I’ve spent a good deal of time listening to Brian Wilson’s SMiLE in the last couple of days, and have to say that it’s really growing on me.
Just out of curiousity, I started looking around the Interfernet for information on the record, and have stumbled into what seems like an alternate universe, an entire subculture of Beach Boys compleatists.
Which is cool, mind you. The record took 37 years to make, and the backstory of its completion – as well as the obsession of bootleg fans – is worthy of almost as much attention as the record itself.
Anyway, for those interested in more info on SMiLE a, check out this article in the Crutchfield Advisor. But for those really interested in going deep, check out The Smile Shop, a site mostly devoted to the musical archeology of Smile, and includes an essay by SMiLE lyricist Van Dyke Parks.