I like the Smile Sessions better, because it's the real Beach Boys.
This is excellent as well and I don't want my comments to come off as insulting towards this masterpiece.
The fact is, 60s Smile is sublime, the mere fact that it's incomplete and will never be completed adds so much to it, that's why it's the greatest album of the 60s and possibly in all modern music. The fragments, the piecing together, the myths and legends that surround it are just so interesting and it adds to the charm of the already incredible music.
While 2004 Smile is complete and was completed by the two who started it, VDP and Brian, it still isn't 60s Smile, it isn't the Beach Boys and it simply can't live up to the legendary status of the original.
SMiLE always WAS a jigsaw puzzle. A very complex and ever expanding puzzle that was impossible to finish. Frankly the difference between this and the the SMiLE Sessions is so minimal that it's hard to say this (without the Beach Boys' gorgeous vocals or The Wrecking Crew) is any better. They're both very very far from what would have been the finished product (which to be honest, had he continued, wouldn't have been until the '70s)
I'm glad BW decided to finish his masterpiece, but I still prefer the 1966-1967 bootlegs...especially the Purple Chick version. He still had his angelic voice, and contrary to what most people mistakenly think, the album was nearly complete anyways.
And for you Animal Collective fans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2W9yRaAHyc
I'm a big Noah Lennox fan. He's a talented, wonderful musician with a ton of potential. I'd be hard pressed to say he's as good as Brian Wilson, though. Nobody is. Brian Wilson could have been (should have been) one of the greatest musicians of the century. In many ways he still is, but nobody can really conceive all of the lost potential. His story is tragic. Thankfully, he managed to - almost - hint towards that stroke of genius with Smile (2004). Wonderful album. I'm so glad he attempted to recreate his canceled vision. Definitely an admirable effort.
holy christ, this is good. i wonder what it would've sounded like if it was released in '67, whether or not it would be better than pet sounds.. i guess i doubt it, but the songs on here are really incredible. we're lucky brian came around and decided to finish it.
I few really great songs but the most of it is madness from the 60s in it's purest form. For example, Mrs. O'Leary's Cow is totally insane. The whole album is pretty interesting though, but I think it's pretty hard to really appreciate the whole thing. Good Vibrations and Surf's Up are the only masterpieces on this album I think.