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.
I found the CNN article on creativity and Brian Wilson to be better than I expected. At first it seemed they would overlook the drug abuse aspect of his breakdown, but they did manage to include it. They were remarkably brief about Dr. Eugene Landy, the “domineering therapist”, however. It’s impossible to talk about what happened to Brian without mentioning both of those factors and his eventual triumph over them.
I listen to SMiLE often. Even if you’re not a Beach Boys fan you should give it a try, at least once. It’s not what you expect. It’s more.
Paul Cantin in No Depression takes a slightly different take on SMiLE and its blending of psychedelia and traditional American music.
Oh wow, it really happened. The Beach Boys have finally released the famous lost album SMiLE after 44 years. As someone who’s listened to numerous bootleg versions over the years this is just incredible. I am streaming it right now and it is indeed everything I hoped it would be.
Along with the release, they’re posting videos on YouTube to talk about how they assembled this version. Webisode #1 Starting A SMiLE is currently up.
David Dalton, one of the founding editors of Rolling Stone, talks about meeting Brian Wilson in 1967.
Behind The Sounds’ YouTube Channel is full of music and images from the making of the classic Beach Boys Pet Sounds album.