The Beach Boys -
Pet Sounds
Produced by Brian Wilson
Released May 16, 1966 - Capitol Records T 2458 (EMI)


Sessionography researched & compiled by Craig Slowinski 
Additional research by Brad Elliott 
Thanks for their help: aeijtzsche, Scott Totten, Bicycle Rider, Pet Site, Craig Clemens, Donny Lang, Adam Marsland, Andrew G. Doe, and many others
Special thanks to Alan Boyd

Cover photo: George Jerman / Liner photos: Dave Jampel

 

NOTE: The following track credits and recording information have been newly compiled following painstaking research, including examination of the session tapes, studio track sheets, musician union contracts and record company files, plus previously published interviews and exclusive new conversations with many of the participants. Wherever possible, harmony & backing vocalists are listed in order from highest part to lowest part. Horn and woodwind credits were assigned mostly by comparing aural evidence from the session tapes to the union contracts and the players' known expertise. It is our belief that the information presented here is as close to being 100% accurate as is possible.

 

Side One.

WOULDN'T IT BE NICE
Written: Music - Brian Wilson / Words - Tony Asher, title by Brian Wilson / Additional lyrics - Mike Love
Arranged: Brian Wilson
Lead vocals: Brian Wilson (w/falsetto)
Bridge & outro lead vocals: Mike Love
Backing & Harmony vocals: Brian Wilson (falsetto, bass in bridge & outro), Bruce Johnston (falsetto), Al                                                  Jardine, Carl Wilson, Mike Love, Dennis Wilson (bass, w/hands cupped)
12-string electric lead mando-guitar: Barney Kessel
12-string electric lead guitar: Jerry Cole
Archtop acoustic rhythm guitar: Bill Pitman
Electric bass guitar: Carol Kaye
6-string electric bass guitar: Ray Pohlman
Upright bass: Lyle Ritz
Acoustic grand piano: Al de Lory
Tack upright piano: Larry Knechtel
Drums: Hal Blaine
Tambourine w/stick, Tympanies & Glockenspiel: Frank Capp
Accordions: Carl Fortina and Frank Marocco
Trumpet: Roy Caton
Tenor saxophones: Steve Douglas and Plas Johnson
Baritone saxophone: Jay Migliori
AFM contractor: Steve Douglas / AFM session leader: Hal Blaine
 
PRODUCED BY BRIAN WILSON
Master # 55558
Master is Take 21
Recorded on 1/2" 3-track analog tape, followed by reduction-mix transfer to second-generation 1/2" 4-track analog tape for original vocals, followed by reduction-mix transfer to 1" 8-track analog tape for final vocals
Track recorded at Gold Star Recorders Studio A, Hollywood, CA, Saturday January 22, 1966, 7:00pm-11:30pm
Engineer: Larry Levine
Original vocals recorded at Western Recorders Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, on or before Wednesday February 16, 1966, and Thursday March 3, 1966
Engineer: Chuck Britz
Final vocals recorded at Columbia Studio A, Hollywood, CA, Thursday March 10, 1966; on or before Tuesday March 22, 1966; Monday April 11, 1966; and shortly thereafter 
Engineer: Ralph Valentin, 2nd engineer: Don T.
 
 
 
YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME
Written: Music - Brian Wilson / Words - Tony Asher
Arranged: Brian Wilson
Lead vocals: Brian Wilson (w/falsetto)
Intro vocals: Brian Wilson (falsetto) (and possibly Marilyn Wilson)
Pre-fade bass vocal solo: Mike Love
Chorus harmony & tag choral vocals: Brian Wilson (falsetto), Bruce Johnston, Carl Wilson, Al Jardine, Dennis                                                           Wilson, Mike Love (bass)
Intro
Acoustic grand pianos (prepared w/bobby pins & paper clips): Brian Wilson (hammers & strings w/arco bow)                                                                                              and Tony Asher (keys & pedals)   
Main body
12-string electric lead mando-guitar: Barney Kessel
12-string electric lead guitar: Glen Campbell
Electric bass guitar: Carol Kaye
Upright bass: Lyle Ritz
Harpsichord: Al de Lory
Acoustic grand piano: Steve Douglas
Finger cymbals & Bicycle horn: Hal Blaine
Tympanies & Bicycle bell: Julius Wechter
Clarinets: Jim Horn and Plas Johnson
Contra-clarinet: Bill Green
Bass clarinet: Jay Migliori
AFM contractor: Chuck Britz / AFM session leader: Steve Douglas
Overdub (to double the following parts)
12-string electric lead mando-guitar: Barney Kessel
12-string electric lead guitar: Glen Campbell
Harpsichord: Al de Lory
Acoustic grand piano: Steve Douglas

 
PRODUCED BY BRIAN WILSON
Master # 55314 (original title: MY CHILDHOOD - listed as "Untitled" on AFM contract)
Master is edit of intro & main body Take 23
Recorded on 1/2" 4-track analog tape, followed by reduction-mix transfer to second-generation 1/2" 4-track analog tape (dubdown 2A) for vocals (intro vocals possibly recorded on 1" 8-track analog tape, followed by reduction-mix transfer to 1/2" 4-track analog tape)
Track & overdub recorded at Western Recorders Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, Thursday October 14, 1965, 2:00pm-5:00pm 
Engineer: Chuck Britz
Intro vocals possibly recorded at Columbia Studio A, Hollywood, CA, circa mid January 1966
Engineer: unknown (probably Ralph Valentin or Jerry Hochman, 2nd engineer: Don T.)
Intro piano track & overdub for doubling recorded at Western Recorders Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, probably Monday January 24, 1966, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Engineer: Chuck Britz
Main body vocals recorded at Western Recorders Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, on or before Wednesday February 16, 1966
Engineer: unknown (probably either Chuck Britz, H. Bowen David, Jim Lockert or Phil Kaye)
Partial lead vocal revision probably recorded at Western Recorders Studio 3, Hollywood, CA sometime thereafter
Engineer: unknown (probably either Chuck Britz, H. Bowen David, Jim Lockert or Phil Kaye)
​Lead vocal double added simultaneously during mono mixdown
 
 
 
THAT'S NOT ME
Written: Music - Brian Wilson with Tony Asher / Words - Tony Asher with Brian Wilson
Arranged: Brian Wilson
Lead vocals: Mike Love
Secondary lead vocals: Brian Wilson (w/falsetto)
Backing vocals: Brian Wilson, Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine, Carl Wilson, Mike Love
Basic Track
Hammond B-3 organ: Brian Wilson
Electric lead guitar: Carl Wilson
Drums: Dennis Wilson
Tambourines: Terry Melcher (slapping) and Steve Korthof (shaking)
AFM session leader: Chuck Britz
1st Overdub
12-string electric lead guitar: Carl Wilson
Electric bass guitar: Brian Wilson
2nd Overdub
12-string electric lead guitar (double): Carl Wilson
6-string electric bass guitar (w/tic-tac effect): Brian Wilson
3rd Overdub
Temple blocks or some other wooden percussion instrument: Hal Blaine
 
PRODUCED BY BRIAN WILSON
Master # 55591
Master is Take 15
Recorded on 1/2" 4-track analog tape, followed by reduction-mix transfer to second-generation 1/2" 4-track analog tape (dubdown 1A) for vocals
Track produced with assistance from Bruce Johnston, and recorded - along with initial overdubs - at Western Recorders Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, Tuesday February 15, 1966, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Engineer: Chuck Britz
Percussion overdub & vocals recorded at Western Recorders Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, shortly thereafter
Engineer: unknown (probably either Chuck Britz, H. Bowen David, Jim Lockert or Phil Kaye)
 
 
 
DON'T TALK (PUT YOUR HEAD ON MY SHOULDER)
Written: Music - Brian Wilson / Words - Tony Asher with Brian Wilson
Arranged: Brian Wilson
Solo vocals: Brian Wilson (w/falsetto)
​Basic Track
Hammond B-3 organ: Al de Lory
Acoustic grand piano: Steve Douglas
12-string electric lead guitar (w/tremolo effect): Billy Strange
12-string electric rhythm guitar: Glen Campbell
Electric bass guitar (w/tic-tac effect): Carol Kaye
Upright bass: Lyle Ritz (arco in bridge)
Vibraphone & Tympani: Frank Capp
Ride cymbals: Hal Blaine
AFM contractor: Chuck Britz / AFM session leader: Steve Douglas
Overdub
Violins: Sid Sharp (leader), Arnold Belnick, Ralph Schaeffer, Tibor Zelig
Viola: Norman Botnick
Cello: Joseph Saxon
no contractor listed / AFM session leader: Sid Sharp
 
PRODUCED BY BRIAN WILSON
Master # 55597
Master is Take 2 ?
Recorded on 1/2" 4-track analog tape, followed by reduction-mix transfer to second-generation 1/2" 4-track analog tape (dubdown 1A) for vocals and string overdub
Track & vocals recorded at Western Recorders Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, Friday February 11, 1966, 9:00am-12:45pm
Engineer: Chuck Britz
String overdub recorded at Western Recorders Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, Sunday April 3, 1966, 10:00am- 1:00pm
Engineer: H. Bowen David
 
 
 
I'M WAITING FOR THE DAY
Written: Music - Brian Wilson / Words - Brian Wilson and Mike Love
Arranged: Brian Wilson
Lead vocals: Brian Wilson (w/falsetto)
Bass vocals: Brian Wilson & Mike Love
Backing vocals: Brian Wilson (falsetto), Mike Love
​Basic Track
Hammond B-3 organ: Larry Knechtel
Tack piano (w/strings taped): Al de Lory
12-string electric rhythm/lead guitar: Carol Kaye
Electric bass guitar (w/tic-tac effect): Ray Pohlman
Upright bass: Lyle Ritz
Drums: Jim Gordon
Tympani & Bongos: Gary Coleman
English horn: Leonard Hartman
Flutes: Jay Migliori, Bill Green, Jim Horn
no contractor listed / AFM session leader: Lyle Ritz
Overdub
Upright bass (arco): Lyle Ritz
Violins: Sid Sharp (leader), William Kurasch, Leonard Malarsky, Ralph Schaeffer
Viola: Harry Hyams
Cello: Justin DiTullio
no contractor listed / AFM session leader: Lyle Ritz
 
PRODUCED BY BRIAN WILSON
Master # 55865 (listed as "Untitled Ballad" on AFM contracts)
Master is edit of Take 14 and pickup piece (after "Arco B")
Recorded on 1/2" 4-track analog tape, followed by reduction-mix transfer to 1" 8-track analog tape for vocals
Track recorded at Western Recorders Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, Sunday March 6, 1966, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Engineer: H. Bowen David
String overdub recorded at Western Recorders Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, Sunday March 6, 1966, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Engineer: H. Bowen David
Vocals recorded at Columbia Studio A, Hollywood, CA, Thursday March 10, 1966, and possibly Friday March 11 or Saturday March 12, 1966
Engineer: Ralph Valentin, 2nd engineer: Don T.
 
 
 
LET'S GO AWAY FOR AWHILE
Written: Music - Brian Wilson
Arranged: Brian Wilson
Instrumental
​Basic Track
Archtop acoustic rhythm guitar: Barney Kessel
12-string electric bottleneck slide guitar: Al Casey
Electric bass guitar: Carol Kaye
Upright bass: Lyle Ritz
Acoustic grand piano: Al de Lory
Vibraphone & Tympanies: Julius Wechter
Drums & Temple blocks: Hal Blaine
Trumpet: Roy Caton
Alto saxophone: Jim Horn
Tenor saxophones: Steve Douglas and Plas Johnson
Baritone saxophone: Jay Migliori
AFM contractor: Chuck Britz / AFM session leader: Steve Douglas
Overdub
Alto flute and/or Clarinet: Steve Douglas
Oboe: Jules Jacob
Violins (pizzicato in outro): Sid Sharp (leader), Arnold Belnick, James Getzoff, William Kurasch, Leonard                                                 Malarsky, Jerome Reisler, Ralph Schaeffer, Tibor Zelig
Violas: Joseph DiFiore, Harry Hyams
Cellos: Joseph Saxon, Justin DiTullio
AFM contractor: Sid Sharp / AFM session leader: Steve Douglas
 
PRODUCED BY BRIAN WILSON
Master # 55557 (original title: THE OLD MAN AND THE BABY - listed as "Untitled Ballad" on AFM contracts)
Master is Take 18
Recorded on 1/2" 4-track analog tape
Track recorded at Western Recorders Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, Tuesday January 18, 1966, 9:30am-12:30pm
Engineer: Chuck Britz
Woodwind and string overdub recorded at Western Recorders Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, Wednesday January 19, 1966, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Engineer: Chuck Britz
 
 
 
SLOOP JOHN B.
Written: Words/Music - traditional, adapted by Carl Sandberg from Alfred George Wathall as THE JOHN B.                     SAILS; Alan Lomax and Mary Elizabeth Barnicle as HISTE UP THE JOHN B. SAILS; Lee Hays as I                      WANNA GO HOME (WRECK OF THE JOHN B.); Jimmy Rodgers as THE WRECK OF THE JOHN B.;                      newly adapted by Al Jardine, revised and expanded by Brian Wilson   
Arranged: Brian Wilson
Lead vocals: Brian Wilson (1st, 2nd & 4th verses), Mike Love (3rd verse)
2nd verse harmony vocal: Al Jardine
Harmony & Backing vocals: Brian Wilson (falsetto), Bruce Johnston (falsetto), Al Jardine, Carl Wilson,                                                       Dennis Wilson, Mike Love (bass)
Basic Track
12-string electric lead guitars: Billy Strange and Jerry Cole
Archtop acoustic rhythm guitar: Al Casey
Electric bass guitar: Carol Kaye
Upright bass: Lyle Ritz
Tack upright piano: Al de Lory
Drums: Hal Blaine
Glockenspiel: Frank Capp
Temple blocks: Steve Douglas
Tambourine: Tony (last name unknown)
Flutes: Jay Migliori and Jim Horn
Bass saxophone: Jack Nimitz
AFM contractor: Hal Blaine / AFM session leader: Steve Douglas
1st Overdub
12-string electric lead guitar: Billy Strange
2nd Overdub
12-string electric lead guitar (one third interval higher): Billy Strange
no contractor listed / AFM session leader: Chuck Britz
 
PRODUCED BY BRIAN WILSON
Master # 53999
Master is Take 14
Recorded on 1/2" 3-track analog tape, followed by reduction-mix transfer (w/simultaneous overdub) to second-generation 1/2" 4-track analog tape (dubdown 5A) for overdub & vocals, followed by reduction-mix transfer to third-generation 1/2" 4-track analog tape (dubdown 1B) for additional vocals
Track recorded at Western Recorders Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, Monday July 12, 1965, 12:00am-3:00am
Engineer: Chuck Britz
Guitar overdubs recorded at Western Recorders Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, Wednesday December 22, 1965, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Engineer: Chuck Britz
Vocals recorded at Western Recorders Studio 3, later on Wednesday December 22, 1965, and probably Wednesday December 29, 1965
Engineer: Chuck Britz, 2nd engineer: Winston Wong
NOTE: despite the session date of 12/29 appearing on the AFM guitar overdub contract, the first guitar overdub was clearly done simultaneously with dubdown A, as evidenced by the multiple takes made during the process (takes 1A-5A), and the date of 12/22 is inscribed on the tape box track sheet from that session (sessionman Billy Strange later recalled that his second guitar overdub was done immediately after the first, on the same day). Vocals were also added on that date, and probably on 12/29 (onto dubdown 1B) as well - so it would seem that the AFM contract for the 12/22 guitar overdub session wasn't drawn up until the 12/29 vocal session, and the then-current date was simply used.

 

 
 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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