Sanctuary Preps Live Version Of 'Pet Sounds'
An ambitious live recreation of one of rock's most acclaimed albums -- the Beach Boys' masterpiece "Pet Sounds" -- will find its way onto U.S. record store shelves June 11, courtesy of Sanctuary RecorAn ambitious live recreation of one of rock's most acclaimed albums -- the Beach Boys' masterpiece "Pet Sounds" -- will find its way onto U.S. record store shelves June 11, courtesy of Sanctuary Records. The album, dubbed "Brian Wilson Presents 'Pet Sounds' Live," will be released June 3 internationally.
The disc was recorded during four performances at London's Royal Festival Hall this past Jan. 27-30 by Wilson, the ex-Beach Boys mastermind, and his large band, which includes members of Los Angeles power-pop group the Wondermints. The shows were part of Wilson's inaugural solo tour of Europe.
The "Pet Sounds" disc comprises select performances from each of the four sold-out shows. Wilson and his band had performed the album's songs in their original running order each night during a special portion of the show, and the best recordings were chosen for the live album.
Capitol's original 1966 release of "Pet Sounds" has long been regarded as one of pop music's greatest accomplishments for its lush harmonies and intricate arrangements. Wilson has been estranged from his former group since the mid-'80s, having recorded three studio albums under his own name over the past 14 years. His return to live performing in recent years has coincided with a resurgence of interest in the artist and his former band.
According to Wilson's official Web site, the success of his initial U.K. solo tour has motivated him to schedule another eight-show tour for this June, following his appearance at the Queen's Jubilee concert on June 3. The jaunt will also include two more dates at Royal Festival Hall.
Here are Brian Wilson's tour dates:
June 5: Brighton, England (Centre)
June 6: Bristol, England (Colston Hall)
June 7: Nottingham, England (Royal Centre)
June 9-10: London (Royal Festival Hall)
June 12: Edinburgh (Playhouse)
June 13: Manchester, England (Apollo)
June 14: Birmingham, England (Symphony)