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In Their Own Words:
The Genesis of Smile

“Spector started the whole thing. He was the first one to use the studio. But I’ve gone beyond him now. I’m doing spiritual sound, a white spiritual sound. Religious music. Did you hear the Beatles album? Religious, right? That’s the whole movement. That’s where I’m going. It’s going to scare a lot of people. Yeah.”
- Brian Wilson (“Heroes And Villains” by Steven Gaines. 1986)

“I’m not a genius. I’m just a hard-working guy.”
-Brian Wilson (“The Beach Boys” by Byron Preiss. 1979)

"While we were on the road, I'd sit down and say I've got to write a song. Just got to. But that's over. Now I just wait for 'feels'. The strange thing is that they come more often, they get better and all of a sudden complexity has become a pleasant exercise."
– Brian Wilson (source and date?)

"Our next album will be better than 'Pet Sounds'. It will be an improvement over 'Sounds' as that was over 'Summer Days'."
– Brian Wilson (source and date?)

According to Van Dyke Parks, in 1966 the pre-Pepper Beatles...
"had gone to LA to listen to the eight-track Smile sessions, and what they were looking for is revealed on that album"
–Van Dyke Parks ("Dumb Angel: the Life and Music of Dennis Wilson" by Adam Webb, 2000)

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