My Complete “Thesis” on SMiLE

This series represents my thoughts on Brian Wilson’s unfinished SMiLE album, using as much information as possible to get a complete picture of his intentions from 1966-1967. This body of music has influenced me more than any other work of art in any other medium, and Brian’s other music has had a big impact on me as well. So, it’s a subject that’s very near and dear to my heart. I’m not trying to disrespect Brian’s later 2003-04 solo reconstruction but….weighing the evidence…I believe the original project would have taken a much different direction. Furthermore, I believe this alternate reconstruction of the work is superior and deserves wider recognition. It is my hope that this series of essays will persuade my readers to rethink this music and how best it ties together.

Part 1 | Background

Prologue: The Impact of the Beach Boys on My Life

Chapter 1: The Packaging and Auxiliary Materials

Chapter 2: The Men Behind the Music

Part 2 | The Jigsaw Puzzle

Chapter 3: The Album’s Structure

Chapter 4: My Fan Mixes

Part 3 | Philharmonic Fantasia

Chapter 5: The Americana Songs

Chapter 6: The Innocence Songs

Chapter 7: The Elements & Outtakes

Part 4 | Tragicomedy in 2 Discs

Chapter 8: Psychedelic Sounds Disc 1

Chapter 9: Psychedelic Sounds Disc 2

Part 5 | The 4 “Gospels” of SMiLE

Chapter 10: The Witnesses of Wonder

Chapter 11: Birth of a Legend

Part 6 | The Trinity of Psychedelia

Chapter 12: Dumb Angels

Chapter 13: Symphony of the Stars

Part 7 | Beyond the Music

Epilogue: The Age of Aquarius

Appendix: Sources for Further Research

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