giovedì 25 gennaio 2018

Beach Boys - Leggo My Ego (STU/FLAC)

(Studio FLAC)

Leggo My Ego

Pet Sounds sessions, rehearsals, outtakes and alternates.

Liberated Spank bootleg.

CD 1
1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
2. You Still Believe In Me
3. That's Not Me
4. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
5. I'm Waiting For The Day
6. Let's Go Away For Awhile
7. Sloop John B
8. God Only Knows
9. Hang On To Your Ego
10. Here Today
11. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
12. Caroline, No

13. Wouldn't It Be Nice
14. You Still Believe In Me
15. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
16. I'm Waiting For The Day
17. Sloop John B
18. God Only Knows
19. Hang On To Your Ego
20. Here Today
21. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times

CD 2:
1-6. Wouldn't It Be Nice
7-11. You Still Believe In Me
12. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
13. I'm Waiting For The Day
14-16. Let's Go Away For Awhile

CD 3:
1-5. Sloop John B 
6-9. God Only Knows
10-11. Hang On To Your Ego
12-13. Here Today
14. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times 
15-16. Caroline, No
17. Mr. Sandman (Ballad) / The Chipmunk Song / God Only Knows

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.

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