The Pet Sounds Sessions

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There's little arguing that Pet Sounds is one of the greatest albums in rock & roll, and its cult, if anything, has only grown in the decades since its intial release. Part of the fascination with Pet Sounds lies in its detailed, multi-layered arrangements, in which all the parts blend together into a symphonic whole. The richness of the music is one of the reasons hardcore fans have desired a set like The Pet Sounds Sessions, a four-disc box that presents an abundance of working mixes, alternate takes, instrumental tracks, and rarities, as well as the first true stereo mix of the album. Certainly, a set this exacting is only of interest to serious fans, and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There's little arguing that Pet Sounds is one of the greatest albums in rock & roll, and its cult, if anything, has only grown in the decades since its intial release. Part of the fascination with Pet Sounds lies in its detailed, multi-layered arrangements, in which all the parts blend together into a symphonic whole. The richness of the music is one of the reasons hardcore fans have desired a set like The Pet Sounds Sessions, a four-disc box that presents an abundance of working mixes, alternate takes, instrumental tracks, and rarities, as well as the first true stereo mix of the album. Certainly, a set this exacting is only of interest to serious fans, and even they might find the endless succession of work tracks tedious. Nevertheless, there's something fascinating about hearing the album broken down to its individual parts; after hearing horn lines, vocals, and percussion tracks out of their original context, the scope and originality of Brian Wilson's vision becomes all the more impressive. Make no mistake about it, Pet Sounds is entirely Wilson's project, despite what Mike Love states in his self-serving liner notes. The original mono mix of Pet Sounds included here in a minature, cardboard record sleeve remains the best way to appreciate Wilson's gifts, but for fans already convinced of his genius, The Pet Sounds Sessions is a fascinating, educational listen, even if it's not necessarily indispensable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/1997
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724383766222
  • Catalog Number: 37662
  • Sales rank: 26,212

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wouldn't It Be Nice (2:33)
  2. 2 You Still Believe in Me (2:36)
  3. 3 That's Not Me (2:31)
  4. 4 Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) (2:58)
  5. 5 I'm Waiting for the Day (3:06)
  6. 6 Let's Go Away for Awhile (2:24)
  7. 7 Sloop John B (2:59)
  8. 8 God Only Knows (2:54)
  9. 9 I Know There's an Answer (3:18)
  10. 10 Here Today (3:07)
  11. 11 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (3:21)
  12. 12 Pet Sounds (2:37)
  13. 13 Caroline No (2:58)
  14. 14 Sloop John B (1:04)
  15. 15 Sloop John B (3:18)
  16. 16 Trombone Dixie (1:26)
  17. 17 Trombone Dixie (2:50)
  18. 18 Pet Sounds (0:57)
  19. 19 Pet Sounds (2:48)
  20. 20 Let's Go Away for Awhile (2:20)
  21. 21 Let's Go Away for Awhile (2:51)
  22. 22 Wouldn't It Be Nice (7:20)
  23. 23 Wouldn't It Be Nice (2:34)
  24. 24 Wouldn't It Be Nice - Brian Wilson (2:34)
  25. 25 You Still Believe in Me (1:39)
  26. 26 You Still Believe in Me (0:15)
  27. 27 You Still Believe in Me (1:11)
  28. 28 You Still Believe in Me (2:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Caroline No (4:16)
  2. 2 Caroline No (2:53)
  3. 3 Hang on to Your Ego (4:47)
  4. 4 Hang on to Your Ego (3:23)
  5. 5 Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) (2:20)
  6. 6 Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) (3:11)
  7. 7 Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) (1:48)
  8. 8 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (2:59)
  9. 9 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (3:47)
  10. 10 That's Not Me (1:52)
  11. 11 That's Not Me (2:46)
  12. 12 Good Vibrations (2:41)
  13. 13 Good Vibrations (3:15)
  14. 14 I'm Waiting for the Day (5:25)
  15. 15 I'm Waiting for the Day (3:14)
  16. 16 God Only Knows (9:25)
  17. 17 God Only Knows (3:06)
  18. 18 Here Today (6:37)
  19. 19 Here Today (4:55)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Wouldn't It Be Nice (2:37)
  2. 2 You Still Believe in Me (2:47)
  3. 3 That's Not Me (2:28)
  4. 4 Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) (3:07)
  5. 5 I'm Waiting for the Day (3:02)
  6. 6 Sloop John B (3:09)
  7. 7 God Only Knows (2:49)
  8. 8 I Know There's an Answer (2:19)
  9. 9 Here Today (3:29)
  10. 10 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (3:22)
  11. 11 Caroline No (1:54)
  12. 12 Caroline No (0:32)
  13. 13 Wouldn't It Be Nice (2:29)
  14. 14 You Still Believe in Me (2:23)
  15. 15 Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) (0:56)
  16. 16 I'm Waiting for the Day (3:02)
  17. 17 Sloop John B (3:05)
  18. 18 God Only Knows (2:49)
  19. 19 Hang on to Your Ego (3:13)
  20. 20 Here Today (3:07)
  21. 21 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (3:11)
  22. 22 Banana et Louie (0:05)
  23. 23 Caroline No (2:24)
  24. 24 Dog Barking Session (0:34)
  25. 25 Caroline No (0:28)
  26. 26 God Only Knows (2:56)
  27. 27 Wouldn't It Be Nice (2:28)
  28. 28 Sloop John B (3:04)
  29. 29 God Only Knows (2:42)
  30. 30 Caroline No (3:03)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Wouldn't It Be Nice (2:25)
  2. 2 You Still Believe in Me (2:35)
  3. 3 That's Not Me (2:30)
  4. 4 Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) (2:54)
  5. 5 I'm Waiting for the Day (3:06)
  6. 6 Let's Go Away for Awhile (2:21)
  7. 7 Sloop John B (3:00)
  8. 8 God Only Knows (2:53)
  9. 9 I Know There's an Answer (3:11)
  10. 10 Here Today (2:55)
  11. 11 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (3:15)
  12. 12 Pet Sounds (2:23)
  13. 13 Caroline No (2:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beach Boys Primary Artist
Glen Campbell Guitar
Brian Wilson Organ, Track Performer
Frank Capp Percussion, Timbales, Bells
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Barney Kessel Guitar
Don Randi Piano
Jerry Cole Guitar
Frank Marocco Accordion
Lyle Ritz Ukulele, String Bass
Julius Wechter Timbales, Bells, Vibes, finger cymbals, Latin Percussion
Mike Deasy Sr. Guitar
Billy Strange Guitar
Jim Gordon Percussion, Drums
Hal Blaine Drums, Temple Blocks
Arnold Belnick Violin
Chuck Berghofer String Bass
Norman Botnick Viola
Roy Caton Trumpet
Gary Coleman Bongos, Timbales
Al DeLory Piano, Harpsichord
Jesse Ehrlich Cello
Carl Fortina Accordion
Richard Frost Drums
James Getzoff Flute
Bill Green Flute, Bass Flute, Saxophone
Jim Horn Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Harry Hyams Viola
Carol Kaye Bass Guitar
Larry Knechtel Piano, Tack Piano
Leonard Malarsky Flute, Violin
Nick Martinis Drums
Lew McCreary Trombone
Mike Melvoin Harpsichord
Jay Migliori Flute, Saxophone
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Jack Nimitz Saxophone
Bill Pitman Guitar
Ray Pohlman Guitar, Bass Guitar
Jerome Reisler Flute
Joe Saxon Cello
Ralph Schaeffer Violin
Sid Sharp Violin
Paul Tanner Theremin
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Darrel Terwilliger Viola
Tibor Zelig Violin
Bill Kurasch Flute, Violin
Gail Martin Trombone
Justin DiTullio Cello
Al Casey Guitar
Jerry Williams Percussion
Ernie Tack Trombone
Technical Credits
Brian Wilson Composer
Mike Love Composer
Carol Kaye Contributor
Mark Linett Engineer, Stereo Mix Producer
Paul Tanner Contributor
Phil Sandhaus Contributor
David Leaf Liner Notes
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Geoff Gans Art Direction
Elliot Kendall Contributor
Devin Franchino Contributor, Editorial Coordinator
Traditional Composer
Tony Asher Composer
Alan Robinson Contributor
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