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A classic among music classics:
PET SOUNDS of The Beach Boys


Pet Sounds of The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds of The Beach Boys


The Beach Boys Albums from the Sixties and Seventies



Fiat 124 Spider
from the Sixties and Seventies

The Beach Boys
from the Sixties and Seventies


Generally accepted as one of the most important albums, 'Pet Sounds' made, that The Beach Boys entered the history of pop as one of the most innovative groups ever.

The record mainly is the creation of musical genius Brian Wilson, who called on session musicians for the recording of most musical parts. Nevertheless, because of the outstanding, excellent harmonies a pure and genuine Beach Boys record was created with a number of the most beautiful tracks that the group ever had sung.

The great American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein wrote about him: 'Brian Wilson was one of the greatest composers of the 20th century'.

A statement of Paul McCartney:
'I often played Pet Sounds and cried'.

And George Martin, producer of the Beatles, stated:
'If there is one person that I have to select as a living genius of pop music, I would choose Brian Wilson'.
'Without Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper wouldn't have happened. Pepper was an attempt to equal Pet Sounds'.

For Paul McCartney, Pet Sounds was the great source of inspiration creating Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Up till today the former bass player of the Beatles, and with him a lot of important musicians, has a deep admiration for the masterpiece of Brian Wilson, the genius of The Beach Boys.
McCartney gave as a present to all his children a copy of Pet Sounds: 'No one is educated musically 'til they've heard Pet Sounds.... It is a total classic record that is unbeatable in many ways'. The statement of McCartney is exemplarily.

Those who once listened well to the great sound of Pet Sounds, will never get rid of its charm during the rest of their life.
If any record should be chosen as the best in the 20th century, it only could be this one, according to the opinion of many competent and respected music connoisseurs.

What exactly is the special attraction of Pet Sounds? As a matter of fact the answer is quite simpel: the vision of Brian Wilson, a brilliant composer and a progressive producer. He was one of the very first musicians who used the recording studio as a full instrument. Constructing layer after layer (also by making use of quite unusual instruments in pop music) he worked on his pop symphonies with an excess of beauty and profundity.

Also in different respect the record has been extremely important. Before Pet Sounds an LP consisted of a few hit singles and some stuffing. Brian Wilson showed that a record could be a total listening experience, with a very specific structure.
That vision is adopted worldwide by every single musician by now. And that's not just a minor achievement.

Although 'Sloop John B', 'Caroline No' and the double 'Wouldn't It Be Nice / God Only Knows' all were top-10 hits, The Beach Boys did not achieve the well deserved success in America with this album.

However, in Great Britain 'Pet Sounds' was most successful and by the time The Beatles with 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' made their follow-up, the understanding and consciousness started to grow that The Beach Boys with Pet Sounds had created one of the most innovating albums ever, just one year before.


Apart from personal preference or taste this album is a major musical monument from the Sixties and Seventies and could be heard out of many open convertibles at that time.

To discover for yourself the virtuosity of this passionate, creative man (at that time 24 years old!), we made audible here a number of unique studio tracks from 1967.

Each of the 10 black-and-white pictures below of Brian Wilson is separately clickable and performs once again the unique studio tape recordings from that era.

And turn your speakers to the max! If not possible at this moment, wait till you are home alone and repeat this once again. Make a bet that you will be impressed deeply?

See also Remark at the bottom of this page.

Wouldn't it be nice - instrumental Wouldn't it be nice - only vocal Wouldn't it be nice - final performance

Foto 1: Soundtrack instrumental - Wouldn't it be nice - take 1
Foto 2: Soundtrack only vocal - Wouldn't it be nice
Foto 3: Soundtrack final performance - Wouldn't it be nice

WOULDN'T IT BE NICE

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older
Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long.
And wouldn’t it be nice to live together
In the kind of world where we belong.

You know it’s gonna make it that much better
When we can say goodnight and stay together.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could wake up
In the morning when the day is new.
And after having spent the day together
Hold each other close the whole night through.

What happy times together we’ve been spending
I wish that every kiss was never ending.
Oh, wouldn’t it be nice

Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray
it might come true
Baby then there wouldn’t be a single thing
we couldn’t do
Oh, we could be married.
And then we’d be happy
Oh, wouldn’t it be nice

You know it seems the more we talk about it
It only makes it worse to live without it
But let's talk about it
Oh, wouldn’t it be nice.

God only knows - instrumental God only knows - only vocal God only knows - final performance

Foto 4: Soundtrack instrumental - God only knows - take 1
Foto 5: Soundtrack only vocal - God only knows
Foto 6: Soundtrack final performance - God only knows

GOD ONLY KNOWS

I may not always love you,
but long as there are stars above you.
You never need to doubt it,
I’ll make you so sure about it.

God only knows what I’d be without you.

If you should ever leave me,
though life would still go on believe me.
The world could show nothing to me,
so what good would living do me?

God only knows what I’d be without you.

Sloop John B - only vocal Sloop John B - final performance

Foto 7: Soundtrack only vocal - Sloop John B
Foto 8: Final performance - Sloop John B

SLOOP JOHN B

We come on the sloop John B
My grandfather and me
Around Nassau town we did roam
Drinking all night
Got into a fight
Well I feel so broke up
I want to go home

So hoist up the John B's sail
See how the mainsail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home, let me go home
I wanna go home, yeah yeah
Well I feel so broke up
I wanna go home

The first mate he got drunk
And broke in the Cap'n's trunk
The constable had to come and take him away
Sheriff John Stone
Why don't you leave me alone, yeah yeah
Well I feel so broke up I wanna go home

So hoist up the John B's sail
See how the mainsail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home, let me go home
I wanna go home, let me go home
Why don't you let me go home
(Hoist up the John B's sail)
Hoist up the John B
I feel so broke up I wanna go home
Let me go home

The poor cook he caught the fits
And threw away all my grits
And then he took and he ate up all of my corn
Let me go home
Why don't they let me go home
This is the worst trip I've ever been on

So hoist up the John B's sail
See how the mainsail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home, let me go home
I wanna go home, let me go home
Why don't you let me go home

Good Vibrations - instrumental Good Vibrations - final performance

Foto 9: Soundtrack instrumental - Good Vibrations - take 1
Foto 10: Final performance - Good Vibrations

GOOD VIBRATIONS

I, I love the colorful clothes she wears
And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair
I hear the sound of a gentle word
On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air
I'm pickin' up good vibrations
She's giving me excitations
I'm pickin' up good vibrations
(Oom bop bop good vibrations)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)

Close my eyes
She's somehow closer now
Softly smile, I know she must be kind
When I look in her eyes
She goes with me to a blossom world

I'm pickin' up good vibrations
She's giving me excitations
I'm pickin' up good vibrations
(Oom bop bop good vibrations)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop excitations)

(Ahhhhhhh)
(Ah my my what elation)
I don't know where but she sends me there
(Ah my my what a sensation)
(Ah my my what elations)
(Ah my my what)

Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
A happenin' with her
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
A happenin' with her
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations
A happenin'

Ahhhhhhhh
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
(I'm pickin' up good vibrations)
She's giving me excitations
(Oom bop bop)
(Excitations)
Good good good good vibrations
(Oom bop bop)
She's na na . . .

Na na na na na
Na na na . . .


Click here for a larger image

The Beach Boys were the 3 brothers Brian, Dennis en Carl Wilson, Al Jardine en Mike Love.
Dennis en Carl died respectively in 1983 and 1998.
(Click on the photo for a larger image).


With thanks to Hans Zoetbrood for making
available the CD's with the original sound tracks.






Hotel California


Fiat 124 Spider
from the Seventies

The Eagles
from the Seventies


From many thousands of car radio speakers from open Fiat 124 Spiders echoed music of the Eagles back in the Seventies. Especially their Grammy Awards winning song 'Hotel California' appealed many convertible drivers in that time while the text started with:
On a dark desert highway,
Cool wind in my hair.....

Step right in and experience this great California Sound that defined a generation during the hippie heyday of the late 1960's and early 1970's.


Click on the above picture and turn you speakers
wide open !   See also Remark at the bottom of this page.


On a dark desert highway
Cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas
Rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance
I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy,
and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself
This could be Heaven
or this could be Hell
Then she lit up a candle
And she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor
I thought I heard them say

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely place (background)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year
Any time of year (background)
You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany twisted
She's got the Mercedes bends
She's got a lot of pretty, pretty boys
That she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard
Sweet summer sweat
Some dance to remember
Some dance to forget
So I called up the Captain
Please bring me my wine
He said
We haven't had that spirit here since 1969
And still those voices are calling from far away
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely Place
Such a lovely Place (background)
Such a lovely face
They're livin' it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise
What a nice surprise (background)
Bring your alibies

Mirrors on the ceiling
Pink champagne on ice
And she said
We are all just prisoners here
Of our own device
And in the master's chambers
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives
But they just can't kill the beast
Last thing I remember
I was running for the door
I had to find the passage back
to the place I was before
Relax said the nightman
We are programmed to receive
You can check out any time you like
But you can never leave

Authors:
Don Henley   (vocals, drums, percussion)
Don Felder    (vocals, guitar, slide guitar)
Glen Frey      (vocals, guitar, keyboards)








Fiat 124 Spider
from the Sixties and Seventies

Simon & Garfunkel
from the Sixties and Seventies



The recent success of their reunion has brought Simon and Garfunkel back into the public eye - not that they'd ever strayed that far away. Simon's beautifully constructed songs and Garfunkel's flawless voice has meant that - for the past three decades - Simon and Garfunkel have become synonymous with the best in popular music.
The song 'Baby Driver' is an excellent folk-rock trifle written by Paul Simon just for fun but incredibly catchy !



Click on the above picture and turn you speakers wide open again !
See also Remark at the bottom of this page.


My daddy was the family base man
my mamma was an engineer
And I was born one dark gray morn
with music coming in my ears
In my ears.

CHORUS
They call me Baby Driver
And once upon a pair of wheels
I hit the road and I'm gone ah
What's my number
I wonder how your engines feel
Ba ba ba ba
Scoot down the road
What's my number
I wonder how your engines feel
Shine a light.

My daddy was a prominent frogman
My mamma's in the Naval reserve
When I was young I carried a gun
But I never got the chance to serve
I did not serve.

CHORUS

My daddy got a big promotion
My mamma got a raise in pay
There's no one home, we're all alone
Oh come to my room and play
Yes we can play.

I'm not talking about your pigtails
But I'm talking 'bout your sex appeal
I hit the road and I'm gone ah
What's my number
I wonder how your engines feel.
Ba ba ba ba
Scoot down the road
What's my number
I wonder how your engines feel.






Up around the bend


Fiat 124 Spider
from the Sixties and Seventies

Creedence Clearwater Revival
from the Sixties and Seventies


As early as 1959, the later CCR forms a band under the name of 'Tommy Fogerty and The Blue Velvets', having the Francisco Bay as main working area. In 1964 they are contracted for the Fantasy label, provided they change their name into The Golliwogs ( the British 'beat boom' just being in progress ).
At the end of 1967, The Golliwogs assume another name: Creedence Clearwater Revival. In the meantime the music of San Francisco has received a lot of attention and in the wake of it the album 'Creedence Clearwater Revival' is released, although the music of CCR has little or nothing to do with the, at the time, so-called 'West Coast Pop'.

At this time, CCR is generally considered to be one of the most interesting and most successful American bands. Tours in Europe result in even more fans of CCR and the album 'Cosmo's Factory' delivers three million-sellers: 'Travelin' Band', 'Who will stop the rain' and 'Up Around the Bend'.

'Up Around the Bend', the second of three Top 10 singles off CCR's Cosmo's Factory LP, first charted on May 2, 1970 and spent 10 weeks on the US pop charts. The Cosmo's Factory album was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks and it spent a total of 69 weeks on the charts.



Click on the CCR picture and listen to that opening guitar riff !  It screams out of the speakers at you, demanding your attention and riveting you to your seat.
See also Remark at the bottom of this page.


There's a place up ahead and I'm goin'
Just as fast as my feet can fly
Come away, come away if you're goin',
Leave the sinkin' ship behind.

CHORUS:
Come on the risin' wind,
We're goin' up around the bend.

Bring a song and a smile for the banjo,
Better get while the gettin's good,
Hitch a ride to the end of the highway
Where the neons turn to wood.

[CHORUS]

You can ponder perpetual motion,
Fix your mind on a crystal day,
Always time for a good conversation,
There's an ear for what you say.

[CHORUS]

Yeah!

Catch a ride to the end of the highway
And we'll meet by the big red tree,
There's a place up ahead and I'm goin'
Come along, come along with me.

[CHORUS]

Yeah!

Author: John C. Fogerty






Click on one of the pictures below to see more great personalities that made the Seventies special and unique.
Click on one of these pictures to see more great personalities that made the Seventies special and unique.