Thirty-seven years after aborting his most ambitious project midway through recording, former Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson plans to resurrect the long-lost “Smile” album in U.K. concerts next year.
Wilson has set four dates at London’s Royal Festival Hall for February 2004 as well as five additional shows throughout the U.K. the following month.
“Smile” was intended to be the follow-up to the Beach Boys’ best-known album, 1966’s “Pet Sounds” (Capitol). Later that year, the symphonic hit single “Good Vibrations” gave listeners an idea of the direction Wilson was planning to take the music. The artist had extensive plans for the album, and was working with lyricist Van Dyke Parks on a number of tracks.
In December 1966, Wilson delivered to Capitol a tentative track list for the album, but in early summer 1967, with recording sessions already having lasted far longer than for any previous Beach Boys album, the group scrapped “Smile.” A separate album, “Smiley Smile,” was hastily assembled and featured “Good Vibrations,” a handful of intended “Smile” cuts, and newly written material.