The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

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Pet Sounds¬†is the 11th studio album by the American rock band the Beach Boys, released May 16, 1966 on Capitol Records. It was initially met with a lukewarm critical and commercial response in the U.S., peaking at number 10 on¬†Billboard‘s Top LPs chart. In the UK, the album was lauded by critics and reached number 2 on the Top 40 Albums Chart, remaining in the top ten for six months. Promoted there as “the most progressive pop album ever”,¬†Pet Sounds¬†garnered recognition for its ambitious production, sophisticated music, and emotional lyric content. It is considered to be among the most influential albums in music history.

The album was produced, arranged, and almost entirely composed by Brian Wilson with guest lyricist Tony Asher. It was recorded largely between January and April 1966, a year after Wilson quit touring with his bandmates. His goal was to create “the greatest rock album ever made”‚ÄĒa cohesive work with no filler tracks. It is sometimes considered a Wilson solo album that builds upon the advancements of¬†The Beach Boys Today!¬†(1965). Lead single “Caroline, No” was issued as his official solo debut. It was followed by two singles credited to the group: “Sloop John B” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” (backed with “God Only Knows”).

Incorporating elements of pop, jazz, exotica, classical, and the avant-garde, Wilson’s Wall of Sound-based orchestrations mixed conventional rock set-ups with elaborate layers of vocal harmonies, found sounds, and instruments never before associated with rock, such as bicycle bells, French horn, flutes, Electro-Theremin, string sections, and beverage cans. The album could not be replicated live and was the first time a group departed from the usual small-ensemble electric rock band format for a whole LP. An early concept album, it consists mainly of introspective songs like “I Know There’s an Answer”, a critique of LSD users; and “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times”, the first use of a theremin-like instrument on a rock record. The album’s unprecedented total production cost exceeded $70,000 (equivalent to $560,000 in 2020). An expanded edition,¬†The Pet Sounds Sessions, was released in 1997 with isolated vocals and instrumental versions, session highlights, and the album’s first true stereo mix.

Pet Sounds¬†revolutionized the field of music production and the role of producers within the music industry, introduced novel approaches to orchestration, chord voicings, and structural harmonies, and furthered the cultural legitimization of popular music, a greater public appreciation for albums, the use of recording studios as an instrument, and the development of psychedelic music and progressive/art rock. It has topped several critics’ and musicians’ polls for the best album of all time, including those published by¬†NME,¬†Mojo,¬†Uncut, and¬†The Times. In 2004, it was preserved in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” It has been certified platinum by the RIAA, indicating over one million units sold.

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