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
(1996)
The Pet Sounds Sessions
(1997)
Endless Harmony Soundtrack
(1998)
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.

Background[edit]

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 undermined his involvement in the album's making.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Brian Wilson/Tony Asher, except where noted.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Stereo Mix) (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher/Mike Love) – 2:33
  2. "You Still Believe in Me" (Stereo Mix) – 2:36
  3. "That's Not Me" (Stereo Mix) – 2:31
  4. "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)" (Stereo Mix) – 2:58
  5. "I'm Waiting for the Day" (Stereo Mix) (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 3:06
  6. "Let's Go Away For Awhile" (Stereo Mix) (Brian Wilson) – 2:24
  7. "Sloop John B" (Stereo Mix) (Trad. Arr. Brian Wilson) – 2:59
  8. "God Only Knows" (Stereo Mix) – 2:54
  9. "I Know There's an Answer" (Stereo Mix) (Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Terry Sachen) – 3:18
  10. "Here Today" (Stereo Mix) – 3:07
  11. "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" (Stereo Mix) – 3:21
  12. "Pet Sounds" (Stereo Mix) (Brian Wilson) – 2:37
  13. "Caroline, No" (Stereo Mix) – 2:53
  14. "Sloop John B" (Highlights from tracking date) (Trad. Arr. Brian Wilson) – 1:04
  15. "Sloop John B" (Stereo backing track) (Trad. Arr. Brian Wilson) – 3:18
  16. "Trombone Dixie" (Highlights from tracking date) (Brian Wilson) – 1:26
  17. "Trombone Dixie" (Stereo backing track) (Brian Wilson) – 2:50
  18. "Pet Sounds" (Highlights from tracking date) (Brian Wilson) – 0:57
  19. "Pet Sounds" (Stereo backing track) (Brian Wilson) – 2:48
  20. "Let's Go Away For Awhile" (Highlights from tracking date) (Brian Wilson) – 2:20
  21. "Let's Go Away For Awhile" (Stereo backing track) (Brian Wilson) – 2:51
  22. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Highlights from tracking date) (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher/Mike Love) – 7:20
  23. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Stereo backing track) (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher/Mike Love) – 2:34
  24. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Stereo track with background vocals) (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher/Mike Love) – 2:34
  25. "You Still Believe in Me" (Intro - session) – 1:39
  26. "You Still Believe in Me" (Intro - master take)  – 0:15
  27. "You Still Believe in Me" (Highlights from tracking date) – 1:11
  28. "You Still Believe in Me" (Stereo backing track) – 2:37

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Caroline, No" (Highlights from tracking date) – 4:16
  2. "Caroline, No" (Stereo backing track) – 2:53
  3. "Hang on to Your Ego" (Highlights from tracking date) (Brian Wilson/Terry Sachen) – 4:47
  4. "Hang on to Your Ego" (Stereo backing track) (Brian Wilson/Terry Sachen) – 3:23
  5. "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)" (Brian's instrumental demo) – 2:20
  6. "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)" (Stereo backing track) – 3:11
  7. "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)" (String overdub) – 1:48
  8. "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" (Highlights from tracking date) – 2:59
  9. "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" (Stereo backing track) – 3:47
  10. "That's Not Me" (Highlights from tracking date) – 1:52
  11. "That's Not Me" (Stereo backing track) – 2:46
  12. "Good Vibrations" (Highlights from tracking date) (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 2:41
  13. "Good Vibrations" (Stereo backing track) (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 3:15
  14. "I'm Waiting for the Day" (Highlights from tracking date) (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 5:25
  15. "I'm Waiting for the Day" (Stereo backing track) (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 3:14
  16. "God Only Knows" (Highlights from tracking date) – 9:25
  17. "God Only Knows" (Stereo backing track) – 3:06
  18. "Here Today" (Highlights from tracking date) – 6:37
  19. "Here Today" (Stereo backing track) – 4:55

Disc three[edit]

  1. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (A cappella) (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher/Mike Love) – 2:37
  2. "You Still Believe in Me" (A cappella) – 2:47
  3. "That's Not Me" (A cappella) – 2:28
  4. "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)" (A cappella) – 3:07
  5. "I'm Waiting for the Day" (A cappella) (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 3:02
  6. "Sloop John B" (A cappella) (Trad. Arr. Brian Wilson) – 3:09
  7. "God Only Knows" (A cappella) – 2:49
  8. "I Know There's an Answer" (A cappella) (Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Terry Sachen) – 2:19
  9. "Here Today" (A cappella) – 3:29
  10. "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" (A cappella) – 3:22
  11. "Caroline, No" (A cappella) – 1:54
  12. "Caroline, No" (Promotional Spot #1) :32
  13. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Mono alternate mix) (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher/Mike Love) – 2:29
  14. "You Still Believe in Me" (Mono alternate mix) – 2:23
  15. "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)" (Vocal snippet) – 0:56
  16. "I'm Waiting for the Day" (Mono alternate mix, Mike sings lead) - (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 3:02
  17. "Sloop John B" (Mono alternate mix, Carl sings lead) (Trad. Arr. Brian Wilson) – 3:05
  18. "God Only Knows (Mono alternate mix, with sax solo) – 2:49
  19. "Hang On to Your Ego" (Brian Wilson/Terry Sachen) – 3:13
  20. "Here Today" (Mono alternate mix, Brian sings lead) – 3:07
  21. "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (Mono alternate mix) – 3:11
  22. "Banana & Louie" – 0:05
  23. "Caroline, No" (Original speed, stereo mix) – 2:24
  24. "Dog Barking Session" (Outtakes) – 0:34
  25. "Caroline, No" (Promotional spot #2) – 0:28
  26. "God Only Knows" (with a cappella tag) – 2:56
  27. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Mono alternate mix) (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher/Mike Love) – 2:28
  28. "Sloop John B" (Brian sings lead throughout) (Trad. Arr. Brian Wilson) – 3:04
  29. "God Only Knows" (Mono alternate mix, Brian sings lead) – 2:42
  30. "Caroline, No" (Original speed, mono mix) – 3:03

Disc four (Original mono Pet Sounds)[edit]

  1. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher/Mike Love) – 2:33
  2. "You Still Believe in Me" – 2:36
  3. "That's Not Me" – 2:31
  4. "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)" – 2:58
  5. "I'm Waiting for the Day" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 3:06
  6. "Let's Go Away For Awhile" (Brian Wilson) – 2:24
  7. "Sloop John B" (Trad. Arr. Brian Wilson) – 2:59
  8. "God Only Knows" – 2:54
  9. "I Know There's an Answer" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Terry Sachen) – 3:18
  10. "Here Today" – 3:07
  11. "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" – 3:21
  12. "Pet Sounds" (Brian Wilson) – 2:37
  13. "Caroline, No" – 2:53

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

Sources[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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.