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Question: Rate Good Vibrations - Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys
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« Reply #50 on: June 29, 2009, 03:06:09 PM »

Which of the SMiLE tracks on here uses an original mix, not the mark linnet mix?   Huh
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« Reply #51 on: December 27, 2009, 10:21:03 PM »

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A Day In The Life Of A Tree is a personal fave - but better than 'Feel Flows'?

Interesting. It depends on your criteria. From the standpoint of compositional complexity, "A Day in the Life of a Tree" is pretty much objectively better than "Feel Flows". Now, "Feel Flows" has a more hip vibe, some interesting sounds, and it is a catchy, creative song, and I could see why some people like it better. But "A Day in the Life of a Tree" is like a musical or something. I could so easily imagine it as a play. It has multiple sections and Brian's superior understanding of harmony and counterpoint (in comparison to Carl) just creates a fuller musical experience than Carl's song. Brian's song is practically a world in and of itself. Listening to a song by Carl, Al, or Mike after listening to this makes me realize how empty their compositions can seem in comparison. This isn't a knock on them, it's just that they were doing music in the BBs idiom, which was originally Brian's creation, so it makes the differences in their talents obvious. There weren't many pop groups that had a writer like Brian, though.
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« Reply #52 on: December 28, 2009, 03:35:59 PM »

Which of the SMiLE tracks on here uses an original mix, not the mark linnet mix?   Huh

Well, the Cantina version of Heroes and Villains on there is a vintage February 1967 Brian mix. Cabinessence and Our Prayer were mixed by Carl and Dennis with Steve Desper assisting based on original test mixes Brian had made in November and December of 1966. Wind Chimes is a Mark Linett mix based on Brian's original 1966 rough edit, but cleaned up to remove dead space between changing sections. Do You Like Worms is a Mark Linett mix based on Brian's original 1966 rough edit. The rest are all Mark Linett's own mixes.

The fact remains that nothing from Smile ever received a final mix by Brian himself, and all that exists are test edits and rough mixes strewn across any number of compilation reels or acetates.
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« Reply #53 on: January 26, 2010, 05:26:51 PM »

I'm happy that this finally afforded "H.E.L.P. Is On The Way" an official release.  I first discovered that song via this boxed set and was thrown by it at first, but having traced its sad life over the course of several scrapped albums, it's actually grown to be one of my favorite BB's songs.  ("Santa's On His Way" seems like absolute shite to me now, though...)

Besides, who ever expected an official release of "Do You Like Worms"??
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« Reply #54 on: February 17, 2010, 12:36:58 PM »

Which of the SMiLE tracks on here uses an original mix, not the mark linnet mix?   Huh

Well, the Cantina version of Heroes and Villains on there is a vintage February 1967 Brian mix. Cabinessence and Our Prayer were mixed by Carl and Dennis with Steve Desper assisting based on original test mixes Brian had made in November and December of 1966. Wind Chimes is a Mark Linett mix based on Brian's original 1966 rough edit, but cleaned up to remove dead space between changing sections. Do You Like Worms is a Mark Linett mix based on Brian's original 1966 rough edit. The rest are all Mark Linett's own mixes.

The fact remains that nothing from Smile ever received a final mix by Brian himself, and all that exists are test edits and rough mixes strewn across any number of compilation reels or acetates.

[koff] There's a November 1966 BW mono mix for the track to "CIFTTM" - was nearly on Endless Harmony - that sounds pretty final to me.  Grin
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« Reply #55 on: April 19, 2010, 08:57:59 AM »

no kidding? dang...wonder why it's not floating around?    Wink
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« Reply #56 on: August 10, 2011, 12:55:49 AM »

Overall, I feel that, while everything in the box, and about it, is fantastic, I really don't like the mix of 'Vegatables' from the SMiLE tracks. Everything just seems so unbalanced, and the ending is all over the place. I do, however, really enjoy the live version of 'Be True To Your School' on disc 5, if anything just for the Beach Boys trying to be cheerleaders!  Grin

But overall, a very recommended box, with a definite 5.
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« Reply #57 on: May 26, 2012, 10:53:35 AM »

  They used a mix of "Cotton Fields" that had less of the pedal steel intro. That annoyed me in 1993 and still does today.
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« Reply #58 on: May 27, 2012, 11:33:11 PM »

  They used a mix of "Cotton Fields" that had less of the pedal steel intro. That annoyed me in 1993 and still does today.

I was going to say the same thing - did they accidentally cut it off or is the reason unknown?
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« Reply #59 on: June 09, 2012, 08:15:00 AM »

According to Linett/Boyd, it's like that on the master.
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« Reply #60 on: August 13, 2012, 02:33:53 PM »

I'm honestly surprised they released Little Surfer Girl on this, being that it's just a snippet.
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« Reply #61 on: September 02, 2012, 11:53:03 AM »

I'm honestly surprised they released Little Surfer Girl on this, being that it's just a snippet.

But i'm glad they did, as it's beautiful - one of the highlights of the first CD! Pity we couldn't have had more similar session snippets.
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« Reply #62 on: September 08, 2013, 04:34:02 AM »

Is this box set still available? and I don't mean online
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« Reply #63 on: September 08, 2013, 05:04:01 AM »

Is this box set still available? and I don't mean online
Then what do you mean?

Btw, if you want a closer look at the set itself, I've done a video review of the box, here's part one:

http://youtu.be/fGg0o5qgHO4
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« Reply #64 on: September 08, 2013, 11:45:11 PM »

Is this box set still available? and I don't mean online
Then what do you mean?

Btw, if you want a closer look at the set itself, I've done a video review of the box, here's part one:

http://youtu.be/fGg0o5qgHO4
I mean is the box set still avaliable for sale physically? Or I can only get online like on Itunes?
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« Reply #65 on: September 09, 2013, 12:14:56 AM »

I got one for 20 bucks on Ebay.
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« Reply #66 on: September 24, 2013, 05:04:13 AM »

I managed to purchase this set about a year after its release and I absolutely fell in love with it.  Just for interest sake though, I was browsing through the comments left by reviewers on amazon.com and I'm surprised by the amount of people who put the whole box set down on account of the overall sound quality.  I have to say, I've always enjoyed how the music sounds on the set. 
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« Reply #67 on: January 01, 2014, 05:33:21 PM »

This is what box sets are all about and for me this is desert island pic all the way.. So essential  that I couldn't bear to be without it..    5/5   Transcendental Meditation Transcendental Meditation
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« Reply #68 on: April 28, 2015, 07:13:55 AM »

This is a great boxset.........if you don't already own every BB album.

I know The Beach Boys aren't the only guilty party here, but these boxsets are designed by record companies to make hardcore fans shell out some money for a set made up of mostly stuff they already own just to get the unreleased tracks.

That being said, at least this set is much more affordable than MIC, and has a good mix of hits, album tracks, and unreleased stuff.  I'm sure the Smile tracks were mind blowing at the time. 

Overall, I'd give it a 4/5. 
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« Reply #69 on: April 23, 2016, 08:52:49 AM »

It annoys the hell out of me that the Holland tracks come before the CATP tracks. Why?!


And what is with Europe's obsession with Tears in the Morning, Sumahama, and disco HCTN? They made it onto the Europe-exclusive 6th disc of the boxset, they made it onto the European version of The Best of the Brother Years, and they made it to the Europe exclusive Sounds of Summer Platinum Collection, even though they're exactly the opposite of great hits!
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« Reply #70 on: April 26, 2016, 10:33:40 PM »

It annoys the hell out of me that the Holland tracks come before the CATP tracks?
I read an article about the box in Goldmine, David Leaf said they decided to put the Holland tracks before the CATP stuff because they believed it was stronger material.
I think the box does a good job at covering the 60's and 70's, but it's like the 80's didn't exist. Surely they could have made room for Where I Belong, Somewhere Near Japan, It's Gettin' Late, California Dreamin' or Rock 'n' Roll to the Rescue. And there must be a few outtakes or rare tracks from that decade.
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« Reply #71 on: March 11, 2017, 03:52:00 AM »

Nothing's perfect but this is pretty darn close to that particular condition.

When I got this for a birthday present in 2003 or '04 I hadn't heard a semiquaver of unofficial Smile tracks, so that alone was worth the effort of removing the wrapping paper.

One of many other high points is the longer fade on "Don't Back Down" (long live mono).     
 
Disc 5 is much like poking around in an attic full of surprises.

"Lotsa good stuff", to quote the late Paul Williams in his ecstatic review "I Believe You Anyway"...

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