"When I look at you. Oh, I don't know what's real"

- My Bloody Valentine
 

The Smile Sessions (album) by The Beach Boys 

This album At A Glance
The Smile Sessions
The Smile Sessions by The Beach Boys (2011)
Release date: 2011-10-31
Overall rank: 301st   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
85/100 (from 642 votes)
  Ratings distribution
Accolades: Top 5 albums of 2011 (3rd)
Top 50 albums of the 2010s (26th)
Top 500 albums of all time (301st)

Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
Product Details Availability Price

eBay
eBay
The Beach Boys THE SMILE SESSIONS 180g GATEFOLD Capitol Records NEW VINYL 2 LP
Condition: New
Time left:
7h 50m 16s

Ships to:
Worldwide
$29.99
Go to store

eBay
eBay
The Beach Boys - Smiley Smile - Original Capitol Records - EX+
Condition: Used
Time left:
8h 35m 39s

Ships to:
Worldwide
£29.99
Go to store

eBay
eBay
The Beach Boys Smiley Smile PROMO OBI DISK UNION JAPAN
Condition: Brand New
Time left:
9h 46m 7s

Ships to:
Worldwide
$11.30
Go to store
  Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the linked website at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.  See full search results on eBay

  My favourite store:  

The Beach Boys bestography

The Smile Sessions is ranked 2nd best out of 57 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 100,021.

The Beach Boys album bestography « Higher ranked (14th) This album (301st) Lower ranked (983rd) »
Pet SoundsThe Smile SessionsThe Beach Boys Today!

Members who like this album also like: In Rainbows by Radiohead, Lonerism by Tame Impala and Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar.

Upcoming concerts (searched for 'The Beach Boys')

Feb
21
Thu
19:30
Beach Bunny, Bay Faction, Fashion Jackson, Better Love
The House Cafe, DeKalb, United States. United States
Tickets from Ticketmaster Get tickets
 
Feb
22
Fri
22:00
Snapback Long Beach
The Federal Underground, Long Beach, United States. United States
Tickets from Ticketmaster Get tickets
 
Feb
23
Sat
20:45
Kim Phuc, Microwaves, Limousine Beach, Autoreplican
The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls, Millvale, United States. United States
Tickets from $8.00 (Ticketmaster) Get tickets
 
Discover more upcoming concerts

Listen to The Smile Sessions on YouTube

Loading content from YouTube...

The Smile Sessions rankings

The Smile Sessions ratings

Average Rating: 
85/100 (from 642 votes)
  Ratings distribution  Average Rating = (n ÷ (n + m)) × av + (m ÷ (n + m)) × AV
where:
av = trimmed mean average rating an item has currently received.
n = number of ratings an item has currently received.
m = minimum number of ratings required for an item to appear in a 'top-rated' chart (currently 10).
AV = the site mean average rating.

Showing latest 5 ratings for this album. | Show all 642 ratings for this album.

Rating
Date logged
Member
No. album ratings
Avg. album rating
 
80/100
11 hours ago
86/100
 
90/100
19 hours ago
75/100
 
95/100
36 hours ago
86/100
 
80/100
40 hours ago
82/100
 
95/100
02/10/2019 23:22
87/100

Related links: , top albums of the 2010s, top albums of 2011.

Please log in or register if you want to be able to leave a rating.

The Smile Sessions comments

Showing latest 10 comments | Show all 58 comments | Most Helpful First | Newest First
(Only showing comments with -2 votes or higher. You can alter this threshold from your profile page. Manage Profile)

Rating:  
65/100
From JimagineL 12/28/2018 14:36
Although I love Beach Boys and Brian Wilson this album do not work for me, I may be of an unpopular opinion but I prefer the simple versions of these songs, in fact, besides "Good Vibrations" I can't say I really enjoyed anything Else in this album.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
15/100
From lylecatcliffe 12/27/2018 23:04
Been listening to the top 10 of this site for every year since my birth year (1988) and this album sounded horrible to these ears. A huge slog to get through - and I had already suffered this crap when listening to "Smile" by elder statesmen Brian Wilson at #9 in 2004.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
95/100
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...
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
40/100
From iamsparticus 10/12/2018 04:52
WTF is wrong with all of you. This sucks. At least the production quality is better than the abysmal Pet Sounds. But, at the same time it has no noteworthy (Wouldn't it be nice) or transcendent songs (God Only Knows).

Yes this has the function of an album in that the songs work better on an album than alone, but when the songs work so poorly in the first place...
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | -2 votes (1 helpful | 3 unhelpful)
Rating:  
95/100
From joannajewsom 03/23/2018 18:06
Wonderful-Surf's Up is beautiful.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +3 votes (3 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
95/100
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
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +2 votes (2 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
95/100
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
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +4 votes (4 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
80/100
From cmoshier 11/04/2017 05:06
Best Tracks: Wind Chimes, Heroes And Villains
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | -1 votes (0 helpful | 1 unhelpful)
Rating:  
100/100
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".
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +7 votes (7 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
95/100
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.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +8 votes (8 helpful | 0 unhelpful)

Showing latest 10 comments | Show all 58 comments

Please log in or register if you want to be able to add a comment.

Your feedback for The Smile Sessions

Let us know what you think of this album by adding a comment or assigning a rating below!
Anonymous
Your rating: Login or register to assign a rating to this album.
Your comment: Login or register to comment on this album.
Login or register to add this album to your favourites.
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.

Best Albums of 2011
1. Bon Iver, Bon Iver by Bon Iver
2. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
3. The Smile Sessions by The Beach Boys
4. The King Of Limbs by Radiohead
5. El Camino by The Black Keys
6. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
7. 21 by Adele
8. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
9. Wasting Light by Foo Fighters
10. Kaputt by Destroyer
11. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
12. Ceremonials by Florence + The Machine
13. James Blake by James Blake
14. Section.80 by Kendrick Lamar
15. Exmilitary by Death Grips
16. Angles by The Strokes
17. Suck It And See by Arctic Monkeys
18. Torches by Foster The People
19. Burst Apart by The Antlers
20. What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? by The Vaccines



Copyright © 2005-2019 BestEverAlbums.com. All rights reserved.    Terms of Use  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Us  |   Advertising  |   RSS Feeds  |   Site Map