Pet Sounds Track-by-track VII: Sloop John B

When I first went on the internet and connected up with Brian and Beach Boys related goodies, one of the hot debates was whether Brian really wanted this song on Pet Sounds. There were lots of reasons given on both sides of the debate, but here’s a reality – Sloop John B is on Pet Sounds, including the versions Brian has done in concert.

Having said that, it is my least favorite track on Pet Sounds, but that is also like saying mint chocolate is my least favorite type of chocolate – I would still eat it in a snap! 🙂 The strength of the track is the powerful harmonies and the showcasing of the band’s vocal prowess -what is also interesting is that it ties in with SMiLE and That Lucky Old Sun in using traditional/historical songs as an integral part of a major original work. And while the track may be seen as an “entertainment”, there is a definite sense of alienation and not fitting in that almost foreshadows the latter part of Pet Sounds.

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