Songs from The Beach Boys soon to be heard at the PAC

February 18, 2008

Tickets on sale now for the Collective Unconscious rendition of ‘Pet Sounds’

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Step back into the 1960s as a 21-member orchestra hits the Performing Arts Center stage playing music from The Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” album Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Performing the classic music are St. Cloud musicians, Collective Unconscious, The Vees, George Mauer, a jazz pianist; and The Half Steps, an a capella quartet.

Colleen Compton and her husband, Dennis saw this same performance in Paynesville last year and loved it.

“Who doesn’t love the Beach Boys?” Compton asked.

With audience members of all ages, this proves to be great family entertainment, according to Compton.

“It was amazing to see over 20 musicians all on stage recreating this music,” she said.

The 21-member orchestra will include a string quartet, vocal quartet, saxophone and brass sections, grand piano, harpsichord, vibes, timpani, Hammond B3 organ, bass harmonica, and Theremin.

The idea is to recreate the 1966 “Pet Sounds” album created by Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys’ chief songwriter and producer.

Jeff Engholm of Collective Unconscious embarked on the endeavor of recreating this album after picking up the album at the Electric Fetus in St. Cloud.

“I grew up knowing the Beach Boys’ hits, but that’s all I ever knew,” Engholm told Rochester’s Post-Bulletin in 2007.

“I had heard about ‘Pet Sounds’ and was intrigued. Finally, I bought a copy. I went home, put it on, and it was like a hammer over the head. I was stunned. I listened to it about 30 times in a row. It’s crazy how few people know this album,” Engholm said.

Possibly the most well-known songs on the album include “Sloop John B,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” and “Good Vibrations.”

This particular album is claimed to have been an influence on the Beetles’ creation of their hit song, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Colleen Compton agrees with Engholm when he says, “When you hear this music, you have to admire the genius of Brian Wilson. His arrangements are things of beauty and true works of art.”

Rolling Stone even referred to “Pet Sounds” as the “second Greatest Album Ever” behind “Sgt. Pepper.”

Engholm explains, with this album, The Beach Boys move beyond the lightweight pop songs like “Surfin’ Safari” and into more creative and mature compositions.

To hear a preview of the upcoming concert and songs from “Pet Sounds,” check out www.collectiveunconscious.net/petsounds.

Tickets on sale now for The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds”

For tickets to the Saturday, March 29 show, call the Community Education office (320) 286-4120.

Tickets are on sale now for $20 for adults, and $10 for youth.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center.

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