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2002 Pet Sounds Live Present Live

4.3 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (June 11 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000067OYY
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. SHOW INTRO
2. WOULDN'T IT BE NICE
3. YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME
4. THAT'S NOT ME
5. DON'T TALK (PUT YOUR HEAD ON MY SHOULDER)
6. I'M WAITING FOR THE DAY
7. LET'S GO AWAY FOR AWHILE
8. SLOOP JOHN B
9. GOD ONLY KNOWS
10. I KNOW THERE'S AN ANSWER
11. HERE TODAY
12. I JUST WASN'T MADE FOR THESE TIMES
13. Caroline, No

Product Description

Product Description

Japanese edition of 2002 album with two bonus tracks 'Meant For You' & 'Friends'.

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Rock music has rarely benefited from aging veterans revisiting their glory years in a live setting--witness Roger Waters's disastrous run through Pink Floyd classics on In the Flesh. But Brian Wilson is the exception, primarily because he has virtually remained the same wide-eyed pop fanatic he was in 1966, when he initially released his teenage symphony to God, Pet Sounds. The live version of the Beach Boys classic, recorded in January of 2002 at Wilson's four sold-out shows at London's Royal Festival Hall, hardly sounds like secondhand goods. Despite the potentially sacrilegious risks, Wilson's 10-piece touring band--which includes members of the Wondermints and the former Beach Boys session players--actually revitalizes the music with its reverential-but-contemporary verve, breathing new life into classics like "God Only Knows" and "Caroline, No." Chuck the CD cover aside and it merely sounds like you are listening to a newly remastered version of the real thing. --Aidin Vaziri

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Format: Audio CD
First, let's make one thing clear: the Royal Festival Hall shows at which this album was recorded were staggering. They were quite the most emotional musical experiences those present would have experienced. Grown men - myself among them - were crying. To hear those songs - not just the Pet Sounds material, but the Smile songs - performed by the man who wrote them, back from more than 20 years of staring over the abyss, was an astonishing experience. And Wilson's band were magnificent, rising to the occasion perfectly. Wilson himself, though fragile, was plainly on good form, and in an audience of the devout his own errors were viewed indulgently.
But this isn't a gig for the converted, it's a CD on general sale. And facts must be faced: those BW/Beach Boys fans who clog up Wilson's messageboard claiming he's in the best voice of his career are way, way, wide of the mark. His voice is tattered and frayed, straining and yearning. Given the intimacy of the concert hall, and the nature of the material, that can be a positive: it accentuates the melancholy at the heart of the material. On record, however, it sounds like a bloke who's really struggling to hit the notes and to enunciate the lyrics (and let's not forget, these songs weren't written to be performed straight through by Wilson. There were other singing Beach Boys). The backing is magnificent, and Wilson loyalists will probably love it, but this is not an album for people who just fancy hearing Pet Sounds. I've played it to them. And they laugh. "You're kidding," they say."This is meant to be classic?"
The problem is the fiercely protective unanimity that BW hardliners take: Brian is a genius (granted, though I'd perhaps apply the past tense), and everything he is involved with is, therefore, inestimably wonderful ...
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Format: Audio CD
Let me preface by saying that I was disappointed when I heard this album was going to be released. All it meant to me was that Mr. Wilson was going to release a second consecutive live album of old songs (with his fabulous new band) rather than a new studio album (with his fabulous new band).
But I own Live at the Roxy, and I saw Wilson live in the summer of 2001 with his fantastic band, and I was interested to hear what they would do with the Pet Sounds album. (While they performed Sloop John B., God Only Knows, Caroline, No, and a few others live when I saw them in St. Paul, MN, they didn't do several of the other gems from the album.)
So I ordered it from Amazon (blatant advertisement, I guess), and was allowed to listen to it immediately on streaming audio, thanks to a promotion they were running at the time.
The album is brilliant. The performances, except for Wilson's own, are flawless. The Wondermints and the rest of the group are simply magical vocally and instrumentally. And while Wilson has lost a lot, his voice is better here than it has been in about a decade.
The highlights? You already know the album. You know the songs. There are no revelations here -- the songs are the same songs that made this one of the most important albums of all time almost four decades ago. Perhaps the best compliment a person can make to the group is that they didn't lose anything from the original -- the Wondermints aren't simply the world's best karaoke act (as some reviewers have called them), but a sympathetic and exhuberant live act.
My ranking is based, not only on the performance (which is 5 stars all the way), but also on the choice to release this album. Wilson doesn't owe us anything, and it's great just to know he is alive at all, much less making music.
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The above should have been the title. Although yours truly is a big Brian Wison fan the reality is when you see or listen to a live show, it is his band that really stands out not him. After all that he has been thru it is amazing he can even perform live and has toured nonstop for 4 years so more power to him. As far as the cd his live performance of his great classic works best when the wondermints are highlighted. The instrumental classic title track is better than the original and the vocals backing Brian are quite good. As far as Mr Wilson he sometimes sounds like Bill Murray when he did his SNL lounge bit,but you know the fact that he performs live after all these years from being absent from the stage you gotta love the guy. The songs that work well on this cd in my opinion is GOD ONLY KNOWS,SLOOP JOHN B PET SOUNDS CAROLINE NO. With Brian nervous speaking intro's and saying thank you before the song ends maybe that could have been edited but I am contradicting myself cause when I have seen him live i get a kick out of him. I saw him live in nyc and the idea came to me that it would be a funny documentary following him around like ozzy. It would be an entertaining show and who knows,who thought the osbournes would be a hit. Anyway buy the Cd. I give it 3 stars
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I had the privilege of attending the intimate kick-off of Brian's Pet Sounds Symphony tour back in Y2K, which was held on the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border, then again at the PNC Arts centre later that summer in Holmdale, NJ. For a lifelong BB/BW fan, what a treat. The musical arrangements of the original studio tracks are excellent, and Brian's voice -- singing sometimes perfectly, sometimes adequately -- brings the lyrics new meaning as we hear a world-weary 60 y.o. sing with poignancy and longing, compared to the angst-ridden but angelic falsetto of a post-adolescent heartbreaker.BUY THIS CD. Three of this man's four most recent albums have been live, and for a notoriously stagefrightened and reclusive performer, that in itself is awesome.However, this album missed 5 stars for three reasons: first, I'd've like to have seen Brian by himself, feeding a goat or something at the San Diego (or London) Zoo, reprising the original cover; second, although the impressive & razor-sharp band did wonderfully, this album lacks the power (especially horns & cellos) of a full symphony orchestra backing them; third, this would've been the perfect time to put down on disc the impressive Van Dyke Parks-arranged overture used on the Y2K tour. But let's not nit-pick. We (and our children and grandchildren) should be grateful for this testament to the eternal, heavenly quality of great music.
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