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Pet Sounds (album) by The Beach Boys 

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Pet Sounds
Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys (1966)
Overall rank: 13th   Overall chart history
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1966 (2nd)
Top 10 albums of the 1960s (6th)
Top 20 albums of all time (13th)

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Members who like this album also like: Revolver by The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles and Abbey Road by The Beatles.


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From corenfro 01/31/2017 03:25
Much has written of Brian Wilson's life and his career. I will have the pleasure of seeing likely one of his final shows this March and I can't wait - pet sounds will be played in it's entirety.

Pet sounds is the best album of the 60's - and it was all Wilson. Plagued with mental health issues his whole life, there was a time period where he was able to utilize his wonderfully unique brain to create just some very stunning art. Three things drive this album: vocal harmonies, chord progressions, and aesthetic.

The voice of Brian Wilson along with the other beach boys are just tremendous. They weave through the chord progressions adding and subtracting different notes, it's just wonderful.

The chord progressions are simple, mostly major, and the key will change without the uncritical listener noticing much of a difference because Wilson does it so smoothly. I'm no music theory expert, but the "God Only Knows" has such a beauty in the key changes when I go to play it on Piano.

Pet Sounds was revolutionary as far as the recording technology that went into it. It sounds a little dated, but there are so many bands today trying to get a similar aesthetic that it's hard to knock him for that.

Pet Sounds MADE the Beatles start to be more artistic (they took influence from Zappa as well for this) The Beatles, Animal Collective, Tame Impala, Radiohead, Brian Eno, and may others have the Beach Boys to thank.
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From malfinious 01/28/2017 20:02
It's always a toss-up for me whether Revolver or Pet Sounds is the ultimate psychedelic pop album. Revolver may rank higher for me overall but that doesn't take away from the fact that Pet sounds is still #4 all-time in my book. I think this album features the greatest harmonies ever recorded and pretty groundbreaking production as well as instrumental work. Can't really go wrong here folks.
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From TheHutts 01/25/2017 21:48
Brian Wilson’s magnum opus, Pet Sounds mixed introspective lyrics with innovative instrumentation and Spector-inspired recording techniques, and topped them off with The Beach Boys lush harmonies.
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From Egophobia 01/17/2017 09:48
The quintessential psychedelic pop rock album. Not a single bad song, and some of these are everlasting masterpieces :)
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From hereforashortime 01/13/2017 15:57
It's not some artistic concept album, it's not particularly epic, it's very simple, but it knows it's simple, and it uses that to make 35 music of amazing music, not one track is filler, it's all fantastic.
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From slurpdurp 12/28/2016 07:01
Brian Wilson's composition and lyricism stands out most on this album. The compositions are brilliant and the use of many classical instruments adds so much to the beauty of this music. It is innovative and paved the way for the future of art rock. Pet Sounds was one of the albums that paved the way for LPs being full of great songs, rather than based around singles. Its influence reaches far and it holds up well even today as some of the best songwriting of all time.
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From crimson 12/17/2016 04:05
This is not only -IMO- the best album ever, but also stands among the greatest compositions of all time. Firebird, Golberg Variations, Schostakocih Concerto for Violin, and among them all: Pet Sounds by Brian Wilson.
Wilson is unmatched to this day. Sgt. Pepper is not as good as this one, and the only reason people say it is becouse they are trained to say it.
No band has reached the compositional paradise that Wilson reached in Pet Sounds and Smile. The music is just perfect, classicaly perfect. The lyrics are genious, maybe not at Lorca level, but amazingly great. The production is beyond words.
I think that when capitalism is done with the Beatles (and with 20th century music in general) probably art and music historians will look back and accept that this is the apotheosis of the 20th century music.
The Beatles are a crafted myth. Long live the Beach Boys.
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From flamingyesdept 12/08/2016 20:05
I wonder what people would think of The Beach Boys if this hadn't been made, considering all their other albums are so ridiculously underrated. Would they even be remembered? For that reason alone, this album is crucial. And it is indeed a masterpiece, worthy of every piece of praise it receives. But there is so much more to The Beach Boys than just this album.
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From Tidus1997 11/15/2016 22:19
Avant-garde Pop at its best. What happens if you have three of the most popular groups listening to each other's records? Pet Sounds.

The Beatles took quotes from Highway 51, performed by Bob Dylan, to make Rubber Soul. And The Beach Boys took quotes from Rubber Soul to make Pet Sounds. After that, The Beatles took quotes from this album to make one of the best records ever made, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. After all of that musical history happened, Brian Wilson thought, why not make an album that could top them all?

Unfortunately, this was around the time his mental state was decaying, and his problems with drugs and alcohol were catching up with him. It took sixty years to get even close to a draft of what Smile would have been.

That's not to say Smile wouldn't have been bad. I feel bad for Brian Wilson. But it's important to note, he chose to experiment with different ideas, in the same way he was experimenting with drugs. Eventually, he had to pay the price, much like his contemporaries: Syd Barret, Rory Erickson, and many others.

The album, is good. That's all there is to it. The album starts off with the weird piano sounds generated by Brian Wilson. Then it starts to drone off with filer six songs after that. Sloop John B happens after those songs end. It's a story about how Brian Wilson spent time with his grandpa.

God only knows what I'd be without you; Brian Wilson is a genius. We already know that. The song from Bioshock Infinite, Brian Wilson originally coined that. After that song, Brian Wilson achknowledges how different his work is.

It's 2016, fifty years after Pet Sounds hit the radio, and we're still listening to it. Another fifty years after that, we will still be listening to it. If anyone likes the music from the sixties, Pet Sounds is an album that they should listen to.
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From awesomness425 11/14/2016 18:20
This is extremely consistent and flows well.
Super cheery and happy in every aspect.
This album definitely reaches it's heights because of Brian Wilsons Vocal Harmonies.
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Best Albums of 1966
1. Revolver by The Beatles
2. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
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4. Aftermath by The Rolling Stones
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