How ‘Pet Sounds’ Invented the Modern Pop Album

Pet Sounds was released 50 years ago yesterday. Created by Brian Wilson in the studio while the rest of the Beach Boys were on tour, it totally changed how pop albums were made. No longer one or two hits plus filler songs, Pet Sounds was a complete story from start to finish. Every so-called “concept” album since follows the model Pet Sounds created in 1966.

If you buy it today, it comes with both a stereo and mono mix. While both are outstanding, the mono mix is what Brian Wilson intended for the album to be.

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