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The Beach Boys Pet Sounds

The Greatest Album of the Twentieth Century


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Released on October 1, 2001

Written by Kinglsey Abbott


  • The Beach Boys (in Japanese): The Pet Sounds Story

    • August 24, 2004
    • Strange Days
    • Tokyo
    • Paperback
    • 253 pages
    • ISBN: 4902342014
    Translated by Amagai Hiromi.
  • The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (in Italian): la storia del più grande disco del ventesimo secolo

    • July 14, 2004
    • Arcana Musica
    • Milano
    • Paperback
    • 203 pages
    • ISBN: 887966364X
    Translated by Giorgio Testa.
  • The Beach Boys Pet Sounds: The Greatest Album of the Twentieth Century

    • October 1, 2001
    • Helter Skelter
    • London
    • Paperback
    • 192 pages
    • ISBN: 1900924307
    Released in May 1966, Pet Sounds was the album that saw The Beach Boys graduate from perfectly crafted lightweight pop like 'Surfin’ USA' into a vehicle for the mature compositional genius of Brian Wilson. It also inspired The Beatles to make Sgt Pepper.
    Kingsley Abbott draws on hours of new interviewers to tell the full story of the album; from its composition and recording, through to its long-term legacy, as the greatest album popular music has yet produced.
    Brian Wilson tours the US in Fall 2001, performing Pet Sounds in its entirety with a full orchestra.
    About the Author:
    Kingsley Abbott is a freelance music writer who regularly contributes to Record Collector, Mojo and other publications. He is also an acclaimed author of several other music books.