No other album, not Dark Side of the Moon, not Sgt. Pepper, not Quadrophenia, not A Night at the Opera, not 2112, not Bat Out of Hell, etc can claim to have trapped its creater in an endless loop of live shows.
Is it possible that Pet Sounds is among Beach Boys fans the most underrated Beach Boys album?
As I was listening to it recently and thinking yet again how mind-blowingly good it is, I was thinking how funny it is that especially over the past 15 years or so, its reputation among BBs fans seems to have grown smaller. It reminds me of how Beatles fans have tended to minimize Pepper and moved toward Rubber Soul, Revolver, White Album, Abbey Road ... basically anything else, it seems. So it made me wonder, as this community has gone out of its way to find something different, to seem edgy or unique, or even just to give appropriate praise to other albums, as it has lifted the reputations of later albums like Smiley Smile, Friends, Sunflower, Surf's Up, Holland, Love You, or reclaimed earlier hits-laden gems like Surfer Girl, Little Deuce Coupe, Today!, Summer Days and Summer Nights, are people actually underrating Pet Sounds?
I think so. Obviously. Or I probably wouldn't have posted this.
I think you're correct. For me personally, it actually took me a long time to really get into Pet Sounds. I bought a copy in 2006 with Sounds of Summer, based on the reputation, and to be honest, it really didn't move me. Even when I started to really get into the BB catalog in 2012 and 2013, I gravitated to other albums. So, when I joined the BB online world in 2014, I recall using the words "overrated" when describing Pet Sounds, and got little to no backlash. I can't put my finger on why, but it really took me until around 2015 to fully appreciate and love Pet Sounds.
I also think there's the fact that the album has been run into the ground with constant reissues and the fact that it's probably been played in concert more than any other classic album.
Among Beach Boys fans? Absolutely. The vast majority of the online community (message boards, blogs, articles, etc.) didn't experience the Beach Boys golden era in real time. It seems that there's a fairly large group of active fans who came of age in the '70s and the rest seem to be spread out somewhat evenly among the subsequent decades. There are many ways in which this could effect the fandom, but the bottom line is that Surfin' Safari - Pet Sounds is simply underrepresented in terms of first generation fans. And, even if you aren't a first generation fan, if you're predominantly interested in the golden era of the group, you're far less likely to become part of the online community (and to stick around).
lonelysummer: Shoot, i gave up on new music in the 90's.
Sept 18, 2021 2:18:38 GMT
Kapitan: Anyone want to kick off the next year's music to discuss? Pick anything except 1976, 1963, 1989, 2002, or 2010.
Sept 18, 2021 11:22:42 GMT
Kapitan: If not, I'll post a new one later today.
Sept 18, 2021 11:25:26 GMT
jk: Sounds good to me, Cap'n.
Sept 18, 2021 11:50:32 GMT
carllove: If you want to pick one today, I can do one Monday. Gotta start getting ready to power wash my deck this morning! Did get my thoughts in on 2010 this morning. Rough year!
Sept 18, 2021 13:04:24 GMT
carllove: Actually Kapitan, my husband is still sleeping, so I will choose a year this morning. It will be 1972.
Sept 18, 2021 13:14:07 GMT
B.E.: '63-72 - not just the best years for the Beach Boys but for popular music.
Sept 18, 2021 13:25:18 GMT
Kapitan: Great year for music!
Sept 18, 2021 14:34:33 GMT