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« Reply #50 on: February 21, 2013, 11:00:44 AM »

 1. God Only Knows
 2. Wouldn't It Be Nice
 3. You Still Believe In Me
 4. I'm Waiting For The Day
 5. Caroline No
 6. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
 7. Sloop John B
 8. Let's Go Away For Awhile
 9. Here Today
10.Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
11.I Know There's An Answer
12.That's Not Me
13.Pet Sounds
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« Reply #51 on: February 21, 2013, 03:05:43 PM »

It's very difficult to rank these, because many of the tracks in the middle of my rankings I consider to be equal in greatness.

1. God Only Knows
2. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
3. Wouldn't It Be Nice
4. Sloop John B

(#5-10 might as well be a 6-way tie)
5. Caroline No
6. You Still Believe In Me
7. Here Today
8. That's Not Me
9. Pet Sounds
10. I'm Waiting For The Day

11. Let's Go Away For Awhile

12. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
13. I Know There's An Answer

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« Reply #52 on: February 21, 2013, 04:05:37 PM »

I cannot rank this album...it's like me wondering which testicle is more important, left or right?
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« Reply #53 on: February 21, 2013, 04:10:12 PM »

I cannot rank this album...it's like me wondering which testicle is more important, left or right?
Well... that's one way of putting it.  LOL
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« Reply #54 on: February 21, 2013, 05:21:34 PM »

I love all of it, and am often drawn to the "other songs", meaning, not WIB or GOK or SJB etc, but rather I Know There's An Answer, That's Not Me, I'm Waiting For The Day. I was particularly drawn to Here Today, Caroline, No, and later in life, I Just Wasn't . . . . . .  (as a teen-ager in 1966 the personal dynamic wasn't apparent, but years later I realized it really had been even then).  I bought this record within the first month it was released and loved it from the first two seconds of the first track. One of the first guitar parts I picked out on my own was following the melody on "Pet Sounds", and Lets Go Away For A While was amazing. I'd followed the band's movement from surfing to hot rods to girls to the changes witnessed in Today and Summer Days, this offering seemed fine to me, and had no idea for years the "problem" the record was. To this day I don't understand what all the hub-bub was about.
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« Reply #55 on: February 21, 2013, 07:08:54 PM »

This is the best i could do without overthinking it/going insane.
Fav to least fav.

1. Caroline, No
2. Here Today
3. Wouldn't it be Nice
4. Don't Talk
5. You Still Believe in Me
6. IJWMFTT
7. God Only Knows
8. Let's Go Away for Awhile
9. That's Not Me
10. Sloop John B
11. I'm Waiting for the Day
12. Pet Sounds
13. I Know There's an Answer

The beauty of this album is that next time i listen to it i'm sure the order will be moved around.
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« Reply #56 on: February 21, 2013, 08:23:32 PM »

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The beauty of this album is that next time i listen to it i'm sure the order will be moved around.

I was so tempted to do the ranking by the running order, and see if anybody noticed LOL
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« Reply #57 on: February 21, 2013, 08:43:46 PM »


The beauty of this album is that next time i listen to it i'm sure the order will be moved around.

I went to check on my rankings to see if they since changed, only to realize I haven't posted them yet! Shocked

1. God Only Knows
2. Wouldn't It Be Nice
3. You Still Believe In Me
4. Sloop John B - underrated; sometimes we don't give it enough credit because Brian didn't write it and maybe (to some) it doesn't fit on the album lyrically
5. Caroline, No

Is there a better five songs on ANY album?

6. I'm Waiting For The day
7. That's Not Me
8. I Know There's An Answer

9. Don't Talk 9Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
10. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
11. Here Today
12. Let's Go Away For Awhile
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« Reply #58 on: February 21, 2013, 08:57:38 PM »

4. Sloop John B - underrated; sometimes we don't give it enough credit because Brian didn't write it and maybe (to some) it doesn't fit on the album lyrically

Incredibly underrated. The instrumental track, the vocals-only track. This song is pure perfection from start to finish.

Peter Carlin explained at one time that the "I wanna go home, let me go home" lines perfectly fit with Brian's theme of Pet Sounds. To me, it's also kind of a breezy getaway from some of the more introspective intellectual themes on the album.

I remixed Sloop John B to include the "oooooh yeah yeah", that's at the tail end of the vocal take, into the a capella section http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-J-zMJIgxUM#t=106s - really wish Brian had put that Oooh yeah yeah somewhere in the released version.
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« Reply #59 on: February 21, 2013, 09:14:06 PM »

Something odd... this and Holland were the two albums where I couldn't rank the tracks because I felt they were equally great...yet neither are my favorite album. And actually, although I do feel PS is the best BB album., I actually prefer Holland in comparison. I think it's because this is something I never listen to casually.
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« Reply #60 on: February 22, 2013, 07:53:47 AM »

Like Al Jardine put it on one of the documentaries, the middle eight (I think that was how he referred to it, maybe the bridge) of Wouldn't It Be Nice would be an accomplishment for many song writers.  Just the middle eight.
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« Reply #61 on: February 22, 2013, 07:56:51 AM »

Something odd... this and Holland were the two albums where I couldn't rank the tracks because I felt they were equally great...yet neither are my favorite album. And actually, although I do feel PS is the best BB album., I actually prefer Holland in comparison. I think it's because this is something I never listen to casually.
I think Pet Sounds is a great album to listen to casually. Always helps lift my spirits. Granted, I haven't listened to Holland yet...
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« Reply #62 on: March 19, 2013, 07:37:58 PM »

This one is going to be hard, but I'll do it based on the songs that are more emotional for me
1.God only knows
2.wouldn't it be nice
3.caroline no
4.don't talk
5.i just wasn't made for these times
6.you still believe in me
7.let's go away for awhile
8.sloop john B
9.i know theres an answer/ego
10.here today
11.i'm waiitng for the day
12.that's not me
13.pet sounds
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« Reply #63 on: April 24, 2013, 07:12:40 PM »

It really is impossible. This is the single greatest musical work I've ever heard in my life, my favorite album of all time, the songs that made me a fan of The Beach Boys and a staggering, unbelievable, wonderful, stunningly beautiful work of perfect genius. So yeah. Tough to rate, when every single song is utterly amazing.

I know I could easily write a several-page essay for each track, but I'll save you the headache:

1. Wouldn't It Be Nice - My #1 favorite song in the entire universe and beyond, a tune for me that will never, ever be equaled on this plane of existence. My soul in a glorious monophonic two and a half minutes. I'd like to think that for every person on earth there is a song that's theirs entirely, I mean there are more than enough songs to go around for billions of people. I'd like to think this song is mine all mine. Smiley Thanks Brian, Tony, boys.

2. God Only Knows - That a so-called "damaged" human being can write something this perfect gives me faith in all of mankind, even on a bad day. STUPENDOUS.

3. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - Few songs have quite the capacity to bring on goosebumps for me than this one. The transitions and chord progression is utterly fantastic, specifically the strings playing behind the part where Brian sings the chorus. The way it ascends then descends, simply beautiful. Just kills me, every time.

4. You Still Believe In Me - I know now I'm gonna run out of adjectives with this album. AMAZING, spectacular, wonderful, sheer bliss and everything else. Love the harmonies, some of the band's best.

5. Caroline No - The original sped up version in all it's glory. Slow but not too slow. And simply breathtaking. Adore it.

6. I'm Waiting For The Day - Sad to see so many put this near the bottom of their rankings; I find it simply amazing. The dynamics are second only to WIBN in the BBs discography. WONDERFUL song.

7. That's Not Me - A personal tune for me, 'cause when I first heard this album, in spring 1999, I was going through some transitions in my life, and this song stuck with me big time through it. Tony Asher shouldn't doubt his lyrics here like I know he does; they're spot on, especially for my life.

8. Sloop John B. - REALLY ridiculously underrated by many, I'll never understand why. IT FITS. PERFECTLY. And the song is simply stunning, one of Brian's brightest and most beautiful arrangements. Can't help but adore it.

9. Let's Go Away For Awhile - The single greatest instrumental that Brian ever did; even 'Mrs. O'Leary's Cow' can't compare, brilliant as it is. This song is stunning, wonderful all the way through. Music for me to cool out by.

10. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times - Brilliant, really unlike anything the group had ever recorded. I can almost see why Mike might call this "ego music", it's so personal and so Brian. It's something almost everyone can identify with, one way or another. Gutsy song, to bare so much of your feeling about the place, the time you're in. WOW.

11. Here Today - Really cool arrangement, lotsa tension and unsure footing, musically, which fits perfectly the great, great lyrics. Complex as all hell, a simply beautiful, wonderful tune.

12. I Know There's An Answer - They were right to change 'Ego' into this; it's less....esoteric I think, easier to connect with people on some level. Tremendous tune, another great arrangement, like everything else on the album.

13. Pet Sounds - Another masterful instrumental, really outta site and exciting. Love the experimentation here with the Leslie'd guitar and percussion. Riveting. Splendid!



There's my ranking, I suppose...

....but for me it's really more like:

1. Wouldn't It Be Nice, God Only Knows, Don't Talk, You Still Believe In Me, Caroline No, I'm Waiting For The Day, That's Not Me, Sloop John B., Let's Go Away For Awhile, I Just Wasn't Made For These Times

2. Here Today, I Know There's An Answer, Pet Sounds

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27. The Stereo mix. Smiley (Sorry, nice effort, really cool, but... MONO baby, MONO all the way!!)

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So. I know I'll always feel this album is Brian Wilson's greatest achievement musically, no doubt about it. The Smile music does amaze me, it's truly awesome, spectacularly brilliant and simply leaves my jaw hanging at some points, but none of that music or anything else for that matter will ever come closer to me than Pet Sounds. PS for Brian is kinda like the US going to the moon, which for NASA was more of a triumph than actually walking on it. You can't moonwalk if you don't first make that amazing leap forward. Pet Sounds is the triumphant going there and landing on the moon, Smile is the icing on the cake: something Brian couldn't do if he hadn't already made that amazing leap forward with this peerless album.

Love and mercy, Brian. You give us a whole ton of it and we hope you get a ton for yourself, you've earned it. Pet Sounds is a marvel of art and emotion. In other words: GENIUS.
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« Reply #64 on: June 27, 2013, 03:05:45 AM »

Here we go...

01. God Only Knows
02. I Know There's an Answer
03. Wouldn't it be Nice
04. Here Today
05. That's Not Me
06. Sloop John B
07. Caroline, No
08. I'm Waiting for the Day
09. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
10. You Still Believe in Me
11. Don't Talk
12. Let's Go Away for Awhile
13. Pet Sounds

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« Reply #65 on: October 01, 2013, 10:34:31 AM »

1. God Only Knows - 414.5 (17)
2. Wouldn't It Be Nice - 395.5 (10)
3. Caroline, No - 297.5 (2)
4. You Still Believe in Me - 292
5. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times - 288.5 (2)
6. Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) - 262
7. Sloop John B - 241 (1)
8. Here Today - 225 (2)
9. I'm Waiting for the Day - 203 (1)
10. That's Not Me - 196.5
11. Let's Go Away for Awhile - 179.5
12. I Know There's An Answer - 152.5
13. Pet Sounds - 122.5

My thoughts?  God Only Knows with Wouldn't It Be Nice as runner up is well-earned.  I do think Sloop John B and Let's Go Away for Awhile are too low, underrated in the landscape of Pet Sounds I guess.
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« Reply #66 on: October 01, 2013, 10:39:18 AM »

The perfect:
God Only Knows
I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
Wouldn't It Be Nice
Sloop

Slightly below perfect:
Here Today
Dont Talk
You Still Believe In Me
Caroline, No
I'm waiting for the Day
That's Not Me
Pet Sounds
Let's Go Away For A While

The song I like less than the others:
I Know There's an Answer
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« Reply #67 on: November 29, 2013, 11:21:16 PM »

From Worst to Best:
13: I Know There's An Answer.
12: That's Not Me.
11: Here Today.
10: Sloop John B.
09: I'm Waiting For The Day.
08: Wouldn't It Be Nice.
07: You Still Believe In Me.
06: Pet Sounds.
05: I Just Wasn't Made For These Times.
04: Let's Go Away For A While.
03: Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder).
02: Caroline, No.
01: God Only Knows.

The bottom 8 was quite easy, as was number 1.
It was songs 7 through 2 which was extremely hard to rank, as they are all great songs!
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« Reply #68 on: December 06, 2013, 03:15:40 PM »

God Only Knows
You Still Believe In Me
That's Not Me
Wouldn't It Be Nice
Sloop John B
I'm Waiting For the Day
Here Today
Caroline, No
I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
I Know There's an Answer
Let's Go Away for a While
Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
Pet Sounds
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« Reply #69 on: December 07, 2013, 04:37:23 PM »

1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
2. God Only Knows
3. I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
4. You Still Believe in Me
5. Caroline, No
6. Here Today
7. Sloop John B
8. Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)
9. I Know There's An Answer
10. That's Not Me
11. I'm Waiting for the Day
12. Let's Go Away for Awhile
13. Pet Sounds
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« Reply #70 on: August 12, 2014, 09:10:44 AM »

Of course this is a beautiful album! Love it to death!

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

It was hard to do my last 'least' favorites from this awesome album, but I noticed that You Still Believe In Me is the one I sometimes skip forward. But I love the song.
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« Reply #71 on: August 23, 2014, 05:21:43 PM »

1. Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)
2. God Only Knows
3. Wouldn't It Be Nice
4. I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
5. That's Not Me
6. You Still Believe in Me
7. Caroline, No
8. I'm Waiting for the Day
9. I Know There's An Answer
10. Pet Sounds (am I the only one who likes this best of the two instrumentals?)
11. Sloop John B
12. Here Today
13. Let's Go Away for Awhile
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« Reply #72 on: October 30, 2014, 02:51:13 PM »

1. God Only Knows
2. Wouldn't It Be Nice
3. Caroline, No
4. Sloop John
5. You Still Believe In Me
6. Let's Go Away For Awhile
7. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
8. Here Today
9. Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)
10. I'm Waiting For the Day
11. Pet Sounds
12. That's Not Me
13. I Know There's An Answer
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« Reply #73 on: January 06, 2015, 01:36:32 PM »

1 Wouldn't It Be Nice 11/10
2 God Only Knows 11/10
3 I'm Waiting For The Day  10/10
4 Lets Go Away For Awhile  10/10
5 I Just Wasn't Made For These Times 9.5/10
6 Caroline No 9.5/10
7 Pet Sounds 9.5/10
8 That's Not Me 9.5/10
9 Here Today 9.5/10
10 I Know There's an Answer 9/10
11 Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) 9/10
12 You Still Believe in Me 9/10
13 Sloop John B 6/10 Not a big fan of this song
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« Reply #74 on: March 25, 2015, 04:09:43 AM »

I often listen to "vocal only" or "instrumental only" sequences of the album and these produce different preferences. "Caroline No" tops both lists but "I Know There's An Answer" would be high on the instrumentals and low on the vocals, which we know were a very tense session.
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