Pet Sounds (instrumental)

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"Pet Sounds"
Instrumental by The Beach Boys from the album Pet Sounds
Released May 16, 1966
Recorded November 17, 1965,
United Western Recorders, Hollywood
Genre Exotica, psychedelic rock
Length 2:22
Label Capitol
Composer Brian Wilson
Producer Brian Wilson
Pet Sounds track listing
Music sample

"Pet Sounds" is an instrumental composed and produced by Brian Wilson and is the twelfth track on the 1966 album Pet Sounds by the American rock band The Beach Boys. Originally called "Run James Run", Brian intended it to be used as the theme of a James Bond film.[1] It was then titled "Pet Sounds", later also becoming the title of the album it appears on. It is the second instrumental to feature on Pet Sounds, the other being "Let's Go Away for Awhile".


A diagram showing the key components of a Leslie speaker

The exotica piece has been compared to the work of Les Baxter and Martin Denny for its reverberated bongos and guiro combined with pervasive horns and a Latin rhythm.[1] MOJO declared it an "ambiguous, jet-age update of Martin Denny-style 1950s exotica."[2]

It was performed by Brian and several session musicians, with no other members of the Beach Boys. The session sheet for the recording date carries the notation, "This is a working title only."[3]

"Pet Sounds" was recorded on November 17, 1965 at United Western Recorders, with Chuck Britz engineering.[3][4] The unique percussion sound heard on the track is drummer Ritchie Frost playing two empty Coca-Cola cans, at Brian's suggestion.[3] Overdubs included bongos and two guitars filtered through a Leslie speaker.[5]


According to AFM sheets[5] and Brad Elliot:[3]

The Beach Boys
Additional musicians

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ a b Lambert, Philip: Inside the Music of Brian Wilson, page 232. Continuum Publishing, 2007.
  2. ^ Mojo Staff (April 24, 2015). "The Beach Boys’ 50 Greatest Songs". MOJO. 
  3. ^ a b c d Elliott, Brad (August 31, 1999). "Pet Sounds Track Notes". Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  4. ^ Doe, Andrew G.: "GIGS65." Bellagio 10452. Retrieved on 2009-10-11.
  5. ^ a b "Pet Sounds Session List". Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sessionography". In Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary Edition [CD booklet]. Los Angeles: Capitol Records