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ebby
09-18-2010, 06:42 PM
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Pet Sounds is the eleventh studio album by the American rock band The Beach Boys, released May 16, 1966, on Capitol Records. It has been widely ranked as one of the most influential records ever released in pop music and has been ranked at number #1 in several music magazines' lists of greatest albums of all time, including New Musical Express, The Times and Mojo Magazine. In 2003, it was ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

Pet Sounds was created several months after Brian Wilson had quit touring with the band in order to focus his attention on writing and recording. In it, he wove elaborate layers of vocal harmonies, coupled with sound effects and unconventional instruments such as bicycle bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, the Electro-Theremin, and dog whistles, along with the more usual keyboards and guitars.






What day/time suits people for this one? It'll be an interesting one I think :)

menju56
09-18-2010, 06:58 PM
Looking forward to this. I think I can do any day next week :)

SMMY
09-18-2010, 07:32 PM
Same here. Though afternoons are better for me.

The Seaward
09-19-2010, 08:53 AM
i'm glad to see this one make a Listening Party appearance. the beach boys are very dear to me. pet sounds, and especially smile, are crucial in the rankings of 'albums that changed my life'. as a kid, i scoffed at them. they just seemed like lame beatles rivals who sang about cars and girls. once brian wilson went off the deep end, he started writing songs that really tapped into all of the basic human emotions. the work they produced in the late sixties is timeless and essential.

(also, if not for the beach boys, i never would have discovered van dyke parks. i'd venture to say that parks is even MORE special to me. Song Cycle and Discover America... [post28] )

ebby
10-18-2010, 10:20 PM
Yo. Did anyone decide anything about this? C'mon people - who voted for it, as just 4 people have posted in here so far.

The Seaward
10-18-2010, 10:51 PM
a monday would be best for me.

menju56
10-18-2010, 11:29 PM
Monday's good for me too I think.

SMMY
10-19-2010, 03:26 PM
I'm up for Monday.

ebby
10-20-2010, 10:23 AM
ok, I'll add my vote for monday too.

Does the 11 (GMT)/ 7 (EST) kinda time work for people? (do I have those times right? we're still on daylight saving time here but that changes this Sunday over here and we're back on regular GMT then...)

The Seaward
10-20-2010, 10:29 AM
that'll work for me. :) i'm in.

menju56
10-20-2010, 02:37 PM
I'll be there!

ebby
10-22-2010, 10:35 PM
ok, I'll add my vote for monday too.

Does the 11 (GMT)/ 7 (EST) kinda time work for people? (do I have those times right? we're still on daylight saving time here but that changes this Sunday over here and we're back on regular GMT then...)

NO it totally doesn't change until the following weekend. DAMNIT. It switches on the last Sunday in October, which is usually the bank holiday weekend here, but not this year because the 31st is a Sunday. So, yeah, I got confused by the 5 weekends this October thing and the fact that our bank holiday monday is the last monday of the month, as opposed to the last weekend of the month.

So the times are the same, but just with the +1 for daylight saving still going on. Just in case it confuses people. So it's GMT+1 / EST+1 (yeah? or do you guys switch your clocks next weekend too? )

menju56
10-24-2010, 08:53 PM
I think we switch clocks next weekend too (Oct 31st.) It's confusing!

So... by my reckoning, this means the Listening Party is due to start in about 25 hours' time?

ebby
10-24-2010, 10:07 PM
Or, 24hours from now, ish ;)

ebby
10-25-2010, 07:02 PM
Three hours time, yes?

menju56
10-25-2010, 07:10 PM
Oui.

Haven't heard it for a couple of years, am looking forward to it.

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 09:11 PM
Three hours time, yes?

just dug out my copy! can't wait!

ebby
10-25-2010, 09:31 PM
Half hour to go folks!

ebby
10-25-2010, 09:50 PM
ten minutes. we all here?

menju56
10-25-2010, 09:55 PM
I am dusting off Pet Sounds and (in five minutes) will be raring to go!

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 09:59 PM
1 minute!

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:00 PM
Go!

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:01 PM
"wouldn't it be nice if we were older!"

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:01 PM
Ooh a very nice shift in melody in "Wouldn't It Be Nice". And of course the famous Beach Boys harmonies

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:02 PM
Courtesy of Brian Wilson (and Wikipedia)

"'Wouldn't It Be Nice' was not a real long song, but it's a very 'up' song. It expresses the frustrations of youth, what you can't have, what you really want and you have to wait for it."

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:03 PM
aside from the flawless vocals, i really love the production. "wouldn't it be nice" has so many wonderful things going on. that accordian, the trumpet, that drum (tympani?) crash right after the bridge towards the end...

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:04 PM
Change of pace for "You Still Believe In Me." I do love the '60s production sound

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:04 PM
Oh and it has bicycle bells in it!

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:04 PM
i love it too, menju. :) love those finger cymbals.

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:05 PM
oh yeah! DUH! if forgot they were bicycle bells!

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:05 PM
i love a good false ending. :)

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:06 PM
"that's not me" has some nice bass.

ebby
10-25-2010, 10:07 PM
Lolz. I was totally distracted and I'm about 7 minutes behind.

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:08 PM
get with the program, gurl!! ;)

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:09 PM
That's Not Me is very good.

I'm enjoying this! I haven't heard it since the summer of 2008 so I'm sort of (re)-discovering it

ebby
10-25-2010, 10:09 PM
get with the program, gurl!! ;)

Shut it.


Wouldn't It Be Nice - some of the best layered vocals. It is like someone bottled sunshine and happiness into one song.

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:10 PM
okay. so "don't talk (put your head on my shoulder)" isn't one of my favorites. it's nice, it fits perfectly on the album, but it's just a bit too wispy. not really there. though the chord progressions are very pretty. it's almost like a more chilled out bossa nova.

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:11 PM
Fact fans: Carol Kaye does bass on many (all?) of the songs on this album - Laura Veirs wrote a song for her on July Flame called, um, "Carol Kaye"!

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:12 PM
that's awesome! didn't know that. :)

ebby
10-25-2010, 10:12 PM
You Still Believe In Me - The arrangements are just so lush. This really big layered sound! It's quite dreamy.

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:13 PM
i always forget how much i like "i'm waiting for the day".

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:13 PM
Lovely melodies and arrangements and harmonies abound

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:15 PM
Courtesy of Brian Wilson (in 1967) and, again, Wikipedia, on "Let's Go Away For Awhile"



...the most satisfying piece of music I've ever made. I applied a certain set of dynamics through the arrangement and the mixing and got a full musical extension of what I'd planned during the earliest stages of the theme. I think the chord changes are very special. I used a lot of musicians on the track; twelve violins, piano, four saxes, oboe, vibes, a guitar with a coke bottle on the strings for a semi-steel guitar effect. Also, I used two basses and percussion. The total effect is Let's Go Away For Awhile, which is something everyone in the world must have said at some time or another. Nice thought; most of us don't go away, but it's still a nice thought.

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:16 PM
"let's go away for a while"!! the instrumental! oh my god, i LOVE this song. when those strings perk up and the melody starts ascending further and further upward.. [post28]

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:16 PM
"Sloop John B"

I can't help but think of Helen Mirren and Julie Walters meeting the press in Calendar Girls ;l

ebby
10-25-2010, 10:19 PM
OMG. "I'm Waiting For The Day" is just awesome really isn't it?

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:20 PM
and here's the crown jewel: "god only knows".

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:20 PM
Listening to the record now, some of Judee Sill's music reminds me somewhat of this record

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:20 PM
OMG. "I'm Waiting For The Day" is just awesome really isn't it?

yessir!!! :D

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:21 PM
"God Only Knows" has such an elegant, beautiful melody

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:22 PM
Listening to the record now, some of Judee Sill's music reminds me somewhat of this record

i've often made a connection in my mind between judee and brian wilson. i think their great love of classical composers, meshed with their more modern influences, brought them about to a similar place, compositionally speaking. the way their melodies and counter-melodies entwine, the way the strings and horns are arranged.... they're both paying homage to the greats, imo.

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:23 PM
Liking the saxophones in "I Know There's An Answer"

ebby
10-25-2010, 10:24 PM
AH! Yeay, I'm on "Sloop John B".

Still sounds so fresh. This album is a little bit like happy pills in musical form.

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:24 PM
i've often made a connection in my mind between judee and brian wilson. i think their great love of classical composers, meshed with their more modern influences, brought them about to a similar place, compositionally speaking. the way their melodies and counter-melodies entwine, the way the strings and horns are arranged.... they're both paying homage to the greats, imo.

Very well put - agreed

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:24 PM
yep. those saxophones are great.

note: glen campbell plays banjo on this one!

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:26 PM
ooooh when those dissonant horns come in at the beginning of "here today"... LOVE!

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:28 PM
Here Today feels like a (great) change of mood. Unusual.

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:28 PM
"here today" is sooooo good! the chorus, there's so much going on. the vocal part, the sliding-down-the-scale instrumentation... that bass!!!!

ebby
10-25-2010, 10:28 PM
:D "God Only Knows"

There's a sadness in the verses, but then it takes off and soars. The counterpuntal vocal bridge is just wonderful. The arrangements on this album really make it stand out.

ebby
10-25-2010, 10:29 PM
And then those overlapping layers in the final section [post28]

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:29 PM
"god only knows" always makes me think of Love, Actually. :) it was used to great effect in the final scene. as was joni's 2000 version of "both sides now". ugh. heartbreaking.

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:29 PM
Wikipedia tells me that "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" features the first use of a keyboard-controlled variation of the Theremin on a rock record. Cool to know!



"It's about a guy who was crying out because he thought he was too advanced, and that he'd eventually have to leave people behind. All my friends thought I was crazy to do Pet Sounds."

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:30 PM
"i just wasn't made for these times". one of my favorite beach boys songs, for sure. beautiful.

ebby
10-25-2010, 10:31 PM
Nice sax solo in "I Know There's An Answer" :)

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:32 PM
Brian Wilson apparently wanted "Pet Sounds" to be used as a James Bond theme

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:32 PM
when i was a kid, i used to think that theremin bit was someone singing. i thought they were drunk. ;l

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:33 PM
oooh "pet sounds". it's got a bit of everything. south-of-the-border percussiony bits, spy-guitar, the lovely horns, great melody...

ebby
10-25-2010, 10:34 PM
"here today" - great instrumental breakdown isn't it? Awesome stuff.

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:35 PM
here comes "caroline no". [post28]

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:35 PM
Caroline No is really pretty

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:36 PM
"here today" - great instrumental breakdown isn't it? Awesome stuff.

one of my favorite parts about the whole album. :)

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:36 PM
i sang "caroline no" in a vocal ensemble group in high school. we won at the state competition with this one! always holds a special place in my heart.

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:38 PM
^ Wow!

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:39 PM
"here comes your ego" is an interesting way to end the album. i love it, though. it just seems like "caroline no" would've made a really nice closer. not that i really have a problem with it one way or the other.

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:39 PM
That went so quick! ebby's still going though ;)

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:40 PM
i know! i can't believe how fast that went!

ebby
10-25-2010, 10:40 PM
(shaddap - I'm rocking out in my room to "pet sounds" at the moment)

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:42 PM
^^ :D

menju56
10-25-2010, 10:44 PM
I think this album will get some more rotation from me over the next few days. I enjoyed our listening party. An intimate gathering!

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:45 PM
have y'all heard the "Purple Chick" version of "Smile"? it's actually my favorite beach boys album. i've heard many of the bootleg copies of "Smile, but none of them hold a candle to the "purple chick" version. the sound is as close to flawless as we'll ever get.

The Seaward
10-25-2010, 10:46 PM
yes, this was so much fun! :) an intimate gathering of audio blissfulness.

SMMY
10-26-2010, 04:35 AM
I completely suck. I had something pop up and completely forgot about the listening party for this. Next time I'm marking my calendar, so I don't forget. On the bright side, I've got it upload on my iPod and am listening to it right now. The Beatles were right to be a bit envious of this album.

ebby
10-26-2010, 10:48 AM
I was wondering where you were!