Blu-ray, DVD Release: Classic Albums – Pet Sounds

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 23, 2016
Price: DVD $15.98, Blu-ray $21.98
Studio: Eagle Rock

Groundbreaking and ahead of its time, 1966’s Pet Sounds — the 11th album by The Beach Boys — was a pioneering feat in production, sound, and songwriting…a work that continues to inspire musicians and fans to this day.

With Eagle Rock’s Classic Albums – Pet Sounds, the latest addition to the acclaimed Classic Albums series, the story behind the making of the Pet Sounds, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is revealed.

petsounds1Pet Sounds was recorded in late 1965 and early 1966, about a year after Beach Boys co-founder and creative engine Brian Wilson had withdrawn from playing live with the group in order to concentrate on composing and studio work. While the rest of the band was out on tour, Brian Wilson worked in the studio creating multi-layered compositions with painstaking attention to detail utilizing orchestration, sound effects and unusual instruments. When the band returned from tour, they went into the studio to add their trademark complex vocal harmonies. The new direction of the music caused some cponsierable consternation within the group. Classic Albums – Pet Sounds explores the band’s relationship at this time as well as the creation of the music through interviews with all the surviving Beach Boys and others involved in the creation of the album.

The DVD and Blu-ray of the music-filled documentary features over 30 minutes of additional interviews not included in the broadcast version that premiered on the BBC in July, 2016. Clocking in at over one and half hours. Classic Albums – Pet Sounds features many cuts from the album, including “God Only Knows,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Sloop John B,” “I Know There’s An Answer,” “Let’s Go Away For A While,” and “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times.”

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