If you’re fully vested in the Beach Boys Pet Sounds
album, witnessing a re-creation is a gamble. The 1966 offering was one of the first of that era in which a few striving pop artists attempted to elevate all songs on the LP format to holistic parity, rather than polishing up singles as individual entities. Pet Sounds
– the 14-song original ending with “Caroline, No,” digital consumers, not the sprawling reissue – is now viewed as canonized. Its tales of profound YA confusion, translated through Brian Wilson’s brilliant pet orchestration concepts, create an unintentional illusory parallel to all of mid-1960s pop music. It’s been 17 years since the Wondermints (a band of passionate ’60s pop fans) first backed Brian Wilson to attempt the impossible – a live version of this tract of artisanal imperfections turned neo-cosmic alignment – and those dates raised the arm hairs of the skeptics. This time, original band members Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine (one of the original vocal timbres squaring the circle) are onboard as well. The first set, leading up to the full Pet Sounds
hearing, offers deep cuts for the super-fans; the encore has the golden oldies salve for any philistines in tow. Take the gamble.
8 p.m. Monday, March 27 | Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | drphillipscenter.org