While he still considers it to be the greatest album of all time, Malcolm Carter finds that the 50th Anniversary version of the Beach Boys' ‘Pet Sounds’ isn’t quite what its promotion states
The Beach Boys FAQ (2011)
Andy Cassidy is disappointed by Jon Stebbins' new book, 'The Beach Boys FAQ', who while at one level clearly knowledgeable about his subject, also provides little which is new in the way of insight about them
Pet Sounds (2004)
When 'Pet Sounds' first came out in 1966, Malcolm Carter could not understand what all the fuss was about. Many years on he writes about why he now feels that it deserves its seminal reputation
Pet Sounds (2002)
When John asked me to pick a favorite album of all time, it was easy. It's a record I've listened to consistently over the last 20 years and it always brings a smile to my face.-'Pet Sounds' by the Be
Beach Boys A-F (2012)
In a three part 'AC's A-Z of Music' special, Andy Cassidy provides his own alphabetical tribute to the Beach Boys. He begins by looking at the letters A to F...
Beach Boys G-Q (2012)
while in the second part G to Q...
Beach Boys R-Z (2012)
...and in the third and final part R to Z
That's Why God Made the Radio (2012)
Fabulous first album in twenty years from the Beach Boys which, possibly their farewell record, has been released to coincide with their fiftieth anniversary
Andy Cassidy speaks to Brian Wilson percussionist and Los Angeles-based musician Nelson Bragg about his long musical career, and just released second solo album,‘We Get What We Want’
Now It's Overhead
The project of Georgia producer and studio owner Andy Le Master, Now It's Overhead's airy debut album has drawn comparisions with its lush atmospherics with both the Cure and the Beach Boys. He speaks about why sleep depravation is eesential to his music
City Winery, Chicago, 2/4/2018
Lisa Torem enjoys a sublime night of Beach Boys hits from Al Jardine at the City Winery in Chicago.
City Hall, Sheffield, 2/8/2017
Nicky Crewe gets nothing but 'Good Vibrations' from Brian Wilson and his amazing band of musicians on this summer’s 'Pet Sounds' tour.
Saturday Looks Good to Me
Irene's. Ottawa, 19/10/2004
Saturday Looks Good to Me favour a lo-fi Beach Boys type sound. In Irene's in Ottawa, Andrew Carver watches them play a roughhewn, but wistful and heartfelt set
I Am Brian Wilson
Lisa Torem enjoys Brian Wilson's new biography which highlights his gifts as an arranger but also chronicles his struggles with mental illness
Soundtrack of Our Lives
Thanks for the Smiles
In the latest in our 'Soundtrack of Our Lives' series, in which our writers describe the personal impact of music on their lives, Malcolm Carter writes about meeting and falling for his wife against a backdrop of acts such as the Beach Boys, the Chi-Lites, Jim Stover and the Hollies