Surf’s up! To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds, recently acclaimed by Uncut as the greatest album ever made, we’ve put together an Ultimate Music Guide celebrating the genius of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys. There are in-depth new reviews of every single one of the band’s albums, and deep pieces on Dennis Wilson’s classic Pacific Ocean Blue and Brian’s often complicated solo career. Plus, we’ve dived deep into the NME, Melody Maker and Vox archives to rediscover interviews with the band that have been unseen for decades.
Dennis nearly has his leg yanked off. Mike wants to send edible records to China. Brian wonders whether Phil Spector lives with Paul McCartney and, back in March 1966, explains how his group have “evolved another 800 per cent in the last year… I’m right in the golden era of what it’s all about. It’s all just coming out like breathing now.”