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200g Vinyl LP Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
The Ultimate Pressings of the Beach Boys Discography
from Analogue Productions!
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the Original Master Tapes or Best
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"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
"All of us, Ginger (Baker), Jack (Bruce), and I consider Pet Sounds to be one
of the greatest pop LPs to ever be released. It encompasses everything that's
ever knocked me out and rolled it all into one." -Eric Clapton
A musical legacy that began in Hawthorne, California and went on to conquer the
world. Analogue Productions presents the ultimate pressings of 14 essential
Beach Boys albums! Mastered by Kevin Gray, most from the original master tapes,
and plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings, the finest LP pressing
facility in the world, these are awesome recordings to experience. And the look
of each album befits its sonic superiority! Presented in "old school" Stoughton
tip-on jackets, these time honored favorites shine brighter than the originals!
For the early part of the Beach Boys' career, all of their singles were mixed
and mastered and released only in the mono format they didn't release a single
in stereo until 1968. In those days, hits were made on AM radio in mono. And the
mono of those times worked well for Brian Wilson famed co-founder, songwriter
and arranger who suffers from partial deafness. Still, apart from Surfin'
Safari, which was mono only, the Beach Boys did turn in stereo masters on all of
their early albums up until 1965.
All of the newer stereo mixes on these remastered albums (The Beach Boys Today!,
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), The Beach Boys' Party, Pet Sounds and Smiley
Smile) were all done by Mark Linett on behalf of the Beach Boys.
Pet Sounds is famous for its use of multiple layers of unorthodox
instrumentation as well as other cutting edge audio techniques for its time.
It's considered the best Beach Boys album, and one of the best of the 1960s. The
group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and
production, layering tracks upon tracks of vocals and instruments to create a
richly symphonic sound.
Conventional keyboards and guitars were combined with exotic touches of
orchestrated strings, bicycle bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes,
Theremin, Hawaiian-sounding string instruments, Coca-Cola cans, barking dogs,
and more. It wouldn't have been a classic without great songs, and this has some
of the group's most stunning melodies, as well as lyrical themes which evoke
both the intensity of newly born love affairs and the disappointment of failed
romance (add in some general statements about loss of innocence and modern-day
confusion as well). The spiritual quality of the material is enhanced by some of
the most gorgeous upper-register male vocals (especially by Brian and Carl
Wilson) ever heard on a rock record. "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows,"
"Caroline No," and "Sloop John B" (the last of which wasn't originally intended
to go on the album) are the well-known hits, but equally worthy are such cuts as
"You Still Believe in Me," "Don't Talk," "I Know There's an Answer," and "I Just
Wasn't Made for These Times." It's often said that this is more of a Brian
Wilson album than a Beach Boys recording (session musicians played most of the
parts), but it should be noted that the harmonies are pure Beach Boys (and some
of their best)
VH-1 named Pet Sounds as the No. 3 album in the Top 100 Albums in Rock 'n' Roll
History, as judged in a poll of musicians, executives and journalists. It's been
ranked No. 1 in several music magazines' lists of the greatest albums of all
time, including NME, The Times and Mojo Magazine. It was ranked No. 2 in Rolling
Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, most from the original master tapes
or best sources available
Lacquer plating by Gary Salstrom
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
Stereo mix produced by Mark Linett under the supervision of Brian Wilson
Mixed by Mark Linett
"Old school" Stoughton tip-on jackets
Audio Production - Mark Linett
For Brother Records - Elliott Lott
Selections: Side A:
1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
2. You Still Believe Me
3. That's Not Me
4. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
5. I'm Waiting For The Day
6. Let's Go Away For Awhile
7. Sloop John B
8. God Only Knows
9. I Know There's An Answer
10. Here Today
11. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
12. Pet Sounds
13. Caroline No