Jeremy Gluck (Barracudas) : top 10 favourite albums : number 5

Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys


(For number 6 in Jeremy Gluck’s favourite top 10 albums please go here)


I saw The Beach Boys live twice, in 1973 and 1975. Both times they packed Ottawa’s Civic Centre, 10,000 people singing and dancing to every song. The second time, Brian Wilson was stage right, alone at his small keyboard, playing dutifully while the others put on a major show. Brian Wilson, who made “Pet Sounds”, and then disappeared for twenty years, eating himself silly, lying in bed, afraid. He look afraid on that stage in ‘75, too.

And why not?

He had sold his musical soul to make the greatest pop album in history, “Pet Sounds”, and where do you from there but to bed and to seed? What the achievement of “Pet Sounds” constitutes for that shy, introverted young Californian who made it, still in his Twenties, is hard to fathom. It’s so titanic, beautiful and fulfilling and fulfilled that to add my paltry assessment now is pointless. “God Only Knows” is McCartney’s fave pop song, it seems, and he is no lightweight himself, let’s face it. ‘Nuff said.



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