On October 31 internationally and November 1 in the US, Capitol/EMI will release The SMiLE Sessions in several formats: 2xCD and 2xLP, digital album, iTunes LP, and a giant box set. Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and Mike Love all participated in the release.The SMiLE Sessionscontain “an approximation of what was intended to be the completed SMiLE album, compiled from the Beach Boys’ original session masters,” according to a press release, plus bonus tracks, demos, and stereo mixes. The box set consists of five CDs, two LPs, two 7″s, a 60-page book, and “three-dimensional shadowbox lid.” The SMiLE Sessions‘ artwork is based on the sleeve and booklet art Frank Holmes made for the original, shelved album.
The Beach Boys’ website will sell limited edition SMiLE t-shirts, autographed lithographs, and super deluxe autographed versions of the box set that come with “light-up SMiLE Shop window” artwork and even “a custom-made SMiLE surfboard by Hobie.”
This will be different from the Brian Wilson release of SMiLE from a few years back, as it will be the full Beach Boys original recording sessions that got shelved. Nice to see this finally see the light of day and with such an impressive release.