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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Good Timin' on: July 25, 2013, 01:33:50 PM
You pretty much diss this song because it has a conventional drum pattern. The backing track isn't unfinished or sparse. There's that really nice harpsichord (or something that resembles a harpsichord) harkening back to the SMiLE stuff. 

I wouldn't even say it is a "conventional drum pattern" as it is simply the snare drumming of the 6/8 time that the song is in.  There is no imagination or creativity in the whole ordeal.  There is some harpsichord tickling around in the background somewhere, but to compare it to Smile seems to be a bit of a stretch. 

I would love to hear a track-only version of that song, stripped of any vocals, which I absolutely concede were done well.  I think it would bring to light what a missed opportunity it was.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Good Timin' on: July 24, 2013, 04:58:12 PM
I would prefer an A Capella version since that would be at least an artistic choice.  Instead, they seemed to throw in some rat-tat-tat drums, played a bit of piano, and half-assed a backing track.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Good Timin' on: July 24, 2013, 04:21:28 PM
Good Timin' is one of these songs that constantly get stuck in my head despite how little I listen to it.  I turned it on the other day and it occurred to me what I dislike about it and it is that it has some of the worst, minimal production of any of their 'hits'.  Generic drum line all the way through with almost no instruments, relying solely on the strength of its wonderful melody and harmonies.  Such a frustrating listen because you can sense how great it could have been instead of being squarely 'good'.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Rolling Stone Set is online on: June 06, 2012, 09:54:24 AM
These actually sounded great.  Some of the best stuff I heard them doing and Brian in really nice form.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Ten Underappreciated Beach Boys Albums on: November 07, 2011, 06:03:51 PM
The only reason I could accept "Today!" as underappreciated is because, as some have stated here, it's a near-masterpiece, but most of the world doesn't appreciate it that way.  Still, with that said, it is one of three albums to make the RS Top 500 (along with PS and Sunflower...pretty sure there's not a 4th), so it does garner some level of acknowledgement, unlike, say, Summer Nights!
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / Smile Sessions Box Set (2011) / Re: TSS - All things DYLW on: November 06, 2011, 09:24:20 PM
Holy Bee, what you just did makes no musical sense whatsoever. You should stop.


Hahahaha...so true, so true...
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Is there anyone who isn't buying SMiLE? and if so, why not? on: November 06, 2011, 05:03:07 PM
Okay, I  decided to try to buy the 2 disc set from DeepDiscount, but it won't let me check out.  Hmm.  Maybe I'm just not meant to own this. Or I need to come up with an extra $4 and order from Amazon.  I checked the rating for DeepDiscount on a consumer site and it got one star out of five with over 200 ratings.  I read bad things about them a few years ago, and apparently they're even worse now.   I wonder if anyone will have any luck with them, since they are the cheapest.



Yeah, I won't use DeepDiscount anymore.  It used to be a necessary evil with their bi-annual 20% off sales, but they were always very slow and the customer service was really, really bad.  From what I've been told they are indeed worse now.

I got mine through Deep Discount.  They estimated it wouldn't be here until around the 11th, but mine arrived yesterday, the 5th, so I was happy overall.  Their tracking left much to be desired, but I'd put that on DHL, not the site.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Perspective: Good Vibrations Box Set on: November 05, 2011, 11:02:41 AM
I'm sure it depends on our various ages.  I didn't really start seriously listening to music until I was about 10 years old, which unfortunately is when this damn commercial came out...

http://youtu.be/sndJDH4LSV8

Oh my goodness, that video was the best/worst thing ever.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Perspective: Good Vibrations Box Set on: November 04, 2011, 11:18:28 PM
At the time of the "Good Vibrations: 30 Years of The Beach Boys" box set release, I was much too young to be a fan of the band, so I'm curious as to how the Smile-loving community reacted.  I've been around to see the release of BWPS and now TSS, and it's been such an awesome time to be a fan, but I wonder if the reaction was similar upon the release of that set.  Of course, the reason I ask is that we had official releases of Smile tracks, such as "Do You Like Worms?" and "Love to Say Da Da."

I understand it was pre-Internet, obviously, but any memories from anybody?  Did you have similar expectations and geek outs?
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: SMiLE Sessions box set! on: November 03, 2011, 01:47:15 PM
no. there are different degrees of being blind. too blind to drive is not the same as not being able to see.

Oh, I'm not really ridiculing.  Just made me chuckle.  I understood that was likely the case.
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: SMiLE Sessions box set! on: November 03, 2011, 12:06:47 PM
I then had to carry it home on a bus and a train since i'm blind and can't drive...the packaging looks great in pictures but until you physically hold it in your hands you don't get the full effect.

Anyone?
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: SMiLE Sessions box set! on: November 02, 2011, 07:28:17 PM
"The item(s) listed below shipped today."

Woohoo!

"Estimated Arrival date: 11/11/11 - 11/16/11"

Boohoo!
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / Smile Sessions Box Set (2011) / Re: TSS - All things Surf's Up on: November 02, 2011, 06:54:13 PM
I love this 1967 version, but all the glitches in the sound detract from the quality and can be distracting at times.  Otherwise?  Gorgeous.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / SMiLE's influence on: October 30, 2011, 01:30:47 PM
The heartbreaking part about not having a completed SMiLE released in 1967 is of course that we will never get to experience the vision in full and the songs as they were truly meant to be, but along with that, we miss out on a chance to see the kind of influence it may have had.  Though there have been bootlegs hovering around for decades for the die hard to seek and dig up, alongside various official releases scattered among later Beach Boys albums and box sets, the influence was still compact and contained.  Now that we have an official release of these songs for the masses to enjoy as a semi mainstream Beach Boys release, do you think there could still be some musical or cultural impact to be created from this material?

I think about songs like "Do You Like Worms?," which to my ears is unlike anything else I've ever heard, filled with insanity, lushes harmonies, unexpected twists, and spanning through various genres.  Why can't a musician hear this, have his/her world altered, and change the course of music forever?  Why can't, now that we have a fairly hyped release of a lost and broken album, artists who have always heard rumors of the genius of Brian Wilson, that The Beach Boys were more than just The Beach Boys, discover these lost gems and feel their impact?

My dream is that since the passing of time compresses history, this album can one day be considered, not just a relic of the 60s, but the kind of music that was being created in the 20th and 21st century and one day take on greater prominence instead of just an answer to an obscure trivia question.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: SMiLE Sessions box set! on: October 28, 2011, 11:13:51 PM
I first found this board when BWPS news started to leak and have now stalked it endlessly with all of the new SMiLE posts being published.  I am truly geeked for this to arrive from Amazon Canada.  I can't wait to annoy all of those around me all over again.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: SMiLE Sessions box set! on: August 30, 2011, 08:32:55 PM
Didn't see where anybody had posted this, so sorry if a repeat:

http://www.amazon.com/Smile-Sessions-Box-Set/dp/B004RFYEEC/ref=pd_sim_m_1

Wow. Your screen name is very appropriate.  LOL

Haha...Hey, I knew it was the big news today and I went back about 6 pages, but people were still acting as if they were unsure on the price.  Just making sure.  223 pages -- couldn't go through em all!
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: SMiLE Sessions box set! on: August 30, 2011, 07:51:55 PM
Didn't see where anybody had posted this, so sorry if a repeat:

http://www.amazon.com/Smile-Sessions-Box-Set/dp/B004RFYEEC/ref=pd_sim_m_1
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Beach Boys release will make you 'SMiLE' on: March 11, 2011, 12:59:20 PM
Okay, just found out about this and I'm completely psyched for this.  I know it will likely be previously leaked tracks, but I don't care.  Just to have an official BB Smile release is amazing.
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / The Strokes - "Angles" on: March 10, 2011, 06:45:46 PM
Okay, I am completely jazzed for the new Strokes album dropping this month.  I've been fanatically chasing every leaked track I can on a daily basis.  Anybody else excited?
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What happened to the drama? on: March 10, 2011, 06:44:14 PM
I used to visit this board constantly.  I remember stepping back and realizing I think about Brian Wilson literally every single day.  Eventually, I got a little burnt out and have had trouble getting excited about the post-BWPS work, but still like the personality of the board, so I pop my head in on occasion.
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Who's the most Whacked Out member of the band? on: March 08, 2011, 09:25:18 PM
Well, let's compare their savings accounts Smiley
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What happened to the drama? on: March 08, 2011, 07:19:09 PM
Reeeeeally....I may have to check that out.  Would be cool to see what the kids are up to...
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Who's the most Whacked Out member of the band? on: March 08, 2011, 06:52:50 PM
I'd have to go with David Marks for quitting.
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Ring Tones on: March 08, 2011, 06:48:44 PM
I don't play an instrument or take part in a band, but my musical contribution to the world is the creation of a variety of ring tones for all of my friends.  I compose the song and lyrics and just sing it without accompaniment.  They're pretty amazing and will become the envy of all who have and will exist.
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / What happened to the drama? on: March 08, 2011, 06:46:45 PM
Hey guys.  Been away a long time, only visiting on occasion.  I sure miss the "good ole days" with the smileysmiley/smileshop feud and the release of BWPS.  Daily drama and Ian being a general antagonist used to fuel those places.  My personal height was probably the "Why are you such a bastard" thread with a mock daily countdown of the greatest bastards on the site, but I sure have a lot of good memories of those days.

Anybody else have a favorite memory of those days or care to reminisce?
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