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Smile is arguably the longest awaited album in modern pop history. It's been more than 37 years since the title first appeared on a label release schedule, intended as the January, 1967, follow-up to The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. But Smile never made its initial release date, and rabid fans ever since have taken to assembling their own compiled versions of what the album might have been.
In 2003 a rejuvenated Wilson, encouraged by performing Pet Sounds live, decided to revive Smile, at least in concert form. Fans from around the world gathered at London's Royal Festival Hall on February 20, 2004, for the momentous event, fearing it might be their only opportunity to hear the completed piece. The show was a triumph.
Buoyed by the experience, Wilson returned with his live band to Sunset Sound in Hollywood, where he'd originally cut portions of "Good Vibrations" and "Heroes And Villains," to create the definitive studio recording of Smile. This September, 2004, release is the stunning result of those efforts.