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Book by Priore, Domenic

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  • PDF | 299 pages
  • Small Pr Distribution; Revised edition (February 1, 1997)
  • English
  • 7
  • Arts & Photography

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  • By Derrick Phillips on January 22, 2017

    This book is a pastiche of magazine articles, newspaper clippings, session sheets, essays, interviews, pictures, reviews, and other miscellany related to the beach Boys and their legendary unreleased (at the time of the book's publication) masterpiece Smile, and its modus operandi was to collect virtually all of the known writings about the album. It's not for the casual "Beach Boys' Greatest Hits" type of listener, but for hard core Beach Boys fans with a particular obsession with Smile, this book is a treasure trove. Due to the scrapbook format and frequently very small print (My 63-year-old eyes had to read much of it through my reading glasses AND a magnifying glass) with many of its 300 pages divided into 3,4, and sometimes even 5 columns, it's a daunting, but ultimately very rewarding read. Highlights include Jules Siegel's essay "Goodbye Surfing, Hello God" and a lengthy (18 pages, 3 columns per page) Crawdaddy interview with David Anderle who was there during many of the Smile sessions. There is some repetition in some of the pieces, and some of them are laid out in an overlapping fashion obscuring some of the text, and this is the reason for the less than 5-star rating. I would personally have preferred more pages and larger print. Finishing it was almost as major an accomplishment as finishing James Joyce's Ulysses, but it was ultimately well worth the effort. The book was compiled from the perspective of Smile being still unreleased, but is all the more enjoyable with the benefit of having heard the Smile Sessions (released in 2011). If you're a true fan(as in "fanatic"), I highly recommend this book.

  • By Walter Five on July 11, 2002

    I truly, really like this book. It collects hundreds of pieces of news items, press releases, magazine articles, reviews, interviews, and much more, all pertaining to the Beach Boys never-released legendary and apocryphal "Smile". If one has never heard "Smile" one might wonder what it is/was, and what's all the hoopla for in the first place?The BEST intro to the Smile Sessions is the fan-produced "Smile Store" Interactive CDR. Once you've played the hundreds of outtakes, and gone through the day-by-day recording chronology, THEN this book will become worth it's weight in gold. Either the Vigotone or Sea of Smiles Bootleg CDs will also serve as a worthy introduction. THEN buy this book. You'll never hear Good Vibrations the same way again! :-)

  • By Kevin Buchanan on May 29, 2003

    "Look, Listen, Vibrate, Smile" is an invaluable tool for fans of the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson, and the legendary lost album "SMiLE." With Brian Wilson finally presenting a finished "SMiLE" on tour in 2004, this book will be a great read for those just getting into it now."LLVS" is not without its problems. It's a bit out-of-date, with references to songs that were later disproved to be SMiLE songs. Most of the book is a collection of magazine and newspaper clippings from the SMiLE time period that had something to do with the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, and/or SMiLE, and none of it is organized. No table of contents, no chapters, no index, no organization at all. As a result, when you first start reading it, you can be massively overwhelmed by it all. Keep looking through it and you'll get it, but at first it's a confusing read. The other problem is with Domenic Priore's own writings, which are interspersed throughout in various places. The problem with them is that his theories about SMiLE being some grand, flowing piece with link tracks rather than an album with twelve or so distinct songs have largely been disproven.Still, the book catalogues more SMiLE info and writings in one place than any other resource. It's really a classic work for Beach Boys fanatics, and is still an indispensible tool for those wishing to learn about SMiLE. The few problems with it aren't enough to change the fact that it's still one of the best SMiLE resources ever created. Any Beach Boys or Brian Wilson fan with any interest in SMiLE, or for that matter anybody with an interest in great music, should own this book.


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