“Smiley Smile” by The Beach Boys - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1967Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

Wow. What a bummer after the glory of “Pet Sounds”. Yet rated as perfection by many critics. Do they realise that “Good Vibrations” only accounts for 9% of this albums content? Perfection they say. Despite featuring Paul McCartney chomping rhythmically on some vegetables. Despite a psuedo-psychotic Woody Woodpecker theme. Despite the proto-smurf nature of “She’s Going Bald” (a 2nd rate Bonzos sketch). Despite the progged out nothingness of the innappropriately titled “Wonderful”. And therein lies the danger with pot heads - you never know if you’re going to get pants or other worldly. I’ll leave Carl Wilson’s quote from 1970 as the final word on this one: “In Fort Worth, Texas, there is a drug clinic which takes people off the streets and helps them get over bad LSD trips. They don’t use any traditional medical treatment whatsoever. All they do is play the patient our Smiley Smile album and apparently this acts as a soothing remedy which relaxes them and helps them to recover completely from their trip.

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A2 [02:07] 5.5.png The Beach Boys - Vegetables (Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks) Cerebral Pop
A3 [02:15] 5.0.png The Beach Boys - Fall Breaks And Back To Winter (W. Woodpecker Symphony) (Brian Wilson) Prog
A4 [02:15] 4.5.png The Beach Boys - She’s Goin’ Bald (Brian Wilson, Mike Wilson, Van Dyke Parks) Novelty
A5 [02:30] 4.8.png The Beach Boys - Little Pad (Brian Wilson) Songwriter
B1 [03:36] 8.4.png The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) Cerebral Pop
B2 [02:17] 6.7.png The Beach Boys - With Me Tonight (Brian Wilson) Cerebral Pop
B3 [02:36] 5.1.png The Beach Boys - Wind Chimes (Brian Wilson) Psychedelia
B4 [02:27] 6.9.png The Beach Boys - Gettin’ Hungry (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) Cerebral Pop
B5 [02:21] 4.4.png The Beach Boys - Wonderful (Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks) Prog
B6 [01:04] 5.6.png The Beach Boys - Whistle In (Brian Wilson) Cerebral Pop

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