Good Vibrations (Mono)
Label: Capitol Records
When it became clear that Brian Wilson had all but abandoned his masterwork, Smile, his fellow Beach Boys regrouped and recorded Smiley Smile in its absence. Critics, upon the album's release in the fall of 1967, rejected it as a cheap substitution. Yet the music, an eccentric fusion of psychedelic pop, doo-wop nostalgia and homespun warmth, has aged really well. The anchors are well known: "Good Vibrations" and "Heroes and Villains." But it's the deeps cuts like "Fall Breaks and Back to Winter (Woody Woodpecker Symphony)," "Little Pad" and "She's Goin' Bald" that unleash the real weirdness.