This is a gorgeous Reprise / Brothers mono pressing of the classic Pet Sounds packaged in a two-for set with the Carl & The Passions album So Tough. This version was cut at Artisan, and I've always preferred the sound here to the Capitol originals. And without giving away my eleven secret herbs and spices or the recipe to my cola, I'll say that this copy is clearly from my favorite run of this version. It certainly has the sound I'm after -- it's absolutely killer for Pet Sounds and the vinyl plays quietly. The Carl and the Passions record included also sounds good and plays quietly, though I'm sure we're all here for the other disc.
5 stars in Allmusic which should surprise no one: "The best Beach Boys album, and one of the best of the 1960s. The group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and production"
Vinyl: EX (super clean)
Cover: VG+ (light ringwear but very nice overall
Play notes: A killer sounding Pet Sounds that plays quietly
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