Pet Sounds Classic Album
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The latest addition to the acclaimed & award winning Classic Albums series tells the story behind the making of The Beach Boys ground breaking album Pet Sounds, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Pet Sounds was recorded in late 1965 and early 1966, about a year after Brian Wilson had withdrawn from playing live with The Beach Boys in order to concentrate on composing and studio work. While the rest of the band were out on tour, Brian Wilson worked in the studio creating multi-layered compositions with painstaking attention to detail utilizing orchestration, sound effects and unusual instruments. When the band returned from tour they went into the studio to add their trademark complex vocal harmonies.
The new direction of the music caused some consternation within the group and the program explores the band's relationship at this time as well as the creation of the music through interviews with all the surviving Beach Boys and others involved in the creation of the album. The US press didn't know what to make of the album at first, although it later became acknowledged as both important and influential. In the UK the album was immediately acclaimed and commercially successful, peaking at No.2 in the albums chart and remaining in the Top 10 for 6 months. Pet Sounds is now universally regarded as one of the finest albums of the sixties and thoroughly merits its place in the Classic Albums series.
Cuts from many of the Pet Sounds album tracks including God Only Knows, Wouldn't It Be Nice, Sloop John B, I Know There's An Answer, Let's Go Away For A While and I Just Wasn't Made For These Times.
Over 30 minutes of additional interviews not included in the broadcast version.
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I was hoping for a little more at the board and live demonstration of the parts played by the wrecking crew and others. Don't get me wrong worth viewing but i'm just not sure other BB freaks like me will find enough insight into the making as they were hoping for. I actually probably learned more
from the bonus material centering around the recording and production of Gold Vibrations than the PS documentary. Also found the choice of some of the interviewed including Helen Shapiro was odd and really didn't dee a connection with her and the Beach Boys. Nice BRD presentation and the sound is killer (i kicked it up on my Bose lifestyle system and could imagine being right there in the studio). I did notice the price dropped right at release date to $17.99 which puts it within a couple of dollars of the DVD version. I wish i could give it a five but for now i'm solid at 4 stars.
Both documentaries were produced by the BBC (and aired on BBC4 in the UK). So, even though the Beach Boys are “An American Band”, all the interviews of those not directly involved in the recording of the original album (at eight different studios in California) – such as the living members of the BBS (and archival footage of Dennis speaking), musicians from “The Wrecking Crew” (Hal Blaine, Don Randi, the audio engineer, and co-lyricist to Brian Wilson, Peter Asher – the others are UK authors or critics. We even hear from (and see) 60s British pop star Helen Shapiro (remember her one US hit, “Walkin’ Back To Happiness”? I always loved it), who was on the concert bill with BBs in the 1960s.
The BD is part of an ongoing series titled “Classic Albums” that was produced by Isis Entertainment in the UK in the Early 70s (and which aired on the BBC and on VH1 in the 1970s and 80s. Eagle Vision released on DVD in the US). Each took a landmark album and covered it “track by track”! Most were an hour in length. I’m not certain, but I don’t think there has been a “Classic Albums: documentary in the last 25 years until this new 2016 one, created to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of “Pet Sounds”.
I learned a lot – and got to hear some great stories here and will now listen to the album with new insight.
For the US BD release Eagle Vision has added 32 minutes of additional bonuses. The first 10 minutes consist of a section which would not have been appropriate to include in the “Pet Sounds” doc. It’s a deconstruction of the recording of what may be the most creative record Brian Wilson ever produced – the single “Good Vibrations”. This sing was NOT on the “Pet Sounds” album so – until Eagle Vision starts a “Classic Singles” series, this is the way to get it out there. You’ll be amazed to hear how detailed that track is! The balance consists of two sound engineers (the original “Pet Sounds” guy and Mark Linett, who has been remastering the BB recordings, sitting at a console playing with the individual sounds to show how a record is made. This part will be a bit to tekkie for most folks. It was for me.
This BD (or DVD) is a must for any BB or Wilson fan and anyone who has ever considered “Pet Sounds” to be the landmark album it is.
Now it’s time for Eagle Vision and the BBC to give the “Classic Albums” treatment to albums from the 1980s onward.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful. (Note that it will be released on September 23, 2016. I received am advance screener in exchange for an objective review).
from this period (Smile; Sgt. Pepper; Revolver; Rubber Soul; etc) would be examined in this excellent series...
There is some new material here not on my other 4 Beach Boys DVD's.
There's little from the actual making of the fantastic album, unfortunately, as it likely does not exist.