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The Beach Boys are an American rock band, formed in 1961 in Hawthorne, California. The group was initially composed of brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine. Managed by the Wilsons' father Murry, the Beach Boys signed to Capitol Records in 1962. The band's early music gained popularity across the United States for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a Southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance. By the mid-1960s, Brian Wilson's growing creative ambition and songwriting ability would dominate the group's musical direction. The primarily Wilson-composed Pet Sounds album and "Good Vibrations" single (both released in 1966) featured a complex, intricate and multi-layered sound that represented a departure from the simple surf rock of the Beach Boys' early years.

Starting in 1967, Wilson gradually abdicated control to the rest of the band, assuming a reduced level of input due to mental-health and substance-abuse issues. Though the more democratic incarnation of the Beach Boys recorded a string of albums in various musical styles that garnered international critical and commercial success, the group struggled to reclaim their commercial and critical momentum in America despite once being seen as the primary competitors to the Beatles. Since the 1980s, there has been much legal-wrangling among the group members over royalties, songwriting credits, and use of the band's name. Following Carl Wilson's death in 1998, a number of versions of the band, each fronted by a surviving member of the original quintet (Dennis having died in 1983), continued to tour into the 2000s. In 2012, the surviving Beach Boys put aside their differences, recorded a new album, and embarked on a full-scale reunion tour.

The Beach Boys have often been called "America's Band", and Allmusic has stated that their "unerring ability ... made them America's first, best rock band." The group has had thirty-six United States Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band) and fifty-six Hot 100 hits, including four number-one singles. Rolling Stone magazine listed the Beach Boys at number 12 on their 2004 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". The core quintet of the three Wilsons, Love and Jardine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Pet Sounds is the eleventh studio album by the American rock band The Beach Boys, released May 16, 1966, on Capitol Records. It has since been recognized as one of the most influential records in the history of popular music and one of the best albums of the 1960s, including songs such as "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "God Only Knows". Pet Sounds was created several months after Brian Wilson had quit touring with the band in order to focus his attention on writing and recording. In it, he wove elaborate layers of vocal harmonies, coupled with sound effects and unconventional instruments such as bicycle bells, buzzing organs,  harpsichords, flutes, Electro-Theremin, dog whistles, trains, Hawaiian-sounding string instruments, Coca-Cola cans and barking dogs, along with the more usual keyboards and guitars.

Although Pet Sounds has been credited as one of the most important albums of all time, its initial release failed to reach gold status, where it reached number 10 on the American Billboard 200. A heralding album in the emerging psychedelic rock style, Pet Sounds has been championed and emulated for its dramatic and revolutionary baroque instrumentation. It has been ranked at number 1 in several music magazines' lists of greatest albums of all time, including New Musical Express, The Times and Mojo Magazine. It was ranked number 2 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

Although not originally a big seller for the band, Pet Sounds has been influential since the day it was released. Rapturously received in Britain, it was lauded in the music press and championed by many top rock stars. The Beatles, for example, have said that Pet Sounds was a major influence on their album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Paul McCartney has repeatedly named it as one of his favorite albums (with "God Only Knows" as his favorite song) – completing a circle begun by The Beatles' influence on Wilson. McCartney stated that:

"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 ... I love the orchestra, the arrangements ... it may be going overboard to say it's the classic of the century ... but to me, it certainly is a total, classic record that is unbeatable in many ways ... I've often played Pet Sounds and cried. I played it to John [Lennon] so much that it would be difficult for him to escape the influence ... it was the record of the time. The thing that really made me sit up and take notice was the bass lines ... and also, putting melodies in the bass line. That I think was probably the big influence that set me thinking when we recorded Pepper, it set me off on a period I had then for a couple of years of nearly always writing quite melodic bass lines. "God Only Knows" is a big favourite of mine ... very emotional, always a bit of a choker for me,  that one. On "You Still Believe in Me", I love that melody – that kills  me ... that's my favourite, I think ... it's so beautiful right at the end ... comes surging back in these multi-coloured harmonies ... sends shivers up my spine."

Other artists have also cited Pet Sounds as one of the all time classic albums. Eric Clapton stated that "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."

Elton John has said of the album, "For me to say that I was enthralled would be an understatement. I had never heard such magical sounds, so amazingly recorded. It undoubtedly changed the way that I, and countless others, approached recording. It is a timeless and amazing recording of incredible genius and beauty."

Beatles producer George Martin stated that "Without Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper wouldn't have happened... Pepper was an attempt to equal Pet Sounds."

Bob Dylan has said of Brian Wilson's talents, "That ear – I mean, Jesus, he's got to will that to the Smithsonian."

Roger Waters stated that along with Sgt Pepper, Pet Sounds "completely changed everything about records for me."

Elvis Costello stated "Last summer, I heard "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on my Shoulder)" played on the cello. It sounded beautiful and sad, just as it does on Pet Sounds."

In May 1966, Bruce Johnston flew to London with copies of Pet Sounds and recalls Keith Moon loving the album. Keith later stated "Pet Sounds was too far removed from the style he loved".

Pete Townshend stated "'God Only Knows' is simple and elegant and was stunning when it first appeared; it still sounds perfect".

Tom Petty stated "I think I would put him up there with any composer – especially Pet Sounds. I don't think there is anything better than that, necessarily. I don't think you'd be out of line comparing him to Beethoven – to any composer."

In 1995, nearly thirty years after its release, a panel of top musicians, songwriters and producers assembled by MOJO magazine voted it "The Greatest Album Ever Made." It was number one in New Musical Express's list "The 100 Best Albums". In 1997, Pet Sounds was named the 33rd greatest album of all time in a poll conducted in the United Kingdom by HMV, Channel 4, The Guardian and Classic FM. In 2006 Q magazine readers voted it the 12th greatest album of all time; critics of German magazine Spex voted it the best album of the 20th century; in 2001 the TV channel VH1 placed it at #3. The Times magazine ranked it the greatest album of all time.

It also placed No. 2 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time behind only Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. In 2004, it was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. In 2006, the album was chosen by TIME as one of the 100 best albums of all time. The album has inspired many progressive rock bands and was later named as one of Classic Rock magazine's "50 Albums That Built Prog Rock".

GOLD CD - DCC RECORDINGS // CAPITOL series CD item - this item is FACTORY SEALED and in MINT condition
GOLD CD was made in the USA (possibly Japan - can’t tell for certain until the item is opened)
GOLD CD pressing is in STEREO
GOLD CD pressed and Issued by DCC RECORDINGS under license from CAPITOL
GOLD CD issued in: 1993
GOLD CD Record Catalog Number: GZS 1035

Featured on this GOLD CD -


Performers on this disc include -
Al Jardine – lead, harmony and backing vocals, tambourine
Bruce Johnston – harmony and backing vocals
Mike Love – lead, harmony and backing vocals
Brian Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals, producer, arranger, conductor, organ, piano, dog whistle, train whistle, sound effects incl. barking dogs
Carl Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals, guitar, twelve-string guitar
Dennis Wilson – harmony and backing vocals, drums
Additional Personnel -
Ralph Balantin – engineer
Arnold Belnick – violin
Chuck Berghofer – upright bass
Hal Blaine – drums, percussion, bongos, tympani, temple blocks*
Bruce Botnick – engineer
Norman Botnick – viola
Chuck Britz – engineer
Glen Campbell – guitar, twelve string guitar
Frank Capp – percussion, bells*, vibraphone, timpani
Al Casey – guitar
Ray Caton – trumpet
Jerry Cole – guitar
Kyle Burkett – guitar
Andrew Maxson – bass
Gary Coleman – percussion, bongos
H. Bowen David – engineer
Mike Deasy – guitar
Al de Lory – piano, harpsichord, organ, tack piano
Joseph DiFiore – viola
Justin DiTullio – cello
Steve Douglas – saxophones, clarinet, percussion, flute
Jesse Erlich – cello
Ritchie Frost – drums, percussion, Coca-Cola cans
Carl Fortina – accordion
James Getzoff – violin
Jim Gordon – drums, percussion
Bill Green – saxophone, flute, percussion
Leonard Hartman – english horn, clarinets
Jim Horn – saxophones, flute
Paul Horn – saxophone
Harry Hyams – viola
Jules Jacob – flute
Plas Johnson – saxophones, percussion
Carol Kaye – electric bass
Barney Kessel – mandolin, guitar
Bobby Klein – saxophone
Larry Knechtel – hammond organ
William Kurasch – violin
Larry Levine – engineer
Leonard Malarsky – violin
Frank Marocco – accordion
Gail Martin – trombone
Nick Martinis – drums
Terry Melcher – tambourine
Mike Melvoin – harpsichord
Jay Migliori – saxophones, clarinets, flute
Tommy Morgan – harmonica
Jack Nimitz – saxophone
Bill Pitman – guitar
Ray Pohlman – mandolin, electric guitar, six string bass
Don Randi – piano
Jerome Reisler – violin
Lyle Ritz – upright bass, ukulele
Alan Robinson – french horn
Leon Russell – piano
Joseph Saxon – cello
Ralph Schaffer – violin
Sid Sharp – violin
Billy Strange – guitar, twelve-string electric guitar
Ron Swallow – tambourine
Ernie Tack – trombone
Paul Tanner – electro-theremin
Darrel Terwilliger – viola
Tommy Tedesco – guitar
Julius Wechter – percussion
Jerry Williams – percussion
Tibor Zelig – violin

GOLD CD Title -

Track Listings -
1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
2. You Still Believe in 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
14. Conclusion
15. Hang on to Your Ego

The GOLD CD is from the very rare DCC Recordings series of audiophile CD titles.

GOLD CD re-mastered by Steve Hoffman
Pictures with this listing are of the actual item
Jewel Case IS the original flip up type
This item DOES come with the paper outer slip cover - it is complete and near perfect.
The original LP was issued on the CAPITOL record label, in 1966

The GOLD CD, Jewel Case and INSERTS are all in MINT condition. The CD is actually FACTORY SEALED!!

The GOLD CD is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: DCC GOLD CD GZS 1035 SS
  • Manufacturer: DCC - Digital Compact Classics Recordings
  • Condition: New


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