The Beach Boys ‎– Carl And The Passions – So Tough / Pet Sounds

Brother Records (3) ‎– 2MS 2083, Reprise Records ‎– 2MS 2083
Vinyl, LP, Album
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
All Media, Compilation, Artisan stamp

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Carl And The Passions--So Tough
A1 You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Jack Rieley
A2 Here She Comes
Written-By – Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar
A3 He Come Down
Written-By – Alan Jardine, Brian Wilson, Mike Love
A4 Marcella
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Jack Rieley
B1 Hold On Dear Brother
Written-By – Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar
B2 Make It Good
Written-By – Darryl Dragon*, Dennis Wilson (2)
B3 All This Is That
Written-By – Alan Jardine, Carl Wilson, Mike Love
B4 Cuddle Up
Written-By – Darryl Dragon*, Dennis Wilson (2)
Pet Sounds
C1 Wouldn't It Be Nice
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Tony Asher (2)
C2 You Still Believe In Me
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Tony Asher (2)
C3 That's Not Me
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Tony Asher (2)
C4 Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Tony Asher (2)
C5 I'm Waiting For The Day
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Mike Love
C6 Let's Go Away For Awhile
Written-By – Brian Wilson
C7 Sloop John B
Arranged By – Brian Wilson
D1 God Only Knows
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Tony Asher (2)
D2 I Know There's An Answer
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Terry Sachen
D3 Here Today
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Tony Asher (2)
D4 I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Tony Asher (2)
D5 Pet Sounds
Written-By – Brian Wilson
D6 Caroline No
Written-By – Brian Wilson, Tony Asher (2)

Companies, etc.



Warner/Reprise Loss Leaders

Carl And The Passions--So Tough is a Stereo release.
Pet Sounds marked Stereo on label, but includes note: "This recording is pressed in monophonic sound, the way Brian cut it."

Track D6 title differs on center label than from inside of gatefold sleeve: listed as Caroline, No

Runout Note: LP with an A symbol denotes album mastered at Artisan Sound Recorders.

Carl and the Passions-So Tough:
Recorded at Brother Studios
Recorded from December 1971-April 1972
Director of Engineering, Steve Moffitt

Pet Sounds:
Recorded at Western, Columbia, Gold Star Studios
Recorded 1966

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Carl and the Passions (Side 1)): 2MS-2083 31454-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Carl and the Passions (Side 2)): 2MS-2083 31455-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Pet Sounds (Side 1)): 2MS-2083 11452-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Pet Sounds (Side 2)): 2MS-2083 11453-1
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Carl And The Passions -- So Tough Side 1): 2MS-2083 31454 Re1 A-1B [ARTISAN SYMBOL] A 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Carl And The Passions -- So Tough Side 2): 2MS-2083 31455-B RE1 1C
  • Matrix / Runout (Pet Sounds Side 1): 2MS-2083 11452-1A [ARTISAN SYMBOL] A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Pet Sounds Side 2): 2MS-2083 11453-1B [ARTISAN SYMBOL]


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February 13, 2017
This particular version of Pet Sounds is fabulous. I guess folks are getting hip to it, as the prices are steadily climbing.

I still haven't played the Carl & the Passions disc.


February 19, 2016
Don't forget to set your receiver to mono when listening to Pet Sounds. This is my first mono pressing and thought something was wrong at first when the music had some odd shifting between channels...yup. Sounds great now.


January 17, 2016
$793 CAN??? What happened to the copies I saw for $20 - $40? What happened to the copies I see on Ebay for that price? What happened to the copies I find in record stores for that price? Embarrassing... did these sellers find out that some audiophile want this specific Pet Sounds? This is not hard to find at all, but of course scalpers and online sellers will make anything seem like so.


July 15, 2015

"Sticky Fingers", "Who's Next", "Led Zeppelin IV". The definitive classic rock albums of all time. How do the Beach Boys answer? By releasing a classic rock "sounding" album of their own after those 3 landmark albums. And not only doesit fail in comparison to those 3 albums, "Carl & The Passions" fails in comparison to the Beach Boys albums that came before it, and just fails period.

Hands down the worst beach boys album i own on CD. While looking at all the albums that came before this, you'll see that some are better than others. The difference here is that the quality is way too drastic. Especially coming out 2 years after "Sunflower" (considered one of the group's best) and a year after "Surf's Up". As i said, this is a classic rock "sounding" album. The Beach Boys arent the "stereotype" classic rock band despite being active in the same era. The only song on here that sounds like a Beach Boys song (and the only good song on the album) is "All This Is That". Everything else is completely forgetable. "Marcella" is catchy and the biggest hit on the album, but i'd only give it recognition out of pitty for the album not having any other noteworthy material.

The only plus about this album is that in it's original vinyl release, "Carl & The Passions" was paired with "Pet Sounds" as a double album. For someone who didn't own "Pet Sounds" in 1972, that would have been an excellent treat and worth the price alone. The only thing the "Carl & The Passions" vinyl would have been good for was a snack plate/tray. Too bad they dont pair these 2 albums together on a 2 CD package, you'd get a nice Beach Boys coaster for your drinks.

Speaking of the classic rock comparison, I could have sworn i've heard "Here She Comes" and "Hold On Dear Brother" on my local classic rock radio station before. Of course, the DJ didnt say the songs were by the Beach Boys. Why would they (because of the surfing stereotype of course)?

"Carl & The Passions" is an average "Joe Shmoe" classic rock album. Any other rock band in this time period could have released this. If you cant get enough of "Stairway To Heaven" or "Freebird", this album is right up your ally.


April 13, 2015
Important note: there'a later pressing of the "Carl & the Passions : So Tough / Pet Sounds" two-fer that wasn't mastered by Artisan.

Deadwax inscriptions are different : Pet Sounds' Side 1 has "2MS-2083 (11452) WW1 REC #1 Side 1" (handwritten). It doesn't carry Artisan's "A" like symbol but a triangle with a line.

"Carl & The Passions : So Tough" (side one) has "2MS-32083 (31454) REC 2 WW1" (andwritten as well). No triangle symbol on this one, but no Artisan symbol either.