Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds Sessions Accelerate – Accordians and Plucked Pianos

Posted: January 19, 2011 in Audioblog
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Tuesday, January 18th, 1966…and subsequent January recording sessions.

1960s music recording studioLISTEN_January 18-31 1966-Pet Sounds Session Highlights   5:05

Brian Wilson is back in the studio after the holidays to accelerate sessions for the Pet Sounds project. He departs even further from typical pop-rock instrumentation on “Wouldn’t it be Nice,” employing two accordion players, two guitarists,  both acoustic and electric bass, two pianos, low baritone sax, and timpani.  Veteran session drummer Hal Blaine has trouble with the intro.

Brian uses plucked piano strings on “You Still Believe in Me.”  And the month ends with Brian’s personal “Caroline No” being built in the studio.  Listen to highlights of it all, here.

  1. Greg says:

    Great new addition. The scale of the production for Pet Sounds seems gigantic. I’m sure a few of the label execs were wondering why they needed to pay for both electric and acoustic bass.

  2. bruce says:

    well I think you should have used the MONO versions
    the original ones…
    those are stereo remixes of the 80s..

    • You’re right, Brian produced the original in mono. I’m using the more recent (and Brian blessed) stereo because I wanted to highlight the individual parts of the instrumental tracks and the vocals. Thanks for pointing this out, though.

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