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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 ...
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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/1999
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724352124121
  • Catalog Number: 21241

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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 Sr. 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
Al 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
Al 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
Al 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
Joe Gastwirt Remastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    1960's Best Album

    There are great arrangments of these classic songs to make it a great album. The use of sound effects, pre-synthizer days is awsome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A slice of pop music heaven

    This is the "Citizen Kane" of popular music. Inspired by what he heared on "Rubber Soul", Brian Wilson set out over the next few months to create what he called the album of all time. To this day, many a serious pop music fan believes that that is exactly what he accomplished. "Pet Sounds" is the only album that ever really made the Beatles shake in their boots, and it's not hard to see why. The melodies, vocal harmonies, and production are all perfect. The album has a "coming of age" theme; ironically this is one of the albums where rock music came of age. It doesn't matter if you're hearing it for the first time or the thousandth time - "Pet Sounds" is stunning in its beauty and perfect execution. To think Brian Wilson once said, "I'm not a genius. I'm just a hard-working guy." Humble and modest are not even the words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Arguably the greatest album of all time

    I ignored 'Pet Sounds' for years and I did so at my own peril. Sure I knew the hits "God Only Knows" and "Wouldn't it Be Nice" but only until 1990 did I actually buy and hear 'Pet Sounds' on that year's re-issue ... then in 1999, got the 'stereo/mono' edition. Paul McCartney is right - it is the album of all time! Quite possibly better than any Beatles album, certainly the best music Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys ever committed to record. (Not to mention the "Good Vibrations" single which started life during the 'Pet Sounds' session.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The greatest rock album of the 60s and 70s

    The Beach Boys have made so many wonderful songs and harmonies but this album is by far one of the greatest albums I have ever listend to. I'm only 13 but I think almost anyone can relate to the ups and downs of this album. I listend to this album, The Beach Boys American rock group, known for their fantastic vocal harmonies and their songs where mainly about cars chics and surfing in the California sun. The band was formed in 1961 by three brothers from Hawthorne, California- Carl, Brian and Dennis Wilson- and their best friend, Al Jardine. The Beach Boys had a run of hit songs during the mid-1960s, incuding "I Get Around" (1964), "Help Me, Rhonda" (1965), and "California Girls" (1965). The team of California adolescence had made history in the 60s and 70s and helped define a style surf music as one of the best music of oldies... The songwriter and producer, Brian Wilson gave the group it's great melody. In late 1964 he suffered a nervous preasure and starded to go crazy and decided to quit performing. He also admited by an ambition to outdo the Beatles, Brian Wilson produced Pet Sounds, a deeply original album. Though it never received commercial success I believe it truly was a group masterpiece and one of the greatest records in history. Wilson grew more stressed and preasured from publicity over the cource of time and eventually had to quit his recording. In my opinion they where exquisitly a nostalgia group. Brian's controversial therapist helped him alot sence his breack down and has given him a home in California with his freinds and drowned off the california coast- In 1988, Brian released a solo album, Brian Wilson, which didnt do well whith the public. That same year, the Beach Boys had recieved notice that they had made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and, without Brian's participation, made a hit song with their novelty song "Kokomo," from the soundtrack of "Cocktail" the motion picture in 1988.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beach Boys Masterpiece

    I originally bought the album in 1966 and repurchased it 2 more times as I wore the vinyl out. (The only album I ever repurchased) When I bought a CD player, this was my first purchase. The music certainly connects with my life, the ups and downs of relationships. Brian Wilson's songs are very spiritual and the Beach Boys vocals are the best of their career. The one CD I would want on a deserted Island. Highest possible recommendation!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album But Let's Not Over-Rate It...

    Obviously, to anyone who has ears, Pet Sounds is an aural masterpiece. Its uncanny music remains as forward-thinking and challengingly, heart-breakingly beautiful as it was in 1966. However, from the point of view of lyrical significance and cultural insight, it is what it is: a near-symphonic portrait of teenage angst, insecurity, and emotional immaturity. Which is not to denigrate it; only to accurately describe it. As forward-looking as the celestial music of Brian Wilson is, lyrically and emotionally it is pure, often mawkishly self-indulgent nostalgia. Pretty nostalgia but nostalgia all the same. That said, Wilson's achievement as a composer/producer is almost without equal in 20th century music...and I mean ALL music, pop or otherwise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pet Sounds excels!

    A must have classic. It is interesting to listen to this album and also listen to the Beatles' Rubber Soul and Sgt. Pepper's in between to hear how the beatles and beach boys built upon one anothers great works. Every track is a classic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Masterpiece

    This is one of the best classical rock albums. It is just an adventure with great taste.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    historically significant

    ahead of its time musically for the pop market -- now a period piece -- a lesson in low budget mixing -- well documented

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pet Sounds, the defining achievement in rock.

    Pet Sounds is quite simply the most brilliant rock album ever made. This goes for everything, including songwriting, production, execution, and the sheer sound of it all. Every single cut is finely crafted, and the singing and harmonizing are the most beautiful ever. The subject matter of the songs were far deeper than anything being done at the time (''I Just Wasn't Made For These Times'') and the complexity of the music has never been equaled. It was the first concept album, and it turned rock into art. Many people have called the album a downer, and, although all of the songs are extremely serious, some of them melancholic, there are many different moods and beats on the album, keeping it from becoming the least bit stale at any moment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    10 Stars Would Have Been Better

    This is the greatest album ever made, bar none. Despite what people want to say about the Beatles' work, all their 'Rubber Soul' influence on Brian Wilson or their 'Sgt.Pepper' answers, the Beatles can not touch this fusion of genius, maturity, vocal perfection and musical landmarks. Every track is absolutely perfect. It is much more of a concept album than the Beatles' work. If you think about it, it tells the classic story of any teenage break-up. It starts out happy, with the boy telling the girl ''Wouldn't It Be Nice'' if they could be married. By track 8 ''God Only Knows'' he is obsessed over her and realizes he is finally maturing. In track 9 ''I Know There's An Answer'' she is having doubts with the relationship. She dumps him in track 10 ''Here Today.'' Tracks 11-13 are pure agony, the boy wishing he was never born, his existence pointless and meaningless. To understand this, however, you have to understand Brian's background. In middle school, he had the enormous crush on a particular young woman, Caroline Mountain. She wouldn't give him the time of day. He really grew up from this experience. He reflected from that time in his life up to 1966 in the album, realizing he was still a young man but felt he had lived a dozen lifetimes. Everything about this album is a big YES, despite its depressing lyrics and content. For those who are capable of understanding music on a whole other level, you probably already own this album. If you don't, buy it, and fill the major void in your CD collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'AMAZING SOUNDS'

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Immeasurable Historical Significance...

    ...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... ...as 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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