Jett and Jahn Media’s #1 Album
In 1964, The Beatles released the album Rubber Soul, which would serve as a catalyst for the greatest album ever crafted. Rubber Soul demonstrated where music was and where it could potentially go.
“I really wasn’t quite ready for the unity. It felt like it all belonged together. Rubber Soul was a collection of songs … that somehow went together like no album ever made before, and I was very impressed. I said, “That’s it. I really am challenged to do a great album.” –Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson would show the world where music could go with Pet Sounds, released in 1966. The 11th album took the Beach Boys from California surfer bubble gum pop to Americana Cultural Achievement status. The album is credited as a Beach Boys work; however, Wilson was the genius doing the creating. Pet Sounds ended up topping Rubber Soul and served as an inspiration to the Beatles, especially on their 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. One has to wonder if the king of love songs, Paul McCartney, has ever crafted a tune better than Wilson’s “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” or “God Only Knows”.
When originally presented with Pet Sounds, most of the band was not aware of the genius behind the album. Vocalist of the Beach Boys, Mike Love, asked Wilson, “Who’s gonna listen to this shit?”
Mike Love’s question would be echoed by Capitol Records. Wilson fooled Capitol Records by listing “Sloop John B” and “Good Vibrations” as tracks on the LP. Wilson would hold off on releasing “Good Vibrations,” as he felt it did not fit the concept of Pet Sounds.
So what makes this album the greatest of all time? Simply put, it is human. It deals with pure emotions -from love to depression. Every song shares a feeling/situation which we all have found ourselves. If you haven’t, you haven’t really lived yet. The album does not become intellectual/pompous or druggy. This is where the Americana of Pet Sounds shows. Rather, Wilson adds class to the traditional love song with the opening track “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” where the sanctity of marriage is regarded highly.
Pet Sounds has a definitive sound throughout the album; it is not an edit album. It contains no “filler songs,” Wilson presents every song as equally important. I.E, the entire album is the song, not an edit record with hits spruced in between. It is a concept album reflecting Brian Wilson’s mood at the time.
Brian Wilson learned production from Phil Spector. He used many of Spector’s techniques on the album, including the Wall-of-Sound technique (involving up to an orchestra of musicians performing the same acoustic or electric sound, typically a chorus backing or segment of a song, then being recorded in an echo chamber).
Other production techniques involved utilizing the studio as an instrument in itself, and the addition of sounds that were not instruments. For example, Wilson’s dog barking can be heard on the album.
Pet Sounds should be considered the catalyst to today’s indie rock genre. The production techniques, such as the studio as an instrument have only been taken farther through indie rock. Today, it’s not uncommon for an Indie Rock band to use the voice itself as an instrument. (See bands like The Go Team!)
Track #3 on Wilson’s Pet Sounds, “That’s Not Me,” would be the best song to demonstrate this. It sounds exactly like a Peter, Bjorn & John song of today.
Pet Sounds consistently makes top ten lists. It is currently ranked #2 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Sgt. Pepper is ranked #1.
New Musical Express places Pet Sounds #1.
Jett and Jahn Media have Pet Sounds at the #1 spot. It is the greatest album ever crafted.
Youtube – The Beach Boys Pet Sounds Full Album
The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds – Original 1966 Track Listing 35 minutes 57 seconds
1. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
2. You Still Believe in Me
3. That’s Not Me
4. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)
5. I’m Waiting for the Day
6. Let’s Go Away for Awhile
7. Sloop John B
1. God Only Knows
2. I Know There’s an Answer
3. Here Today
4. I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times
5. Pet Sounds
6. Caroline, No