The Beach Boys and the (un)Making of SMiLE

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  • Song Name: The Beach Boys and the (un)Making of Smile
  • Artist: Darren R. Reid
  • Album: American Studies and History Podcast
  • Year: 2013

In 1966, Brian Wilson led The Beach Boys into the studio to begin work on the follow up to the critically acclaimed album, Pet Sounds. What should have been the band's masterpiece turned into their biggest calamity as the SMiLE album unraveled and collapsed around them. In this podcast, Dr. Darren R. Reid takes a look at the recently released SMiLE Sessions to assess what may have been. Is this album the lost masterpiece of legend? Would it have secured the band's place alongside The Beatles?