1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
(2:24) [Brian Wilson/Tony Asher]
2. You Still Believe In Me
(2:30) [Brian Wilson/Tony Asher]
3. That's Not Me
(2:27) [Brian Wilson/Tony Asher]
4. Don't Talk (Put Your Head
On My Shoulder)
(2:51) [Brian Wilson/Tony Asher]
5. I'm Waiting For The Day
(3:03) [Brian Wilson/Mike Love]
6. Let's Go Away For Awhile
(2:17) [Brian Wilson]
7. Sloop John B
(2:56) [Arr. Brian Wilson]
8. God Only Knows
(2:49) [Brian Wilson/Tony Asher]
9. I Know There's An Answer
(3:07) [Brian Wilson/Terry Sachen]
10. Here Today
(2:53) [Brian Wilson/Tony Asher]
11. I Just Wasn't Made For
(3:11) [Brian Wilson/Tony Asher]
12. Pet Sounds
(2:20) [Brian Wilson]
13. Caroline, No
(2:51) [Brian Wilson/Tony Asher]
Caroline, No b/w Summer Means New Love (C 5610)
Sloop John B b/w You´re So Good To Me (C 5602)
Wouldn´t It Be Nice b/w God Only Knows (C 5706)
Produced By Brian Wilson.
Back cover photos are from the BB Japan tour
in late 1965.
While Asher insists that there wasn´t a premeditaded
concept to the lyrics, if one looks, it´s possible
to find a story on Pet Sounds. The story of Brian´s
search for love and acceptance. It begins with hope and
love (Wouldn´t It Be Nice), recognizes that earthbound
love is imperfect (I´m Waiting For The Day), acknowledges
the divine spirit (in God Only Knows), searches for a solution
(I Know There´s An Answer), bemoans the tenuous nature
of love (Here Today), accepts that he´s a human anomaly
(I Just Wasn´t Made For These Times) and ends with
a loss of innocence (Caroline, No). Along the way there
are happy moments (Don´t Talk), never-before dreamed
of possibilities (You Still Believe In Me) and fantasy escapes
(Let´s Go Away For Awhile).
Brian: In December of 1965 I heard the album Rubber Soul
by the Beatles. I immediately went to work on the songs
for Pet Sounds. I called in a collaborator named Tony Asher
and we spent two months working on and off together. In
January I started making the instrumental tracks for the
album. I definitely felt the need to compete with the Beatles.
I did most of the singing on Pet Sounds because I needed
to directly express my feelings to people. Caroline, No
was my favorite on this album.
The album was to be called "Remember The Zoo?".
But Brian became unhappy with the lyrics (all his; he wanted
a more adult feeling). Therefore he reworked the backing
tracks and then he called Tony Asher to help him with the
The album cover showing Brian´s two dogs Banana and
*** The further informations are not for sure. There are
many doubts around these infos to be true. But here they
The concept for Remember The Zoo? surfaced during the 1964
Today sessions. In the Back Of My Mind was not intended
to appear on Today, but in a different way for Remember
The Zoo?. Also: Let Him Run Wild, The Little Girl I Once
Knew, Trombone Dixie, Pet Sounds and I´m Waiting For
Also earmarked for inclusion was I´m In Great Shape
(part of the song appeared in He Couldn´t Get His
Poor Old Body To Move) which Brian also called Friday Night.
Another song was Teeter-Totter Love that Brian later re-recorded
with Jasper Dailey.
And the last one that was going to appear on the album
was Summer Means New Love (aka Heartbeat).
The Pet Sounds Sessions Box Set has sold 23,582 units.
The only truly BW solo tracks on PET SOUNDS are "Caroline
No" and "Don't Talk." There are BBs on all
of the other tracks to some degree.