I think that one of the most significant things about the 5 disc package is that, above and beyond the newly constructed album assembly that’s the centerpiece of all of the configurations of the SMILE SESSIONS, with the big box you really do get a sense of the creative process behind the music… a chance to be a “fly on the wall” at the sessions and hear the music evolve as Brian works with the musicians, and especially, hearing the Beach Boys themselves working on those vocal parts.  And not only that, but the package itself is truly amazing… the 3D box that Tom Recchion designed, where he managed to make that iconic “Smile Shop” somehow…. real.  And for anyone even remotely interested in SMILE and the creative process behind that music, the book that Mark London and Melinda Wilson put together is an essential part of the whole SMILE SESSIONS “experience.” Between the photos, the graphics, the showcase for Frank Holmes’ artwork, the various essays, and the dizzyingly detailed sessionography that Craig Slowinski compiled, it’s beyond impressive.  I know I’m starting to sound like I’m just spouting promotional copy here, but I can’t help it.  I am really proud to have been a part of this project.]

‘Never before released original 1966-’67 album sessions box set includes: Five CDs / Two LPs / Two 7” singles; a 60-page case bound book featuring liner notes, timeline,
sessionography, lyrics, Frank Holmes drawings, producer’s notes and more than 60 previously unreleased photos; a six-panel folder holding five CDs and singles. Seven inch versions of Heroes and Villians and Vega-Tables; a Gatefold double LP. Also features full tracklisting of proposed unfinished album plus stereo mixes and session highlights; 12” x 12” booklet created for original release features photos by Guy Webster and Frank Holmes drawings; 24” x 36” poster of Frank Holmes cover art.’