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« Reply #25 on: December 14, 2012, 03:14:58 PM »

The problem is I don't have time to write 13 paragraphs, that's how long it would take to describe my feelings for each track. LOL

I share the same problem.  Grin

I stand in awe of a lot of you here because some of you are so consistently prolific and articulate day after day, and appear to actually have lives outside of the board (or so you would have us believe) as well... how do you do it? It's all I can do to just catch up with a quick scan or two every other day or so. Yes, I can certainly agree that a well thought-out, insightful and astute post beats a quick, tossed-off list any day. But I only have time to make lists!  LOL So anyway, here's my list:

A+
God Only Knows
Wouldn't It Be Nice
Caroline, No
I Just Wasn't Made for These Times

A
Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)
You Still Believe in Me
Let's Go Away for Awhile

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Sloop John B
That's Not Me

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Here Today
Pet Sounds

B
I Know There's an Answer

B-
I'm Waiting for the Day
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« Reply #26 on: December 14, 2012, 03:37:00 PM »

This feels so wrong. But....

I Just Wasnít Made For These Times
Caroline, No
Donít Talk
Iím Waiting For The Day
Wouldnít It Be Nice
God Only Knows
Sloop John B
Thatís Not Me
Here Today
I Know Thereís An Answer
You Still Believe In Me
Letís Go Away For Awhile
Pet Sounds
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« Reply #27 on: December 14, 2012, 04:16:55 PM »

1. God Only Knows
2. Wouldn't It Be Nice
3. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
4. Sloop John B.
5. Pet Sounds
6. You Still Believe In Me
7. Here Today
8. I'm Waiting For The Day
9. Let's Go Away For Awhile
10.Caroline, No
11.I Know There's An Answer
12.I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
13.That's Not Me
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« Reply #28 on: December 14, 2012, 04:54:50 PM »

As other noted, almost impossible to rank. But...

1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
2. God Only Knows
3. You Still Believe In Me
4. Sloop John B
5. Caroline, No
6. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
7. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
8. I'm Waiting For The Day
9. Here Today
10. Let's Go Away For Awhile
11. I Know There's An Answer
12. That's Not Me
13. Pet Sounds
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« Reply #29 on: December 14, 2012, 06:17:10 PM »

God Only Knows-The intro...my god. The wordless middle eight...my god. The tag...my god. It's...BEAUTTTTTTTTIFUL  Shocked
Wouldn't it be Nice-AMAZING opener.
I Just Wasn't Made for These Times-That this is not the top song shows how good this album is.
Caroline No-Lovely.
Let's Go Away for Awhile-Amazing instrumental, gives me goosebumps.
Don't Talk (Put your Head on my Shoulder)-One of the most underrated tunes on the album.
Pet Sounds-Great up-tempo beat.
I'm Waiting for the Day-Up tempo tune with serious lyrics. Amazing.
You Still Believe in Me-Another great tune. The bicycle horn works despite being out of place.
Sloop John B-I think it fits with the album better then most think. One of the "weaker" songs (and there really isn't any week song.)
I Know There's an Answer-Love how the group shares the vocals. Should've stayed as "Hang Onto Your Ego" though.
That's Not Me-Really cool Mike vocal.
Here Today-Love the middle eight.
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« Reply #30 on: December 14, 2012, 06:32:15 PM »

1. Caroline, No (love the haunting background music and lyrics)
2 I Just Wasn't Made For These Times (i love the harmony in the "each day i start to" part)
3 That's Not Me (kind of sums up the type of things every young person goes through)
4. I Know There's An Answer (something i relate to with OCD)
5. You Still Believe In Me (good reminder to appreciate your girlfriend/relatives or significant other when they stand by you)
6. Here Today (love the advice of the lyrics, also the middle solo kicks ass)
7. Wouldn't It Be Nice - one of the best bipolar songs I can think of (and by that I mean the mood of the song is very contradictory)
8 I'm Waiting For The Day (Love the track and the lyrics most) - another good song that epitomizes what any young person in love feels
9. God Only Knows (one of the greatest love songs of all time*) - heard it too many times for it to be higher but takes the prize for second most realistic love song (second to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc8tPTVBRSc)
10. Let's Go Away For Awhile - being an instrumental probably pegs it down a few but it is still a very chill song to listen to
11. Sloop John B - doesn't fit on Pet Sounds at all
12. Pet Sounds - don't really know the song
13. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder - ditto
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« Reply #31 on: December 14, 2012, 07:25:18 PM »

Oh God, I'll play, but don't expect this to be a solid reflection of my tastes even a minute from when I hit "post". This list varies wildly depending on my moods, especially from about 7 down.

1. I Just Wasn't Made for these Times
2. Wouldn't it Be Nice
3. God Only Knows
4. Let's Go Away for Awhile
5. Caroline, No
6. You Still Believe in Me
7. I'm Waiting for the Day
8. Here Today
9. That's Not Me
10. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
11. I Know There's an Answer
12. Pet Sounds
13. Sloop John B
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« Reply #32 on: December 14, 2012, 08:41:51 PM »

1. God Only Knows
2. Let's Go Away for Awhile
3. Don't Talk
4. Caroline No
5. Wouldn't It Be Nice
6. Here Today
7. Pet Sounds
8. Sloop John B
9. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
10. You Still Believe In Me
11. I'm Waiting For The Day
12. I Know There's An Answer
13. That's Not Me
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« Reply #33 on: December 14, 2012, 09:20:35 PM »

This was really, really difficult.

13. Sloop John B - Mainly because it just doesn't fit in on the album as well as all the others. That being said, it's still a fantastic way to close Side 1.
12. Pet Sounds - Great instrumental. I love the percussion especially.
11. Here Today - Ugh this is where it gets difficult haha. The instrumental bit's one of my favorite moments on the album.
10. I Know There's An Answer - I think I prefer Hang On to Your Ego, but still excellent.
9. I'm Waiting For the Day - The strings towards the end blow my mind every time.
8. That's Not Me - Love the lyrics, and one of Mike's best vocals.
7. Let's Go Away For Awhile - Easily my favorite instrumental.
6. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times - Can't believe I'm putting this so low.
5. You Still Believe In Me - That melody. That ending.
4. Caroline, No - Incredibly beautiful, and some of my favorite lyrics.
3. Don't Talk - Extremely underrated, and gorgeous.
2. Wouldn't It Be Nice - Perfect in every way, and never fails to cheer me up.
1. God Only Knows - My favorite song, period.
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« Reply #34 on: December 14, 2012, 09:30:56 PM »

1. I'm Waiting For The Day
2. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
3. God Only Knows
4. Caroline, No
5. Wouldn't It Be Nice?
6. That's Not Me
7. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
8. Here Today
9. I Know There's An Answer
10. Sloop John B
11. You Still Believe In Me
12. Let's Go Away For A While
13. Pet Sounds

Like most here, this is my favourite album of all time and found it so hard to rank, however I managed in the end and think every track is brilliant. The instrumentals are phenomenal. I think "I'm Waiting For The Day" is my favourite just for the timpani and the drums, the outro, the fantastic lyrics by Mike, the brilliant singing from Brian and the amount feeling conjured by this sad yet wishful song.
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« Reply #35 on: December 15, 2012, 05:57:29 AM »

I can't bring myself to rank them individually since some of them are too good. I'll split them in two tiers:

God Only Knows
I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
Wouldn't It Be Nice
You Still Believe In Me
That's Not Me
Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)

Sloop J Bee
Caroline, No
Let's Go Away For Awhile
Here Today
I Know There's An Answer (Hang On To Your Ego would have a better chance at making the top list)
Pet Sounds

Btw thank God Trombone Dixie was never a track on PS...
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« Reply #36 on: December 15, 2012, 06:15:40 AM »

As long as some posters mentioned Hang On To Your Ego, I'll throw my 50 cents adding that I'm very glad I Know There's An Answer made the final tracklist. I really dislike Brian's vocals on HOTYE, he sounds kinda unsteady there. I know, this is all silly, but still.
He'd have probably gone at a few more takes, the looseness of the performance is probably indicative that it was just a rough lead and not a serious attempt at perfecting the track.

@CEK Three instrumentals on Pet Sounds would've definitely killed the flow a bit, but I don't mind Trombone Dixie at all. Fade it out around 2:40 and add it, along with Sloop John B and The Little Girl I Once Knew to a Nov/Dec SDASN release and you've got yourself a nice little alternate album there. It'd probably be a lot nicer with lyrics (it's not as dynamic an arrangement as LGAFA or PS to flawlessly pull off being an instrumental) but even in it's current stage, 's'pretty good.
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« Reply #37 on: December 15, 2012, 06:54:55 AM »

1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
2. God Only Knows
3. Caroline, No
4. Sloop John B
5. You Still Believe In Me
6. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
7. I'm Waiting For The Day
8. Don't Talk
9. Let's Go Away For A While
10. Here Today
11. That's Not Me
12. Pet Sounds
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« Reply #38 on: December 15, 2012, 08:52:16 AM »

Impossible to rank. Every single song is perfection.
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« Reply #39 on: December 15, 2012, 12:50:34 PM »



Btw thank God Trombone Dixie was never a track on PS...

I like Trombone Dixie more than the two instrumentals that were on the record!
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« Reply #40 on: December 15, 2012, 01:34:57 PM »

Trombone Dixie is great...as an outtake. Let's Go Away For Awhile is a sonic picture of Heaven. Pet Sounds is surf noir, the closest thing to rock and roll found on the album.
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« Reply #41 on: December 16, 2012, 02:37:29 AM »

1.  God Only Knows
2.  Caroline, No
3.  I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
4.  Here Today
5.  Wouldn't It Be Nice
6.  That's Not Me
7.  You Still Believe In Me
8.  Don't Talk
9.  Pet Sounds
10. Sloop John B
11. Let's Go Away For A While
12.  I'm Waiting For The Day

Of course, each and every one's a gem - at least a ten out of ten! 
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« Reply #42 on: December 16, 2012, 05:39:17 AM »

Since 1997 I split the tracking takes and the vocals when I choose my preferences. I think the top five instrumental takes are:

1) Caroline No

2) Hang On To Your Ego

3) I Just Wasn't Made For These Times

4) God Only Knows

5) I'm Waiting For The Day

Vocal:

1) God Only Knows

2) Wouldn't It Be Nice

3) I Just Wasn't Made For These Times

4) I'm Waiting For The Day

5) Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)

Caroline No had the potential to be No. 1 on both counts, as did Hang On To Your Ego, but I think they were compromised by the speeding up and lyric change respectively. The "Grrrr" mars the box set alternative take of Ego.

The box set correct speed of Caroline No might be my favorite track of the whole set, including the album cuts.
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« Reply #43 on: December 16, 2012, 03:30:41 PM »

1. God Only Knows
2. Don't Talk
3. You Still Believe In Me
4. Pet Sounds
5. Let's Go Away For Awhile
6. Here Today
7. I Know There's An Answer
8. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
9. Caroline No
10. I'm Waiting For The Day
11. That's Not Me
12. Sloop John B


What's with all the Pet Sounds hate? (referring to the song) Definitely one of Brian's greatest arrangements. And groovy as f***!

Btw, Trombone Dixie is astonishing. It's sad that it wasn't finished. Would've fit better than Sloop John B, that's for sure.
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« Reply #44 on: December 16, 2012, 03:38:47 PM »

Sloop is incredible on the album as well, the follow-through of the Let's Go Away mental escape halfway through that turns into the biggest bummer of all. Functions in the same narrative way that Goin' Home/Flight 505 does on the UK version of the Stones' Aftermath.
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« Reply #45 on: December 18, 2012, 03:04:18 PM »

1 Here Today
2 Caroline, No
3 God Only Knows
4 You Still Believe In Me
5 Don't Talk
6 That's Not Me
7 I Know There's An Answer
8 Sloop John B
9 I Jus't Wasn't Made For These Times
10 Wouldn't It Be Nice
11 I'm Waiting For The Day
12 Pet Sounds
13 Let's Go Away
What more can be said this is a great collection of songs a wonderful LP in every way. Here Today is my favorite because I think the words, vocals and especally the break are the most interesting here.
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« Reply #46 on: December 18, 2012, 09:25:48 PM »

What's with all the Pet Sounds hate? (referring to the song) Definitely one of Brian's greatest arrangements. And groovy as f***!
As you might know, Brian wrote that thinking they would try to get it as a James Bond song (its original title was "Run James Run"). And it *sounds* like the background instruments for a James Bond song! Sometimes I wonder if the James Bond folks should approach Brian and ask him to write some words and a melody for it, and use it in the next James Bond movie!
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« Reply #47 on: December 19, 2012, 02:57:11 AM »

1 Here Today
2 Caroline, No
3 God Only Knows
4 You Still Believe In Me
5 Don't Talk
6 That's Not Me
7 I Know There's An Answer
8 Sloop John B
9 I Jus't Wasn't Made For These Times
10 Wouldn't It Be Nice
11 I'm Waiting For The Day
12 Pet Sounds
13 Let's Go Away
What more can be said this is a great collection of songs a wonderful LP in every way. Here Today is my favorite because I think the words, vocals and especally the break are the most interesting here.

I was beginning to think I was the only one that ranked Here Today at the top..

1. Here Today.  This song gets to me every time I hear it, it's dramatic, and emotive and the vocals are spot on.  Tony Asher hit the nail on the head with the lyrics "It starts with just a little glance now, right away you're thinking bout romance now" 
2. Sloop John B.   
3. Wouldn't it Be Nice.
4. I'm waiting for the day
5. God only Knows.

All the others I like equally the same and it's too hard to rank them.
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« Reply #48 on: February 21, 2013, 07:21:15 AM »

Beautiful album! Not a single bad track.

Very good:
13. Pet Sounds
12. I'm Waiting For The Day
11. Sloop John B

Great:
10. Caroline No
9. That's Not Me
8. Here Today
7. Let's Go Away For A While

Excellent:
6. You Still Believe In Me
5. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
4. I Know There's An Answer
3. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times

Too good for words:
2. God Only Knows
1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
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« Reply #49 on: February 21, 2013, 08:26:53 AM »

I started to make a list, but screw it. These songs are too great to be ranked. I'll say this, "Wouldn't It Be Nice", "Don't Talk", "God Only Knows", "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" and "Caroline, No" would be career highlights for anybody, even a McCartney or a Dylan. And they are all on the same album. So, whatever. I'm not even gonna bother.
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