Pet Sounds: How Many Can There Be?
By Andrew Doe
It's been asked recently, and repeatedly, "just how many reissues of PET SOUNDS do we need ?"; to which my answer is, "how many can there be ?" I'm sitting in my study, and on a shelf to my right sits my BB CD collection. It's a long shelf, over five feet and it's stacked high (granted, some of the discs aren't what you'd call legal releases), and in there somewhere are maybe five versions of PET SOUNDS on CD, not forgetting the 4CD SESSIONS box and the DVDA reissue, of course. And now, in front of me as I type, is the 40th Anniversary CD/DVD 'fuzzy cover' reissue. It sounds great, of course, feels good and looks good too (a few niggling - and one major - errors in the liners aside), but the thing is, there's hardly anything in this package that I've not already got... so why buy - again ? The pat answer is simple - I'm a fan and 'fan' is a contraction of 'fanatic'. So much for that. But it goes deeper than this: PET SOUNDS exerts an attraction that's almost visceral in its intensity... somehow I'm drawn to the album, perhaps because I know what's inside the package. That this is the 40th anniversary edition of probably the best album ever released in the field of rock & pop is reason to buy one more time, but not reason enough. In truth, I bought it because I had to, because of who I am, and more importantly, because of what it is. Because, in the final analysis, you can never have too much of a good thing - and it doesn't get much better than PET SOUNDS