Pet Sounds

Pet Sounds

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by The Beach Boys

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The Beatles adored it, and the Rolling Stones took out an ad in the British music papers urging everybody to buy it: Pet Sounds is not only the Beach Boys' best album but also one of the undisputed classics of the '60s. Written (save for an adaptation of the old folk song "Sloop John B.") by head Beach Boy Brian Wilson and a young


The Beatles adored it, and the Rolling Stones took out an ad in the British music papers urging everybody to buy it: Pet Sounds is not only the Beach Boys' best album but also one of the undisputed classics of the '60s. Written (save for an adaptation of the old folk song "Sloop John B.") by head Beach Boy Brian Wilson and a young advertising copywriter named Tony Asher, the album is a melancholy meditation on adulthood, desire, and failed romance. Featuring stunning melodies ("God Only Knows"), intricate vocal arrangements ("Wouldn't It Be Nice"), and innovative instrumentals ("Let's Go Away for Awhile"), Pet Sounds was, in 1966, also a staggering technical accomplishment. Working the old-fashioned way -- that is, without the benefit of synthesizers and samplers -- Wilson created a rich, symphonic sound by blending multiple vocal tracks and conventional keyboards and guitars with harpsichords, flutes, and Hawaiian-tinged strings, then added a panoply of sound effects: bicycle bells, Coca-Cola cans, a Theremin, barking dogs. Although only a moderate hit upon its release, Pet Sounds has proved hugely influential over the years. In 1997 it was rereleased as a four-CD box set, including one disc of a never-before-heard stereo mix. The 1999 reissue marks the first release of the stereo version (plus the mono original) on a single CD. Bottom line: A masterpiece.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The best Beach Boys album, and one of the best of the 1960s. The group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and production, layering tracks upon tracks of vocals and instruments to create a richly symphonic sound. Conventional keyboards and guitars were combined with exotic touches of orchestrated strings, bicycle bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, theremin, Hawaiian-sounding string instruments, Coca-Cola cans, barking dogs, and more. It wouldn't have been a classic without great songs, and this has some of the group's most stunning melodies, as well as lyrical themes which evoke both the intensity of newly born love affairs and the disappointment of failed romance (add in some general statements about loss of innocence and modern-day confusion as well). The spiritual quality of the material is enhanced by some of the most gorgeous upper-register male vocals (especially by Brian and Carl Wilson) ever heard on a rock record. "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," "Caroline No," and "Sloop John B" (the last of which wasn't originally intended to go on the album) are the well-known hits, but equally worthy are such cuts as "You Still Believe in Me," "Don't Talk," "I Know There's an Answer," and "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times." It's often said that this is more of a Brian Wilson album than a Beach Boys recording (session musicians played most of the parts), but it should be noted that the harmonies are pure Beach Boys (and some of their best). Massively influential upon its release (although it was a relatively low seller compared to their previous LPs), it immediately vaunted the band into the top level of rock innovators among the intelligentsia, especially in Britain, where it was a much bigger hit.

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  1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
  2. You Still Believe in Me
  3. That's Not Me
  4. Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)
  5. I'm Waiting for the Day
  6. Let's Go Away for Awhile
  7. Sloop John B
  8. God Only Knows
  9. I Know There's an Answer
  10. Here Today
  11. I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
  12. Pet Sounds
  13. Caroline No
  14. Hang on to Your Ego
  15. Wouldn't It Be Nice
  16. You Still Believe in Me
  17. That's Not Me
  18. Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)
  19. I'm Waiting for the Day
  20. Let's Go Away for Awhile
  21. Sloop John B
  22. God Only Knows
  23. I Know There's an Answer
  24. Here Today
  25. I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
  26. Pet Sounds
  27. Caroline No

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beach Boys   Primary Artist
Glen Campbell   12-string Guitar
Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers   Clarinet,Flute,Percussion,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Paul Horn   Tenor Saxophone
Brian Wilson   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Frank Capp   Percussion,Glockenspiel,Bells,Timpani,Vibes
Plas Johnson   Flute,Percussion,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar,Mandolin
Don Randi   Piano
Jerry Cole   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Frank Marocco   Accordion
Lyle Ritz   Ukulele,String Bass
Julius Wechter   Percussion,Timpani,Vibes,Latin Percussion
Mike Deasy   Guitar
Bruce Johnston   Vocals
Mike Love   Vocals,Background Vocals
Terry Melcher   Tambourine,Vocals
Carl Wilson   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Strange   Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Jim Gordon   Percussion,Drums
Hal Blaine   Percussion,Bongos,Drums,Timpani
Arnold Belnick   Violin
Chuck Berghofer   String Bass
Bruce Botnick   Viola
Norman Botnick   Viola
Roy Caton   Trumpet,Saxophone
Gary Coleman   Bongos,Timpani
DeLory   Organ,Piano,Harpsichord,Tack Piano
Jesse Ehrlich   Cello
Carl Fortina   Accordion
James Getzoff   Violin
Jim Horn   Flute,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Hyams   Viola
Jules Jacob   Flute
Jardine   Vocals
Carol Kaye   Bass,Electric Bass
Larry Knechtel   Organ
William Kurash   Violin
Leonard Malarsky   Violin
Nick Martinis   Drums
Mike Melvoin   Harpsichord
Jay Migliori   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Jack Nimitz   Baritone Saxophone
Bill Pitman   Guitar
Ray Pohlman   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Jerome Reisler   Violin
Ralph Schaeffer   Violin
Sid Sharp   Violin
Paul Tanner   Theremin
Tommy Tedesco   Acoustic Guitar
Darrel Terwilliger   Viola
Dennis Wilson   Drums,Vocals
Tibor Zelig   Violin
Joseph DiFiore   Viola
Joseph Saxon   Cello
Mike Deasey   Guitar
Gail Martin   Trombone
Justin DiTullio   Cello
Leonard Hartman   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,English Horn
Glenn Ross Campbell   Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Bobby Klein   Tenor Saxophone
Casey   Guitar
Jay Migilori   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Steve Douglas   Saxophone
Jerry Williams   Percussion
Ritchie Frost   Percussion,Drums
William Kurasch   Violin
Ernie Tack   Bass Trombone
Alan Robinson   French Horn

Technical Credits

Brian Wilson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Author
Bruce Botnick   Engineer
Chuck Britz   Engineer
Dennis Diken   Contributor
Ron Furmanek   Contributor
Larry Levine   Engineer
Mark Linett   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Stereo Mix Producer,Track Mix
Ron McMaster   Remixing
Cheryl Pawelski   Executive Producer,Reissue Producer
Brad Benedict   Contributor
Larry Walsh   Track Mix
David Leaf   Liner Notes
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
George Jerman   Cover Photo
Lisa Reddick   Producer
Jim Elliott   Producer
Ralph Balantin   Engineer
Brad Elliott   Liner Notes
Michael Etchart   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Russ Wapensky   Sessionography
Tony Asher   Composer
Paul Atkinson   Executive Producer
H. Bowen David   Engineer

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Pet Sounds [Bonus Tracks] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the album that help the Beach Boys go from surf music to mainstream. The heavenly aura of this album is magnetic to the ears. This album had the high admiration of THE BEATLES and THE ROLLING STONES to name a few. What Brian Wilson created here has yet to be duplicated. This version features the classic mono and the modern stereo versions. 2 great treats in one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...simply put, this album marks the turning point altering the course of modern pop music, lifting the level of the craft to a high not yet surpassed over 30 years later... ...B. Wilson (Pet Sounds) inspires J. Lennon/P. McCartney (Sgt. Pepper) thereby further inspiring everything else that follows... beautiful and relevant today as it was in the mid 60's... ...where does Brian Wilson get his inspiration?... God Only Knows...
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