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The Beach Boys is one of the most iconic acts in American popular music. That goes without saying. Through the group’s ups and downs in its career, the group has continued to entertain fans around the world with now 29 full-length studio recordings under its collective belt and shows in every corner of the globe. In 2016, fans marked an important moment in the group’s history – the 50th anniversary of the release of its 1966 album Pet Sounds. That album remains today one of the group’s most influential records both for audiences and the mainstream music industry. Eagle Rock Entertainment joined in the celebration with the release of a documentary focused on Pet Sounds in the form of Classic Albums: Pet Sounds. The “rock-umentary” is the latest addition to Eagle Rock Entertainment’s award-winning music documentary series. Whether one is a casual listener or a more devout fan, audiences who haven’t yet seen this presentation will find it has plenty to appreciate beginning with its main feature. This will be discussed shortly. The program’s bonus material is just as important to note here as the discussed songs. The information that is provided through both the main feature and bonus material rounds out the most important of the program’s most important elements. Each element plays its own part in this program’s presentation. All things considered, they make it a music documentary that audiophiles and devout Beach Boys fans will appreciate.
Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recently released Beach Boys “rock-umentary” Classic Albums: Pet Sounds is a work that audiophiles and devout Beach Boys fans alike will appreciate. That is due in part to the program’s main feature. The main feature presents the original 94-minute broadcast version of the program in its entirety. That means those who might not have been lucky enough to see it when it originally aired on the British Broadcasting Corporation last year finally get to see it any time that they want in this new home release on DVD and Blu-ray. The main feature includes discussions on a handful of the songs featured on the band’s now landmark 1966 album as well as personal accounts from the band’s members. The discussion on the information shared through those discussions will be touched on later. Getting back on the subject at hand, this program aired originally overseas, so its release via Eagle Rock Entertainment late last year marks the first time that American audiences got the chance to see it for themselves. Its availability on separate DVD and Blu-ray platforms adds even more reason for audiophiles and the band’s more devout fans to see it at least once. It is just one part of what makes this program such a worthwhile watch for said audiences. The bonus material that is included in the program’s recent home release makes it even more worth the watch.
Classic Albums: Pet Sounds’ 94-minute main feature is in itself plenty of reason for audiophiles and The Beach Boys’ more devout fans to watch this program. That is thanks to the in-depth discussions on the album’s songs and the band’s own personal experiences that are shared throughout the course of that time. They will be discussed at more length later. The program’s availability on both DVD and Blu-ray doesn’t hurt its overall presentation, either. While all of this is important to note to this program’s presentation, it is only a portion of what makes the program worth the watch. The bonus material included with the program makes it even more worth the watch. The bonus material in question is half an hour of interviews that were not included in the program’s original BBC broadcast. In other words, it gives audiences even more information—enhancing the viewing experience even more. Simply put, having that previously unreleased material included here presents audiences with two separate programs in one. If they want, audiences could also argue they make one whole program split into two parts for a total of two-hours and four minutes. That’s all sans commercials, too. Whether audiences consider the combination of the bonus material and main feature one version or two, the combination of the two elements does plenty to make the program all the more enjoyable for audiophiles and the band’s more devout fans. Of course as important as having the program available in whole is to its presentation, that means nothing without discussions and information to keep viewers entertained and engaged. Said discussions and information are plentiful to say the very least.
Having Classic Albums: Pet Sounds available both in its original 94-minute broadcast presentation and its full 124-minute presentation in one setting both on DVD and Blu-ray is in itself quite important to this recording’s presentation. That is because it provides audiences the program in whole and then some. While this does plenty to make the program worth the watch, the inclusion of discussions and information that will keep audiences thoroughly engaged and entertained adds even more depth to the program’s presentation, too. The discussions featured in the program’s main feature don’t cover the whole of Pet Sounds’ 13-song body. Though, they do paint a relatively vivid picture of what makes the now landmark 1966 recording so important. The songs that are covered include ‘I Know There’s An Answer,’ ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice,’ ‘I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times’ and others. Audiences will be interested to learn of the time that Brian Wilson took arranging the songs so that they wouldn’t be just another group of hot rod and surfing songs. Wilson explains himself that he wanted to branch out into new territory both lyrically and musically on the album. It shows, too in the discussions on the songs’ instrumentations and their compositions. For those who might wonder, the band even touches on the rumor of Wilson’s drug use in the discussion on ‘I Know There’s An Answer.’ It isn’t an in-depth discussion, but the band does touch on the matter. In terms of the program’s bonus material, audiences will be just as interested to learn of the band members’ desire to have another song included in the album and why they wanted to have it included. The discussion on said song’s (the song won’t be revealed here for the sake of those who haven’t yet seen this program) instrumentation explains why they wanted it include in the album. The song includes the standard band instrumentation plus banjo (yes, banjo), electro-theramin, and much more. The balance of that instrumentation illustrates clearly how much thought went into the song’s creation. It is just one more of so many discussions and pieces of information that makes this program—both in regards to its main feature and bonus material—such an enjoyable watch. When the information presented in the program’s main feature and bonus material is included with the very presentation of the program’s 94-minute broadcast and its bonus segments, the whole of the program proves once more why it is a work that audiophiles and the band’s more devout fans alike will appreciate.
Classic Albums: Pet Sounds is a work that audiophiles and The Beach Boys’ more devout fans will appreciate. That is due in part to the presentation of the program’s original 94-minute BBC broadcast as its main feature. The inclusion of half an hour of extra material not included in the program’s original broadcast adds to its enjoyment even more. That is because it provides audiences what is essentially two programs in one (or one program split into two segments). The information shared in the program’s featured discussions rounds out its most important elements. The discussions don’t touch on every one of the album’s 13 songs. But they still paint a rich, vivid picture of why the album is so important both for the band and the music industry in whole even more than half a century after its initial release. Each element is important in its own right to the program’s presentation. All things considered, they make Classic Albums: Pet Sounds a program that audiophiles and truly devout Beach Boys fans will appreciate. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:
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