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The story behind The Beach Boys album cover for Pet Sounds

The story behind The Beach Boys album cover for Pet Sounds

The story behind The Beach Boys album cover for Pet Sounds
April 03
10:25 2021

To try and accurately describe the wide and varied impact of The Beach Boys seminal 1966 album Pet Sounds is impossible. The songs created by Brian Wilson and the rest of the band will live long in the annals of music history for decades to come. The LP was inspired by The Beatles revolutionary record, Rubber Soul which is considered Wilson’s favourite album of all time. Equally, Pet Sounds has been cited by Paul McCartney as the main inspiration behind his own conceptual masterpiece Sgt. Pepper.

One difference between The Beach Boys and The Beatles, other than the Atlantic Ocean, was their artistic vision. For Wilson, it was all about the music. He thought songwriting was the most important part of being a pop star and rarely engaged in much extra-curricular design. Meanwhile, The Beatles were the foreword in stylish delivery. As well as sounding like nothing else on the planet, the Fab Four also looked like nothing else on the planet. It’s easy to see this disparity when looking at the album cover of Pet Sounds.

Inspired by Rubber Soul and then inspiring both Revolver and Sgt. Pepper, the differences between the album covers is plain to see. The Beatle used strange techniques, odd compositions and highly-stylised illustration for their respective record, meanwhile, for Pet Sounds, the band simply went to their local zoo.

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