The Beach Boys, and more specifically, their acknowledged leader Brian Wilson, worked too hard to try to make this the greatest pop record of all time. At the time of recording Brian was experiencing a creative growth from which he never recovered. The intense beauty of this record grows with age and Brian Wilson should not feel any failure or under achievement in the face of the four mop-tops from Liverpool. They had George Martin; Brian had only himself, some rival siblings and a cousin to deal with. The orchestral arrangements remain magnificently lush but never sickly, a sound that has influenced many. Still one of the worst album covers of all time.
Tracks: Wouldn’t It Be Nice; You Still Believe In Me; That’s Not Me; Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder); I’m Waiting For The Day; Let’s Go Away For Awhile; Sloop John B; God Only Knows; I Know There’s An Answer; Here Today; I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times; Pet Sounds; Caroline, No....