Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Capitol Pet Sounds Press Release

THE BEACH BOYS’ PET SOUNDS: 40TH ANNIVERSARY PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL RELEASES HIT THE CHARTS AT BILLBOARD, iTUNES AND AMAZON.COM

Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary Released Digitally and Physically In CD, Deluxe CD/DVD and Double Colored Vinyl Packages

iTunes' Pet Sounds Podcast Series Tops Music Podcast Chart During Release Week

“The Beach Boys’ seminal album comes alive on its 40th anniversary…”
(The Los Angeles Times, 8/27/06)

Hollywood, California – September 6, 2006 – Forty years after its release debut, one of popular music’s most influential and universally-acclaimed albums, the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, returns to Billboard’s chart and also makes a modern splash on the iTunes and Amazon.com charts. Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary, released physically and digitally by Capitol/EMI on August 29, charges Billboard’s Pop Catalog chart with its highest sales week ever in the SoundScan era, taking the #8 position for its first week in stores. It joins the group's double-platinum Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys (#10), making the Beach Boys the sole double entry in the chart’s Top 10. At Amazon.com, Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary charts at #28 for its debut week.

On the digital sales front, Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary, including a custom digital booklet with handwritten liner notes by the Beach Boys, debuted in iTunes' Top 100. In addition, iTunes’ eight-part Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary Podcast series reached iTunes’ #1 music Podcast position during the week of August 29, while also ranking among iTunes' Top 25 Podcasts overall. The iTunes “Podumentary,” scheduled in weekly episodes from August 22 to October 10, features new, exclusive interviews and never-before-told recollections about the recording of the landmark album from all four of the surviving members of the Beach Boys: Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston.

The Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary CD package includes the album’s Mono and Stereo mixes and a bonus mono track, “Hang On To Your Ego” (an early version of the album’s “I Know There’s An Answer”), recorded during the Pet Sounds sessions but not included in the album’s original tracklist.. The deluxe, limited-edition suede-feel CD/DVD digipak features the classic album in Mono, Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and Hi-Res 96kHz/24-bit PCM Stereo mixes, rare and previously unreleased promotional and documentary film footage, and a photo gallery of classic band images from the era. A deluxe, double colored vinyl package, limited to 10,000 numbered copies worldwide, presents Mono and Stereo mixes of Pet Sounds in a gatefold sleeve. Digitally, Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary is available from all major DSPs.

Other music legends and the media are hailing Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary as essential listening. Spin magazine has bestowed its highest five-star rating on the new CD/DVD package, while The Los Angeles Times calls the deluxe edition “a highly engaging celebration.”

“It was Pet Sounds that blew me out of the water… I love the album so much. I’ve just bought my kids each a copy of it for their education in life - I figure no one is educated musically ‘til they’ve heard that album.” - Paul McCartney

Pet Sounds, the Beach Boys’ 12th studio album is universally regarded as one of the most important recordings of all time. Since its original May 16, 1966 release, the studio masterpiece has reigned at the top of countless critic and fan polls, and four decades later, the visionary album maintains its timeless rank as one of popular music’s most-cited influences. More than 100 domestic and international publications and journalists have lauded Pet Sounds as one of the greatest albums ever recorded. In 1995, Pet Sounds topped MOJO magazine’s special issue “The Greatest Albums of All Time” at #1, while in 2003, Rolling Stone ranked Pet Sounds at #2 in the magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary deluxe, limited-edition suede-feel CD/DVD digipak package includes a DVD with six film and video cuts, including a behind-the-scenes documentary, “The Making Of Pet Sounds;” “Pet Stories,” featuring interviews with Brian Wilson, lyricist Tony Asher and members of the original “wrecking crew” Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, Don Randi, Frankie Capp and Tommy Morgan; the never-before-released 1966 promotional color ‘firehouse’ film clip for “Good Vibrations;” original 1966 promotional black & white film clips for “Sloop John B” and Pet Sounds, and an excerpt from the unreleased BBC television documentary, “Rhythm of Life,” in which Sir George Martin joins Brian Wilson in the studio for a discussion of the album’s musical significance. Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary’s DVD also contains a photo gallery set to the classic music of “God Only Knows” and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and Hi-Res 96 kHz/24-bit PCM Stereo audio mixes of the album plus a Hi-Res 96 kHz/24-bit PCM Mono mix of bonus track “Hang On To Your Ego.”

Pet Sounds: 40th Anniversary’s commemorative double colored vinyl is limited to 10,000 numbered copies worldwide. Presented in a deluxe gatefold sleeve, the album’s Mono mix on yellow vinyl is complemented by the Stereo mix on green vinyl.

“Good Vibrations,” named the “#1 Greatest Single of All Time” by MOJO magazine and the “#6 Greatest Song of All Time” by Rolling Stone magazine, is a timeless musical treasure. The “Good Vibrations: 40th Anniversary” CD single, released June 27 in a limited edition digipak, features five different versions of the timeless Beach Boys hit, including the original 45 single version, an edit of the song with elements from various sessions, an alternate studio take, an instrumental and a live version from a Honolulu rehearsal in August, 1967 that was originally intended for the lost album Lei’d in Hawaii, as well as the single’s original U.S. B-side, “Let’s Go Away For Awhile.” The single’s original U.S. cover art appears on the front of the CD single, with various international single covers replicated within the package.

www.thebeachboys.com / www.petsounds.com

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