Yes, it was that important of an album… The Beach Boys released their 11th al…

Written by on May 19, 2018


Yes, it was that important of an album…

The Beach Boys released their 11th album “Pet Sounds” on May 16, 1966. At first it met a lukewarm critical and commercial reception in the United States, but received immediate success abroad, where British publications declared it “the most progressive pop album ever”. It charted at number two in the UK but only hit number ten in the US, a significantly lower placement than the band’s preceding albums.

It took some time but the album garnered enormous worldwide acclaim by critics and musicians alike, and is regarded as one of the most influential pieces in the history of popular music. One of the first big fans of the LP was Paul McCartney who has said many times how much he liked the album, citing “God Only Knows” as his favorite song of all-time. He acknowledged that it was the primary impetus for The Beatles’ 1967 album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

The album included the songs “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”, “Sloop John B”, “God Only Knows” and “Caroline, No” plus more.

Do you remember what your thoughts of this album were when you first heard it?

Happy 52nd Birthday to one of the most influential albums in the history of Rock and Roll, “Pet Sounds”!!




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