Hear the Beach Boys’ Angelic Vocal Harmonies in Four Isolated Tracks from Pet Sounds: “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” “Sloop John B” & “Good Vibrations”

Isolated vocals. It is interesting to read the commentary here. As a clearly older cultural observer, it is interesting to me to trace attitudes toward the Beach Boys through the years. I remember when for a short time they were dismissed by politically aware musicians and others. Then it was discovered (mainly by “hippies”) that the Beach Boys had unconsciously achieved the bliss the counterculture was searching for! I kid you not. It was a common belief.

Anyway, surf music has, of course, been very influential in subsequent years, and almost everyone will assert the cultural and musical importance of “Pet Sounds”. (In a well-known example, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was powerfully influenced by Pet Sounds.)

Link to Open Culture page

The Beach Boys - Wouldn't it be nice (Vocals Only) - Copy_Moment

Every music style as its value/ I explore most of them.

I’ve been told by a friend that it is confusing and jarring that I post such a variety of music. Specialization is the way, he says. I know there are blues people, rock people, jazz people, classical people, etc.  I have my preferences, mainly derived from what I grew up with (largely classical and rock), but I have no problem at all transitioning from Deep Purple to Debussy, from the Stones to Sonny Stitt, from Soft Machine to Sibelius. Of course, they all have different meanings to me; but, in fact, I find it exciting (and almost compulsive, I admit) to spend my time exploring the great bazaar of life…I want to see and hear everything that has any value.

If some folks are more tribal in terms of music preferences, there shouldn’t be a problem. Just check out what you want to check out. Branching out might be fun, however.

Caprice Roumain for Violin and Orchestra — George Enescu

“Sketched between 1925 and 1949, Enescu’s Caprice roumain pour violon et orchestre will, ultimately, be left unfinished. Almost half a century later, part of the sketches for the unfinished work were found among the composer’s manuscripts at the George Enescu Museum in Bucharest. At the insistance of violinist Sherban Lupu, an enthusiast interpreter of Enescu’s music, the composer Cornel Ţăranu took up the challenge to complete and orchestrate the work. After years of piecing together the available material originating from different sources (including the George Enescu Museum, the National Library of Romania and the Library of the Romanian Academy) Cornel Ţăranu was able to complete the work, and the Caprice Roumain was given its premiere as a four-movement extended composition for violin and orchestra in 1997, with Sherban Lupu as soloist.”