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Pet Sounds

The Beach Boys Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
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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 - (bonus track)

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If you need some pointy-headed pundit to sell you on the merits of Pet Sounds, your money might be better spent on an ear specialist. Brian Wilson's gift to 20th-century music elevated this pop album into a beguiling musical and emotional cogency that still operates outside pop culture's fickle space-time continuum--and limited critical lexicon. There's never been another record to compare (Rubber Soul, its inspiration, is close; Sgt. Pepper's, its response, misses the point), and certainly no album has been as dissected, overanalyzed, and predigested for public consumption. In 1997 Capitol Records devoted an entire four-disc box set, The Pet Sounds Sessions, to its thorough deconstruction. The techno-marvel centerpiece of that project--the album's first true stereo mix, painstakingly conjured out of multitape session sources by producer-engineer Mark Linett (under Wilson's supervision)--was at once heresy and revelation. Now the label has gratifyingly seen fit to offer both mixes on a single disc (along with alternate versions of "Hang On to Your Ego," the original title of "I Know There's An Answer"), an idea that should please the orthodox and heretics alike. And while the album has always clearly been The Brian Wilson Show featuring the Beach Boys, David Leaf's concise new notes attempt to be more inclusive of a wider band perspective. The result (three of the five band members claim credit for the album title) sometimes resembles Rashomon. If Pet Sounds forever crystallized the band's various creative (in)differences, it also became Wilson's grand karmic joke on his band mates; its burgeoning reputation (Mojo magazine's panel of pop experts once elected it greatest album of all time) guaranteed they would sing its songs--and praises--until the end. And if putting two different versions of the same album on one disc seems like overkill, look at the bright side: it's a perfect excuse to listen to the glorious Pet Sounds twice. --Jerry McCulley

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BEACH BOYS Pet Sounds (2001 UK 14-track CD album - Released in 1966 Pet Sounds is rightly hailed as one of the most influential and iconic albums of all time frequently topping personal charts and lists; this extended edition comprises the 13-track classic album in both MONO and STEREO with the addition of the Bonus Recording Hang On To Your Ego complete with the picture booklet containing song credits and extensive sleevenotes)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Beach Boys album Jan. 5 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This usually makes the list of the top albums of all time, for good reason. You can't go wrong with this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pet Sounds Oct. 13 2013
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Probably the best Beach Boys album. So happy I could find a copy and very pleased with the quality of sound. Would recommend this for anyone who likes this band or any band with fabulous harmonies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Japanese Sept. 14 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great editions but please be aware that these are NOT Japanese editions. At the time I received mine were American versions of the original Japanese versions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic! May 16 2013
By eeyoore
Format:Audio CD
Greatest hits packs will have more songs the average fan will know but this disc has a more complete "album" feel and if someone wants that then this is the album to buy. It is hard to intelligently rank albums but this one will provide enjoyment forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars le meilleur album Oct. 18 2012
By richh70
Format:DVD Audio|Verified Purchase
la qualité audio est exceptionnelle et le nombre de formats est aussi intéressant pour l'écouter dans divers systèmes de son. On parvient également à entendre de nombreux sons qu'on pouvait avant à peine percevoir. C'est merveilleux d'écouter chaque titre en découvrant toute la musique et les voix reproduitent de cette façon.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By M
Format:Audio CD
First of all, I would like to preface that I am a big fan of this record, and to this day am absolutely blown away by Brian Wilson's innovative production and profound songwriting. The music is wonderful, no band ever did harmonies better than the Beach Boys. The gulf between their early "fun in the sun" recordings and this masterpiece is a wide, deep chasm.
I will not dwell on the technical merits of this album, although there are many, and will only pinpoint a few songs. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" is a powerful, instantly addictive album opener, "Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)" is a dreamy piece with exceptionally moving and beautiful lyrics. And "God Only Knows" is, well...enough said - the subtle instrumental layers behind the chorus tantalize the listener until the harmonies kick in at the end in a marvelous climax.
What is disturbing to me is this strange glorification of "Pet Sounds" as the BEST album of all time. It all apparently stems from this major competition between the Beatles and the Beach Boys in the mid-60s. Still, I find it absurd and close to infuriating when the Amazon reviewer dares to characterize "Sgt. Pepper" as "missing the mark." Since when do bands make records to please music pundits' dogmatic characterizations? Should we judge every album based on how close it comes to the "perfection" of "Pet Sounds"? Of course not.
The main reason why I think "Pet Sounds" can never be the greatest album of all time is that both Brian Wilson and the staunch defenders of the album continue to reference the Beatles.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pure pleasure! Dec 17 2009
Format:Audio CD
When I think back at those times, I realize how creative Brian Wilson was and still is!!! It will always amaze me!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Wilson's Greatest Accomplishment July 6 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is Brian Wilsons best work. I have had this album on vynil, cassette and finally CD. It is as fresh sounding and relevant today as it was almost 40 years ago.

Although people like Mike Love are trying to take credit for some of his work, this is definitely an all out effort by Brian to surpass the other great albums of the time (Beatles Rubber Soul etc.). He put all his creative energy into this album and when it was finished, he seemed to just run out of steam and was never able to duplicate this body of work. Smile is a great album, but it pales in comparison to this.

It is a matter of personal taste on which album is the best of all time, but in my view this is it.
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