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Encyclopedia > Pet Sounds
Pet Sounds
Pet Sounds cover
Studio album by The Beach Boys
Released 16 May 1966
Recorded 12 July 1965 &
1 November 1965
13 April 1966
Genre Baroque pop
Length 36:25
Label Capitol Records
Producer(s) Brian Wilson
Professional reviews
The Beach Boys chronology
Beach Boys' Party!
(1965)
Pet Sounds
(1966)
Best of The Beach Boys
(1966)

Pet Sounds is a 1966 album recorded by American pop group the Beach Boys. In 1995, nearly thirty years after its release, a panel of top musicians, songwriters and producers assembled by MOJO magazine voted it "The Greatest Album Ever Made." In 2006 Q magazine readers voted it the 18th greatest album of all time; critics of German magazine Spex voted it the best album of the 20th Century; in 2001 the TV network VH1 placed it at #3. It also placed #2 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time behind only Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. In 2004, it was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (137th in leap years). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... July 12 is the 193rd day (194th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 172 days remaining. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... April 13 is the 103rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (104th in leap years). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942 in Hawthorne, California), is an American pop musician, best known as the lead songwriter, bassist, and lead singer of the American rock band The Beach Boys. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... Look up blender in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... ‹The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... Best of The Beach Boys is the first official compilation album released by The Beach Boys in the summer of 1966. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Mojo is a popular music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. ... Q is a music and entertainment magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... This article is about the magazine. ... Promotional Book Cover The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ... For other uses, see Sgt. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... The Great Hall interior. ... The National Recording Registry is a list of sound recordings which are culturally, historically or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States. ...


In 2006, the album was chosen by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 best albums of all time. [1] A pocket watch, a device used to tell time Look up time in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Essentially a solo project for Brian Wilson, Pet Sounds was created after he had quit touring with the band in order to focus his attention on writing and recording. In it, he wove elaborate layers of beautiful "Beach Boys" harmonies, coupled with sound effects and unconventional instruments such as bicycle bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, the Tannerin, and even dog whistles, along with the more usual keyboards and guitars. Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942 in Hawthorne, California), is an American pop musician, best known as the lead songwriter, bassist, and lead singer of the American rock band The Beach Boys. ... Harpsichord in the Flemish style A harpsichord is any of a family of European keyboard instruments, including the large instrument currently called a harpsichord, but also the smaller virginals, the muselar virginals and the spinet. ... The flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. ... The Electro-Theremin is a unique electronic musical instrument developed by trombonist Paul Tanner and amateur inventor Bob Whitsell in the late 1950s. ...

Contents

"Sloop John B" and the beginning of Pet Sounds

The track "Sloop John B" predated the recording of the rest of the LP by some months, but it proved to be a pivotal point in the album's development. It was a traditional Caribbean folk song that had been suggested to Wilson by group member Al Jardine. Wilson recorded a backing track on July 12, 1965, but after laying down a rough lead vocal, he set the song aside for some time, concentrating on the recording of what became their next LP, the 'live in the studio' album Beach Boys' Party!. West Indian redirects here. ... Alan Jardine is a founding member of the Beach Boys, their occasional lead vocalist, and one of their guitarists. ... July 12 is the 193rd day (194th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 172 days remaining. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


The real catalyst for Pet Sounds was The Beatles' new LP Rubber Soul (the US version, not the UK version), which was released in December 1965. Wilson later recalled his first impressions of the groundbreaking album: The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... Rubber Soul is the sixth album by The Beatles, which was first released in December 1965. ...

I really wasn't quite ready for the unity. It felt like it all belonged together. Rubber Soul was a collection of songs ... that somehow went together like no album ever made before, and I was very impressed. I said, "That's it. I really am challenged to do a great album."

In early January Wilson contacted Tony Asher, a young lyricist and copywriter who had been working on advertising jingles, and whom Wilson had met in a Hollywood recording studio months earlier. Within ten days they were writing together. Wilson played him some of the music he had been recording, and gave him a cassette of the finished backing track for a piece with the working title "In My Childhood"; it had lyrics, but Wilson refused to show them to Asher, who took the music away and wrote new lyrics. The result was eventually retitled "You Still Believe in Me" and the success of the piece convinced Wilson that Tony Asher was the collaborator he was looking for. Tony Asher was a lyricist who co-wrote much of the Beach Boys album Pet Sounds in cunjunction with frontman Brian Wilson in 1966. ...


"The general tenor of the lyrics was always his," Asher later recalled, "and the actual choice of words was usually mine. I was really just his interpreter."


Writing

Most of the songs on the album were written during December 1965 and January 1966. While most were composed with Tony Asher, one song was co-written by another new associate, Terry Sachen. Terry Sachen was the Beach Boys road manager during the 1960s. ...


Mike Love is co-credited on the album's opening track, "Wouldn't It Be Nice", and on "I Know There's an Answer" (the only song with lyrics by Terry Sachen) but with the exception of his co-credit on "I'm Waiting for the Day," (originally copyrighted in February 1964, to Wilson alone) his contributions are thought to have been minimal. The exact degree of Love's contribution to "Wouldn't It Be Nice" is still hazy, but under oath in a court of law, Tony Asher has stated that it consisted of the tag "Good night my baby/Sleep tight, my baby". Michael Edward Love (born March 15, 1941 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer and songwriter who was one of the lead singers and lyric writers of The Beach Boys. ... Wouldnt It Be Nice is the opening song on the classic 1966 album Pet Sounds and one of the most widely recognized songs by the American pop group The Beach Boys. ...


Love's main influence on "I Know There's an Answer" is reputed to have consisted of his strenuous opposition to the song's original title, "Hang On to Your Ego", and his insistence that it be partially rewritten and retitled. The original lyrics created quite a stir within the group. "I was aware that Brian was beginning to experiment with LSD and other psychedelics," explained Love. "The prevailing drug jargon at the time had it that doses of LSD would shatter your ego, as if that were a positive thing... I wasn't interested in taking acid or getting rid of my ego." Jardine recalled that the decision to change the lyrics was ultimately Wilson's. "Brian was very concerned. He wanted to know what we thought about it. To be honest, I don't think we even knew what an ego was... Finally Brian decided, 'Forget it. I'm changing the lyrics. There's too much controversy.'" Terry Sachen, who co-wrote the revised lyrics to this song, was the Beach Boys' road manager in 1966. Hang On To Your Ego is a song written by Brian Wilson and Terry Sachen for the American pop band The Beach Boys. ...


Asher's lyrics brought a new level of nuance and maturity to Wilson's work and complemented the music and arrangements he was creating. Additionally, it should be noted that Pet Sounds is indubitably a concept album, since its songs, while not united in the traditional sense, tell the story of a tumultuous relationship that reflected Wilson's personal concerns with the difficult transition from youth to adulthood in 1960s America, the exciting but often fleeting nature of love, and the yearning for a better future. This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


These concerns are mirrored by Asher's lyrics, which contain many elements written in the negative, in future tense or in future conditional tense — evidenced in titles like "Wouldn't It Be Nice", "You Still Believe in Me", "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" and "Caroline, No." It has been suggested that Future perfect tense be merged into this article or section. ...


The album also included two sophisticated instrumental tracks — the wistful "Let's Go Away for a While" - with a working parenthetical title of "And Then We'll have World Peace" - and the brittle brassy surf of the title track, "Pet Sounds" (originally "Run James, Run", the suggestion being that it would be offered for use in a James Bond movie). Both had been recorded as backing tracks for existing songs, but by the time the album neared completion Wilson had decided that the tracks worked better without vocals and so left them as such. A third instrumental, called "Trombone Dixie," had been fully recorded, but it remained in the vaults until its inclusion on the album's 1990 (remastered) CD release. Flemings commissioned image of James Bond to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... Trombone Dixie is the working title of a Brian Wilson composition, at one time in the running for inclusion on The Beach Boys 1966 album Pet Sounds. ...


Recording

With writing well under way, Wilson worked rapidly through January and early February 1966, recording six backing tracks for the new material. When the other Beach Boys returned from a three-week tour of Japan and Hawaii, they were presented with a substantial portion of a new album, with music that was in many ways a radical departure from their earlier attempts. Both Asher and Wilson state that there was resistance to the project from within the group, but on this occasion, Wilson's belief in his new work convinced the other members of the group. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


All the backing tracks for Pet Sounds were recorded over a four-month period, using major Los Angeles studios (Gold Star, Western Recorders and Sunset Sound) and an ensemble that included some highly regarded session musicians, including jazz guitarist Barney Kessell, bassist Carol Kaye, and session drummer Hal Blaine. All tracks were written/co-written, produced and arranged by Brian Wilson. Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... The Gold Star is the highest decoration of excellence in the Soviet Union and Russia. ... Sunset Sound Recorders is a legendary recording studio in Hollywood, California. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ... Barney Kessel (17 October 1923 - 6 May 2004) was an American jazz guitarist. ... Carol Kaye (b. ... Hal Blaine (b. ...


Wilson had developed his production methods over several years, bringing them to their zenith with the recording of Pet Sounds during late 1965 and early 1966. Wilson's approach was in some respects a refinement and development of the famous "Wall of Sound" technique created by his mentor and rival Phil Spector. Armed with new Ampex 8-track recorders, Wilson produced tracks of great complexity and technical brilliance, using his regular team of 'first call' players, who are sometimes known collectively as "The Wrecking Crew". Wall of Sound is a phrase used to describe the effect created by the music production techniques of record producer Phil Spector. ... Harvey Phillip Spector (born December 26, 1940) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. ... Ampex is based in Redwood City, California. ... The Wrecking Crew was a nickname given to a group of session musicians in Los Angeles, California who earned wide acclaim in the 1960s. ...


Wilson's typical production method on Pet Sounds was to record the instrumental backing tracks for each song as an ensemble performance, performed live and taped direct onto a 4-track recorder. His engineer Larry Levine has reported that he [Wilson] also typically mixed these backing tracks live, as they were being taped. Like Spector, Wilson was a pioneer of the 'studio as instrument' concept, exploiting novel combinations of sounds that sprung from the use of multiple electric instruments and voices in an ensemble and combining them with echo and reverberation. He often doubled bass, guitar and keyboard parts, blending them with reverberation and adding other unusual instruments to create startling new sound blends. The deceptive simplicity of Brian's music often veiled the fact that his arrangements were more musically adventurous and complex than one would expect in pop music. In audio signal processing and acoustics, an echo (plural echoes) is a reflection of sound, arriving at the listener some time after the direct sound. ... This article is about audio effect. ...


These backing tracks were then dubbed down onto one track of an 8-track recorder (at Columbia studio, the only facility in LA with an 8-track), and although much of the fine detail in the arrangements was often covered by the group's rich vocal harmonies, Wilson's arrangements ensured that they interacted effectively with the vocal tracks — often to the surprise of the musicians who performed them. The Tascam 85 16B analogue tape recorder can record 16 tracks of audio on 1 inch (2. ...


Six of the remaining seven tracks were usually dedicated to each of the Beach Boys' vocals (the five-piece group was by then being regularly augmented by singer Bruce Johnston, who later became a permanent member). The last track was usually reserved for additional vocals and/or instruments and other 'sweetening' elements. ‎ Bruce Johnston as featured on a 1977 solo album. ...


Although the self-taught Wilson often had entire arrangements worked out in his head (which were usually written in a shorthand form for the other players by one of his session musicians), surviving tapes of his recording sessions show that he was remarkably open to input from his musicians, often taking advice and suggestions from them, and even incorporating apparent 'mistakes' if they provided a useful or interesting alternative.


In spite of the availability of complex multitrack recording, Wilson always mixed the final version of his recordings in mono, as did Phil Spector. He did this for several reasons; one of which was that he personally felt that mono mastering provided more sonic control over the final result that the listener heard, regardless of the vagaries of speaker placement and sound system quality. It was also motivated by the knowledge that, back then, radio and TV were broadcast in mono, and most domestic and automotive radios and record players were monophonic. Another and more personal reason for Wilson's preference of recording in mono was due to his being almost totally deaf in his right ear, rumored to be the result of childhood injury to his eardrum caused by a blow from his violent father Murry Wilson, although Wilson has claimed that he was born deaf in one ear. Monaural (often shortened to mono) sound reproduction is single-channel. ... The tympanic membrane, colloquially known as the eardrum, is a thin membrane that separates the external ear from the middle ear. ...


On February 15 the group traveled to the San Diego Zoo to shoot the photographs for the cover of the new album, which had already been titled Pet Sounds. Two days later, Wilson was back in the studio with his session band, laying down the first takes for a new composition, "Good Vibrations". Around February 23, Wilson gave Capitol a provisional track listing for the new LP, which included both "Sloop John B" and "Good Vibrations." This contradicts the long held misconception that "Sloop John B" was a forced inclusion as the hit single at Capitol's insistence: in late February, the song was weeks away from release. February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The world-famous San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California is one of the largest, most progressive zoos in the world with over 4,000 animals of more than 800 species. ... To experience good vibrations or good vibes is in general terms to experience that a situation, company, person or similar is pleasant, emotionally aligned with oneself. ... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Wilson worked through February and into March fine-tuning the backing tracks. To the group's surprise, he also dropped "Good Vibrations" from the running order, telling them that he wanted to spend more time on it. Al Jardine remembers:

At the time, we all had assumed that "Good Vibrations" was going to be on the album, but Brian decided to hold it out. It was a judgment call on his part; we felt otherwise but left the ultimate decision up to him.

However, a riff from "Good Vibrations" was incorporated into "Here Today".


Most of March and early April was devoted to recording the remaining backing tracks and to the crucial recording of vocals, a process which proved to be the most exacting work the group had hitherto undertaken, as Mike Love later recalled: Michael Edward Love (born March 15, 1941 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer and songwriter who was one of the lead singers and lyric writers of The Beach Boys. ...

We worked and worked on the harmonies and, if there was the slightest little hint of a sharp or a flat, it wouldn't go on. We would do it over again until it was right. [Brian] was going for every subtle nuance that you could conceivably think of. Every voice had to be right, every voice and its resonance and tonality had to be right. The timing had to be right. The timbre of the voices just had to be correct, according to how he felt. And then he might, the next day, completely throw that out and we might have to do it over again.

Influence

By mid-April Pet Sounds was finished and had been submitted to Capitol. "Caroline, No," released as a solo single; interestingly, it was credited to Brian Wilson alone, leading to speculation that he was considering leaving the band.


The single reached #32 in the United States. "Sloop John B" was extremely successful, scoring a #3 hit in the U.S. and #2 in Great Britain. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" reached #8 in the U.S. Its flip side, "God Only Knows," was another #2 single in Britain, but reached only #39 in the States. The LP broke into the Top Ten in the U.S., belying its reputation as a commercial failure there.


Pet Sounds' greatest success was in the UK, where it reached #2 in the LP charts. Its success there was aided by considerable support from the British music industry, who embraced the record warmly; Paul McCartney spoke often about the album's influence on The Beatles. But although it's been claimed that the Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham placed unsolicited advertisements lauding the album in British music papers, a trawl of the UK pop press for 1966 fails to uncover any such advert. A few figures in the music world gave bad reviews on the album; Who drummer Keith Moon told NME "There's nothing revolutionary about the album, I don't think."[citation needed] “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... Andrew Loog Oldham (born 1944) is a British rock and roll producer, impresario and author. ... Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978) was the drummer of the rock group The Who. ...


However, like Beach Boys' Party!, Pet Sounds failed to reach gold status on its initial release, which deeply disappointed Wilson. Much of the blame for its lukewarm commercial fortunes has been laid with Capitol Records, which did not promote the album as heavily as the band's earlier releases. Pet Sounds eventually went gold and platinum in 2000. ‹The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... Music recording sales certification is a system of certifying that a music recording has sold a certain number of copies. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the...


Although not a big seller for the band originally, Pet Sounds has been influential since the day it was released. Rapturously received in Britain, it was lauded in the music press and championed by many top pop stars. The Beatles, for example, have said that Pet Sounds was a major influence on their album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Paul McCartney has repeatedly named it as one of his favorite albums (with "God Only Knows" as his favorite song) — completing a circle begun by the Beatles' influence on Wilson (see "the beginning of Pet Sounds", above). McCartney stated that: For other uses, see Sgt. ... Sir James Paul McCartney MBE (born June 18, 1942) is an iconic Grammy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of the Beatles. ...

It was Pet Sounds that blew me out of the water. I love the album so much. I've just bought my kids each a copy of it for their education in life ... I figure no one is educated musically 'til they've heard that album ... I love the orchestra, the arrangements ... it may be going overboard to say it's the classic of the century ... but to me, it certainly is a total, classic record that is unbeatable in many ways ... I've often played Pet Sounds and cried. I played it to John [Lennon] so much that it would be difficult for him to escape the influence ... it was the record of the time. The thing that really made me sit up and take notice was the bass lines ... and also, putting melodies in the bass line. That I think was probably the big influence that set me thinking when we recorded Pepper, it set me off on a period I had then for a couple of years of nearly always writing quite melodic bass lines. "God Only Knows" is a big favourite of mine ... very emotional, always a bit of a choker for me, that one. On "You Still Believe in Me", I love that melody - that kills me ... that's my favourite, I think ... it's so beautiful right at the end ... comes surging back in these multi-coloured harmonies ... sends shivers up my spine.

Other artists have also cited Pet Sounds as one of the all time classic albums. Eric Clapton stated that "I consider Pet Sounds to be one of the greatest pop LPs to ever be released. It encompasses everything that's ever knocked me out and rolled it all into one." God Only Knows is one of the most widely recognized songs by the American pop band The Beach Boys. ... Eric Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer and composer, who is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century,[1] garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ...


Elton John thinks that "Pet Sounds is a landmark album. For me to say that I was enthralled would be an understatement. I had never heard such magical sounds, so amazingly recorded. It undoubtedly changed the way that I, and countless others, approached recording. It is a timeless and amazing recording of incredible genius and beauty." Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947 is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ...


Beatles producer George Martin stated that "Without Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper wouldn't have happened... Pepper was an attempt to equal Pet Sounds."[1] After Sgt. Pepper was released, Wilson was so despondent that he went to bed for months.[2] Sir George Martin CBE (born 3 January 1926 in Highbury, London, England) is sometimes referred to as the fifth Beatle, a title that he owes to his work as producer of almost all of the Beatles records. ...


Bob Dylan has said of Brian Wilson's talents, "That ear - I mean, Jesus, he's got to will that to the Smithsonian."[3] Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is a Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ...


Track listing

All songs by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher, except where noted. Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942 in Hawthorne, California), is an American pop musician, best known as the lead songwriter, bassist, and lead singer of the American rock band The Beach Boys. ... Tony Asher was a lyricist who co-wrote much of the Beach Boys album Pet Sounds in cunjunction with frontman Brian Wilson in 1966. ...


Side one

  1. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Wilson, Asher, Mike Love) – 2:22
    • Features Brian Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals
  2. "You Still Believe in Me" (Wilson, Asher) – 2:30
    • Features Brian Wilson on lead vocals; originally titled "In My Childhood"
  3. "That's Not Me" (Wilson, Asher) – 2:27
    • Features Mike Love [w/Brian Wilson] on lead vocals
  4. "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)" (Wilson, Asher) – 2:51
    • Features Brian Wilson on lead vocals
  5. "I'm Waiting for the Day" (Wilson, Love) – 3:03
    • Features Brian Wilson on lead vocals
  6. "Let's Go Away for Awhile" (Wilson) – 2:18
    • Instrumental, Originally titled "The Old Man and the Baby"
  7. "Sloop John B" (Trad. arr. Wilson) – 2:56
    • Features Brian Wilson and Mike Love on lead vocals

Wouldnt It Be Nice is the opening song on the classic 1966 album Pet Sounds and one of the most widely recognized songs by the American pop group The Beach Boys. ... Michael Edward Love (born March 15, 1941 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer and songwriter who was one of the lead singers and lyric writers of The Beach Boys. ... You Still Believe in Me is a song by the American pop band The Beach Boys, taken from their classic 1966 album Pet Sounds. ... Thats Not Me is a song by the American pop band The Beach Boys, taken from their classic 1966 album Pet Sounds. ... Dont Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) is a song by the American pop band The Beach Boys, taken from their classic 1966 album Pet Sounds. ... Im Waiting For The Day is a song by the American pop band The Beach Boys, taken from their classic 1966 album Pet Sounds. ... Lets Go Away For Awhile is a song by the American pop band The Beach Boys, taken from their classic 1966 album Pet Sounds. ... Sloop John B was a single which was released by The Beach Boys in 1966 on Capitol Records. ...

Side two

  1. "God Only Knows" (Wilson, Asher) – 2:49
    • Features Carl Wilson on lead vocals: Brian & Bruce on the tag.
  2. "I Know There's an Answer" (Wilson, Terry Sachen, Love) – 3:08
    • Features Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Brian Wilson on lead vocals; Originally titled "Hang On to Your Ego"
  3. "Here Today" (Wilson, Asher) – 2:52
    • Features Mike Love on lead vocals
  4. "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" (Wilson, Asher) – 3:11
    • Features Brian Wilson on lead vocals
  5. "Pet Sounds" (Wilson) – 2:20
    • Instrumental; originally titled "Run James Run"
  6. "Caroline, No" (Wilson, Asher) – 2:52
    • Features Brian Wilson on lead vocals and Brian's dogs Banana and Louie at the end.

God Only Knows is one of the most widely recognized songs by the American pop band The Beach Boys. ... I Know Theres An Answer is a song by the American pop band The Beach Boys, taken from their classic 1966 album Pet Sounds. ... Terry Sachen was the Beach Boys road manager during the 1960s. ... Here Today is a song by the American pop band The Beach Boys, taken from their classic 1966 album Pet Sounds. ... I Just Wasnt Made for These Times is a song by the Beach Boys from their album Pet Sounds. ... Pet Sounds is an instrumental composed and produced by Brian Wilson and included on the classic 1966 album Pet Sounds by the American pop band The Beach Boys. ... Caroline No is a Brian Wilson song co-written with Tony Asher. ...

Singles

  • "Caroline, No" b/w "Summer Means New Love" (Capitol 5610), 7 March 1966 US #32. (Credited to Brian Wilson)
  • "Sloop John B" b/w "You're So Good to Me" (Capitol 5602), 21 March 1966 US #3; UK #2
  • "Wouldn't It Be Nice" b/w "God Only Knows" (Capitol 5706), 11 July 1966 US #8 ("God Only Knows" US #39; UK #2)
  • "Let's Go Away for Awhile" featured as the B-side to "Good Vibrations"

In 1997, The Pet Sounds Sessions box set was released which included the original mono release, the first stereo release and 3 CDs of out-takes and rehearsals. The stereo mix was released in 1999 on vinyl and one CD and again in 2001 along with the CD release having the mono mix as well, with "Hang On to Your Ego" (the original version of "I Know There's an Answer") as a bonus track. The Pet Sounds Sessions is a 1997 3-CD boxed set which details the creation of The Beach Boys seminal 1966 album Pet Sounds. ...


Recordings from Brian Wilson's 2002 concert tour, in which he reproduced the whole album live on stage, were released as Pet Sounds Live. Pet Sounds Live is the second live album released by Brian Wilson. ...


On August 29, 2006, Capitol released the 40th Anniversary edition of Pet Sounds. The new compilation contains a new 2006 mono mix, DVD mixes (stereo and Surround Sound), and a "making of" documentary. The discs were released in a regular jewel box and a deluxe edition was released in a green "fuzzy box". A two disk colored gatefold vinyl set was released with green and yellow disks with the yellow one having the mono mix on it and the green disc having the stereo version.


Personnel

Band members

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Session musicians

  • Glen Campbell – Guitar (12 String)
  • Barney Kessel – Guitar, Mandolin
  • Jerry Cole – Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
  • Mike Deasy Sr. – Guitar
  • Billy Strange – Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (12 String)
  • Bill Pitman – Guitar
  • Tom Kwei- Sitar
  • Ray Pohlman – Guitar, Mandolin, Bass (Electric)
  • Tommy Tedesco – Guitar (Acoustic)
  • Al Casey – Guitar
  • Carol Kaye – Bass, Bass (Electric)
  • Lyle Ritz – Ukulele, String Bass
  • Chuck Berghofer – String Bass
  • Don Randi – Piano
  • Al DeLory – Organ, Piano, Tack Piano
  • Larry Knechtel – Organ
  • Mike Melvoin – Harpsichord
  • Carl Fortina – Accordion
  • Frank Marocco – Accordion
  • Frank Capp – Percussion, Glockenspiel, Bells, Tympani [Timpani], Vibraphone
  • Plas Johnson – Percussion, Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
  • Julius Wechter – Tympani [Timpani], Vibraphone, Latin Percussion
  • Jerry Williams – Percussion
  • Jim Gordon – Percussion, Drums
  • Hal Blaine – Bongos, Drums, Tympani [Timpani]
  • Terry Melcher – Tambourine, Vocals
  • Gary Coleman – Bongos, Tympani [Timpani]
  • Nick Martinis – Drums
  • Paul Horn – Sax (Tenor)
  • Bobby Klein – Sax (Tenor)
  • Jack Nimitz – Sax (Baritone)
  • Roy Caton – Trumpet
  • Ernie Tack – Trombone (Bass)
  • Gail Martin – Trombone
  • Bill Green – Flute, Percussion, Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
  • Jim Horn – Flute, Saxophone, Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)
  • Jules Jacob – Flute
  • Jay Migliori – Clarinet, Flute, Clarinet (Bass), Saxophone, Sax (Baritone)
  • Steve Douglas – Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
  • Alan Robinson – French Horn
  • Leonard Hartman – Clarinet, Clarinet (Bass), Horn (English)
  • Arnold Belnick – Violin
  • James Getzoff – Violin
  • William Kurasch – Violin
  • Jerome Reisler – Violin
  • Tibor Zelig – Violin
  • Ralph Schaeffer – Violin
  • Sid Sharp – Violin
  • Harry Hyams – Viola
  • Norman Botnick – Viola
  • Joseph DiFiore – Viola
  • Darrel Terwilliger – Viola
  • Jesse Erlich – Cello
  • Joseph Saxon – Cello
  • Justin DiTullio – Cello
  • Paul Tanner – Electrotheremin
  • Tommy Morgan – Harmonica
  • Dennis Diken
  • Ron Furmanek
  • Lisa Reddick – Producer
  • Jim Elliott – Producer
  • Tammy Kizer – Producer
  • Ralph Balantin – Engineer
  • Bruce Botnick – Engineer
  • Chuck Britz – Engineer
  • Larry Levine – Engineer
  • Ron McMaster – Remixing
  • Brad Benedict – Photo Research
  • Tommy Steele – Art Direction
  • Sam Gay – Art Supervisor
  • George Jerman – Photography
  • Darren Wong – Art Supervisor
  • Michael Etchart – Executive Producer
  • Richard Evans – Design

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Sources

  • Pet Sounds CD booklet notes, David Leaf, c.1990 and 2001.
  • The Pet Sounds Sessions box set notes, David Leaf, c.1997.
  • "The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and the Southern California Experience", Timothy White, c. 1994.
  • "Wouldn't It Be Nice - My Own Story", Brian Wilson and Todd Gold, c. 1991.
  • "Top Pop Singles 1955-2001", Joel Whitburn, c. 2002.
  • "Top Pop Albums 1955-2001", Joel Whitburn, c. 2002.
  • All Music Guide.com

Timothy White (January 25, 1952 - June 27, 2002) was a noted rock music journalist and editor. ... Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942 in Hawthorne, California), is an American pop musician, best known as the lead songwriter, bassist, and lead singer of the American rock band The Beach Boys. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.brianwilson.com/brian/quotes.html
  2. ^ Brian Wilson went to bed: bbc.co.uk Retrieved: 3 February 2007
  3. ^ http://www.brianwilson.com/brian/quotes.html

See also

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External links

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