Beach Boys – Pet Sounds – Stereo (45rpm 180g 2LP)

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Analogue Productions – AAPP 067-45 – 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio – Capitol ST 2458
AAA 100% Analogue – Limited Edition – Pressed at QRP Quality Record Pressings

This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head

“Produced, composed and arranged by Brian Wilson, Pet Sounds stands as the Beach Boys’ pinnacle. The album is brimming with beautiful ballads, exotic instrumentation, lush five-part harmonies, and aching sentimentality. Recorded largely with session players from L.A.’s fabled Wrecking Crew, Pet Sounds was Wilson’s chance to step away from songs about surfing and cars, instead crafting tender songs about adolescent love, both newfound and lost, as well as innocence and bewilderment. Analogue Productions’ two-disc 45 RPM, 200-gram stereo album boasts exceptionally detailed separation and aptly showcases Pet Sounds’ shimmering sonics. Mark Linett produced this stereo mix with an assembled multi-track master that synched the original four-track instrumental master with the four- and eight-track vocal overdub master. It was then mixed to 15 ips 1/4-inch analog tape with SR noise reduction. How good is it? Carol Kaye’s picked Fender P-Bass is tight and punchy on the intro to “God Only Knows,” and the clarity reveals the swelling emotion of Carl Wilson’s angelic lead vocal to announce that you’ve entered the Church of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Say amen.” – Music 5/5, Sonics 4.5/5, Greg Cahill, The Absolute Sound, December 2017

“All of us, Ginger (Baker), Jack (Bruce), and I consider Pet Sounds to be one of the greatest pop LPs to ever be released. It encompasses everything that’s ever knocked me out and rolled it all into one.” – Eric Clapton

Pet Sounds is famous for its use of multiple layers of unorthodox instrumentation as well as other cutting edge audio techniques for its time. It’s considered the best Beach Boys album, and one of the best of the 1960s. The group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and production, layering tracks upon tracks of vocals and instruments to create a richly symphonic sound.

Conventional keyboards and guitars were combined with exotic touches of orchestrated strings, bicycle bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, Theremin, Hawaiian-sounding string instruments, Coca-Cola cans, barking dogs, and more. It wouldn’t have been a classic without great songs, and this has some of the group’s most stunning melodies, as well as lyrical themes which evoke both the intensity of newly born love affairs and the disappointment of failed romance (add in some general statements about loss of innocence and modern-day confusion as well). The spiritual quality of the material is enhanced by some of the most gorgeous upper-register male vocals (especially by Brian and Carl Wilson) ever heard on a rock record. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” “Caroline No,” and “Sloop John B” (the last of which wasn’t originally intended to go on the album) are the well-known hits, but equally worthy are such cuts as “You Still Believe in Me,” “Don’t Talk,” “I Know There’s an Answer,” and “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times.” It’s often said that this is more of a Brian Wilson album than a Beach Boys recording (session musicians played most of the parts), but it should be noted that the harmonies are pure Beach Boys (and some of their best).

VH-1 named Pet Sounds as the No. 3 album in the Top 100 Albums in Rock ‘n’ Roll History, as judged in a poll of musicians, executives and journalists. It’s been ranked No. 1 in several music magazines’ lists of the greatest albums of all time, including NME, The Times and Mojo Magazine. It was ranked No. 2 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

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A1Wouldn't It Be Nice2:22
A2You Still Believe In Me2:33
A3That's Not Me2:27
A4Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)2:52
B1I'm Waiting For The DayWritten-By – Mike Love3:01
B2Let's Go Away For Awhile2:18
B3Sloop John BArranged By –Brian Wilson2:57
C1God Only Knows2:46
C2I Know There's An AnswerWritten-By –Terry Sachen3:10
C3Here Today2:38
D1I Just Wasn't Made For These Times3:21
D2Pet Sounds2:20
D3Caroline No2:16
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