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Nov 29, 2002
Strange - when I read the title to this thread, I clicked on it to say... "But you've got to hear "The Pet Sounds Sessions" box set. Well, I guess you've at least made it half way there. What is cool about the box set in the disc with all of the outtakes that gives you a real sense of what Brian Wilson was trying to accomplish. It is designed to lets your ears help you 'see' what he was aspiring for... and then when you listen to the final cut albulm again you realize that it was as near to perfection as you could ever find in pop music back in those days.
Pet Sounds is teh only BB album I like, the rest of their well-known songs grate on me the way most country does, just makes me generally want to puke. But I really do like Pet Sounds, for some reason...
I've heard a lot of comparisons between Pet Sounds and Rubber Soul on the other side of the pond (apparently Rubber Soul was a big inspiration of Wilson's), and I can definitely see the similarities. The songwriting is quite good but the subject matter seems pretty immature to me. The Beatles were able to escape the clutches of co-dependency for Revolver, though, so I'm hoping Smile will show a similar development in Brian Wilson.
While I don't think Pet Sounds is as consistent as Rubber Soul, the highlights of Pet Sounds are much better than anything on Rubber Soul. The songs "You Still Believe in Me" and especially "God Only Knows" are quite amazing.
That said, I tend to disagree with people who rate this album as "the best of all time" or "the best pop album ever conceived." It has a couple really strong songs and a lot more that are pretty forgettable. Nice harmonies, though.
When I was a kid my parents got me a BB album. It has Surfin Safari on it, but I can't remember the album title. Maybe it's Surfin' Safari, but I don't know. Either way, I absolutely loved that album. I have never heard Pet Sounds, but may pick up a copy of the DVD-A.
Originally Posted by acs236 But Pet Sounds is really, really good. I picked up the DVD-A and am quite impressed. Any other albums of theirs I might like based on this?
Originally Posted by VicAjax the stereo remaster of the pet sounds box set obviously sounds far better (the DVD-A probably sounds fantastic).
I have two vinyl versions and two CD versions of that Pet Sounds album. My two vinyl versions are an original rainbow-label Capitol 1966 mono copy and a 1999 180-gram stereo remaster (the latter vinyl copy was pressed by RTI, the same plant that also presses vinyl for Analogue Productions and Classic Records). My two CD versions are the 1999 mono/stereo copy and the 2001 mono/stereo copy (the latter "fixed" the problem by using Mike Love's vocal in the bridge that was extracted from the mono mix and then synchronized with the stereo mix in place of Brian Wilson's vocal in the bridge that was on the earlier stereo mix). I like the original 1966 vinyl version more than any CD remastering of the mono mix. But I like the 1999 vinyl version most of all -- the CD versions of the stereo mixes sound a little shrill to my ears.