The Absolute Sound 40th Anniversary Best Sounding Music!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – Rated 2/500!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time – “Sloop John B” – Rated 278/500!
Mastered From Original First-Generation Analog Stereo Mixes Executed by Brian Wilson and Mark Linett!
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Landmark Pop Statement Universally Acclaimed as One of Five Best and Most Influential Albums Ever Made!
MoFi SACD Boasts Reference-Quality Sonics: Mastered from Original Stereo Mixes Created by Brian Wilson — You Won’t Hear a Better Version.
Awash In Oceans of Sound: Production As Legendary as the Incredible Music, Laden with Unorthodox Instrumentation and Layers Upon Layers of Sound.
Beach Boys Leader Brian Wilson’s Paean to Innocence, Hope, Love, and Loneliness a Majestic, Gorgeous, Timeless Affair.
Named by Rolling Stone As the #2 Greatest Record of All Time!
No album comes more vetted than the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. Universally renowned for its groundbreaking songs, majestic arrangements, landmark production, emotional lyrics, and bold creativity the 1966 record forever altered the pop-culture landscape and how everyone experiences music. Hailed not only by the international press, the set also remains prized for its impact on countless artists that changed their approach after beholding its sheer scope and genius. Household-name musicians including Paul McCartney, Elton John, Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, and Bob Dylan cite Pet Sounds as being among their favorite albums and for influencing their direction. Now, it’s time you heard the best-possible version ever made available.
Mastered from original first-generation analog stereo mixes by Brian Wilson and Mark Linett, Pet Sounds has never sounded better. Recognizing the stature and importance of the album — particularly to audiophiles and Beach Boys fanatics — Mobile Fidelity engineers treated this project with utmost reverence, extracting previously buried information and obscured details that add to the elaborate music’s meaning, enjoyment, mood, and breadth.
Famous for its use of multiple layers of unorthodox instrumentation, harmony-based choruses, ensemble refrains, blended reverberation, and recurring echo, the record’s sonic pastiches arrive with unrivaled airiness, immediacy, transparency, width, and depth. Even those that swear by the mono version will find their minds (and heads) blown. Enhanced, too, are Brian and Carl Wilson’s spiritually informed high-register vocal performances, now unbound by any connection to artificial ceilings or veiled frequencies. Prepare to swoon.
Encompassing psychedelic, pop, baroque, and even prog-rock styles, and distinguished with eminently personal lyrics that delve into themes of love, innocence, hope, and loneliness like few records before or since, Pet Sounds’ brilliance cannot be exaggerated. Neither can its sway. Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson weaves organs, harpsichords, Theremins, dog whistles, bells, exotic strings, and just about every other imaginable sound effect amidst traditional instrumentation in sculpting rich symphonies marked by some of the most innovative, heartbreaking melodies ever composed. Flush with multi-colored soundscapes, the lush arrangements open up to seemingly impossible worlds of sound that still leave listeners agog.
It’s easy to go on at length about Pet Sounds’ legacy — the masterwork inspired the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, remains the touchstone for all serious pop music, and stands as a standard-bearer of near-perfect record production. Mobile Fidelity has never been prouder to put its stamp on a classic. So go ahead, rediscover the monument that is Pet Sounds.
“Barking dogs — Wilson’s dog Banana among them, in fact — are prominent among the found sounds on the album. The Beatles made a point of echoing them on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band — an acknowledgment that Pet Sounds was the inspiration for the Beatles’ masterpiece.” – www.rollingstone.com
“Pet sounds was unique for its time in combining an album consisting of all great songs, all composed by (Brian) Wilson, combined with unique instrumentation and recording techniques now taken for granted but innovative for the time… Despite the multi-track recording, it was mixed by Wilson to mono. The first true stereo version had to wait until 1997, when a true stereo set was release on CD as The Pet Sounds Sessions, followed a couple of years later by a stereo LP release. Mobile Fidelity now gives us the first audiophile grade release of Pet Sounds in stereo… I personally prefer the stereo mix to the original mono which DCC issued on vinyl and CD years ago. So color this release brilliant.” – DD, Hi-fi+
“Wilson got turned onto the Bahamian folk song ‘The Wreck of the John B.’ by Al Jardine. For the Boys’ version [Sloop John B], Wilson added elaborate vocals and Billy Strange’s 12-string-guitar part. He also changed ‘This is the worst trip since I’ve been born’ to ‘…I’ve ever been on’ — a wink to acid culture.” – Rolling Stone
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a ‘Red Book’ Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
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