Offered for sale is an original 1967 mono pressing of Smiley Smile by the Beach Boys.
About this copy: This copy of Smiley Smile is an original 1967 mono copy. The stereo pressings were issued in “fake” stereo, making the mono copies more desirable, though the mono pressings were deleted in 1968, making the mono pressings rather rare in comparison to the stereo issue.
The cover is VG, with slight wear, a punch hole, and a few staple holes in one corner.
The disc is VG++, with scuffs from the original paper inner sleeve.
A nice copy of a record that’s quite hard to find in mono.
Background: Smiley Smile was the album that the Beach Boys released instead of the much-anticipated Smile album, which was never completed during the 1960s.
While Smiley Smile did include the hits “Good Vibrations” and “Heroes and Villains,” those singles were released long before the album, and were old news by the time the album hit the shelves. As a result, Smiley Smile only reached #41 on the American album charts.
After the much-discussed, uncompleted Smile project — which was supposed to take the innovations of Pet Sounds to even grander heights — collapsed, the Beach Boys released Smiley Smile in its place. …Heard now, outside of such unrealistic expectations, it’s a rather nifty, if rather slight, effort that’s plenty weird — in fact, it’s often downright goofy — despite Brian Wilson’s retreat from both avant pop and active leadership of the group. … The standouts, nonetheless, were two then-recent hit singles in which Brian Wilson’s ambitions were still intact: the inscrutable mini-opera “Heroes and Villains,” and the number one hit “Good Vibrations,” one of the few occasions where the group managed to be recklessly experimental and massively commercial at the same time.
You can listen to “Heroes and Villains” here: