Before the rolling stones started rolling, before the Who became the loudest band in the history of rock & roll,before the rise of Floyd, the arrival of queen . Before Beatles started The British Invasion . While Beatles were releasing Please Please Me in Britaian, there was an American band who was making lots of news across the Atlantic, known as The Beach Boys.
In 1966, they came up with Pet Sounds. Arguably one of the best album of all time(Source ). Pet Sounds, at the the time of its release wasnt much of a success yet has been criticially acclaimed through the years after that.
Pet Sounds was created several months after Brian Wilson had quit touring with the band in order to focus his attention on writing and recording. In it, he wove elaborate layers of vocal harmonies, coupled with sound effects and unconventional instruments such as bicycle bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, the Electro-Theremin, and dog whistles, along with the more usual keyboards and guitars. This might do some justice to the album.
Rubber Soul, the Beatles LP released in 1965 had been the real catalyst to come up with perhaps one of the most influential music heard in rock history. Yet Pet Sounds, by the virtue of its awesomeness (for which, The Beach Boys did have a charge) inspired many an artist. The biggest name of them was, none other than Paul McCartney of (Beatles?).
It was Pet Sounds that blew me out of the water. I love the album so much. I’ve just bought my kids each a copy of it for their education in life … I figure no one is educated musically ’til they’ve heard that album … I love the orchestra, the arrangements … it may be going overboard to say it’s the classic of the century … but to me, it certainly is a total, classic record that is unbeatable in many ways … I’ve often played Pet Sounds and cried. I played it to John [Lennon] so much that it would be difficult for him to escape the influence … it was the record of the time
The circle which was started by Brian Wilson which led to Pet Sounds was completed by The Beatles’ attempt to equal the album with what is rated by Rolling Stones(magazine) as the greatest album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band . Thus bringing to an end, the series of influential albums inspiring other greater albums.
Yet, the album had one of the most strange influence on (once again) Brian Wilson, in the midst of a personal crisis, was again coming up with something to try and stake the claim for the top. But, listening to Strawberry Fields, was a crushing experience for him.
“He then remarked to his passenger that The Beatles had already reached the sound The Beach Boys had wanted to achieve.”
After listening to Sgt Peppers, he gave up all his attempts to compete with The Beatles, a historic statement which remains true almost 45 years after it was made. Just check out, the most played artist on last.fm where after being briefly displaced from the top by Radiohead, they are back at top.