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Pet Sounds

The Beach Boys Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 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 The most beautiful recording ever made. July 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
A glowing and impossibly warm sort of magic fills your soul as you listen to Pet Sounds, and amazing beauty seems to envelope you, embrace you. Pet Sounds is the sound of a man baring his soul, a beautiful sound that is fragile and innocent as well as hard and dissilusioned.
Brian Wilson grew up on Pet Sounds, and finally came into the genius for which he is now known. Gone are the endless references to surfing, cars, and superficial love. The lyrics here are deep and powerful, emotional on levels I never knew existed. The oppening song "Wouldn't it be Nice" is an incredibly passionate song of love, in which Wilson yearns for an affair he cannot have, because alas, he is to young. The song gets you caught up in the emotion and serves as a perfect template for the rest of the album.
Every song is also an instantly memorable classic. "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)" is tuneful and sweet, and has a magestic, lilting, chorus that always brings a smile to my face. "That's Not Me" tells the story of an innocent young man swept up by his hopes and dreams, and his eventual coming of age. "I Know There's An Answer" has an epic chorus line. "Caroline No" is a sweet and tragic story of the end of adolescent innocence and the harshness of the adult world.
But what truly makes Pet Sounds brilliant is the music. Every single song is a veritible symphony, with multitudes of instruments and notes that rise to castles in the sky. The music sets the tone perfectly. It is low and lamentful on the sadder songs, apologetic and hopeful on songs of regret, and uplifting and epic on songs of happiness. The music of Pet Sounds can sweep you up in overwelming emotions and take you on a journy through every passionate feeling there is. It's definatley a ride worth taking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get Over It July 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Few albums appear to provoke such strong feelings like Pet Sounds. Its placement atop Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Albums" list has received considerable praise; and resentment. To emphasize the point, look at this page, which is not so much a collection of "reviews" of the album as it is a message board for Pet Sounds/Beach Boys fans and critics. What a shame.
What is lost in the controversy and debate surrounding the "greatness" of the album, is the album itself. Pet Sounds is a beautiful, unique, and compelling work. That it was an innovative, influential album, praised by critics, fans, and musicians - like Paul McCartney - alike, is irrefutable. Is it THE second greatest album of all time? Who cares? Make up your own mind. Lists like that are only one group of people's opinions and are so subjective, to place much stock in them, much less get worked up over them, is foolish.
And, particularly you Beatles fans here, don't feel so threatened by the album or its "ranking." If Sir Paul isn't sweating the Beach Boys - why should you? I personally find the Beatles early music dull and simple, and the later stuff, contrived and pompous. But I do recognize their place in the annals of rockology. I'm certainly not going to make ridiculous, unfounded statements like, "George Martin actually composed their music," or "Sgt. Pepper is the most overrated album of all time."
If you are going to criticize the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson, at least get your facts straight. For the record, John had Paul, Paul had John, and they both had George Martin. Brian Wilson had Brian Wilson. He wrote and produced Beach Boys albums, like Pet Sounds, entirely by himself.
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There are numerous all-time BEST EVER ALBUM lists, and Pet Sounds routinely is at the very top. This album could in time become as a consensus list...the greatest for two reasons: 1.) The amazing variety of moods...instruments and voices/harmonies of each song...invoking powerful images one can relate to; 2.) Each song's arrangement is articulately done...again a tribute to Brain Wilson as the primary producer and arranger.
I find in this album each song is top-notch...overall compliment each other...the result comes as close as any song group to perfection. Each song's lyrics and music are brilliantly written and done. Because of this...I gravitate to every song as a favorite depending on my stage in life and/or perspective I'm in. Amazingly...this album quite possibly could have been even better...if the # 1 hit...GOOD VIBRATIONS and southern belle instrumental TROMBONE DIXIE were included as they were recorded at this time...the range of music would have further distanced it from the field. The beautiful and sophisticated GOOD VIBRATIONS is often listed as one of the top ten All-time Rock and Roll Songs and justifiably so...but TROBONE DIXIE I find as good as the instrumental title song PET SOUNDS while invoking a feeling of small town...southern dixie charm on a Sunday afternoon.
The songs in this album depict the many aspects of life we experience...and the related emotions/memories we go through. Brian was quoted as saying it was his tribute to LOVE! For me, it comes as close as any album to capturing the chapters of love...and our struggles with learning and applying it in life. For someone not familiar with the 1960's the sophistication is even more impressive for an album made way back in early 1966.
It is hard to say which Album is the best.
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Published 25 days ago by junssy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Beach Boys album
This usually makes the list of the top albums of all time, for good reason. You can't go wrong with this album.
Published 8 months ago by handsomepete
5.0 out of 5 stars Pet Sounds
Probably the best Beach Boys album. So happy I could find a copy and very pleased with the quality of sound. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tanya Beeler
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Japanese
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.
Published 12 months ago by mychadelic
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect album
One of the best albums ever recorded, this shows Brian Wilson genius. The lyrics are great, the singing is great and the instrumentation of each track is amazing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by KEvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic!
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. Read more
Published 16 months ago by eeyoore
5.0 out of 5 stars le meilleur album
la qualité audio est exceptionnelle et le nombre de formats est aussi intéressant pour l'écouter dans divers systèmes de son. Read more
Published 23 months ago by richh70
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
great price and quality it came right on time and i have thoroughly enjoyed it i would recommend this supplier to my friends
Published on Sept. 17 2011 by marie
5.0 out of 5 stars A pure pleasure!
When I think back at those times, I realize how creative Brian Wilson was and still is!!! It will always amaze me!
Published on Dec 17 2009 by N. Dominici
3.0 out of 5 stars The Biggest Dilemma Of All For Reviewers
I've always been deeply torn over "Pet Sounds". For decades it has been regarded as a foundational album in rock history, and to some degree I agree with this. Read more
Published on March 21 2009 by John Murray
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