>>60181735 Initially, everyone would've been baffled by SMiLE and it would've received lukewarm sales and mixed reviews. Fast forward a few decades, it would end up being praised as a masterpiece. Just like Pet Sounds.
>>60181735 I think it would've sold well but the reviews would have been polarizing. Some would hail it as a breakthrough masterpiece and others would be confused. Nevertheless, it would still have probably had as much influence, or greater than, Pet Sounds on musicians and songwriters.
From it's imaginary Wikipedia page: Originally scheduled for release in December 1966 or January 1967, Capitol Records continuously pushed back the release date and put considerable pressure on the Beach Boys, who were ultimately forced to abandon their planes for an independent record label. Capitol released “Here Today”, b/w “You Still Believe in Me” as a single in February 1967 to fill the gap. Smile was finally released on July 5, 1967, right as the band’s popularity and reputation in the US was slipping amidst the rise of the psychedelic era. The album initially polarized critics, with many celebrating it as an artistic triumph and Brian Wilson’s magnum opus, and others expressing confusion and labeling it as an unfocused waste of talent. Capitol’s rigorous promotion allowed it to reach number 1 on the Billboard album chart for five weeks, replacing the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and certified Platinum by the RIAA by the end of the decade. The success and acclaim of Smile gave the Beach Boys a reinvigorated popularity and artistic veneration, and an alternate version of “Heroes and Villains”, featuring elements from the rest of the album, was a top five hit. In 1968, Smile won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Today’ the album is considered one of the greatest and most important in pop music history. In 2004, it was ranked number 7 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
Paul McCartney would have committed suicide upon hearing it, causing the Beatles to fall apart. The White Album wouldn't have been recorded and the song Helter Skelter would have never existed which in turn means that the metal genre wouldn't exist today.
Brian Wilson had a dream, a vision. A vision of a world without metal. It's so sad that mental illness got the best of him and it never came true.
there was a fucking part of this beach boys documentary I was watching on youtube and I swear they said that Brian asked the label what they thought of the smile sessions so far. They said it was too weird/not what they wanted, Brian basically said "ok" then just went off the rails.
but I cant find where they said it again.
Im sure that part had a shot of the capitol records building
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