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Official version of Beach Boys' 'Smile' is released

Official version of Beach Boys' 'Smile' is released

"The Velvet Underground's first album only sold 10,000 copies," Brian Eno's famous quote posits, "but everyone who bought it formed a band."

The Beach Boys were never remotely in the same universe of rock hipsterdom that the Velvets have long occupied, but they may top Lou Reed and company in terms of a nexus for far-reaching musical impact: The Southern California group's endlessly mythologized "Smile" album was never commercially released until now, yet it created an indelible impression on successive generations of musicians in its wake.

Several "Smile" songs surfaced on subsequent Beach Boys albums, and significant chunks of the...

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