Monday, February 8, 2016

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (1966)

Genre: Pop / Surf Rock
Website: Homepage
For Fans Of: The Beatles
Track List:
- Wouldn't It Be Nice
- You Still Believe in Me
- That's Not Me
- Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
- I'm Waiting for the Day
- Let's Go Away for Awhile
- Sloop John B
- God Only Knows
- I Know There's an Answer
- Here Today
- I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
- Pet Sounds
- Caroline, No

This is where surf rock comes from, this band led the movement and introduced us to some of the greatest music ever made on this planet.  So then what does that make their 11th album, "Pet Sounds"?  It makes it THE quintessential album to have if you are a fan of the genre, and in my opinion one of, if not the greatest album ever made.  Blah blah blah controversies, I get it, they stole some shit from Chuck Berry and were shot into greatness by competing with the Beatles for record sales.  But fuck man, just listen to the instrumentation and the production and all of the effort put into "Pet Sounds".  This is immaculate, and the harmonies are everything you want in your pop songs.  I assume that mostly everyone has listened to this album in it's entirety at least once, but if you haven't you need this in your collection.  I promise you won't be let down.  Also, if you dig this I would check out The Beatles' "Rubber Soul" to get an idea of what inspired Brian Wilson to create this album.  Then you can listen to McCartney's and Lennon's response to "Pet Sounds" with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" which you can download here.  Another fun fact is that "God Only Knows" is Paul McCartney's favorite song.  Yeah.

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