
Others I included:

Pet Sounds/Let's Go Away (of course)
After the Game (Survivors)
Apache
Brazil
Summer Means New Love
Miserlou
12-bar Blues (Beatles Rubber Soul outtake)
Diamond Head
Flying
Common (DW)
I've Got Plenty O Nuttin'
Rumble
Honky Tonk
Mrs. O'leary's Cow (66/04)

A specific version?
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: March 18, 2017, 12:37:34 PM
The Stone Roses are one of the greatest bands ever. There's no doubt in my mind that if they hadn't fallen apart so soon they would've been the massive group out of Manchester instead of (or along with) Oasis, and would have been much greater than Oasis. Their influence on Oasis I think had a lot more to do with their attitude, and the fact that the Roses came from Manchester probably gave Noel hope.
The Stone Roses influence on Oasis was there musically in the early days though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNNsmRNBJRk

21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #6: Rubber Soul on: March 17, 2017, 11:31:22 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QdVDvfAfck
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Album Covers thread on: March 17, 2017, 09:43:46 PM
You're welcome. Smiley Cool OP. Agree about LBWL & disagree - again - with SU. People marvel at its cover but I don't see the beauty in it.

Really? It's such a striking image to me.

What do you think of the other Beach Boys album covers (whichever ones you wanna mention)? Do you have a favorite?
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Album Covers thread on: March 17, 2017, 09:14:36 PM

Well damn, this thread is useless. Thanks for pointing that out haha, I did not see that.
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Album Covers thread on: March 17, 2017, 07:58:58 PM
I'm stealing this topic idea from theSuperMetroid02 over on the PetSounds Forum cause it's a good one (and I couldn't find an existing thread like this here), and I will proceed to plagiarize the question they asked:

What are your favorite, least favorite, funniest, ugliest and most beautiful examples of cover art?

As great as cover art is on it's own, my perception of an album's cover and how great it is really has to do with how it reflects for me the music inside and how it affects the way I listen to the music (probably the same for a lot of people). A lot of people say Pet Sounds has a crappy album cover but it's perfect to me, just like the record, and I wouldn't want it to be anything else. What else it could've been is an interesting question to ponder (if anyone here has their own idea of what that could've been).

Some of my favorite album covers:



When I think of the greatest album cover, this is always the one I immediately think of. It's so great I haven't actually heard the record because I'm scared the music inside won't be as good.



I don't know how many people on here listen to or have listened to The Smiths, but I don't think any other band/artist has ever so perfectly captured their sound with an image like this cover captures The Smiths (to me).



The White Album is (compared to all the other Beatles albums anyways) a dark record for me, there's so much tension in it. And it always unsettled me how the album cover was practically nothing. It makes the music more intense to me. I can't imagine the music having the same effect if the cover had been something like Sgt. Peppers.


As far as bad album covers, this one comes to mind:


Even though Pet Sounds and SMiLE are my favorite covers because of the music inside, probably my favorite cover solely on the cover is Surf's Up.
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: Smiley Smilers Make \ on: March 17, 2017, 06:29:21 PM
Working on the instrumental to 'TM' right now, I'll post on here when that's done so whoever wants to help with vocals can do that
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