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A 1966 Album by the Beach Boys

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A pop music masterpiece from Brian Wilson and company.

  • Sep 21, 2009
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Pet Sounds is the best disc that the Beach Boys have recorded.  Brian Wilson along with lyricist Tony Asher worked together on bringing this ground breaking album to life.  At the time, Wilson was no longer performing live with the band (replaced by Bruce Johnston).  His main focus was to compose new material and work on the albums.  He worked on most of the material with sessions musicians and the band members were brought in later to add vocal harmonies.  During the recordings, Mike Love would add some lyrics to the songs and he would file a lawsuit  years later to get songwriter credit and back royalties.  The name of the album was Brian's way to pay tribute to his idol Phil Spector.  When the album was released it wasn't that big of a hit.  The record charted at #10 but it failed to reach gold.  But the album was huge in England and it charted there at #2.  One fan of the album was Paul McCartney who would later create Sgt, Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in response to Pet Sounds starting a friendly rivalry between the Beach Boys and The Beatles.  Today, Pet Sounds is considered one of the best pop albums ever made and it solidified Brian Wilson as one of the best pop music composers of the 20th century,

The album is awesome.  Everything from the melodic and whimsical music right down to the vocal harmonies.  My favorite track on the album is "Wouldn't it be Nice".  I really love that song, a melancholy song about wishing  and hoping for a brighter future,  "Sloop John B" is another one that I really like, a traditional song that was reworked Beach Boys style.  "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" another melancholy song about lamenting about being born too late.  These tracks stick out the most but the album in a hole is just classic pop rock.  If you love the Beach Boys or a fan of good music in general then I suggest strongly that you grab a copy of Pet Sounds today,

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July 10, 2010
Right on! I have been a huge fan of The Beach Boys my entire life. I kinda gre up with them. You are correct. This is one of the finest albums ever made!
 
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Pet Sounds is the eleventh studio album by the American rock band The Beach Boys, released May 16, 1966, on Capitol Records. It has been widely ranked as one of the most influential records ever released in pop music and has been ranked at number #1 in several music magazines' lists of greatest albums of all time, including New Musical Express, The Times and Mojo Magazine.[1][2][3] In 2003, it was ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.[4]

Pet Sounds was created several months after Brian Wilson had quit touring with the band in order to focus his attention on writing and recording.[5] In it, he wove elaborate layers of vocal harmonies, coupled with sound effects and unconventional instruments such as bicycle bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, the Electro-Theremin, and dog whistles, along with the more usual keyboards and guitars.[6]

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Label: Capitol
Genre: Pop Rock
Release Date: May 16, 1966

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