Pet Sounds (Original Mono & Stereo Mix Versions)

The Beach BoysMay 16, 1966
'60s Pop℗ 2001 Capitol Records Inc.
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Pet Sounds is the eleventh studio album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released on May 16, 1966. It initially met with a lukewarm critical and commercial response in the United States, peaking at number 10 in the Billboard 200, a somewhat lower placement than the band's preceding albums. In the United Kingdom, the album was hailed by the music press and was an immediate commercial success, peaking at number 2 in the UK Top 40 Albums Chart and remaining among the top ten positions for six months. Promoted as "the most progressive pop album ever", Pet Sounds attracted recognition for its ambitious recording and uniquely sophisticated music, and is widely considered to be among the most influential albums in the history of music.
The album was produced, arranged, and almost entirely composed by Brian Wilson. Most of the recording sessions were conducted between January and April 1966, a year after Wilson had quit touring with the Beach Boys to focus on writing and recording. For Pet Sounds, Wilson's goal was to create "the greatest rock album ever made"—a personalized work with no filler tracks.

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Wouldn't It Be Nice2:25
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You Still Believe In Me (Remastered)2:34
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That's Not Me (Remastered)2:30
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Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (Remastered)2:54
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I'm Waiting For The Day (Remastered)3:06
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Let's Go Away For A While (Remastered)2:21
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Sloop John B (Remastered)3:00
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God Only Knows (Remastered)2:53
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I Know There's An Answer (Remastered)3:11
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Here Today (Remastered)2:55
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I Just Wasn't Made For These Times (Remastered)3:15
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Pet Sounds (Remastered)2:23
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Caroline, No (Remastered)2:53
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Hang On To Your Ego3:03
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Wouldn't It Be Nice (Stereo Mix)2:33
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You Still Believe In Me (Remastered)2:36
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That's Not Me (Remastered)2:31
18
Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (Remastered)2:58
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I'm Waiting For The Day (Remastered)3:06
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Let's Go Away For Awhile (Remastered)2:24
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Sloop John B (Remastered)2:59
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God Only Knows (Remastered)2:54
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I Know There's An Answer (Remastered)3:18
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Here Today (Remastered)3:07
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I Just Wasn't Made For These Times (Remastered)3:21
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Pet Sounds (Remastered)2:37
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Caroline, No (Remastered)2:51
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Total length
1:16:38
Tracks
27
Released
January 1, 2001
Label
℗ 2001 Capitol Records Inc.
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
Required for streaming and downloading
Playback information
Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
At the beginning of 1965, John Lennon and Ringo Starr were both 24-years old, Paul McCartney was 22 and George Harrison was 21. A huge weight of expectation was placed on their young shoulders, but by the end of the year The Beatles had delivered records that were both musically innovative and commercially successful. Featuring seven songs from their second movie, Help! was released on 6 August 1965.

A rise in the popularity of contemporary folk music was reflected in the LP’s ambitious lyrics - most notably its title track - and the prevalence of acoustic guitars. However, in addition to the acoustic sounds of ‘You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away’ and ‘I’ve Just Seen A Face’, there is a strong rhythm and blues presence on tracks such as ‘Another Girl’ and ‘You’re Going To Lose That Girl’. ‘Ticket To Ride’ was the first Beatles single of 1965 and felt so different to every other record around. The powerful guitar riff jangles, Ringo’s impeccable drumming propels the song and the voices make thrilling falsetto leaps. The Beatles had recognised the crucial role the tambourine played in driving the beat on their favourite Motown discs. The tambourine is everywhere on Help!.

A new album guaranteed new guitar sounds from George. The arrangement for his song ‘I Need You’ is characterised by the use of a newly invented volume pedal. There was another fresh sound heard on ‘It’s Only Love’. It was created by recording George’s guitar coming through a rotating Leslie speaker, usually connected to a Hammond organ. There would be much more of that sort of experimentation to come. In The Beatles’ quest for new sounds, their most radical step was the arrangement for ‘Yesterday’. Over the recording of Paul’s guitar and voice was added a string quartet. The distinctly classical score was designed to avoid an over-sentimental treatment that others subsequently gave the song. Soon to become the most covered Beatles composition, in the UK ‘Yesterday’ was not even released as a single in 1965. Not so in the States, where it was a number one.

The group’s first movie, A Hard Day’s Night, was shot in black and white. With the release of their second film Help!, the sixties burst into vivid colour and the music The Beatles recorded in 1965 embodied the transformation.
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