The Beach Boys historic “Pet Sounds” album is the latest to come under scrutiny in the “Classic Album” DVD series, which examines the history and significance of legendary albums. And absolutely the best thing about “The Beach Boys Pet Sounds Classic Album” are the insightful comments from group members Brian Wilson, Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine, Mike Love and David Marks. Also heard on the DVD are drummer Hal Blaine, who played on many of the group's studio recordings as part of the Wrecking Crew, and British singer Helen Shapiro, who toured with the band. Beatles fans will also recall her name as an act the Fab Four played on the bill and opened for early in their career.
Brian Wilson, who has recently released a new autobiography, discusses his feelings on the creation of the album. His thoughts really get to the heart of why it was made in the first place. And Beach Boys fans looking for harsh words from the usually critical Mike Love, whose autobiography has also just been released, will be surprised and maybe delighted to hear how supportive and a big booster he is of the album, at least from his several comments throughout this new DVD.
The documentary, available on both Blu-ray and DVD formats, includes 30 minutes of bonus materials with some additional interviews that were not seen in the original broadcast version of the film. But the entire documentary itself is well worth getting for the behind-the-scenes look into the making of the album from those involved in its creation. It's just more proof that “Pet Sounds” will remain an absolute classic,