Brian Wilson Presents Smile

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The remarkable story of how rock's greatest "lost album" finally emerged nearly four decades after it was scrapped has been writ large in this special DVD set from Rhino Records. Brian Wilson Presents Smile features a full-length concert performance of Wilson's masterwork, Smile, the "pop symphony" he created in 1967 with lyricist and arranger Van Dyke Parks for Wilson's group the Beach Boys, but which went uncompleted until 2003, when Wilson and Parks resurrected it in a series of live concerts. The show ...
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Brian Wilson DVD New in new packaging. 2 discs. Language: English. Run time: 240 minutes. Originally released: 2005. The remarkable story of how rock's greatest "lost album" ... finally emerged nearly four decades after it was scrapped has been writ large in this special DVD set from Rhino Records. Brian Wilson Presents Smile features a full-length concert performance of Wilson's masterwork, Smile, the "pop symphony" he created in 1967 with lyricist and arranger Van Dyke Parks for Wilson's group the Beach Boys, but which went uncompleted until 2003, when Wilson and Parks resurrected it in a series of live concerts. The show featured here, recorded in Los Angeles, has been mastered in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78: 1 and looks crisp and colorful throughout. The audio is presented in two formats, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and uncompressed PCM Stereo, and is beautifully detailed and musical in both mixes. The most remarkable bonus item here is Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Read more Show Less

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The remarkable story of how rock's greatest "lost album" finally emerged nearly four decades after it was scrapped has been writ large in this special DVD set from Rhino Records. Brian Wilson Presents Smile features a full-length concert performance of Wilson's masterwork, Smile, the "pop symphony" he created in 1967 with lyricist and arranger Van Dyke Parks for Wilson's group the Beach Boys, but which went uncompleted until 2003, when Wilson and Parks resurrected it in a series of live concerts. The show featured here, recorded in Los Angeles, has been mastered in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and looks crisp and colorful throughout. The audio is presented in two formats, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and uncompressed PCM Stereo, and is beautifully detailed and musical in both mixes. The most remarkable bonus item here is Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile, a superb documentary by Beach Boys biographer David Leaf on the rise, fall, and rebirth of this fabled song cycle, which is worth the purchase price all by itself. Also included are interview outtakes from the documentary, a look at the making of the new Smile album in 2004, interviews with fans and musicians after the live debut of Smile, solo piano performances by Brian Wilson, a trailer for the Beautiful Dreamer documentary, and a fan-made animated music video for the song "Heroes and Villains." Anyone with more than a passing interest in pop music of the 1960s will want to see both the concert film and the powerful and moving documentary, and this package presents both with the love and care they deserve.
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Special Features

"Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" performance; After-show featurette from the Royal Festival Hall, London, February 2004; Interview highlights; Theatrical trailer; Solo piano performances; Photo gallery; Recording sessions featurette; "Heroes and Villains" contest-winning video
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  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • UPC: 603497041527
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  • Source: Imports
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 4:00:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson & the Story of Smile
1. Beautiful Dreamer [2:42]
2. Growing Up [8:45]
3. God Only Knows [7:04]
4. Smile [3:48]
5. Teenage Symphony [11:10]
6. The Musicians [5:08]
7. Revolution [13:20]
8. Production Race [10:57]
9. "Art Is Never Finished" [3:58]
10. Finish Smile? [9:24]
11. Vocal Rehearsals [6:22]
12. Playing the Songs [9:21]
13. Royal Festival Hall [6:41]
14. Good Vibrations [6:49]
15. End Credits [2:59]
Side #2 -- Brian Wilson Performs Smile
1. Our Prayer/Gee [2:18]
2. Heroes and Villains [4:52]
3. Roll Plymouth Rock [3:44]
4. Barnyard [:56]
5. Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine [1:03]
6. Cabin Essence [3:39]
7. Wonderful [1:59]
8. Song for Children [2:13]
9. Child Is the Father of the Man [2:17]
10. Surf's Up [4:28]
11. I'm in Great Shape/I Wanna Be Around/Workshop [1:40]
12. Vega-tables [2:18]
13. On a Holiday [2:25]
14. Wind Chimes [2:53]
15. Mrs. O'Leary's Cow [2:25]
16. In Blue Hawaii [2:51]
17. Good Vibrations [9:43]
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Side #1 -- Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson & the Story of Smile
   Play Beautiful Dreamer
   Scene Selections
   Audio Features
      5.1 Surround
      2.0 Stereo
      Play Score Only
   Bonus Materials
      Trailer for Beautiful Dreamer
      From the World Premiere of Smile, Royal Festival Hall, London, February, 2004: "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" Live
      From the World Premiere of Smile, Royal Festival Hall, London, February, 2004: "After the Show" Featurette (Post-Concert Reactions)
      Interview Highlights: Van Dyke Parks Interviews Brian Wilson 2/22/04
      Interview Highlights: Interview With Brian Wilson 3/16/04
      Interview Highlights: Interview With Brian Wilson 5/01/04
      Interview Highlights: Interview With Brian Wilson 08/16/04
Side #2 -- Brian Wilson Performs Smile
   Play Smile
   Scene Selections
   Audio Features
      5.1 Surround
      2.0 Stereo
   Bonus Materials
      Outtakes From Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson Photo Gallery
      Outtakes From Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson at the Piano
         Rhapsody in Blue (Solo)
         Good Vibrations (Solo Instrumental)
         Good Vibrations With Carol Kaye (Instrumental)
         Heroes & Villains (Solo Instrumental)
         Heroes & Villains (Instrumental With Carol Kaye)
         Heroes & Villains (Vocal Version With Carol Kaye)
         Wonderful (Solo Instrumental)
         Cabin Essence (Vocal Version With Darian Sahanaja on Piano)
      Outtakes From Beautiful Dreamer: The Recording of Smile Featurette
      Heroes & Villains Fan Video
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE MOST FAMOUS UNRELEASED ALBUM IN MUSIC HISTORY IS FINALLY RELEASED IN 2004 AND WELL DOCUMENTED ON SMiLE 2 DVD SET!

    37 years, 1 Grammy and Album of the year (2004)LATER! Its been a long road for this musical genius who calls himself Brian Wilson. the original SMiLE album which was recorded in 1966-67 was originally scheduled for release in December 1966 and then again in January 1967. When Wilson could not meet the deadlines for releasing SMiLE and had no support from certain members of the band, his father and the record label, the project was shelved indefinitely. SMiLE 2004 is a triumphant story of a musical genius who realized it was time to confront his demons of the past that nearly destroyed him in order to set the record that has been haunting him for so many years straight once and for all. After listening to almost all the original SMiLE tracks from the 1966-67 era and the new recordings of 2004 SMiLE, I came to the conclusion that the music is almost identical. The only difference is Brian Wilson's voice. The music was copied exactly from the original SMiLE tracks chord for chord. Upon realizing this comparison, I was even more amazed as to how the original SMiLE music was even recorded and made its way onto tape during the 1966-67 era when there was NO TECHNOLOGY in the studio except 4 track. SMiLE 2004 is BRILLIANT! When you listen to this album you will realize that this album was truly ahead of its time and destined for greatness had it have been completed and released as planned in 1966. I will be re-editing this review if possible since there is so much to be told concerning this legendary album. Also for the diehards as well as the curious, check out the SMiLE 2 DVD set, it is FABULOUS! DVD 1 of this set contains the documentary Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the story of SMiLE. Everything that you ever wanted to know about SMiLE is finally told by Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks and the main participants themselves. At last, one of Rock's greatest legendary stories is researched in full detail and finally told where everyone can judge for themselves if the hype was really legitimate or not. We are all accustomed to listening to Rock music as we know it but please make note that technology in music had a beginning. When the original SMiLE was recorded in 1966-67, the studio's then was extremely primitive and not yet recognized as an instrument as it is being used today. DVD 2 of this set contains Brian Wilson performing SMiLE Live! The way SMilE was performed live was recorded the same way in the studio. The recording technology in the studio as well as live concerts has come a long way thanks in part to Brian Wilson and Sir George Martin. I am proud of Brian Wilson for finishing SMiLE and I can truly feel that his creativity and confidence are now back in full swing resulting in Brian beginning his road back to great health and a full recovery. My only question for Brian Wilson now is the same question that was asked after the success of his masterpiece album Pet Sounds and the single Good Vibrations in 1966: What are you going to do now?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Utterly Brilliant

    This DVD is a must buy for anyone that loves music. It captures all the brilliance that is Brian Wilson, in all dimensions of his music making. But it especially captures the sheer joy and artistry that is Smile. As an added bonus, and with surprising honesty and realism, it captures in personal documentary form, his painful voyage to redemption...the purging of deeply-seated demons... Through this window alone, one comes away with deeply shared appreciation for Brain Wilson's soul, along with glimpses at the demons that have troubled it. Watch Disk 1 first, and then afterwards, the concert reactions in Extras. Then watch the concert footage in Disk 2 (over and over). If you had an out-of-body experience watching the movie Ray, you'll have a similarly emotional and perhaps even more rewarding experience with this DVD. Smile, unlike Ray, has a very happy and totally fulfilling ending.

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