Zappa Records First Album, Brian Lays Down “God Only Knows” a Mere Mile Apart

Posted: March 9, 2011 in Audioblog
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March 9th and 10th, 1966

1960s music recording studio


It was fun discovering that Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention were recording their outrageous first album, Freak Out, at the corner of Sunset Blvd and Highland in Hollywood during the same couple of days that Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys were recording God Only Knows, acknowledged by some (including Paul McCartney) as the best song ever written. Less than a mile away at Sunset and Gower.  Brian had just shelved his first sessions for Good Vibrations (late February), and turned back to finishing tracks he knew he wanted on Pet Sounds.

So we have Brian Wilson at the apex of his songwriting career, and Frank Zappa at the beginning of his eclectic journey. Help I’m a Rock, and God Only Knows. I decided to do an audio  juxtaposition of these works. WARNING: this may constitute punishable sacrilege to some aficionados.  Take a listen.

  1. Ruth says:

    What a contrast!

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