47. The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

From 1966, here’s Pet Sounds from The Beach Boys.

What is there left to say by a guy like me, who isn’t a music writer, that hasn’t been said about Pet Sounds? Well, here’s something that many people might not admit. The first time I heard this album, I didn’t like it. No, not at all. Other than the big songs, “Wouldn’t it Be Nice,” “Sloop John B,” and God Only Knows,” which I used to hear all the time on WCBS-FM when I was driving places with my parents, I didn’t like the album at all. It was all over my head, I guess.

The interesting thing, I guess, is one day, I was walking around New York City, and I realized I was humming, not just one, but all of the songs as I went to the drug store and the shoe store and stopped for a pint. I hadn’t listened to it in a while, but there it was, stuck in my head, and it was great. I went home, put it on, sat down on the couch, and listened. Now? Well… wow. What a fantastic album, top to bottom. If you don’t know this album, buy it, let it sink in, and enjoy it.

The copy I have is pretty cool. It’s a deluxe edition, with the mono mix of it immediately followed by the stereo mix. Plus, you get “Hang On To Your Ego,” which is “I Know There’s an Answer” with different lyrics, and was covered many years later by Frank Black.

 

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