Beach Boys, ThePet Sounds
Posted 29 October 2003 - 05:37 PM
The Beach Boys
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, the 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 that 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" 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. The 1990 CD reissue added a few interesting but inessential outtakes, and a 1999 reissue added a new stereo version of the entire album to the original mono program.
Yes quite a classic album Pet Sounds was. On a side note though. When Pet Sounds came out it was obviously at the top of the charts. Paul McCartney to this day still says that "God Only Knows" is still one of his favorite songs. Also when it came out he was shocked and knew the beatles had to match up to that and then they made Srgt. Peppers.
Wouldn't It Be Nice
You Still Believe in Me
That's Not Me
I'm Waiting for the Day
Let's Go Away for Awhile
Sloop John B.
God Only Knows
I Know There's an Answer
I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
Hang on to Your Ego
Sources-some help from Allmusic.com
Posted 07 October 2004 - 04:48 PM
And whoever has the Eddie Vedder signature is damn right. Le Vedder est God!
Yes, Smile has been finished and polished with Brian's approval.
Not quite. He was motivated by Rubber Soul to compose more expansive material. By the time he heard Revolver he decided to come up with the best he could possibly do. The result was Pet Sounds. When he heard Sgt Peppers he was crushed somewhat when he realised that there was no point in competeing with The Beatles (his words, not mine).
My favs on this album are Caroline No and You Still Believe In Me.
Actually, it didn't chart very well at all, confirming the record company's fear that this album was too far from the mainstream to be successful. Within months Capitol issued a compilation album of previous hits which soared to the top of the charts. Always a bit of a "closet classic", Pet Sounds is these days held in it's rightful high esteem!
Posted 12 November 2004 - 08:57 AM
What did you feed the poor, wretched Skinny Puppy?
Posted 12 November 2004 - 08:52 PM
'Sloop John B' may sound stupid cauz of it's vocals, but it's always been a fav of
mine as the melody is amazing, and it's a sentimental one for me. Class album
Posted 13 November 2004 - 01:30 AM
Maybe it will require some listenings with my old folks amongst some fist fights, then it just might catch on.
What did you feed the poor, wretched Skinny Puppy?
Posted 16 November 2004 - 02:03 AM
It was a staple of their early shows, but it was never intended for inclusion on Pet Sounds. It was actually Al Jardine who came up with a new arrangement and suggested it to Brian Wilson as a sort of "tribute" to their past. He agreed and then Captitol Records, quivering in their boots over marketing such an uncommercial album, decided to release it as a single.
It illustrates Capitol's complete lack of faith in their artists and utter ignorance of music in general that they relegated the immensely likeable "Wouldn't It Be Nice" to the B-side of "God Only Knows" when it could have been a stand alone smash hit in it's own right.
Record companies... bah!
Posted 16 November 2004 - 10:25 PM
The way things are going, they'll be obsolete in the near future, and that may be the reason why they look so desperate over the copyrights issue.
But meanwhile, they still dare to try to sell us the same album three times. Pet Sounds is now available in it's remasterised version 5.0 (live & studio)
Posted 28 June 2005 - 05:05 AM
Posted 03 July 2005 - 01:18 PM
cecil stick with the story! (CYHSY)
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