Is this record worth a spin? Should I buy it? Will it add to or detract
from my credibility? Should I care?
I wish someone could break it down for me.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Beach Boys- Cabin Essence Single

This single comes in anticipation of the official release of the original Smile sessions later this year. Both of the songs on this single appeared on the original Smile sessions. It's a little confusing for the average music fan because Brian Wilson re-recorded all of the Smile sessions music in 2004 and released a "new" Smile record, and bootleg versions of the original, in various forms, have been circulating around for years. The single "Cabinessence" and "Whistle In" appeared on the albums 20/20 and Smiley Smile, respectively. The "Whistle In" b-side on this single is actually the song "Wonderful" which also appeared on Smiley Smile, along with the original version of "Whistle In". I know, it gets really confusing. Anyway, the Smile record has always been the Holy Grail for Beach Boys fans, myself included. It's an epic piece of music that's inspired equally epic tales of band meltdowns and personal breakdowns. "Good Vibrations" was also born out of the Smile sessions. For any fan that knows the Beach Boys primarily through their early surf music period, "Help Me Rhonda", "Little Deuce Coupe", "I Get Around", "Barbara Ann", I strongly encourage you to look into some of their later work, filled with beautiful, intriguing song-writing, humor, and artistic rhapsody. Sunflower, Wild Honey, Holland, and Friends immediately come to mind.

Buy this record if you want to balance your good looks with a winning personality.



  1. The song Wonderful, on this single, was the first song we played when we brought our newborn daughter home from the hospital just over a year ago (one month after the original post was made here).

    Wonderful indeed!

  2. It is beautiful music, thanks for commenting!