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  UDSACD 2065
  The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
  "Pet Sounds"

The Beach Boys
Track listing:
  1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
2. You Still Believe In Me
3. That's Not Me
4. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
5. I'm Waiting For The Day
6. Let's Go Away For Awhile
7. Sloop John B
8. God Only Knows
9. I Know There's An Answer
10. Here Today
11. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
12. Pet Sounds
13. Caroline No
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Recording info:
  Stereo mixes produced and engineered by Mark Linett at Your Place Or Mine Recording Studios, Glendale CA, January - February 1996 under the supervision of Brian Wilson

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Review by sonnysin168 January 17, 2012 (13 of 13 found this review helpful)
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I own the German dvda version for years now and I like it better than the previous rbcds I owned in the past. I must admit that although I like the dvda for its details I find it a bit bright sounding at times and that there's a certain "edginess" in its vocals.

When musicdirect announced that its stocks are shipping, I readily ordered a copy. I got it on the 2nd week of January, courtesy of the local branch of my NY forwarder. After properly warming up my gears, I sat out to listen. The first thing I noticed is that this was mastered a lot less louder than the dvda, as I have to crank up the preamp gain knob to about the 11 o'clock position to get a satisfying volume level. Is this bad? No, it's not, to me it is a sign that the recording is not compressed. The sacd lead and backing vocals are clear and smooth, the instruments seemed to have that "rounded edge" treatment that for me represents a warmer recording without significant loss of details. I also noticed that the sacd is more quiet than the dvda, in the sense that the tape hiss is less pronounced in the former. But this will turn off the bass lovers: the sacd, though possessing firm bass, is leaner than the dvda in this department.

I played the sacd followed by the dvda, in three separate occasions the past week and I think I slightly favor the sacd. It is more "pleasing to the ears" or "ear friendly", I should say. But this doesn't mean the dvda sounds bad, it also has its strengths. It's just that it sounds different compared to the Mofi sacd. Although I'm recommending the sacd to fans of this album, I'm keeping both the sacd and dvda versions!

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Review by analogue April 28, 2012 (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
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After the horrible Dvd Audio with its tremendously compressed and bright sound any other release would be favored. While the previous dvd audio was a special edition release with lots of goodies its sound was atrocious. This Mofi sacd is so much better in every regard that a comparison is not worthy.

This new sacd is highly crankable and very gentle on the ears but buyers need to know exactly what they are getting here or they might be let down. There are tons of new discs all the time competing for our money so listen up. You must understand that what you will be getting is a Brian Wilson experiment and by that I mean that the sound on this album was very homogenized where nothing really stands out. You wont have vocals or any instrumentation jutting out from the sound mix. Rather what YOU HEAR IS A SORT OF SOUND SCAPE where its all mid range.

This is a very mellow disc in every regard and some listeners might find it very boring. The Beach Boys had the best harmonies in rock history in my opinion but again.its all mixed down on this album on purpose. There is an amazing mixture of layers of dense sound and the actual recording is very busy but its all mixed together to create a mood. So if you're expecting to hear voices and instruments floating out of the speakers in 3 D be forewarned. This aint gonna happen here.

This new Mofi sacd is so much more organic and natural sounding......but very laid back. There is nary a hint of any compression and it seems to be mixed just like the aforementioned Dvd Audio was. This is not an sacd where it will grab your attention immediately. Rather ITS MELLOW SOUND WILL SLOWLY TAKE HOLD OF YOU AND CALM YOU DOWN and put you at peace. Thats the best way I can explain what I mean..

This is a classic rock album and if you know what to expect you will be happy with your purchase.
Mofi did a good job and its recommended.

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Review by progboy May 16, 2012 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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How can you improve on a classic album like Pet Sounds that has been re-released a million times using the original masters? In Mono and Stereo?

Answer: Let MOFI have a round on SACD!

Once again Mofi has done a pretty awesome job in re-presenting a great album mixed in glorious full SACD quality. I have this album many times over but will say that this SACD version is THE BEST I have ever heard the stereo mix presented. The only bummer is that they didnt include the mono mix as well !
The SACD is very warm and rich sounding and you will hear things differently in a very subtle way (assuming you are very familiar with the original album). This one does not have huge speaker separation or a huge wall of 3D sounds like many SACD's do but still the gold is in the mix!
"God only knows" is breathtaking and i think the warmest and cleanest mix of this song ever !
This is not the disc that you will play to impress your company with in terms of sound dynamics but for those who love this album this is the definitive version no question in my mind.

Wouldnt it be nice......................

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