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Pet Sounds [DVD AUDIO] [DVD Audio]

The Beach Boys DVD Audio
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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  • DVD Audio (1 Sep 2003)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players.
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: DVD Audio
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B0000A1WFR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really is the best! 10 May 2002
By Holf
Format:Audio CD
I had heard reference to Pet Sounds many times over the years and knew it to be considered by many prominent modern artists to be a formative influence and perhaps the greatest popular music album of all time. However, I somehow never got round to actually finding this out for myself. Firstly, although I had heard and loved some of the well-known Beach Boys classic hits, I never considered them to be worthy of ‘all time greatest’ material (except perhaps ‘God Only Knows’ and ‘Good Vibrations’, one of which is actually on Pet Sounds and the other of which is from the same era). Secondly, the fact that it was mixed in mono also put me off. I would love to say I am sufficiently discerning to appreciate a mono mix for pure musical content alone. But the truth of the matter is I like the quick audio fix that stereo gives – I am very much into swirling vistas of moving sound.
So, it was with great anticipation, and some apprehension at being let down, that I first listened to this Pet Sounds release. I skipped the mono tracks and jumped straight to the stereo re-mixes. I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing, so I played it back again… and again. It is now two weeks on and I haven’t stopped playing it, back to back, time after time. And although I will no doubt listen to other music again at some point soon, I know I will be able to revisit Pet Sounds any time at all for the rest of my life. It really is eternal.
There will be classical purists who will snort with derision at comparisons between Brian Wilson and the great classical composers such as Mozart and Beethoven.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For newbies only really... 1 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This package, nice as the fuzzy packaging is, compiles a lot of already released stuff. 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. For a complete roundup of Pet Sounds in one hit it's excellent. If you're a big fan you already have the stuff that's worth having. If you're a completist though, it'll be an essential buy!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well desrving of the hype 11 Feb 2001
Format:Audio CD
Upon first hearing this album, I have to honestly say I couldn't relate to the album as a whole. I liked the hits (God Only Knows, Sloop John B, and Wouldn't It Be Nice?), but that was it. Over twenty years later and it is now in my top 10 desert island albums, and will always remain there.
Brian Wilson took a HUGE gamble in writing music from his soul, and while Pet Sounds has become a bandwagon classic among music fans world-wide, it is a personal listening experience that improves over time. You simply cannot get it the first time around.
The Beach Boys vocals are stunning. At the time of its creation Brian Wilson used the latest 8-track recorders to expand the groups vocal dynamics. This is an important aspect of the band...that is, they were a vocal group rather than a rock group.
Pet Sounds is a shining gem waiting to be discovered. Given that the Beach Boys haven't attracted the most favourable reviews for most of their later careers, this album is a rare example of praise given where praise is due.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
Just before Christmas I turned on the radio and, quite by coincedence, heard they were going to play God Only Knows by The Beach Boys. I was intrigued; The Beach Boys on Virgin? Then I heard the song. I can actually say that song changed my life, and will probably remain my favourite song ever. So, soon I...acquired it..., and listened again, and again, and again. Finally I decided to get the album for Christmas.
My first impression was of VAST disappointment. I mean, I felt so gutted. The masterpiece I had heard so much about, and anticipated for so long, had about 3 good songs and the rest were just filler. However, since I had heard it was one of the best albums ever, I persevered. Wow. Wow wow wow wow wow. Words cannot describe how incredible this album is. The sweeping harmonies of Still Believe In Me, the joyously up-tempo Wouldn't It Be Nice, the mind-bogglingly heartfelt Don't Talk, and of course, God Only Knows. And do you know what. My parents STILL think that it's "Christmas music". And all my friends think that it's a load of tripe (while they listen to Kings of Leon and Blink-182).
Now, only 5 months on, I've already bought my ticket to see Brian Wilson in July, to see SMiLE. Wish me luck!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible and Underrated Album 28 Mar 2003
By Rob
Format:Audio CD
This is possibly the best album you're likely to hear. Ever. Ignored by so many mainly because of memories of the "Surfin' Safari" days, it really puts into perspective how awful modern day pop music actually is. This album was born in the days before "pop" was a dirty word. Back in the day when people used to write their own music. And good music at that.
When you consider just how restricted Brian Wilson was in terms of equipment when he wrote and produced this album, it's importance becomes all the clearer: most sound engineers today wouldn't be able to replicate it.
Every song on the list is a classic in it's own right, including the two instrumentals: yet another misconception about Brian Wilson's genius disproved by this record (many believed that he could only compose vocal-based music).
In summary, buy this album if you don't own it. Any true music lover already does.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.76 to be precise!
Yes some of the greatest music ever recorded but some pretty ordinary tracks mixed in as well, there's something about the flow of this album that doesn't quite sit right with me,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Clark
1.0 out of 5 stars over hyped b***ocks
I bought this on the pre tense that it was meant to be a classic , talk about disappointment .

I buy a lot of 60s albums and this is the worst , thank God (only knows)... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Sim
5.0 out of 5 stars A mono record magically revived into 5.1 surround beauty
I never was a Beach Boys fan but Pet Sounds is a true gem. It sounds very 60's with great vocals and upbeat atmosphere. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jan Malarik
3.0 out of 5 stars good work, bad LP
my LP came scratched, so what can I say? the work in itself is excellent, of course. Brian Wilson is a genious
Published 3 months ago by Diego A. P. García
5.0 out of 5 stars let this golden river flow
This is a wonderfuII cd and will flow to your emotions
And leave you with a warm glow you will want to treasure and return to time and time again. Read more
Published 5 months ago by c rider
5.0 out of 5 stars What a music!
This album has a strange magic. I discovered it too late since I have my sacred musical monsters and I refused to accept some others. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Leon Blanco
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole wormery of ear-worms
As with many reviewers, I came to this album mostly out of curiosity about its exalted reputation. If anything, I had put off exploring it because of the Beach Boys' rather... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Broom71
5.0 out of 5 stars Excuse me
If you haven't got this in your music collection and your reading these to see if you might / should buy it I will say the following:
1) There is not a bad track on this... Read more
Published 10 months ago by RJ
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing!
The Beach Boys DO have some great songs with some first-class harmonizing and I do have a
number of such songs on various compilation albums; however as I did not have any... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Al Guitaro
3.0 out of 5 stars Pet Sounds 40th Anniversary Edition
We had wanted this edition for a while and were disappointed as it seemed very old fashioned and didn't live up to our expectations. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ALISON
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