Everything We Know About The 'Lost' Beach Boys Masterpiece 'Smile'

By Jacob Shelton
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys poses for a portrait in 1968 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

One of the great long lost albums of the 20th century is Smile by the Beach Boys, a psychedelic adventure that seeks to encapsulate the journey from youth to adulthood that Brian Wilson called a "teenage symphony to God.” Songs from Wilson’s fraught “Smile” sessions have popped on various Beach Boys album, specifically “Surf’s Up” and “Wild Honey,” but the original version of the album is considered to be lost - or at the very least it’s never going to be released.