The latest addition to the acclaimed & award winning Classic Albums series tells the story behind the making of The Beach Boys ground breaking album Pet Sounds, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Pet Sounds was recorded in late 1965 and early 1966, about a year after Brian Wilson had withdrawn from playing live with The Beach Boys in order to concentrate on composing and studio work. While the rest of the band were out on tour, Brian Wilson worked in the studio creating multi-layered compositions with painstaking attention to detail utilizing orchestration, sound effects and unusual instruments. When the band returned from tour they went into the studio to add their trademark complex vocal harmonies.
The new direction of the music caused some consternation within the group and the program explores the band’s relationship at this time as well as the creation of the music through interviews with all the surviving Beach Boys and others involved in the creation of the album. The US press didn’t know what to make of the album at first, although it later became acknowledged as both important and influential. In the UK the album was immediately acclaimed and commercially successful, peaking at No.2 in the albums chart and remaining in the Top 10 for 6 months. Pet Sounds is now universally regarded as one of the finest albums of the sixties and thoroughly merits its place in the Classic Albums series.more...
Over 30 minutes of additional interviews not included in the broadcast version.
Brian Wilson has added a final run of dates to his Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary tour, Billboard reports. The added dates will see Wilson performing additional shows in the U.K., Europe and North America through mid-October. The tour originally kicked off in March of 2016, with Wilson performed 99 shows last year. The co-founding member … Continue reading Brian Wilson Adds Final Performances to Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour
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