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The Smile Sessions (album) by The Beach Boys 

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The Smile Sessions
The Smile Sessions by The Beach Boys (2011)
Release date: 2011-10-31
Overall rank: 311th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 620 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 2011 (3rd)
Top 50 albums of the 2010s (26th)
Top 500 albums of all time (311th)

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The Beach Boys bestography

The Smile Sessions is ranked 2nd best out of 56 albums by The Beach Boys on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Beach Boys is Pet Sounds which is ranked number 14 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 98,801.

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Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 620 votes)
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From Killerviolin 11/06/2018 07:19
I am 99% sure, given Pet Sounds' "masterpiece" status, that if this album had been released in early '67, it would be considered the greatest album of all time. It would have beat out Sgt. Pepper by a good 5 months. Even though it wasn't released then, it's still one of the greatest albums ever, people just don't know it. The songwriting is endlessly creative and encapsulating, but the one flaw is that it doesn't really feel like a "Beach Boys" album and instead more like a Brian Wilson album. If only it had that classic beach boys feel to it...
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From iamsparticus 10/12/2018 04:52
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From joannajewsom 03/23/2018 18:06
Wonderful-Surf's Up is beautiful.
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From JulianR 01/22/2018 02:15
This album is such a grower. Its one of those albums that only becomes amazing once you can sing along to every melody, and it makes it especially hard on this record because of the sheer number of different pieces and movements within each. Keep listening to it, and it will get better and better! It started out as a 70/100 for me, and after many months and many listens it's a 95
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From Sean 12/18/2017 17:43
Can't believe I once called this overrated, what a masterful achievement. Makes me really dislike Mike Love though for stopping it all those years ago
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80/100
From cmoshier 11/04/2017 05:06
Best Tracks: Wind Chimes, Heroes And Villains
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From pranafilms 03/26/2017 04:59
I believe that if this came out in 1967, it would today be considered one of the greatest albums of all time. Now it stands as a missed opportunity, now only in the for of a compilation. I recommend everyone to take up these sessions and create there own version of SMiLE.

You also can't go wrong with an album that contains "Heroes and Villains", "Good Vibrations" and "Surf's Up".
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From rileytfindley 09/19/2016 16:18
This is such a great record. Some moments on it are just so sonically impressive that it makes me wonder whether I like it more than Pet Sounds. The length is perfect; the songs are brief and the band doesn't spend too much time on any one idea. The choral qualities of the vocals make the record seem almost dream-like. Tracks like 'Surf's Up' and 'Do You Like Works?" are just more beautiful than I could ever imagine them being. This record is must listen for any classic rock fan.
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From crimson 09/03/2016 01:11
This, someday, is going to be in the top 10 in every list of greatest albums.
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From lanadeleswift 09/01/2016 23:47
Endless curiosity surrounds this whole thing, but even unfinished it is a masterpiece. Obvious strengths are heroes & villains, good vibrations, and surf's up.
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