Pet Sounds (50th Anniversary)
Brian Wilson’s legendary riposte to the Beatles’ "Rubber Soul" turns 50! When one of the most influential, immaculately composed and produced albums in the history of pop music reaches the half century mark, we would expect nothing less than the label who put it out to, shall we say, "spare no expense" on the birthday party. And Capitol has, indeed, come through, beginning with remastered 180-gram vinyl reissues of the album in both mono and stereo, complete with original artwork. Love, hope and coming-of-age songs stream together in heavenly harmony and gorgeous orchestration across "Wouldn’t It Be Nice," "You Still Believe in Me," "That’s Not Me," "Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)," "Sloop John B," "I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times," "Caroline, No" and the rest of the Beach Boys’ 1966 masterpiece. Get the 2-CD deluxe edition to hear the complete album in mono and stereo plus two "Caroline, No" promotional spots, an alternate mix of "Hang On to Your Ego," a track featuring the unused background vocals of "Don’t Talk" and a disc of highlights from the 4-CD set. The four-disc "Pet Sounds" celebration brings you all of the above plus live versions of "God Only Knows," "Wouldn’t It Be Nice," "Sloop John B," "Good Vibrations," "Caroline, No" and more, dating from 1966 to 1993. You also get stunning "Stack-O-Vocals" versions of "Wouldn’t It Be Nice," "Sloop John B," "God Only Knows" and eight more "Pet Sounds" songs…and that’s really just the beginning. The 4-CD set also unveils a previously unreleased master track with partial vocal of "Good Vibrations," stereo backing tracks of "Sloop John B," "Wouldn’t It Be Nice," "You Still Believe in Me," "Caroline, No," "I’m Waiting for the Day," "Here Today," an unreleased alternate mix of "I Know There’s an Answer," mono alternate mixes of "Wouldn’t It Be Nice," "You Still Believe in Me," I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times," alternate versions with Brian, Carl or Mike singing lead, string-overdub versions, original-speed versions and more. Lastly, the 4-CD set also includes a Blu-Ray Pure Audio disc featuring the album in mono, stereo, stereo instrumental and 5.1 surround, plus bonus tracks. To be taken inside one of the most talked-about recording sessions in the history of pop like this is a lavish gift befitting the 50th birthday of the one, the only, "Pet Sounds"! Capitol.