Pop Culture

50 years of The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds

You can almost hear the sounds of the waves as summer approaches or maybe it’s The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, which celebrates its 50th anniversary release today.

Considered one of the best pop albums by critics and fans, Pet Sounds featured audio created by various objects (and animals) that band member Brian Wilson incorporated. He worked on the 13-track piece while taking a break during the middle of touring and the rest of the members continued performing without him. Once the group was together, they recorded the vocals to accompany Wilson’s musical revolution. While listening to the album, you can hear soda cans, bicycle bells, piano strings and the barking of Wilson’s dogs Banana and Louie.

The 1966 record – which was The Beach Boy’s 11th studio album – was entered into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 1988 and was platinum certified. It features the singles Sloop John B, Wouldn’t it be Nice, and God Only Knows.

To celebrate the 50th year, Pet Sounds will be released worldwide as a special extended edition on June 10 by Capitol Records. Soon available in a 4 CD/Blu-ray Audio collectors edition in a hardbound book with a remastered and a high resolution version in stereo and mono with session outtakes, alternative mixes and previously unreleased live recordings. It will also be available as a 2 CD and digital deluxe edition with highlights from the original tracks, and as an 180 gram LP. Pet Sounds (50th Anniversary Edition) is available for preorder through The Beach Boys website.

Want a live experience of the album’s songs and others by The Beach Boys? Brian Wilson is doing a 50th Anniversary Pet Sounds World Tour with bandmate Al Jardine, and The (new) Beach Boys featuring original member Mike Love will be touring this year.

Which song(s) from Pet Sounds is your favorite and why?


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