An unusual 2-Fer – one that brings together Pet Sounds and Carl & The Passions – with the cover of the latter on the front, and the forme
r on the back. Carl & The Passions is a bit of a shift for The Beach Boys – as you might guess from the Carl & The Passions billing on the cover! The record's something of a back to basics effort – supposedly a bit more rocking than their previous few records, but still hardly in a simple, 60s mode. Instead, there's a lot of sweetly compressed vocals, of the sort you'd find on 20/
20 and beyond – and the tunes, while simple, are also filled with some more tender moments that mix fragile leads and fuller harmonies. Titles include "Hold On Dear Brother", "Make It Good", "Cuddle Up", "All This Is That", "Here She Comes", and "He Come Down". Pet Sounds is one of the greatest records of all time – and don't you forget it! Despite the countless lines of type that have been written about this record, nothing does it full justice like an all-through listen – something we're reminded of every time we put this one on the turntable, which is a heck of a lot over the years! Brian Wilson busted his ass making this little gem – and the rest of the world, and the band, were never the same again – awash in harmonies that most other groups tried to match, set to themes of young loss, longing, and frustration that really mark an emotional development – not just in the Beach Boys, but in pop music in general. And although some of the tracks are ones you've heard a million times on oldies stations, they somehow resonate together much more strongly here – taking on new meaning as the smaller elements of each song come into constellation with each other – creating a complicated tapestry of feelings set to near-godlike orchestrations. Titles include "God Only Knows", "Caroline No", "Pet Sounds", "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times", "Wouldn't It Be Nice", and "You Still Believe In Me".