Brian Wilson's 'Smile' Live In Concert In this two-hour live recording, The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson plays his most ambitious album, Smile, at Carnegie Hall. Released almost four decades after its creation, the album has been reconstructed and reworked from original tapes and new recordings. Listen to songs from Smile, Beach Boys favorites, and excerpts from recording sessions in this Creator's at Carnegie special.
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Brian Wilson's 'Smile' Live In Concert

Listen to Hour 1: Warm-up Set and Background on 'Smile'

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Listen to Hour 2: Brian Wilson Performs 'Smile'

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In 1966, Brian Wilson began work on a follow-up to The Beach Boys' now-classic Pet Sounds. The album, called Smile, was to be his most ambitious undertaking yet, but before it could be completed, a tumultuous set of circumstances caused Wilson to abandon the project. Almost four decades later, the public is finally getting a chance to hear the most celebrated album never released.

In a two-hour Creators at Carnegie special, Brian Wilson sings songs from Smile, as well as other favorites from The Beach Boys' catalog.