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  • Audio Cassette (30 Aug 1996)
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B00000EEMW
  • 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 (126 customer reviews)

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88 of 93 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By a music fan on 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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12 of 13 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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