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Artist: The Beach Boys

Date Released: 1966

Label: Capitol

Produced By: Brian Wilson


  1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
  2. You Still Believe In Me
  3. That's Not Me
  4. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
  5. I'm Waiting For The Day
  6. Let's Go Away For A While
  7. Sloop John B
  8. God Only Knows
  9. I Know There's An Answer
  10. Here Today
  11. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
  12. Pet Sounds
  13. Caroline, No
  14. Hang On To Your Ego (CD Bonus Track)


This is possibly one of the highest rated albums of all time—and rightfully so. Pet Sounds truly is Brian Wilson's masterpiece, even more so than his recently completed Smile album. This is such a beautiful, sad album—even the happier, more dreaming songs are a bit of a downer (the exquisite "Wouldn't It Be Nice" for example, or the gorgeous "God Only Knows"). Brian Wilson's writing partner/co-lyricist on this record was Tony Asher -- there's an earlier version of "Good Vibrations" written with him (the same lyrics that appears on that version on Smile) which take the song in a bit more downcast fashion. Ownership of this album is basically a requirement for indie-pop cred, but it's a damn fine record—and not the only essential Beach Boys release. While the later albums were more erratic, there are wonderful gems scattered throughout the confusing "Johnny Carson" type curveballs -- "'Til I Die" would fit in perfectly on Pet Sounds and is similarly heartbreaking as a lot of the stuff on this record. Famously, Mike Love hated this record, and wanted the Beach Boys to get back to stupid songs about cars and surfing. God forbid they actually record an album that's got real depth, beauty and emotion about what it is to be a fucking human being, right? Oh well, after Smile fell through, they got their chance. Ain't that right, Mr. Kokomo? - Rev. Syung Myung Me

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