'The Smile Sessions' sees the remaining band members returning to the abandoned album
The Beach Boys are set to release their ‘lost’ album ‘Smile’ on October 31.
‘The Smile Sessions’ sees three of the surviving members of the band collaborating to release “an approximation of what was intended to be the completed” album, reports The Guardian.
Brian Wilson released his own version of the 1966/67 album in 2004, but this version of the album sees Wilson collaborating with Al Jardine and Mike Love to ‘polish’ the original session masters, which were abandoned 44 years ago.
The album will be available in double CD, double vinyl and a number of different boxsets. Four albums’ worth of bonus material, including demos, alternate takes, mixes and studio banter will accompany the long-awaited release.
Throughout his life Wilson has battled mental illness, including what was thought to be depression and bipolar disorder. It was rumoured that a major factor in his breakdown was the cancellation of the ambitious ‘Smile’.
Deadline reports that Oren Moverman, who was nominated for an Academy Award for The Messenger, is writing the screenplay. Moverman is also currently working on the biopic of Kurt Cobain for Universal and Working Title. No director or star is yet attached to the project.