Well, we''ll have to stay "filmic": :;):
Glenn: The words are georgeous, aren't they?
Kevin: your observations about the differences between Smile and Yard are absolutely spot-on, and I had never realized that about Yard being operatic: that's quite a revelation for me. Isn't the cover on the LP beautiful? Like a still from a classic Japanese film. I disagree about Harris's voice, though I've heard that criticism since McCarthur Park: I always loved his sensitive singing, and CAMELOT is superb, but McCarthur, Didn't We and Yard are his best, I think. I do agree with you however that Tramp is not of a piece in the same way that Yard is: when I bought Tramp for my dad, we were both dissappointed. I'm so glad the Association turned McCarthur down: I liked their songs, but they were a pretty lame group: sort of a Republican rock group, the kind of group whch would have been comfortable playing in the Nixon White House. Coincidentally, I just watched them the other night in MONTEREY POP, and they are so bad! The film starts with them, in their little black accountant suits and ties, takes us through Butterfield, Bloomfield, Janis, Otis Redding, The Who, Hendrix burning his guitar, then: to a higher plane than all before, when it closes with a 20 minute raga performed by Ravi Shankar. What an amazing film! PENNEBAKER is so great! If all he ever gave us was "DON'T LOOK BACK" and "MONTEREY POP", he would still go down in history, but of course he has given us so much more.
Roger: I've often felt there was a similarity between those 2 American geniuses, Wilson and Welles. They both had very early success, they were both written off as creative forces after age 25, "Pet Sounds" is Wilson's "Citizen Kane", and "Smile" is his great lost unfinished masterpiece ( I am among those who still don't believe it is finished: rather, Darian and his engineer edited together the parts Wilson had completed before the project collapsed) just as "Ambersons" is Welles's great lost finished masterpiece. They both became very large and grew beards, and both became living American myths. Of course, being different generations meant Welles was more into wine, women, song and Shakespeare, and Wilson was more into cocaine, women, song and Spector.
But they are surely 2 of the greatest American natural geniuses, and both were/are auto-didacts: Welles never finished high school, and Wilson studied psychology in college, but for only half a term.