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The Beach Boys' pet sounds : the greatest album of the twentieth century
Abbott, Kingsley.
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London : Helter Skelter, [2001]

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192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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ML421.B38 A23 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Released in May 1966, Pet Sounds was the album that saw The Beach Boys graduate from perfectly crafted lightweight pop like "Surfin' USA" into a vehicle for the mature compositional genius of Brian Wilson. It also inspired The Beatles to make Sgt Pepper.

Kingsley Abbott draws on hours of new interviewers to tell the full story of the album; from its composition and recording, through to its long-term legacy, as the greatest album popular music has yet produced.

Brian Wilson tours the US in Fall 2001, performing Pet Sounds in its entirety with a full orchestra.

Author Notes

Kingsley Abbott is a freelance music writer who regularly contributes to Record Collector, Mojo and other publications. He is also an acclaimed author of several other music books.

Table of Contents

Jimmy Webb
Forewordp. ix
Author's introductionp. xi
Brian Wilson on Pet Soundsp. xiv
Track listingp. xv
Chapter 1 Home, Family and Friendsp. 17
Chapter 2 It's Been Building Up Inside Of Me: The Musical Journey Towards Pet Soundsp. 23
Chapter 3 The Unbridled Roar Of Enthusiasm: The Writing Of Pet Soundsp. 37
Chapter 4 "Hey Chuck, Could We Bring A Horse In Here?": Recording the Conceptp. 49
Chapter 5 Now That Everything's Been Done: The Finished Albump. 77
Chapter 6 The Album Arrivesp. 89
Interludep. 105
Chapter 7 Everything I Know: Trials And Tribulationsp. 111
Chapter 8 Gradually Re-emerging: Brian in the Ninetiesp. 119
Chapter 9 The Sum Of The Parts: The Pet Sounds Sessions Box Setp. 123
Chapter 10 We Still Believe In You: The Pet Sounds Tourp. 129
Epiloguep. 139
Appendicesp. 143