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2002 Pet Sounds Live Present Live
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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|
Japanese edition of 2002 album with two bonus tracks 'Meant For You' & 'Friends'.
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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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 ...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is truly a fantasy come alive. Brian Wilson, the man who created what many believe is the greatest album of all time, performing that masterpiece live in concert. Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by bushsupporter04
Well, this is truly a dream come true. Brian Wilson, the man who created what many (including myself) beleive is the greatest album in rock history, performing his masterpiece live... Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004 by anthony nasti
If you love Pet Sounds, why wouldn't you love this?
I'm sure it was nowhere near as easy as it sounds to translate a layered, heavily orchestrated album into a workable... Read more
Face it. No album can live up to the hype of Pet Sounds, including Pet Sounds. It had some good songs but the highly vaunted production values were easily matched by Motown. Read morePublished on June 27 2003 by bob turnley
Spectacular. The greatest pop album of all time performed and conducted live by the greatest pop composer of all time to absolute perfection. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2002 by Norman H. Clow
To me the idea of doing "Pet Sounds" live sounded fairly ridiculous. After all, the original album is a very unique recording that cannot be fully duplicated outside of a... Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2002 by kennedy19
Will I ever argue against Pet Sounds? Would I say it's overrated? Do I have anything negative to say about the Beach Boys circa 1966? No. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2002 by Aaron C. Burkhalter
I was almost tempted to be a sourpuss about Brian's aging voice, but the music here won me over- again- within just a few seconds. Read morePublished on July 9 2002 by J. D Suggs
I can't quite believe the highly positive reviews this CD has received, and not just by fans. It's really not a very good recording. Read morePublished on July 7 2002