Wednesday, September 27, 2006

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

Pet Sounds: More, More, More

By Michael DeMartin

Alan Dean sent me this link to a very cool webpage by noted author Jim Fusilli, who writes for The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Jim also has a book about Pet Sounds from his page, which of course, I'll now have to buy. Here's an excerpt from the webpage. To read the whole thing, click on the title of this post and you'll be taken there...

I arrived in the green room at the Javits Center in New York, the panel's site, to find the 62-year-old Wilson sitting in a corner with his eyes closed, hands folded on his chest. Rather than disturb him, I conferred with one of his managers who assured me he was up for the event and could handle any question. The only caveat: I was to sit to his left so I could whisper in his good ear, if I had to. (Wilson is deaf in his right ear, the result, it's said, of a blow from his father he received when he was two years old.) Moments later, as the manager prepared him for the event, I noticed she kept referred to me as "the big guy." "Listen to the big guy, Brian," she said repeatedly, referencing my waistline, not my height. When I gently asked her to stop, she said, "OK, but he'll never remember your name." ...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Soundtracking the Pet Sounds Podcast Series - Episodes 9 & 10

Episode 9: “I Know There’s An Answer” (Hang On To Your Ego)

We used the straight instrumental backing track on this episode. We conclude with a taste of the original “groovy” track. The weird thing about this episode is that originally Mike refused to sing on it because of the drug-type lyrics so they had to be changed. And when we interviewed Mike Love about this track, something happened with the source recording and his answers and we just lost his talk. We still can’t figure out what exactly occurred but it was very strange. Perhaps this is the way it just had to be on this tune!

Episode 10: “Here Today”

We open with the original track and then fade out and then bring up the instrumental backing track for the Boys’ talk. We enjoyed Mike Love singing the lines and realizing that those notes were a bit high for him – Brian often referred to Mike as having a “masculine voice” – then, Mike finishes his part with a philosophical thought. Bruce described the creative instrumental break in the middle as well as complimenting Brian on his musical magic. We lead out with the chorus and then into the instrumental part Bruce just discussed. No Al featured here. A short but fun episode to cut.

Jv / 9.26.06