The Pet Sounds Sessions: A 30th Anniversary Collection

September 27, 2006 | Format: MP3

$47.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 28, 2006
  • Release Date: September 27, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Capitol Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 4:15:43
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  • ASIN: B000T2KFKO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,976 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Ben C-F on April 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a beautiful box set. The length and depth it goes towards examining and presenting the Beach Boys' PET SOUNDS album (arguably the most influential album of the 20th century, if not directly then at least artistically) is just beautiful. The all-stereo mix isn't quite as lucrative as it was when this box set first came out in 1996 (a single-CD stereo edition has been released since), but still-- this set is worth the price. You get the impression you're a fly on the wall in the studio, just sitting back and listening as the album takes shape. The backing tracks show just how intricate the songs were-- these are complete pieces of music even without vocals or lyrics. The a capella tracks are evidence to Brian Wilson's incredible knack for harmony, and just how teriffic singers these guys were. And the alternate versions / bonus tracks are just fun, you get a great sense of time and mood. Again, beautiful.
A couple slight problems-- this set is probably not for the casual Beach Boy fan, or even those who dig the group as "America's Band." It plays out as an eloquent tribute to Brian Wilson (though, of course, Mike Love does end up taking credit for much of the album's creation in his pompous preface), and at times can be a bit syrupy. Plus, those unfamiliar with the album might accuse it of overkill. But then again, what fascinating music!! The "Making of Pet Sounds" booklet is wonderful too, with dozens of interviews with the people involved in making the album (including all surviving Beach Boys and Tony Asher, who wrote most of the lyrics), and a plethora of photos and other tasty tidbits. Brian Wilson/Beach Boy conniseurs can not be without this release. If you're not quite as diehard a fan (or don't really care to hear anything beyond the released album), you should probably go for the single-disc stereo edition released in 1999.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Christopher G. Huttman on March 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As a brash 19 year old about a year ago, I bought the regular Pet Sounds Mono/Stereo CD that had been recently issued, after all I liked the songs I'd heard on the radio all those years and it came highly reccomended by my favorite mag, the NME (their #1 album of all time). To get to the point, it blew me away, quickly becomming my favorite album ever as well. I'd seen the box set at the store I worked at, but never really payed too much attention to it, and when I discovered that it had vocal tracks, alternative takes, and most importantly instrumental and "in the studio" tracks, I nearly fainted! It is worth the price of admission to hear Brian sing/belch the opening melody of Wouldn't It Be Nice, or to hear them "tighten up" the E-F#-G progression in God Only Knows to what it is now. It is also a blast to sing along to the instrumentals, and hear just how incredibly complex the vocal harmonies are on their own. Wow, the only stinker is the jazzy saxophone version of God Only Knows, probably thrown in to show you that, on the final mix of Pet Sounds, they didn't make ANY mistakes. Oh yeah, my original version of Pet Sounds? I sold it to my friend for cost at my store (about 10 bucks). And its current status? For sale. My friend has decided to move on to the box as well.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on March 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When I was 21 or 22, one of my coworkers dropped a copy of Pet Sounds on my desk and said, "listen to it, it'll change your life". Well, like anyone that age, I assumed he'd be wrong, but one late night years later, I did listen to it.

So anyway, he was right, it changed the way I thought about music, at a minimum. Since then, you might say my obsession with the Beach Boys is complete.

What this set is, and admittedly, its probably extraneous for most listeners, is a study in Pet Sounds. It contains two mixes of the album, one in stereo, one in mono (I go back in forth as to which I prefer), a set of sessions, and a pile of alternates.

The album you guys probably know about, if you don't, I'll touch on it here. 13 tracks of just incredible, lush, essential music. Much of it is Brian singing lead, and he does so magnificantly, in either a tenor range or falsetto, depending on the piece. Where there's harmonies, they're sometimes drier than the previous stuff, sometimes as lush and well arranged, and sometimes there's none.

As far as the songs go, there's not a bad one-- highlights change for me over time, right now "You Still Believe in Me", "Don't Talk", and "God Only Knows" are my favorites, but this changes over time. They're all quite brilliant though.

The session material is intriguing but only for big BB fans. It can get tedious at times I suspect, although I wish they'd released the full sessions. Having each with a complete instrumental track is nice too. There's also an isolated vocal track for each song, though I wish we'd gotten vocal sessions as well (then again, if I had my way, it'd be a 20-CD box...).

The alternate versions are interesting, some of them I really enjoy. "God Only Knows" with the vocal tag and sax solo and "Hang On To Your Ego" (with a better vocal delivery than its rewrite) are the big highlights.

Amazing material, highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alexander on March 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have been putting off writing a review for Pet Sounds for awhile now...for how do you review a perfect work of art? I am utterly speechless whenever I listen to 'Don't Talk' or 'Caroline, No' - I don't think I have heard any album that comes close to the emotional impact that 'Pet Sounds' has had (and continues to have) on me.

I finally bought 'The Pet Sounds Sessions' and I had to write a review.

Disc One starts off with the stereo mix of 'Pet Sounds' - I will say that I prefer the mono version way more, but the stereo version really shows how many elements Brian crammed in to make the perfect sound. After the stereo set, the 'session takes' begin. You hear Brian in the booth talking to the musicians, guiding them into playing precisely what he wanted. The seven minutes of the 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' studio session are almost worth the price of the entire set! Along with the session audio are tracks of the instrumentals of each song - great for musicians who want to dissect a particular song to answer the question of "how did Brian do this!?"

Disc two continues the session takes of each song. Disc three starts of with the 'vocals only' set of songs...again, I am speechless when trying to describe the beauty of these songs. Also on disc three are the alternate versions of many of the 'Pet Sounds' songs. The most beautiful, in my opinion, being the 'Don't Talk' Vocal Snippet - buy this set if only for this one track...it is the most beautiful vocal piece I have ever heard in my life.

A fourth disc is included which contains the re-mastered mono album.

The audio quality is amazing on all the songs/sessions. Capitol really put a lot of time/money/effort into this boxed set and it shows.
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