90 Songs, 4 Hours 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pet Sounds was a landmark album and remains one of the most enjoyable LPs of the rock era. The album's cult has analyzed it and tried to comprehend exactly how Brian Wilson created this multi-dimensional masterpiece. The album itself was released in May 1966. Here, it's featured in a 1996 digitally remastered stereo mix (which brings out many of the colors of the original release) and in a digitally remastered mono mix that sounds exactly as Wilson planned it. The remaining tracks are many different looks at the songs in various stages of completion, so you can hear stereo backing tracks for "Wouldn't It Be Nice," with and without backing vocals, highlights from the different songs' tracking dates, and versions of the tunes known as Stack-O-Vocals, where the vocal tracks are presented without instrumentation (a take on the Stack-O-Tracks collection, where vocals were removed from BB songs for an early try at karaoke). Alternate takes add to the fascination. It's a bit much for the casual fan, but for anyone with an interest in the art of record-making or in learning more about Brian Wilson's genius, it doesn't get more intense than this.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pet Sounds was a landmark album and remains one of the most enjoyable LPs of the rock era. The album's cult has analyzed it and tried to comprehend exactly how Brian Wilson created this multi-dimensional masterpiece. The album itself was released in May 1966. Here, it's featured in a 1996 digitally remastered stereo mix (which brings out many of the colors of the original release) and in a digitally remastered mono mix that sounds exactly as Wilson planned it. The remaining tracks are many different looks at the songs in various stages of completion, so you can hear stereo backing tracks for "Wouldn't It Be Nice," with and without backing vocals, highlights from the different songs' tracking dates, and versions of the tunes known as Stack-O-Vocals, where the vocal tracks are presented without instrumentation (a take on the Stack-O-Tracks collection, where vocals were removed from BB songs for an early try at karaoke). Alternate takes add to the fascination. It's a bit much for the casual fan, but for anyone with an interest in the art of record-making or in learning more about Brian Wilson's genius, it doesn't get more intense than this.

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