Beach Boys–Good Vibrations and Pet Sounds

I’ve gotten a little behind in my journey through 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die, by Tom Moon. I’m developing a new strategy, part of which begins today, by blogging about only one album/recording at a time (or one group at a time, in today’s case). There were two entries for The Beach Boys in Mr. Moon’s book, the first being a single recording of “Good Vibrations.” The caption for the article says, “Forever picking up…” The song was released in 1966 on an album called “Smiley Smile.” It was originally supposed to be included on “Pet Sounds” (see below), but Brian Wilson didn’t think it was finished yet. Moon describes “Vibrations” in this way: “One minute we’re doot-doot-doodling along a happy hokey surfer dude landscape, the next we’re in the fjords, with cascading vocal lines raining down a Beethovian homage to the glory of nature.” What? Whatever…heheh. Allegedly, Wilson used over 70 hours of tape to create this three and a half minute single. And here it is…


The second entry for The Beach Boys is the album “Pet Sounds.” I don’t own this one.

The caption for the article is, “God Only Knows Where We’d Be Without This.” This album was also released in 1966. Moon says “Pet Sounds” is Wilson’s most mature effort at making music thus far. The album opens with “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” which he calls “a vision of romantic bliss so idealized it has to be fantasy.” There are a variety of instrumentations on “Pet Sounds,” making it a pretty diverse album. Oddly, in spite of some charting singles, this album did not reach the million selling mark until 2000. Moon says that it is “also an illustration of the reciprocal nature of pop inspiration: Wilson cited the Beatles’ Rubber Soul, released in December 1965, as a primary catalyst for Pet Sounds. In turn, Paul McCartney has said that he was deeply affected by Pet Sounds during the making of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. McCartney was once quoted as saying, ‘I figure no one is educated musically ’til they’ve heard Pet Sounds.'” What do you think? It’s a nice album, I’ll say that for it. Moon’s key tracks are “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “Sloop John B,” which happens to be one of my favorite Beach Boys songs. In fact…here’s “Sloop John B” now…

I feel so broke up…I wanna go home!

Wait…I am home.

TTFN, y’all!

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