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Van Dyke Parks with Brian Wilson, ca. 1960s
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Beach Boys

by Charlie Finch

In December of 1966, I opened my copy of the Brit music newspaper Melody Maker, and espied a whimsical picture of a corner store selling pop images of smiles. The ad copy read, "coming in January the new Beach Boys' album Smile." Last week, 45 years later, I walked over to Norman Isaacs' music store near Cooper Union and finally bought the album, now a two CD set, dubbed The Smile Sessions, from Capitol Records.


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