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Pet Sounds

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  • Audio CD (April 24 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005ASHM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 338 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Brian Wilson's 1997 remix of Pet Sounds lets us finally hear this immortal album in stereo. Hang on to your ego for a total of 27 tracks!


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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50 years after its release this album is still great! Not a bad track on the whole album which says a lot since I am not really a Beach Boys fan. I was first made aware of this record via Paul MacCartney who said it was the inspiration behind Sgt. Pepper's... (It was 1987 which was the 20th Anniversary of Sgt. pepper's). Since then I have owned a few versions of this classic including the 5.1 (actually 4.0 since the genius that mixed it did not use the center channel or sub woofer track) from its 40th Anniversary . The first 5.1 was good but not great. I was not a fan of that mix. So here we are ten years later and a new 5.1 mix. This time they used the sub channel but still did not make use of the center channel, again! But it is a nicer mix.
There are some audio issues, not defects but limitations of the day. For example this was recorded on 4 and 8 tracks machines when making the record so they had to double up on the tracks ( record more then one instrument per track) and why this is an issues is do to the fact that it causes audio drop out on certain tracks. Best example is the bass (The best thing about 5.1 is it physically separated instruments by having them come out of separate speakers). What happens when you double up is the bass will sound nice and full coming out of your sub then when other instruments kick in the bass thins out. That is because the tape it's recorded on is trying to accommodate everything that's going so it has to compromise. Find neutral ground for everything it's trying to reproduce. That happens a lot on these recordings.
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Format: Audio CD
*This is a review for the 2016 50 year anniversary of Pet Sounds*
Disc 1: Mono & Stereo Versions of Pet Sounds
Disc 2: Instrument version of Pet Sounds, Various live versions of Pet Sounds from 1966 - 1989

Live Tracks:
Wouldn't It Be Nice (Live At Michigan State University/1966)
Sloop John B (Live At Michigan State University/1966)
God Only Knows (Live At Michigan State University/1966)
Good Vibrations (Live At Daughters Of The American Revolution Constitution Hall, Washington DC/1967)
God Only Knows (Live At Daughters Of The American Revolution Constitution Hall, Washington DC/1967)
Wouldn't It Be Nice (Live At Daughters Of The American Revolution Constitution Hall, Washington DC/1967)
God Only Knows (Live At Carnegie Hall, New York/1972)
God Only Knows (Live At Jamaican World Music Festival, Montego Bay, Jamaica/1982)
Sloop John B (Live At Universal Studios, Universal City, CA/1989)
Caroline No (Live At Paramount Theatre, NYC/1993)
You Still Believe In Me (Live At Paramount Theatre, NYC/1993)

After already owning the 2000 release of 'Pet Sounds' & the session's box set, I was initially a little reluctant purchasing yet another version of the album, but the sound quality of those CDs is not the greatest (they sound like the back-catalogue CDs when they were first being released in the late eighties).
But the sound quality of the '50th anniversary..' is excellent, with all the vocals & instruments sounding a lot clearer.
On the second CD there is a Stack-o-Tracks version of 'Pet Sounds' (on the sessions box set there are instrumental rehearsal versions of the songs), without the vocals you really get to hear & understand just how complex the instrumentation actually is, fascinating.
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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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