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Pet Sounds

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Artist: Brian Wilson
Genre: Pop
Release Date: June 2002

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
4 stars out of 4

I don't think I have ever read such adoring liner notes before, and amazingly so all the comments were true. This CD lives up to all the ranting and raving bestowed upon the pop genius Brian Wilson. Once the musical mastermind behind the legendary Beach Boys sound, he has been venerated and sited as a pioneer of pop music since the sixties. He is arguably the most important and influential person in the history of pop music. Over the past few years he has come out of his self imposed reclusive environment and put out a great studio album titled "Imagination" in1998, and a comeback live recording called "Live At The Roxy Theater" in 2001. Now for 2002 we have the ultimate live Brian Wilson experience, the entire "Pet Sounds" album recorded live at London's Royal Festival Hall. Wilson and his band played for four sold out dates there and this is the result of those magical evenings of pop heaven.

Brian's voice is slightly worn, but he still has the warmness and smooth delivery that make every song a memory to hold onto. Many music luminaries were present for the performances. Roger Daltry commented-"The humanity just pours out of him." And it's evident that Wilson sounds as if he is back on track and has returned in a big way, focused once again on the creative process. It will be interesting to see if all of the touring initiates another studio album.

In addition to his back up band, The Wondermints, whom I remember being part of the annual International Pop Overthrow concert series which draws thousands of people to see hundreds of pop bands perform yearly, provide stellar back up vocals. His entire casts of musicians are on very high level of professionalism, which of course would be required for Wilson's music. The harmonies they provide are reminiscent of what was accomplished while Brian was with the Beach Boys. Everything is in perfect sync on every song, and it all falls together so beautifully. This is one of the most enjoyable and superior live sessions I have ever had the pleasure to hear.

Exceptional tracks are "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B," and "Caroline No." On "Don't Talk (put your head on my shoulder)" Brian tells the crowd that they can close their eyes while listening or just listen. Either way its pure Wilson magic at work. The pumped up crowd gives a rousing ovation for every song. It's a real special treat to hear all of this great music immortalized on CD in a live setting. Just close your eyes and listen and you will be transported back to another time and place. Isn't music wonderful?


1. Show Intro
2. Wouldn't Be Nice
3. You Still Believe In Me
4. That's Not Me
5. Don't Talk (put your head on my shoulder)
6. I'm Waiting For The Day
7. Let's Go Away For Awhile
8. Sloop John B
9. God Only Knows
10. I Know There's An Answer
11. Here Today
12. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
13. Pet Sounds
14. Caroline No


Brian Wilson-lead vocals, keyboards
Jeffery Foskett-guitar, vocals
Bob Lizik-bass
Jim Hines-drums, vocals
Scott Bennett-keyboards, vibes, percussion, vocals
Paul Mertens-tenor & baritone saxophone, flute & alto flute, clarinet, harmonica
Taylor Mills-vocals, percussion
Andy Paley-percussion, guitar

The Wondermints: Darian Sahana (keyboards, vibes, vocals), Nick Walusko (guitar, vocals), Probyn Gregory (guitar, french horn, trumpet, tannarin, keyboards, vocals)



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