Originally Posted by DrBenway
This is an oft-expressed idea in this thread, and others, but I must confess to being mystified by this idea.
"I've Just Seen A Face"
"I Want You (She's So Heavy)"
"She's Leaving Home"
"You've Really Got a Hold on Me" (Yes, I know, it's a Miracles cover).
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
"Let It Be"
I could go on all day, but I hope you get my point even if I don't list any other of the many obvious choices. These are not emotional songs?
I've been pleasantly surprised to read praise of Pet Sounds that impelled me to re-think the album, and to some extent, the group. This has been a very interesting thread. But the idea that the Beatles were the cold counterparts to the more emotional Beach Boys is something I simply can't accept.
i understand your taking issue with this, and i agree that The Beatles have many songs that make an emotional connection. In fact, in terms of songs, I would say The Beatles have a broader, if not deeper, emotional repertoire than the Beach Boys.
but that depth is where the Beach Boys win out, especially on Pet Sounds
. i think the point many posters are making is that Pet Sounds
as a "concept album" integrates a directly emotional and intensely personal context to the album's concept. in fact, that essentially is
that is, on top of the musical innovation, deft execution and thematic unity there is emotional intensity that arguably only lets up once, with "Sloop John B," which is a track that Capitol Records insisted the group include on the album.Sgt. Pepper's
, on the other hand, while certainly marks an evolutionary advance and is undoubtedly a marvelous album, doesn't hold up as a single artistic whole as well as Pet Sounds
, nor is it as revolutionary as the latter.
personally, i am swept away both musically and emotionally by Pet Sounds
, while Sgt. Peppers
is a great album that serves as a bridge from Revolver
to Magical Mystery Tour
and the last few Beatles albums.