Capitol Records is set to release the long-awaited record—called The Smile Sessions--sometime this year. The project has the support of Beach Boys visionary Brian Wilson, who said in a statement: "I'm thrilled that the Beach Boys' original studio sessions for 'Smile' will be released for the first time, after all these years,. I'm looking forward to this collection of the original recordings and having fans hear the beautiful angelic voices of the boys in a proper studio release."
"The major thing in the past, I don't think we had support from all the band, and now we do. All parties are supporting it coming out. Everybody is onboard now," GM/senior VP of catalog marketing at EMI Music North America, Bill Gagnon, told Billboard.
The history of "Smile" dates back to 1966 when Wilson and Van Dyke Parks were working on it together until a fire happened at the recording studio that brought the project to a halt. Some of the songs had ended up on subsequent Beach Boys albums such as "Heroes and Villains" and "Surf’s Up."
Wilson released his own version of "Smile" in 2004 with a different band.
According to Billboard, “The Smiles Sessions” will appear in three formats: a two-CD release; an iTunes digital album, and a boxed set consisting of 4 CDs, 2 vinyl LPs and 2 vinyl singles accompanied by a 60-page book.