1966 was a historic year for music, indeed. Just a few months before The Beatles' Revolver took over the charts, The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds enjoyed a spot on Billboard's "Top LPs" chart for 39 weeks, peaking at #10 in July. Yet critical acclaim for the album would not take off for years. It's now never far outside the top ten of any "best albums of all time list" and more often than not, placed at number one or two (usually in competition with Sgt. Pepper).
There is a lot to be said about Pet Sounds. The majority of the album was written in just two months, thoughtfully and meticulously crafted by lead singer Brian Wilson. Brian was determined to make each song on Pet Sounds a "sound experience" of its own, conveying all of his deepest emotions into a single record. The result is a thoughtful and deeply emotional LP that beautifully flows from one track to the next. One listening to 62's "Surfin' Safari" would never expect that this was the same band.
Brian Wilson's musical genius is forever etched into grooves of thousands of Pet Sounds LPs. Now touring the country to promote its 50th anniversary, Wilson has made arrangements for a reissue of the famed album. Pet Sounds (50th Anniversary Edition) will be released on June 10 via Capitol/UMe Records. It will come in multiple packages, including four CD/Blu-ray discs, and a hardbound book. Enjoy stereo, mono, and instrumental versions of the tracks; as well as outtakes, alternate mixes and unreleased live tracks. This will be one record to keep a close eye on before it gets released.
For all you Bostonians, don't forget to catch Brian Wilson Plays Pet Sounds at Symphony Hall on June 17 & 18.