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Pet Sounds

The Beach BoysAudio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B00000EE3X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (772 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,279 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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292 of 305 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discivering Wilson's Pet February 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'm a Beatles connoisseur. A die-hard. I've walked across Abbey Road (with a cigarette in hand, though it was too brisk to go barefoot), quaffed pints in the Reeperbahn, and could point out fifty "Paul is Dead" clues. I've burned through a bookshelf of biographies about the band and I noticed that the Beach Boys' 1966 album Pet Sounds is continually mentioned whenever the end of the Beatles' touring days and the start of their `studio years' is discussed. With its 40th anniversary looming I started to wonder about Pet Sounds.

I always dismissed the Beach Boys as a half-baked band who parlayed a bunch of sunny tunes into a bubblegum legacy. While Brian Wilson could be considered the group's only gifted musician, but the boys could definitely sing. Gorgeous harmonies filled their 45s, but their words were always about things which were alien to me like surfin' and California sunshine. So, why the hubbub surrounding Pet Sounds? "No one is educated musically until they've heard Pet Sounds...It is a total classic record that is unbeatable in many ways", Paul McCartney proclaimed. Wow. Powerful, yet not as bold as what Beatles Producer George Martin said: `Without Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper wouldn't have happened... Pepper was an attempt to equal Pet Sounds." What the hell made Beatle Paul, Sir George Martin, and countless other music luminaries bow to 1966's Pet Sounds? I was about to find out.

The other night I dug out my copy of Pet Sounds, which I half-heartedly listened to a few years ago before tossing it to the back of my collection, and I listened to it...and listened again. My original lukewarm judgment of the album mirrored the American record buyers of 1966 when LP peaked at #10 and failed to go gold. I spent the evening playing and replaying the album.
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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The CD has been remastered September 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Just wanted to post a correction to the last review. The CD in the new set is not the same as the 2001 edition. The mono album has been remastered from a much better original source tape resulting in a great improvement in the sound if the original album. In addition the bonus track has been changed to the more finished version of "Hang On To Your Ego" which fans have been asking for. Sadly the credits for the disc omitted this info by mistake. While a hi-res 5.1 mix would sound better than the dolby digital , the vocals are not just in the rear speakers. In fact they truly surround the listener.

Mark Linett- engineer/ producer
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great albums ever May 1, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
This really is one of the great albums ever, and the remastered sound is very good. The only big difference between this MP3 version and the two-disc set of the same recordings is that the set gives you a DVD with a "making-of" documentary and both the original mono mixes and new stereo mixes, plus a bonus track. This MP3 set has only the remastered stereo mixes.

"Pet Sounds" was a groundbreaking record, and had a huge impact on other musicians. It is definitely the high-water mark for the Beach Boys. This is not anything like their early Jan & Dean-inspired surf music. It invented a whole new vocabulary of sounds and forms for pop music.

More than ever before, the Beach Boys' leader, Brian Wilson, decided he was going to go in a new direction and write a cohesive album, over the protests of many others in the band. He was definitely right. The Beach Boys never reached this level of creativity again, but "Pet Sounds" was enough to put them in the pantheon of the greats, even if this quality of artistic achievement was not sustained over time.

Wilson says he was inspired to make the record by the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album. The Beatles in turn credited "Pet Sounds" as the inspiration for "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". Paul McCartney still says he is crazy about the album, John Lennon even acknowledged it, and George Martin said Sgt Pepper's would never have been made without "Pet Sounds". Eric Clapton says it's one of the greatest pop albums of all time and Elton John talks about how it changed the way he and everyone else approached recording. I say this just to underline that it's hard to underestimate the impact this record had on the development of popular music as we know it.

There are plenty of "greatest hits" here.
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139 of 152 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be warned August 31, 2006
Format:Audio CD
First of all, this review has nothing to do with the quality of the album. We all know how great this album is. Just a couple of thoughts about this specific product. This is why I'm giving 4 stars.

First,all of the content on the CD is exactly the same as on the previous mono/stereo release. But, that's to be expected, right?.

You're probably saying to yourself that the real value is in the DVD. Well, all of the DVD material has been released before, except the "Good Vibrations" promo and a short featurette from the BBC where George Martin visits Brian and they discuss songwriting and arrangement. The "documentaries" are edited together from the Endless Harmony DVD and the promo material found on the DVD Audio version of the album. Also, some of the interview footage found on Brian's Pet Sounds Live DVD is also included. You also get the hi-res stereo and 5.1 mixes of the album that were included on the above mentioned DVD-A.

So basically, if you already own the original album, the DVD-A version, and the Endless Harmony and Pet Sounds Live DVDS, you already have everything on this set except for a brief George Martin interview and a "Good Vibrations" video.

I was kind of disappointed with the limited edition packaging, as well. The two discs are housed in a velvet-type covered case with the original CD booklet with all of the production and mixing notes stapled in the middle. This booklet appears to be the same old one that was used with the mono/stereo combo disc, save for the DVD credits. The actual liner notes appear the same.

You know, I feel like Capitol has wasted two great Beach Boys opportunites with the products they released for the anniversaries of Good Vibrations and Pet Sounds.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Greatest album ever!!!
No more to say but bravo beach boy for such great music!!! The greatest tong since slice bread!!!
Published 10 days ago by Zachary Schibig
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son loves this...
Published 17 days ago by Glenn R. Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars This has been a favorite since it's original release
This has been a favorite since it's original release. Now I can listen in my SUV or on my Bose.
Published 28 days ago by Alison Skogen
5.0 out of 5 stars Pet Sounds
As inspired musically today as over 40 years ago.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Beatles but better than many
The west coast answer to the British invasion. Not the Beatles but better than many. It's different music with a surf beat. Worth having it in your collection.
Published 1 month ago by BigBish
5.0 out of 5 stars A Summer Album writ large!
This CD produces a marvelous rendition of this classic album! I'm old enough to remember the cuts from this album when AM monaural radio was the main source of listening, so the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Todd F
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album - great on vinyl
Totally great!
Published 2 months ago by Nicole Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy this album you must buy the Original Master Recording...
Phenomenal sound re-engineering under the supervision of Brian Wilson. The high frequencies are no longer clipped and the sound detail is better than ever. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CEW88mph
5.0 out of 5 stars It took me over 10 tears to "get" Pet Sounds.
I found it helped me appreciate this seminal album by recreating Pet Sounds' contemporary context by first listening to the U.S. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Bower
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most significant and influential rock albums in music
All can I say is research the amount and pedigrees of rock artists that were influenced by this seminal work...enough said
Published 3 months ago by John P. Petrone
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