ATLANTIC CITY — There’s one important factor that’s keeping a one-night stand by a 50-year-old rock ‘n roll band from becoming just another nostalgic blast from the past this weekend.
The Beach Boys, now down to one original member and one long-time “temporary” fill-in, will hit the stage of Borgata’s Music Box on Friday (Oct. 14) just a few weeks prior to the release of a brand new album that’s nearly 45 years old.
Smile, the revolutionary concept album recorded — and then abandoned — by the band in 1967, will finally be released Nov. 1 as The Smile Sessions.
Unlike Brian Wilson’s 2004 adaptation of the Smile album, which was completed, re-recorded with his own band and then neatly edited, The Smile Sessions is a warts-and-all compilation of studio masters and out-takes from the original recording sessions that spanned the period between the summer of 1966 and the spring of 1967. The album is being released as a five-CD set.
Mental issues fueled by drug abuse certainly played into it, Wilson, who suffers from widely-publicized bouts of depression, acknowledged last week during a Wall Street Journal interview.
“I was on heavy drugs — LSD and marijuana,” he said. “We had no idea what people would expect. There was a lot going on.”
When the album was in its earliest stages, Wilson, considered the creative genius behind the Beach Boys’ success, and collaborator and lyricist Van Dyke Parks initially described Smile as a “teenage symphony to God.” He also said the music was far too sophisticated at the time for their fans to accept, grasp and enjoy.
But times and musical tastes have changed, Wilson, 69, said.
“[Because] people who were young then have grown older. Now they miss their youth,” he said. “Their minds have grown musically, too. Now they can understand the music we made. A lot of people tell me that when they hear Smile, they feel like a kid again.”
Smile has often been referred to as the most famous unfinished project in the history of rock music. It was designed to follow up Pet Sounds, the Beach Boys album that initially showed the world the first flashes of Wilson’s musical genius and was credited with inspiring The Beatles to record Sgt. Pepper.
Two songs originally recorded for Smile — “Good Vibrations” and “Heroes and Villains” — were released as singles and later included on other albums. “Heroes and Villains” still “wipes me out every time,” Wilson said.
“I dreamed that this would happen and it’s here. It’s so great to be back with Brian. It’s a remarkable milestone. Fifty years is a long time. Everything about this made sense. Capitol Records offered us a record deal and we were thrilled about that."
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It should be a long joyful stroll down memory lane Saturday at the House of Blues, since the legendary Brian Wilson will perform his greatest hits throughout the evening. The brilliant Beach Boy has written a plethora of tunes, which have scaled the pop charts. “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls,” “Surfer Girl,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” “Little Deuce Coupe” and many other songs, which are now regarded as pop classics, are among the cuts Wilson helped craft.