Masterpiece #98: The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds –
The Beach Boys’ album Pet Sounds may be one of history’s greatest, but it came at a great price. It was a commercial flop, relatively speaking, and took a heavy toll on Brian Wilson, who plunged into a valley of problems, both pharmaceutical and among his family and fellow musicians. The complexity of the record was hailed by groups such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, who appropriated some of the techniques for their own use. Lendler’s history is interesting enough, but the sidebar with rare details on Wilson’s studio tricks is a gem for music fans.
In Mental Floss by Ian Lendler, November/December 2007
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