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Pet Sounds [VINYL] Limited Edition

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  • Vinyl (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Capital/EMI
  • ASIN: B001B0G5WA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
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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 Awhile
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

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2008 vinyl LP pressing of the Beach Boys' masterpiece, originally released in 1966. Capitol. From the album sleeve: "This monophonic microgroove recording is playable on monophonic and stereo phonographs. It cannot become obsolete. It will continue to be a source of outstanding sound reproduction, providing the finest monophonic performance from any phonograph."

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Holf on 10 May 2002
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 27 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Surely one of the great albums of all time, Brian Wilson used his troubled genius to unsurpassed effect, pouring heart and soul into this collection of 13 masterpieces. In the Beach Boys he had at his disposal an incredibly skilled vocal group whose voices could blend and mix in the empathetic way that only comes from a family group who have grown up singing, and who were also perfectly capable of recreating the core of the album's sound in live performance.
Brian Wilson had worked hard for the group for several years, composing many of the songs, singing lead, arranging the harmony vocals, playing bass guitar and piano and honing his production skills, which were greatly inspired by the work of Phil Spector. He used the same pool of musicians and occasionally the same studio in Hollywood, and like Spector he was an innovator and pioneer who could brilliantly combine unusual pairs or multiples of instruments to create a unique single sound.

It all came together on this album, by which time he had retired from the touring group to concentrate on his composing and record-making. The beautiful melodies and the "pet sounds" he created were matched by some exquisite lyrics that were written in collaboration with Tony Asher and other writers. Brian Wilson had been inspired by hearing Rubber Soul and was fuelled by an ambition to match it in which he was wholly successful. In turn, Pet Sounds inspired the Beatles to go on to create Sgt Pepper. It was this spirit of competitive creativity that led to his unfortunate burn out during the creation of Smile, his response to Sgt Pepper.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "archy_mailbo" on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Edwards on 19 Aug. 2006
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I must admit on hearing that a 40th aniversary Cd was going to find itself into music shops, I was a bit pesimistic as to the result of it. Having fully realised what it is that is being offered to the fans (because in reality the fans are the main market of this particular collection - music-lovers who have never heard the album before are probably going to be more prone to getting the bargain version that is priced at around £5 in the shops), I have come to the decision that this is well worth getting.

While this certain item won't surpass the revolutionary box set that came out ten years ago, for the fans it is still worth getting. Packaged like the remastered 2-disc versions of David Bowie's classic albums, Pet Sounds has been given to us again as a stereo/mono album on one disc and a special DVD on the second disc that includes the making of Pet Sounds and some extra special treats for the hardcore fans a long with a new written booklet that tells the true story of Pet Sounds. That in itself is enough reasons to buy the greatest album of all time.

Of course, Pet Sounds in itself is enough reason to buy this new edition. The album opens up with the fantastic "Wouldn't It Be Nice" which most couples in the world can relate to.

Next is the fantastic "You Still believe In Me" which to this day still sounds like a major achievement in Pop/Rock/Classical music. The way in which Brian Wilson achieves the feeling of it being almost childlike is genius.

"That's Not Me" is next and offers the simple realisation of a man who is leaving home for the first time and making it on his own.

"Don't Talk" is one of the most haunting tracks ever written.
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