SMiLE Sessions News From Engineer Mark Linett
ICON FETCH "I [Tony Peters] just talked with Beach Boys' engineer Mark Linett for my Icon Fetch show. He mentioned that the LP version will have an entire album side of rarities exclusive to the vinyl. And, from what I understand, the 45 included in the deluxe edition will be unique as well. I asked him if the deluxe edition was essentially everything - he said that they started with roughly seven CDs worth of material and whittled it down to five. He also touches on several myths - including whether Paul McCartney was actually at the 'Vega-Tables' session, and whether Brian Wilson actually destroyed the session tapes for the 'Fire' sequence. We'll be posted the Mark Linett interview is a week or so...stay tuned. ONE MORE THING - Mark agreed to come back on the show once the SMiLE sessions box is actually in stores to answer any other questions people might have. You can leave those on my website, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll pass them along to him. --Tony [Peters]"
An earlier ICON FETCH blog post further discussed the up-coming SMiLE Sessions box-set: "The fine folks at Capitol Records / EMI Music Group have been kind enough to give me a preview copy of the forthcoming “SMiLE Sessions” from the Beach Boys. Understand that this is the Holy Grail of unreleased music; the most famous album never released – until now. Heavily bootlegged, countless inferior copies have traded hands for years. I've setup an interview with one of the guys who put this new set together, Mark Linett, and I hope to be able to talk with other important people who were involved in the making of SMILE. Over the next month or so, I’ll also be blogging about the set – what’s included, what was omitted, sound quality, sequencing, you name it. With a release that’s 45 years in the making – let’s not make any snap judgments, shall we?"