March 13, 2011 14:34

The Beach Boys' lost album 'Smile' set for release 'this year'

Brian Wilson 'thrilled' that original recordings will finally get official release

The Beach Boys' lost album 'Smile' set for release 'this year'
The Beach Boys' lost album 'Smile' is set to be released after being shelved for 44 years.

The album, which was never completed by the band after fractious sessions in the 1960s, will be released by Capitol Records as 'The Smile Sessions', reports Billboard.com.

Three versions of the project are set to be released - a two-CD set, digital download and limited-edition boxed set.

The label hasn't given the project a specific release date, but has said it will be made available before the end of the year.

Band mainman Brian Wilson has said he is "thrilled" that the tracks will finally get an official release.

"I'm looking forward to this collection of the original recordings and having fans hear the beautiful angelic voices of the boys in a proper studio release," he commented.

Wilson released a newly-recorded solo album version of 'Smile' in 2004 and performed it live in the UK.

Last year it was reported that The Beach Boys would reform in 2011 for their 50th anniversary, although no dates have since been confirmed.

Founding guitarist Al Jardine said at the time that the band would "definitely" play "at least one show" this year.

Brian Wilson is due to play a UK solo tour in September.

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