THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: THE PET SOUNDS

July 26, 2010 – 3:58 am

In 1995, bootleggers beat the Beach Boys to market with a nice collection of Pet Sounds.

  

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THE BEACH BOYS
Leggo My Ego [Spank 140/141/142, 3CD]

A collection of rehearsals, outtakes and alternates from the sessions for The Beach Boys greatest album - Pet Sounds. Ex- to Ex SBD stereo/mono.

This three-CD set of “Pet Sounds” sessions and outtakes was released by Vigotone subsidiary label “Spank”. While substantial parts of it were rendered obsolete by the “Sea of Tunes” box sets “Unsurpassed Masters Vols. 13 and 14″, there still are some unique mixdown variations in this set. Even the stereo mixes differ from what the group later released in the official “Pet Sounds Sessions” box. - Philip Cohen

The story is that the Beach Boys were feuding over the liner notes that caused the delay of the release of the Pet Sounds Sessions Boxset. The delay allowed Spank, a Vigotone label, to rush out their version of the Pet Sounds Sessions complete with their own stereo version of the album and much more. Here’s how Vigotone introduced Leggo My Ego:

“Thirty years have passed since sessions commenced for what many consider to be the greatest rock album of all time - The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. Now, for the first time, Spank Records has gathered together all the available outtakes/alternates/session tapes and backing tracks from these landmark sessions into one package. We have located improved quality tapes for much of the material that has circulated previously and, even better, we have discovered never before heard additional rarities.

“The songs have been organized so that disc one contains an almost complete alternate version* of the album followed by another alternate version of the album. On disc one we have eliminated most count-ins and studio talk where it was present in order to create a disc that you will enjoy listening to over and over. Where count-ins and studio talk have been eliminated (eight songs), the (same) track has been repeated in its uncut state on disc two or three. Also for disc one we have increased the pitch of “Caroline, No” to match the speed of the released version. It appears at the correct pitch on disc three. Discs two and three compile, in the same running order as the original LP, everything that is not included in its entirety on disc one.

“We hope you enjoy this package as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you. Be looking for an updated and improved version of our out-of-print Smile set coming in the near future. - Dr Vigotone

* no alternate version of the song “Pet Sounds” has yet surfaced.

As Dr Vigotone mentioned, CDs 2 and 3 followed the sequence of the Pet Sounds songs but with each song expanded into a “making of” the song. These are fly-on-the-wall moments as you listen to Brian Wilson take charge. This is the album that apparently stunned the Beatles, or at least Paul McCartney, into competition with the Beach Boys to see who could make the album of the ’60s.

If not for bootlegs, you might never get to hear what a session sounds like. Later, another bootleg label, Sea Of Tunes, would release entire boxsets of just the sessions for one or two Beach Boys songs. This took the whole idea of collecting or admiring the work of musicians to a new level.

All thanks to Phil Cohen who supplied us with this hard-to-find treasure.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 256 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Part One - The Alternate Album
Track 101. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (2:39) - stereo - left channel backing track - right channel vocals (4.8MB)
Track 102. You Still Believe In Me (2:35) - stereo/mono - stereo intro - remainder same as c/v but in better fidelity (4.7MB)
Track 103. That’s Not Me (1:16) - mono fragment - solo vocal - missing backing vocals (2.3MB)
Track 104. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (3:04) - mono - same as c/v but in better fidelity (5.9MB)
Track 105. I’m Waiting For The Day (3:02) - mono first 2 mins. same as c/v but in better fidelity - 2 mins. to 2.36 mins. alternate vocals (5.8MB)
Track 106. Let’s Go Away For Awhile (2:47) - stereo mix (5.0MB)
Track 107. Sloop John B (3:14) - stereo mix without a cappella break (5.9MB)
Track 108. God Only Knows (2:55) - mono /stereo - same as c/v but in better fidelity - with bonus a cappella tag in stereo (5.3MB)
Track 109. Hang On To Your Ego (3:13) - mono - alternate version to the alternate version on Pet Sounds CD - different vocals with additional backing vocals (5.8MB)
Track 110. Here Today (3:30) - stereo - left channel backing track - right channel alternate single tracked vocal with different lyrics (6.7MB)
Track 111. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (3:14) - mono - lacking some backing vocals (6.2MB)
Track 112. Caroline, No (2:43) - stereo - single tracked vocal - extended ending - speed matched to released version (4.9MB)

Part Two - Instrumental Pet Sounds
Track 113. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (2:10) - stereo - backing track (3.9MB)
Track 114. You Still Believe In Me (2:23) - stereo - take 8 (4.3MB)
Track 115. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (2:54) - mono - take 1 (5.3MB)
Track 116. I’m Waiting For The Day (3:02) - mono - alternate mix (5.8MB)
Track 117. Sloop John B (3:06) - stereo - alternate mix (5.9MB)
Track 118. God Only Knows (3:01) - stereo - alternate version (5.5MB)
Track 119. Hang On To Your Ego (3:22) - stereo - alternate version (6.1MB)
Track 120. Here Today (3:07) - stereo - alternate mix (5.7MB)
Track 121. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (3:49) - stereo - alternate mix (7.3MB)
(61:06m)

Disc 2
Sessions Part One
Track 201. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (4:01) - mono /stereo - edited backing track session - takes 4, 8 & 9 (7.7MB)
Track 202. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (2:03) - stereo - backing track session - takes 18, 19 & 20 (3.7MB)
Track 203. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (2:43) - mono - alternate vocal mix (a) onto take 21 (4.9MB)
Track 204. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (2:09) - mono - alternate vocal mix (b) onto take 21 (3.9MB)
Track 205. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (2:44) - mono - alternate vocal mix (c) onto take 21 (5.0MB)
Track 206. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (2:30) - mono - alternate vocal mix (d) onto take 21 (4.8MB)
Track 207. You Still Believe In Me (14:28) - mono - piano experiment (a) with Brian performing “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” (27.8MB)
Track 208. You Still Believe In Me (0:17) - stereo - piano experiment (b) (546k)
Track 209. You Still Believe In Me (0:34) - mono - backing track session - take 1 (1.0MB)
Track 210. You Still Believe In Me (19:17) - stereo - backing track session - takes 7 - 16 & 19 - 23 (31.4MB)
Track 211. You Still Believe In Me (2:24) - mono - alternate vocal mix (b) (4.4MB)
Track 212. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (4:38) - mono - backing track session - take 1 (8.4MB)
Track 213. I’m Waiting For The Day (3:07) - mono - backing track with intro (5.7MB)
Track 214. Let’s Go Away For Awhile (3:09) - stereo - edited backing track session - takes 1 - 2, 4, 6 & 8 - 9 (6.0MB)
Track 215. Let’s Go Away For Awhile (2:38) - stereo - edited backing track session - takes 12 - 13 & 15 - 18 (5.1MB)
Track 216. Let’s Go Away For Awhile (3:10) - stereo mix (5.8MB)
(69:72m)

Disc 3
Sessions Part Two
Track 301. Sloop John B (2:15) - stereo - edited backing track session - takes 3, 6 & 8 (4.1MB)
Track 302. Sloop John B (3:52) - stereo - backing track - take 8 (7.1MB)
Track 303. Sloop John B (3:12) - stereo - alternate vocal (a) onto take 14 (6.1MB)
Track 304. Sloop John B (2:40) - stereo - alternate vocal (b) onto take 14 (5.1MB)
Track 305. Sloop John B (3:22) - stereo - alternate vocal (c) onto take 14 (6.1MB)
Track 306. God Only Knows (2:56) - stereo - backing track session (5.3MB)
Track 307. God Only Knows (3:45) - stereo - backing track with studio talk (6.8MB)
Track 308. God Only Knows (2:38) - stereo - backing track (4.8MB)
Track 309. God Only Knows (3:19) - mono - alternate vocal mix onto take 20 with an extended ending (6.4MB)
Track 310. Hang On To Your Ego (3:17) - stereo - backing track session - take 2 (6.3MB)
Track 311. Hang On To Your Ego (3:13) - mono -alternate vocal mix (5.9MB)
Track 312. Here Today (3:50) - stereo - edited backing track session - take 6, then take 4, 5, 11, then renumbered and called “Letter C” take 1, 3 - 4, 14 -15 & 17 (7.0MB)
Track 313. Here Today (3:28) - mono - backing track - edit of take 11 & 20 (6.3MB)
Track 314. I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (18:58) - stereo - backing track session - takes 1 - 6 (36.4MB)
Track 315. Caroline, No (1:40) - stereo - edited backing track session - take 2 (3.0MB)
Track 316. Caroline, No (3:05) - stereo - single tracked vocal with extended ending with studio talk - correct pitch (5.9MB)
Track 317. Mr. Sandman (Ballad) / The Chipmunk Song / God Only Knows (3:19) - stereo - edited backing track session - take 2 (6.4MB)
Bonus
Track 318. Brian raps about L.A. smog. (5:15) - mono (9.6MB)
(74:04m)

It was only two years later in 1997 that Capitol managed to get the Beach Boys to agree to release The Pet Sounds Sessions, a 4CD box set that contained a brand new real stereo mix plus the original mono mix and a slew of vocals and instrumental takes from the legendary sessions. Click on the link to order this essential box set.

  1. 38 Responses to “THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: THE PET SOUNDS”

  2. Thank you Philip Cohen for the Pet Sounds 3CD set. It has absolutely gorgeous sounds at 256 kbps. Beauty is also in the ears of the headphone wearer, not just in the eye of the beholder! I have the released version of the Pet Sounds 4CD box set, as well as other boxed sets.

    By 2yrsnojob on Jul 26, 2010

  3. By the way, the “Smile” box set promised by Vigotone was never to be, because the United States government shut down Vigotone.

    By Philip Cohen on Jul 26, 2010

  4. Many thanks Phil, I have this set of course but will revisit it now you’ve reminded me what a great package it was. The loss of the Vigo SMiLE set was a real shame but hopefully an official set will appear one day. I remember it at the time, but never did know what was on the proposed track list. MAybe one day BigO will track it down!

    By Wee Helper on Jul 26, 2010

  5. To Wee Helper,

    An official “Smile” set wouldn’t have very much that hasn’t been heard already. There’s an instrumental(probably not intended for “Smile”) with the working title “Jazz”. But barring the discovery of lost tapes, there’s nothing more than what we’ve got. Sure, it would be nice to have full-fidelity releases of “Child is Father to The Man” & the vocal version of “The Old Master Painter/You Are My Sunshine”. Even Mike Love(who opposes a “Smile” box) once explained the absence of an official “Smile” set by saying “You’ve got it all already.”
    At last report, Beach Boys compiler/remixer Mark Linett was doing more “Smile” research and looking into unreleased early 1970’s Beach Boys concert audio & video materials, but it doesn’t look like there will be any Beach Boys archival product this year.

    By Philip Cohen on Jul 26, 2010

  6. It’s no surprise it stunned Macca then, it still gob smacks me now!! A beautiful,BEAUTIFUL work of ART.

    By BLUEFOOD on Jul 27, 2010

  7. If you’d like to hear live versions of 4 of these songs, may I recommend visiting Wolfgang’s Vault on the web (everyone gets 10 hours a month free) and pulling up 2 Beach Boy concerts (Brian’s first return tour): Uniondale NY 05-14-79 and the following night’s concert: Springfield MA 05-15-79. The NY concert features the most rousing version of Sloop John B with Brian’s vocals starting it off. On track 15 is a straight-ahead version of God Only Knows by Carl, but seems a tad slow in concert. But hang in there, for track 21 is a remixed version, that is very fine indeed. The Springfield, MA set includes Wouldn’t It Be Nice. You can hear them working hard to get the vocals just right, and the harmony at 1:14 is pure bliss. Both concerts I enjoyed.

    By 2yrsnojob on Jul 27, 2010

  8. Awesome timing. I’m actually at the beach on vacation!

    Thanks a zillion for posting these. As a recording indie pop musician, known for his love of Mr. Wilson, Brian’s full tracking session recordings in particular are not only beautiful, but an education in how things work.

    Can we lean on Capitol and Brian to make an official Smile sessions box set happen?
    I can guess at what happened to that rumored project, but does anyone know the full story?

    By Scott Brookman on Jul 27, 2010

  9. Ooops. Sorry, didn’t see Phil’s response to Wee Helper about the Smile box.

    Sidenote: I remember when Vigotone was shut down. I had just gotten a freebie George Harrison boot by that now legendary label from a friend of a Vigotone employee.

    By Scott Brookman on Jul 27, 2010

  10. The album that EVERYONE should have, no matter if you’re into Rock music or not. I’m still listening to the 4CDs box-set as if it was just a 30 minutes single record.

    Knowing that more unreleased tracks from “Pet Sounds” are in existence is just wonderful.

    “God Only Knows” & “Put Your Head On My Shoulder”: No one can surpass this…!

    By Serge Zéni on Jul 28, 2010

  11. Question? Is there much duplication between this set and the Unsurpassed Mastered Pet Sounds Volumes? Thanks, Pete

    By Pete on Jul 28, 2010

  12. To Pete,

    Yes, there Is duplication between this set and the two “Sea of Tunes” 4-CD boxes, and “Sea of Tunes” was supplied with complete tapes of some selections that are only heard via excerpts in “Leggo My Ego”, however, there still are mixes unique to this set. I didn’t supply any “Sea of Tunes” or “Dumb Angel” label releases to Big O, because Big O has them all already.

    By Philip Cohen on Jul 28, 2010

  13. Phil, So, the S.O.T sets obviously have more material, by a long shot. Is there any way of listing the mixes that are unique to the Leggo set? That would be most helpful and appreciated. Thanks, Pete

    By Pete on Jul 28, 2010

  14. I’ve never really done an in-depth analysis. The stereo mixes heard in “Leggo My Ego” pre-date the official ones created for the Capitol box. And the single-tracked lead vocal on “Caroline,No” is unique to “Leggo My Ego”.

    By Philip Cohen on Jul 28, 2010

  15. Hello Philip and Wee Helper. Since I dont have the Sea of Tunes collection, this set is very nice indeed. It is appreciated.

    Brian Wilson of course released a DVD of the completed Smile a few years back. It sounds good to me. Brian, with a similar band, also performed Pet Sounds live and it was released on CD. The version of Smile by Brian is not much different than the unofficial Beach Boys Smile release on CD, which has a storefront cover. For the occasion of Brian’s 60th birthday, there was a tribute album of Beach Boys music produced by Contemporary Christian music artists, including Phil Keaggy of Glass Harp. It also showed an altered version of the Smile cover.

    The Lost Dogs, a Christian Alternative Rock supergroup, released a song called, “Jesus Loves You, Brian Wilson”.

    By 2yrsnojob on Jul 28, 2010

  16. Phillip,
    Mere words can’t express how much this offering is appreciated. I can’t ever get enough of one of the greatest albums ever made.
    Thanks once again for the wealth of music you (and BigO) provide on a regular basis.

    By Rick D on Jul 28, 2010

  17. Thank you phil,you are a God, not like one of those silly greek Gods but one of those Asian Gods with all the arms. I thank you many times!

    By Happy Jap on Jul 28, 2010

  18. ….any way the back cover artwork for disc three could be reposted as the same size as the other covers?

    please….

    thanks again for posting this awesome musical treasure.

    By Scott Brookman on Jul 28, 2010

  19. it so good the “God only knows” vocals are so up front it just so awsum Phil I thank once again!

    By Happy Jap on Jul 28, 2010

  20. Many, many thanks! BigO and Philip Cohen boots are always among my favorites. Any chance of the Sea of Tunes releases appearing on BigO? I have the single-disc Smile on CD and a couple of MP3 sets, but would love to hear the rest!

    By psykomyko on Jul 28, 2010

  21. To Psykomyko,

    You don’t realise how large the amount of “Sea of Tunes” discs is. I spent about $2200 buying all of the “Sea of Tunes” releases and the first 12 volumes of the “Rarities”/”Live Rarities” series from “Sea of Tunes” subsidiary “Dumb Angel”, and other Beach Boys outtakes released during the heyday of bootleg CD’s by labels such as Vigotone. The “Beach Boys Today” sessions cover 8 discs, and so do the “Pet Sounds” sessions. The “Good Vibrations” sessions consists of three discs devoted to the sessions for ONE SONG.

    By Philip Cohen on Jul 29, 2010

  22. Hi Scott. My two cents. Im gonna be a spazz and say what some may be thinking, but are too kind to say anything. Asking for the back cover in full size…ha ha ha..is kinda like being handed 2 bags of gold and asking for a roll of pennies as well. But, if it’s handy, then it’s okay to ask, I guess. I know, I know. But I felt like being a spazz today.

    By 2yrsnojob on Jul 29, 2010

  23. This is Phil saying thanks to Phil for this great stuff.

    By Phil Winans on Jul 29, 2010

  24. Hi, 2yrsnojob. My two cents. The bag of gold/roll of pennies simile is pure genius. Here’s another just for you: being a jerk and covering it up by describing it with a cute phrase like “I felt like being a spazz today” is like….oh, can’t complete it. Guess I’m not as clever as you. Thanks so much for correcting my horrible social blunder.

    By Scott Brookman on Jul 29, 2010

  25. Mr. Cohen,
    Thanks for the reply!
    I had no idea there were THAT many discs of outtakes. I’m still definitely interested in tracking them down and hearing them (I’m in the process of listening to Purple Chick’s 83-disc Beatles A/B Road set), but I sure don’t have that kind of money to buy them all! (I missed out on 99% of the great CD bootlegs, since I was too young and poor at the time.)
    Most boots are hit-and-miss with me, but I believe the historical value of the complete work of pioneers like the Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Spike Jones, etc. is priceless. I’m hoping that the 1960s rockers’ work will become public domain (and more easily and cheaply available) in Europe soon, like the ’50s artists’ complete work has in the last few years.
    In the meantime, the 3-disc Good Vibrations set is now one of my “holy grails” - it’s my all-time favorite song!
    Many thanks again for sharing this box set. Your generosity has given me many hours of enjoyment.

    By psykomyko on Jul 29, 2010

  26. Dear Scott Brookman - You can try this link http://www.bigozine2.com/MP310/BBleggo/BBleggo03Bk.jpg

    By 3speedPepicek on Jul 30, 2010

  27. Hi Scott. Being a jerk and acknowledging it in the same message was hiding it or covering it up? Up at 3AM the week after my wife’s diagnosis of metastizing colon and liver cancer after 5 months of begging for help is the reason for my escapism here…

    I am sorry for chiding you.

    -2yrsnojob

    By 2yrsnoincome on Jul 30, 2010

  28. How much audio is there of Murry going off on the Boys in the studio?

    It’s hard to get my head around Brian being 22 years old when he came up with this. In The Beatles case, you had 6 heads working on a project and a shared sense of humor, which is prob. what kept them sane. In this case, you had a dysfunctional family that had inner rivalries, tempers, and meltdowns.

    By Danny on Aug 1, 2010

  29. To Danny,

    The only audio(in the hands of collectors) of Murry arguing with Brian, is from the “Help Me Rhonda” sessions.

    By Philip Cohen on Aug 2, 2010

  30. For the new (2008 UK, 2009 USA) edition of The Beatles’ London we found Andrew Loog Oldham’s 1966 address, where Paul McCartney heard the acetate: 42 Hurlingham Road, London SW6. Walkable from Chelsea for the energetic tourist.

    By Adamsez on Aug 3, 2010

  31. Philip Cohen = Treasure Trove! Any chance of listing the studio musicians. I understand they were a pretty selct group.

    By bill on Aug 5, 2010

  32. Dear 2yrs, sorry to hear about your wife.

    By bill on Aug 5, 2010

  33. To Bill,

    The listing of musicians can be found in the booklet with the official “Pet Sounds Sessions” box set, the “Pet Sounds” 40th Anniversary CD + DVD set, or even the one disc(Stereo + Mono) “Pet Sounds” remastered CD.

    By Philip Cohen on Aug 5, 2010

  34. I remember hearing about this set and not being able to shell out the nearly $100 for it. I did get the official Pet Sounds box but I always wanted to hear this. Brings back so many memories. Thanks Phil and BigO for sharing this one.

    By Matt on Aug 26, 2010

  35. Thanks a lot!

    By Eddie on Oct 3, 2011

  36. Hi, I’m a newbie fan of Beach Boys and especially of Pet Sounds and I really want to thank you very much for sharing this pearls. However as I’m coming here very late I realize that there’s several tracks missing:

    Disc 1: 104, 105, 110, 111, 116, 117, 121

    Disc 2: 201, 206, 208, 214, 215.

    Disc 3: 303, 304, 309, 310, 316, 317.

    Is there any possibility of repost it?
    Thanks again!

    By Edgar on May 4, 2015

  37. I only have words to THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the quick answer and repost!!!
    Quoting the Great Beach Boys:

    “I’ve been very aware
    You’ve been patient with me
    […]
    I want to cry…” (with happiness)

    By Edgar on May 4, 2015

  38. BigO Can you PLEASE update this Roio. …track 207 and 210 and 314 PLEASE !!!!

    By Sarah Novak on May 12, 2015

  39. An update to these links would be much appreciated; 95% of these links are now dead.

    By Jethro on Aug 3, 2020

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