1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions (2017)
1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow is a compilation album recorded by American rock band the Beach Boys and released by Capitol Records on June 30, 2017. It consists of previously unreleased tracks largely stemming from the group's 1967 album Wild Honey. Included is the album's first ever complete stereo mix, various live renditions of its songs, outtakes, session highlights, and additional material sourced from Smiley Smile (1967) and the unreleased live effort Lei'd in Hawaii, both of which immediately preceded the Wild Honey sessions.
On December 8, 2017, the compilation was followed with two digital-exclusive releases: 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions and 1967 – Live Sunshine. They include more than 100 tracks that were left off the first compilation.
The album, which focuses on the Beach Boys' post-Smile 1967 recordings, includes a new stereo mix of Wild Honey produced by compilers Mark Linett and Alan Boyd. The mix was also made available as a separate vinyl release. The title derives from the Wild Honey track "Let the Wind Blow", which contains the couplet "take away their sorrows, give them sunshine tomorrow".
AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that the album "feels like a gift: it bolsters the argument that the period following Pet Sounds and Smile was no less creative than that golden age. ... Wild Honey appropriately takes center stage on this project, with a vivid new stereo mix."Pitchfork's said that it "finds them firing in all creative directions at once for a brief, beautiful moment just as their wave started to recede. ... the magic of Sunshine Tomorrow is that the Beach Boys are all of these at once: chaotic and relaxed, naive and sophisticated, pop-oriented and intimate. Brian is both present and slipping away." Music journalist Tim Sommer believed the new stereo mix transformed Wild Honey from a "flat and peculiar ... afterthought of Smiley Smile" to a "deep and delightful, human, rollicking, humming and rolling [album]."
Paste's Robert Ham surmised that the "objective, it seems, is to inspire a collective reappraisal of a period in the band’s career when they were still respected critically and beloved commercially, but struggling creatively ... 1967 succeeds in that humble goal but just barely." Steve Marinucci from AXS characterized the original albums as "confusing", and that "there's little here to recommend to casual listeners, though certainly Beach Boys diehards will be attracted to it."