If any of you are Beach Boy fiends, than you probably already know that the aborted Smile album, recorded from '66-'67, has been reconstructed, and released in multiple versions this past week. Yessir, step right up, from a two CD set, to a box set with 45s, LPs, CDs, a poster, book, and assorted geekaphilia. (There's also an ultra-useless, ultra-deluxe version that comes with a surfboard that'll set you back about $6K). All the blogs are drooling over it, but I couldn't find a one that include anything other than streaming samples. So, I figured I'd post a few Wondermints things up here because they've worked with Brian Wilson quite a bit in the past decade, notably as his touring band. Wondermint Darian Sahanaja worked particularly close with Wilson on his full album rerecording of Smile a few years ago (2004), and was brought in again as to help with the reconstruction of the original album from salvaged tapes and acetates. To the degree that Wilson has called on Sahanaja in recent years, it would seem that he is heir apparent to the orchestral pop throne.
Sahanaja with Brian Wilson
Here's just a couple Wondermints tracks I could run down, along with a link to their first 45, which is probably only of interest to Wondermints freaks that must have everything (their sound and studio mastery not quite fully developed).
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
The Wondermints - Tracy Hide mp3 at Crooks and Liars
The Wondermints - Sweetness mp3 at Electicity
Pain in the ass download:
The Wondermints - Proto-Pretty b/w Silly Place (via Rapidshare) at Willfully Obscure
The Wondermints - Shine On Me at YouTube
Brian Wilson with assorted Wondermints - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times (2002) at YouTube
Darian Sahanaja interview at Aquarium Drunkard Details about his role in the reconstruction of Smile
Darian Sahanaja at Wikipedia
The Wondermints at Wikipedia
Smile - LP entry at Wikipedia
Other Beach Boys related posts here