VA – A Tribute To Pet Sounds (2016)

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Brian Wilson will be performing his Beach Boys’ classic ”Pet Sounds” at the Levitation music festival to celebrate the album’s 50th anniversary. In honor of this event festival curators The Reverberation Appreciation Society commissioned Al Lover to curate and produce a tribute to Brian Wilson’s career keystone. ”Pet Sounds” is a fountainhead from which the 15 artists on the album have all drank from as they developed their own musical roots, giving the tribute a rich and flavorful sound. The track listing consists of the original thirteen songs that appeared on the ”Pet Sounds” album, with two bonus songs: ”Good Vibrations” and ”Hang On To Your Ego.” Holy Wave’s interpretation of ”That’s Not Me” is a sunbaked, organ filled hymn that is a minute longer than the original song picking up where Brian Wilson left off in 1966. ”That’s Not Me” is a kaleidoscope of ear pleasing notes that take the listener into an elevated listening experience of astonishing detail. Shannon & The Clams capture Brian Wilson’s feelings of alienation in ”I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times,” taking the climactic Beach Boys song and transform it into a garage rock epic with a surf rock spine. This track transcends time with both its subject matter and its deliverance. The album opens with The Black Angels’ rendition of Brian Wilson’s masterpiece ”Good Vibrations,” which was started during the ”Pet Sounds” sessions but not released on the album. The track is a joyful paradox to The Black Angels’ ”Phosphene Dream” era song ”Bad Vibrations.” The song sets the mood for the rest of the album and is a psychedelic prayer of gratitude to both the bands and to Brian Wilson. Brian’s appearance at Levitation is a dream come true for the curators of the festival and is his only Texas appearance on the 2016 tour, which has been heralded as the last time he will perform ”Pet Sounds” in its entirety. He headlines the Saturday of the festival mere weeks before ”Pet Sounds”’ 50th birthday.

Tracks:

1. The Black Angels – Good Vibrations
2. Indian Jewelry – Wouldn’t It Be Nice
3. The She’s – You Still Believe In Me
4. Holy Wave – That’s Not Me
5. Morgan Delt – Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
6. The Shivas – I’m Waiting For The Day
7. Boogarins – Let’s Go Away For A While
8. Night Beats – Sloop John B
9. Chris Catalena – God Only Knows
10. Christian Bland & The Revelators – I Know There’s An Answer
11. Cool Ghouls – Here Today
12. Shannon & The Clams – I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
13. Burnt Ones – Pet Sounds
14. Cosmonauts – Caroline, No
15. The UFO Club – Hang On To Your Ego

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