The Pet Sounds Sessions

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The Pet Sounds Sessions
Box set by The Beach Boys
Released November 4, 1997
Recorded July 12, 1965 – April 1966
Genre Rock
Length 256:20
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys chronology
Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
The Pet Sounds Sessions
Endless Harmony Soundtrack
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Q 5/5 stars[2]
The Austin Chronicle 5/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[4]

The Pet Sounds Sessions is a 4-CD boxed set released in 1997 which compiles tracks from The Beach Boys' 1966 album Pet Sounds, and its recording sessions. The album is included in its entirety in its original mono mix, as well as a stereo mix. The set also contains instrumental tracks, vocals-only tracks, alternate mixes, and edited highlights from the recording sessions for many of the album's songs, as well as several songs not included on the album.


Overseen by producer Brian Wilson, the set includes a new stereo mix of Pet Sounds by engineer Mark Linett. These new mixes would also be made available on the 1999 and 2001 re-issues of the regular album. The Pet Sounds Sessions was nominated for "Best Historical Album" at the Grammy Awards of 1999.[5]

The stereo mix of the album contains some notable differences from the original mono mix. Among them, alternate vocal parts used for the bridge of "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and the end of "God Only Knows" due to the original tracks no longer existing. "You Still Believe in Me" also features a single tracked vocal instead of the doubled vocal of the original due to a missing tape. Other differences are also noted in the booklet.

There was a minor controversy regarding a significant 18-month delay in the release of the box set (originally planned for May 1996 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the album's original issue). Reportedly, Mike Love was dissatisfied with the accompanying essays that allegedly understated his involvement in the album's making.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher, except where otherwise stated. 

Disc two
Disc three

The Pet Sounds Sessions (Capitol 7243 8 37662 2) never charted in either the US or the UK.


  • The Pet Sounds Sessions booklet notes, David Leaf, c.1997.
  • Allmusic


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: The Pet Sounds Sessions". Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Cavanagh, David. "Review: The Beach Boys, The Pet Sounds Sessions - A 30th Anniversary Collection". Q (EMAP Metro Ltd) (Q118, July 1996): 133. 
  3. ^ Beets, Greg (December 12, 1997). "Review: THE BEACH BOYS: The Pet Sounds Sessions (Capitol)". Nick Barbaro. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  4. ^ Bennun, David. "Review: The Beach Boys, The Pet Sounds Sessions (Capitol)". The Guardian Review (Guardian Media Group) (October 24, 1997): 24. 
  5. ^ 1999 Grammy Nominations
  6. ^ Catlin, Roger (November 23, 1997). "Review: A Musical Milestone". Retrieved 2 April 2014.