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Sloop John B
Written by: Traditional, arranged by Brian Wilson
Produced by: Brian Wilson
Recording date: track: December 7, 1965; vocals: December 22, 1965
Take Number: 14
Master Number: #53999
Lead Vocal by: Brian and Mike
Originally appeared on: Pet Sounds
Subsequently appeared on: Best of the Beach Boys; Made in USA; Summer Dreams; Best of the Beach Boys; Good Vibrations (box set); Forrest Gump Soundtrack
Recorded at Western Studios
Folk music fan Al suggested to Brian that the Beach Boys cover this song
Apparently Brian felt this didn't fit on Pet Sounds and only included at Capitol's insistence. The fact that Pet Sounds has 13, instead of the usual 12 tracks, supports this theory. However, the great vocals and lyrical theme mean that many feel it is not out of place there (although it is arguably the weakest track).
2:53 Whole song goes flat on the fade as if the tape slowed down
A-side with: You're So Good To Me
Released on: 21 March 1966
Charted on: 2 April 1966
Sloop John B- Pet Sounds Live
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