Pet Soul (1998)
Lovely Beach Boys/60s Homage
A pal ‘o mine dropped this in the mail to me about 10 years ago, figuring it was up my alley. First listen and you’ll get the concept immediately. Some of the melodies aren’t all that surprising, but repeated listens will uncover the human characteristics lurking under the cloak of Beach Boys vocals, instrumentational quirks and nods to, as the back cover suggests, “a little bit of The Association and Herman’s Hermits, for good measure.” It’s only 11 minutes, but it packs in a lot of ideas… and it happens to be right up my alley. The back cover states this was manufactured exclusively for the Poptopia Festival, in LA, 1998. So, maybe it’s rare, I don’t know. Wait… one moment, Dave… I’m getting a reading… Amazon tells me this is a sampler from a very cool looking, The Complete Pet Soul. Curty’s got it at his place (thanks Colin). I don’t know jack about these guys and purposely haven’t looked. This disc, which isn’t at Amazon, fell off the shelf (with all the Spirit discs I yanked out last week). A few spins and you’ll love it. Hear it all, below.
Caroline Knows (3:07)
Sunshiny Daydream (2:59)
The Love Songs Of B. Douglas Wilson (4:10)