Review: The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (50th Anniversary Edition Box Set) (Capitol / Universal Music Canada)

Beach BoysAfter I took to Facebook to express my excitement at having received this exquisite box set for review, a longtime friend asked me how many other copies of Pet Sounds I owned. Unsure whether I should include the Pet Sounds Sessions Box Set or just the 40th Anniversary Edition of the album I owned, I underlined the fact that I didn’t have this iteration of what is arguably one of the best albums of all time, thus making it totally acceptable that I had it. Comprised of four CD’s and one Blu-ray disc set in a hardcover book boasting liner notes, lyrics, and a generous helping of photos, the music, as it should, takes centre stage. Included in the box are mono and stereo mixes of Pet Sounds, a 5.1 surround sound mix, tracking highlights as well as a collection of live recordings spanning from 1966 through 1993. While previously available in the Pet Sounds Sessions, the most awe-inspiring part of this collection is the inclusion of vocal-only mixes of tracks from the original album, allowing the listener to fully immerse themselves in the group’s sublime harmonies on tracks like “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder),” and “Caroline No.”