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Pet Sounds [DVD AUDIO] [DVD Audio]

The Beach Boys DVD Audio
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 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 (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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85 of 90 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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...umm...wow 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 One of the best albums ever period 29 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is one of THE best if not the best album ever. I wasn't going to bother writing a review until I saw a review which only gave this album 4 stars! I was shocked simply because there are very very few albums that have bettered this cycle of songs. If there's one thing to be said it's the fact that the songs are so spiritual and emotional. The slower songs such as tracks 4 and 13 are some of the most beautiful songs you'll ever here. In fact if you are in love or have ever been loved then these songs will mean so much. And like love this album grows on you. It's no wonder Paul McCartney thinks this is the greatest album ever, so moving in fact that he has often cried when listening to it. Like he said when giving a copy to each of his children, to be given a head start in life you need to listen to this record.
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33 of 37 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musically Sophisticated 11 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
I am not a rock fan, so I won't complain about the lack of aggressiveness in the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys like some other commentators do. I am simply interested in chord structures, instrumentation, vocal arrangements etc With those points in mind, this album can't be beaten!

In terms of chord structures, many of the songs are more complex to what the Beatles were doing in Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sergeant Pepper's (not to deny that these albums were masterworks too!). E.g Let's Go Away For Awhile, God Only Knows, Don't Talk. In terms of arrangements and production, this is, I believe, where classically influenced instrumentation was applied on a large scale for the first time - in a pop album (The Beatles would not do so until Pepper's and Abbey Road) - with splendind results. This was not your usual rock and roll, drums, guitars bass sound.

Even the lyrics are simple but honest.

Ignorant are those who think Elton John and Barry Manilow are superior to Brian Wilson's talents (this reviewer seems to forget that Elton John himself has said Wilson was one of his heroes). It is well known that many musicians and producers including McCartney and George Martin hold this album in high esteem (Leonard Bernstein thought highly of Wilson too, at least with regard to his work during the '66-67 years).

The album has also stood the test of time, and it sounds great in concert too!

So, I would suggest you purchase the album without considering the garbage of reviewers who dismiss it for the simple reason that they are musically illiterate!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian writes a classic
By late 1965, Brian Wilson entered the most adventurous (and arguably least commercial) phase of his career as the Beach Boys principal songwriter; 'Pet Sounds' represents, for... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Prog Rob
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not bad, love Beach Boys music
Published 11 days ago by Mrs. M. R. Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best ever
Published 12 days ago by Mr Derek S Goss
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hated it. Ended up giving it away to the ...
Absolutely hated it. Ended up giving it away to the Charity Shop. Have always wanted to listen to it because everyone raved on it and actually compared it to The Beatles. Read more
Published 26 days ago by William Gardner
3.0 out of 5 stars Beach Boys feed goats at pet zoo...
Purely as sound, this lives up to its reputation as one of pop/rock's most notable works. The problem with it is, there's a lack of energy and a complete absence of edge. Read more
Published 1 month ago by gille liath
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
a great album from a great band the songs are timeless. This is an album to listen to and it makes you feel happy.
Published 1 month ago by nuffield nigel
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Good service & price (again).
You think you remember it but you don't really - a real treat and timeless.
Published 1 month ago by Pilgrim143
5.0 out of 5 stars had to buy it again!
Someone vacuumed and cleaned out my moms car and Pet Sounds was never seen again. She keeps mentioning it so I have no problem ordering another one, as it was a great CD x
Published 2 months ago by jenny IoW
5.0 out of 5 stars What a classic!
There has only ever been one Beach Boys and this album shows them at their best.Great for a sing-along in the car.
Published 3 months ago by Juless55
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 5 months ago by Richard Clark
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