SDEtv / The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds 50th anniversary deluxe edition


The Beach Boys 1966 album Pet Sounds celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and SDE takes a look – via this unboxing video – at the brand new 4-disc deluxe book edition, which comes with a 5.1 surround sound ‘pure audio’ blu-ray audio and contains 11 previously unreleased live tracks…

4CD+blu-ray audio box

CD 1

Pet Sounds (Mono)

1. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
2. You Still Believe In Me
3. That’s Not Me
4. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
5. I’m Waiting For The Day
6. Let’s Go Away For Awhile
7. Sloop John B
8. God Only Knows
9. I Know There’s An Answer
10. Here Today
11. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
12. Pet Sounds
13. Caroline No

Pet Sounds (Stereo)

14. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
15. You Still Believe In Me
16. That’s Not Me
17. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
18. I’m Waiting For The Day
19. Let’s Go Away For Awhile
20. Sloop John B
21. God Only Knows
22. I Know There’s An Answer
23. Here Today
24. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
25. Pet Sounds
26. Caroline No

Additional Material

27. Caroline No (Promotional Spot #2)
28. Don’t Talk. . . (Unused Background Vocals)
29. Hang On To Your Ego (Alternate Mix)
30. Caroline No (Promotional Spot #1)

CD 2

The Pet Sounds Sessions

1. Sloop John B (Highlights from Tracking Date)
2. Sloop John B (Stereo Backing Track)
3. Trombone Dixie (Highlights from Tracking Date)
4. Trombone Dixie (Stereo Backing Track)
5. Pet Sounds (Highlights from Tracking Date)
6. Pet Sounds (Stereo Track Without Guitar Overdub)
7. Let’s Go Away For Awhile (Highlights from Tracking Date)
8. Let’s Go Away For Awhile (Stereo Track Without String Overdub)
9. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Highlights from Tracking Date)
10. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Stereo Backing Track)
11. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Stereo Track with Background Vocals)
12. You Still Believe In Me (Intro – Session)
13. You Still Believe In Me (Intro – Master Take)
14. You Still Believe In Me (Highlights from Tracking Date)
15. You Still Believe In Me (Stereo Backing Track)
16. Caroline No (Highlights from Tracking Date)
17. Caroline No (Stereo Backing Track)
18. Hang On To Your Ego (Highlights from Tracking Date)
19. Hang On To Your Ego (Stereo Backing Track)
20. I Know There’s An Answer (Vocal Session) [previously unreleased]
21. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (Brian’s Instrumental Demo)
22. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (Stereo Backing Track)
23. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (String Overdub)
24. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (Highlights from Tracking Date)
25. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (Stereo Backing Track)
26. That’s Not Me (Highlights from Tracking Date)
27. That’s Not Me (Stereo Backing Track)

CD 3

The Pet Sounds Sessions (continued)

1. Good Vibrations (Highlights from First Tracking Date)
2. Good Vibrations (Stereo Backing Track)
3. I’m Waiting For The Day (Highlights from Tracking Date)
4. I’m Waiting For The Day (Stereo Backing Track)
5. God Only Knows (Highlights from Tracking Date)
6. God Only Knows (Stereo Backing Track)
7. Here Today (Highlights from Tracking Date)
8. Here Today (Stereo Backing Track)
Alternate Versions
9. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Mono Alternate Mix 1)
10. You Still Believe In Me (Mono Alternate Mix)
11. I’m Waiting For The Day (Mono Alternate Mix, Mike sings lead)
12. Sloop John B (Mono Alternate Mix, Carl sings first verse)
13. God Only Knows (Mono Alternate Mix, with sax solo)
14. I Know There’s An Answer (Alternate Mix) [previously unreleased]
15. Here Today (Mono Alternate Mix, Brian sings lead)
16. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (Mono Alternate Mix)
17. Banana & Louie
18. Caroline No (Original Speed, Stereo Mix)
19. Dog Barking Session
20. God Only Knows (With A Cappella Tag)
21. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Mono Alternate Mix 2)
22. Sloop John B (Mono Alternate Mix, Brian sings lead throughout)
23. God Only Knows (Mono Alternate Mix, Brian sings lead)
24. Caroline No (Original Speed, Mono Mix)

CD 4

Live Recordings [all previously unreleased]

1. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
2. Sloop John B
3. God Only Knows
Michigan State University, October 22, 1966
4. Good Vibrations
5. God Only Knows
6. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, Washington DC, November 19, 1967
7. God Only Knows
Carnegie Hall, New York, November 23, 1972 (2nd Show)
8. God Only Knows
Jamaican World Music Festival, Montego Bay, Jamaica, November, 26, 1982
9. Sloop John B
Universal Studios, Universal City, California, May, 23, 1989
10. Caroline No
11. You Still Believe In Me
Paramount Theater, New York City, November 26, 1993


12. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
13. You Still Believe In Me
14. That’s Not Me
15. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
16. I’m Waiting For The Day
17. Sloop John B
18. God Only Knows
19. I Know There’s An Answer
20. Here Today
21. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
22. Caroline No

Bonus Track

23. Good Vibrations (Master Track with Partial Vocal) (previously unreleased)

Blu-ray Pure Audio Disc
Pet Sounds:
5.1 Surround Sound: 96kHz/24-bit
Mono; Stereo; Stereo Instrumental (new to hi res): 192kHz/24-bit

1. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
2. You Still Believe In Me
3. That’s Not Me
4. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
5. I’m Waiting For The Day
6. Let’s Go Away For Awhile
7. Sloop John B
8. God Only Knows
9. I Know There’s An Answer
10. Here Today
11. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
12. Pet Sounds
13. Caroline No

Additional Material in 5.1 Surround and Stereo

14. Unreleased Backgrounds (Unused Intro for “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)”)
15. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Session Highlights)
16. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Alternative Mix without Lead Vocal)
17. God Only Knows (Session Highlights)
18. God Only Knows (Master Track Mix with A Cappella Tag)
19. Summer Means New Love


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Dumb question from a newbie – so Japan is the only place you can get the shm version of the deluxe blu-ray set correct? There was only one production run and that is sold out. Where are the best places to order shm versions in the future? Will there be another production run in the future?


Really good deal on Amazon Canada for it at the minute if you’re willing to wait 1-2 months.

Robert Lett

:-( Thanks!

Robert Lett

Are the autographed editions still available? If so which link would I go to. Thanks!

[…] The Essential Gilbert O’Sullivan does well debuting at number seven on the physical chart while Garbage‘s new album Strange Little Birds enters at a modest number 15. The Beach Boys‘ Pet Sounds sits right behind at number 16 which is a fantastic result for the 50th anniversary reissue campaign. You can watch the unboxing video of the deluxe edition right here. […]


Arghh! Not another tote bag! Has anything ever actually been ‘toted’ in a tote bag, I wonder? And what’s a tote anyway?

The rest of the package looks like a winner though.

Philip Cohen

“Tote” means “to carry” or something being carried (as in a bag).


This looks great. Now dreaming of a 50th aniversary Sgt Pepper next year in a similar format, with newly remastered stereo, mono, Giles Martin remix, different alternative takes to Anthology and a new documentary:) I wont hold my breath.

Jason Paskowitz

@ Charles Hodgson – Same experience with an original Elektra LP of The Cars Candy-O 35 years ago. And I’m still annoyed when record companies use super strong glue on the backs of stickers. I prefer to peel them off the shrink wrap where possible.

adam shaw

I received mine from Universal as well.
Not talking about the music but I was disapointed with thw autographed poster .
I thought it would have come with some sort of certificate or even a number .
All Ive got is the receipt that came in the box as some sort of proof .
It will have to be put in a frame as its just a thin bit of paper .


Hasn’t this been reissued enough? Talk about overkill.


lost count of all the re-issues.
best sounding is still the early brown cover issue

Auntie Sabrina

A real shame they didn’t use a similar style packaging to the Beatles 1+ which might stop the discs becoming damaged.

CJ Feeney

That looks lovely. Glad the signature is genuine after the discussions we had here when the set was announced.

Anti-static sleeves are the way to for the discs, I use them in the Dylan Bootleg series deluxe sets which have similar storage.


I got this, I love it.. I never had the previous box set so great for me, each disc is a different experience…+ the goat is furry!

Stan Butler

Goat? Surely a llama.

Charles Hodgson

Heh, Glad I’m not the only one who carefully cuts around those stickers on the outer cellophane and sticks them inside the case or box!
I can still remember the horror of tearing off the wrapper on Husker Dü’s “Wharehouse Songs & Stories” nearly 30 years ago and chucking it away before I realised the title sticker was on the outside off the cellophane and not stuck directly on the album sleeve.
And ripping through the outer label on Neil Young’s Archives Vol. 1 Box.
(I almost envy ‘normal’ people…)


Brilliant, thanks for sharing!


I’ll be sticking with The Pet Sounds Sessions box set. Live tracks hold no interest whatsoever neither does the DVD. It’s worth buying though for the Stack ‘O’ Vocals tracks which are truly amazing. The tote bag and beach ball are just pointless tat. Got to admit Mr Sinclair, you always seem to treat things in a more heavy handed manner in these unboxing videos than I ever would! And I’d have cut out the sticker on the cellophane and popped it inside!


A USB light bulb would have been nice, so I’ll pass.


Hold on, there’s an embossed goat, I’m in!

Jim Horan

just got my from Amazon US the other day…a nicely done package, and yes, i own about 4o other versions of “Pet Sounds”, but as a graphic designer myself, and cd designer, i am always a sucker for packaging! That said, I do get bugged in packages like this where you KNOW there are tons of source material like photos and memorabilia, etc that Capitol Records has, but there is soon much dead space on the pages….yeah, kinda nitpicky, I know, but you only get to 50 once, so I guess I was expecting a tad more….detail maybe?


I still don’t understand why the whole audio collection is not on the Blu-ray. I guess so that they can resell it? That’s fine especially since an anniversary edition in my mind and judgement are limited editions so having it unique or not complete (with the intention of an updated re-release at some point) is o.k. for the most part, eh.


Oooo! Ahhhh! Nice! :) Not perfect. I in theory would prefer the shirt as well but I would need an XXL soooo…that probably wouldn’t happen. The beach ball is mildly cute and the bag while not the worst thing in the world is rather trite to me. I do understand some nick nacks like this are done to prevent bootlegging which is fine. I mean the nick nacks. Not the bootlegging. Lol.

Rob Puricelli

I’m interested to know if the Blu Ray is the same mixes that are featured on the DVD-A. Any insight?

Tom M

I understand the mono mix for this re-issue is from a different source than the DVD-A. The 1972 master is being used, supposedly superior.

Philip Cohen

The original mono master (the so-called “Los Angeles Tape”) was mislaid/misplaced many years ago, and now only exists via a 44.1Khz/16-bit DAT copy. Many releases of the mono mix have used the so-called “New York Tape”, a second generation copy made(in the 1960’s) for Capitol’s East Coast pressing plant. The”Carl Wilson Remaster” is yet another second generation tape; this one created for the Brother/Reprise U.S.A. 2-L.P. set “Carl and The Passions/So Tough” + Pet Sounds”

Philip Cohen

Yes, the surround mixes are the same as on the DVD-audio and the CD+DVD “40th Anniversary Edition”, except that the Blu-Ray disc adds an instrumental mix of the album, and omits the supplemental video material that was included in the CD+DVD “40th anniversary Edition”. On other internet forums, other people have also reported encountering scratched CD’s. In my case, it is “Disc Three”, with a huge scuff that covers 40% of the playback surface. Astonishingly, the disc plays normally on the first disc player that I tried it on (Oppo BDP-83) and also on my iMac computer. I had considered sending the disc to a disc polishing company, but if the scuff is at the metal layer, polishing wouldn’t help. Returning the entire set to the internet dealer that I bought it from might result in receiving a set that is worse. That is what happened to one consumer who returned his set to Amazon.
I wish that I had ordered the Japanese SHM-CD edition, despite its higher price. Unfortunately, pre-orders sold out the entire production run, and the Japanese pressing is now being scalped on Ebay at nearly double its intended selling price. Hopefully, Capitol’s Japan affiliate will produce a second production run. Why not? People will buy them.
In the meantime, I created a scan of my “Disc Three” and my receipt (as proof of purchase), and I included them in an e-mail to Universal Music in the U.S.A., so hopefully, they’ll reply.
The damage to my “Disc Three” is blatantly visible if the disc it viewed at an angle, but a disc player’s laser views the disc straight on, so the many marks may not be visible (or only be visible out of focus) to the laser.

Tom M

@Philip Cohen “I wish that I had ordered the Japanese SHM-CD edition, despite its higher price.”
MusicDirect states they are shipping it this Friday – $29.99.

Tom M

And don’t forget the code DAD15 for another 15% off.

Philip Cohen

I’m referring to the 5-disc. Your price is obviously for the 2-disc.


Why on earth can’t the discs to be on spindles, like the Jethro Tull book editions?

Do they really think we want to be squeezing discs in and out of those cut-outs? If the discs aren’t scuffed on arrival, they soon will be. Design stupidity at it’s finest and reason enough for me to pass on this and await a standalone Blu-ray in a proper case.

The discs are the most important part of deluxe sets and their protection seems to be consistently given the least thought.


I have no trouble taking out and replacing the discs form the book, no squeezing involved.

This is a magnificently presented package as it should be for the price (even the £46 I paid) and duplication (If you own as I do the previous releases including the soon to arrive Mobile Fidelity SACD & Mono LP, yes I`m mad!).

Can`t wait for the 75th Anniversary Box.


Any news on a separate release of the Bluray?