That opening — “Wouldn’t It be Nice” — just sets the tone for something magical, something transcendent. The Beach Boys are one of those bands (like the Beatles, whose “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is the only album that beats “Pet Sounds” on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time“) that you can listen to over and over again, always discovering something new.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of “Pet Sounds,” the Beach Boys are releasing a remastered album. The new version is a “4CD/Blu-ray Audio collector’s edition presented in a hardbound book, featuring the remastered original album in stereo and mono, plus a new hi res instrumental mix, as well as session outtakes, alternate mixes, previously unreleased live recordings and hi res stereo and mono and 5.1 surround mixes.”
The deluxe edition comes out June 10, but you can pre-order it now. Alternatively, you can follow Brian Wilson’s advice:
That is, if you pre-order the digital version on iTunes, you’ll get access to select songs over time for the next month. Today gets you get listen to a rendition of “God Only Knows” live at Michigan State in 1966.
Whether you are Beach Boys fanatic, or you just appreciate the history of rock and roll, the jam-packed “Pet Sounds” deluxe edition has something for you. Of course, you don’t have to wait another month to listen to “Pet Sounds.” The original album can be purchased on iTunes.
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