May 16 will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most celebrated albums in pop and rock history, The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. To commemorate the milestone, Brian Wilson’s sonic masterpiece will be reissued on June 10, and will be available in various configurations, including a Collector’s Edition featuring four CDs and a Blu-ray Audio disc.
The CDs included on the Pet Sounds Collectors Edition feature remastered mono and stereo versions of the album, a plethora of alternate versions and mixes, outtakes, demos, studio session highlights, isolated tracks, promotional radio spots and previously unreleased live performances.
The Blu-ray Audio disc contains a number of mixes of the album, including a 5.1 Surround Sound, stereo and mono versions. The expansive release comes packaged in a hardbound book. Check out the full track list of the Pet Sounds Collectors Edition at TheBeachBoys.com.
Other versions of the Pet Sounds: 50th Anniversary Edition include two-CD and deluxe digital editions offering the remastered album in stereo and mono, along with a selection of bonus tracks; and 180-gram vinyl versions of the album remastered in mono and stereo.
Pet Sounds, which features such classic Beach Boys tunes as “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Sloop John B” and “God Only Knows,” is lauded for the complex vocal and musical arrangements devised by Wilson and the quality of the songwriting throughout the record. Brian was inspired to record the album after hearing The Beatles’ Rubber Soul; in turn, Pet Sounds influenced the Fab Four’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Meanwhile, The Beach Boys also will mark the 50th anniversary of their chart-topping hit “Good Vibrations” — which wasn’t featured on Pet Sounds by releasing a commemorative version of the tune this fall.
Wilson is celebrating Pet Sounds’ golden anniversary this year by playing the album in its entirety on his solo tour dates including Australia next month. Details at brianwilson.com