Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live
The live version of the Beach Boys classic, "Pet Sounds," recorded in January of 2002 at Wilson's four sold-out shows at London's Royal Festival Hall, hardly sounds like secondhand goods. Despite the potentially sacrilegious risks, Wilson's 10-piece touring band – which includes members of the Wondermints and the former Beach Boys session players – actually revitalizes the music with its reverential-but-contemporary verve, breathing new life into classics like "God Only Knows" and "Caroline, No." Chuck the CD cover aside and it merely sounds like you are listening to a newly remastered version of the real thing.
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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
View a 40-minute documentary about the making of "Pet Sounds."
Brian and his band perform "You Still Believe In Me" in London.
Pet Sounds, proved to be one of the most significant pop records of the 20th century, its influence growing exponentially with subsequent generations of musicians enamored of its sunny-but-sophisticated West Coast sound. More than 35 years later, after decades of fractious Beach Boys history, Pet Sounds mastermind Brian Wilson performed the album in its entirety for a wildly appreciative audience, backed by a skilled and sympathetic group of younger musicians.
Virtually no detail was overlooked in arranging this mighty masterpiece for the concert stage. Intricate layers of horns, keyboards, percussion, and guitars are laced together with the utmost amount of craft and care. Naturally, Wilson's trademark vocal harmonies are in the foreground, their complex, elegant tapestries carrying the songs aloft with transcendent grace. Wilson's own voice is a tad rough around the edges, but that element just adds an endearingly human quality to these pristine musical landscapes.
– Blog Critics