Atlanta SMiLE Gathering

Circle Sky Records and EAR CANDY are proud to present the ATLANTA SMiLE GATHERING.

With the great news that mythical SMiLE album will finally be heard live played by Brian Wilson in 2004, we are throwing a little shindig for Atlanta area SMiLE enthusiasts. The Atlanta Smile Gathering will be an informal get-together of SMiLE fans on Saturday, November 8th from 1 pm until…whenever. It will be a chance to chat about SMiLE, there will be SMiLE trivia, SMiLE-related videos and of course SMiLE MUSIC! Plus, there will be lots of SMiLE-related giveaways. And best of all, it's FREE!

Circle Sky Records is open:
Monday - Saturday: 11am - 7 pm and
Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

3633E Chamblee-Tucker Rd. Atlanta, Ga. 30341
I-285 and Chamblee-Tucker Road (outside perimeter)
Located at the Embry Village Shopping Center - Corner of Henderson Mill Rd. - Across from Goodyear (Next to MO-JOE's)

Email us at:
Or give us a call! (770) 491-2100

Or Email EAR CANDY at:

For more information, go to the Circle Sky website at:

"What to expect?"

I've had a couple of questions posed to me regarding the upcoming Atlanta SMiLE Gathering, so I'd better try and clarify exactly what we will be doing...

When I first set up the ASG with Circle Sky, I really had NO plan. I just know that I wanted to keep it informal. That's why I called it "gathering" instead of "convention". "Gathering" is meant to infer that if all else fails, I could just sit around with other area SMiLE-heads, listen to SMiLE music, watch SMiLE-related videos and chat with some like-minded folks about...what else, but SMiLE?!

It will NOT be a "SMiLE Convention" because there is no structure of the said conventions:

  1. There will be NO guest speakers...sorry, but there will be no personal appearances of Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, or even Mike Love himself (although that would really be a mind-blower for a question/answer session!)
  2. There will be NO SMiLE cover band...besides the best band to do this (Wondermints) are quite busy right now!
  3. Most importantly, there will be NO admittance fee.

So, with all this in mind, the ASG will be a success if even just 2 people show up and have fun.

And yes, we will have some 'give-a ways' that are SMiLE related. Some of the prizes include:

  1. Copies of PROJECT SMiLE, version 1.2 (the newest copy)
  2. CD copies of "SMiLE" (I finally got off my ass and compiled my first 'new' SMiLE line-up in about 3 years!)
  3. Full size cover slicks of the famous SMiLE album cover.
  4. Copies of a SMiLE Video compilation. This features the SMiLE segments from: THE BEACH BOYS-AN AMERICAN BAND, A&E BIO-BRIAN WILSON and BEACH BOYS-ENDLESS HARMONY.

These will be given away during the day in random drawings (no purchase necessary to win, but you must be present during the drawings to win).

We must now take pause to discuss all legal disclaimers at this time. I'm sorry for this annoying distraction, but it our oft-weary world, this is a necessary evil! You know what I'm talking about...everytime you get in a discussion about bootleg recordings, an anal distracter raises the nasty head of `legality'. Well, since I am not charging ANY money for this "event" or the "prizes", I am therefore avoiding any and all, intended or not intended, implied or not implied, expressed or not expressed, intentional or non- intentional, inferred or not inferred copyright infringement! Damn, now I have a bad case of legalese-mouth!

PROJECT SMiLE is covered - that is and has always been a "not for sale" endeavor. As for the Frank Holmes illustrations - although we are giving away some color copies of his album cover, we will be strongly advising people that they can get a BETTER copy by buying it from Frank Holmes himself! And for a very modest price, you can get your own copy (I did and have it proudly displayed in my home) and even have it autographed by Frank himself!

The following actions will NOT condoned at the Atlanta SMiLE Gathering:

  1. No, there will NOT be a reddi-whip eating contest (similar to the pie-eating contests of various county fairs).
  2. No, we will NOT be storming the established CD chain stores in a protest of solidarity to demand that SMiLE gets an official release (and the according TV news coverage that might result!)
  3. No, we will NOT be burning Mike Love in effigy, nor will we deface any image of Mr. Love.

The following actions ARE condoned and expected at the Atlanta SMiLE Gathering:

  1. Watching SMiLE-related videos (The Beach Boys-An American Band, A&E Bio-Brian Wilson, Endless Harmony)
  2. Discussion and debate of all things SMiLE-related.
  3. We've already had a couple of Beach Boys fans promise to bring some interesting things, so there will be surprises!
  4. And of course, the music of SMiLE! We will have a virtual plethora of sonic psychedelic pleasures by Mr. Wilson including: The Vigotone bootleg, Heroes & Vibrations, SOT (vols 16, 17, 18), Archeology, both Smile Shop collections and many, many more! We will also have 3 SMiLE radio specials: A BBC radio special, the Domenic Priore radio special and the recent Dutch Radio Smile special.

Hopefully this extended tome with help answer all questions related to the upcoming ASG. If not, drop us a line. We will do our best to answer your questions and of course take any suggestions.

Finally, in the immortal words of Mr. Wilson..."you're welcome to come!"