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The Complete Pet Soul

by Splitsville

Born out of Splitsville's famous EP 'Pet Soul' given out at the Poptopia Festival, 'The Complete Pet Soul' is an obvious homage to Brian and John & Paul. Features the single 'Forever', as well as a cover of 'I'll Never Fall In Love Again'
Genre: Pop: 60's Pop
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1. Overture
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2. Forever
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3. Aliceanna
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4. Pretty People
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5. Caroline knows
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6. Sunshiny Daydream
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7. Tuesday Through Saturday
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8. You Ought To Know
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9. The Popular
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10. The Love Song Of B. Douglas Wilson
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11. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Splitsville's four-song "Pet Soul" EP was distributed as a "promo-only" CD for the Poptopia '97 Festival in Los Angeles. A departure from the band's more contemporary brand of high-energy pop-rock, Pet Soul was an orchestral pop love letter to just a few of their musical heroes. Showcasing the group's vocal and multi-instrumental abilities, the EP was an instant hit with devotees of sixties-influenced pop music. Splitsville decided to revisit the experiment in 2000, largely in response to the incessant pleading of fans.

According to All Music, "...the (original) orchestral tracks are nicely balanced with several new songs that recall the low-voltage, almost folk-rock sound that predominated on the original U.S. edition of Rubber Soul."
-4 and 1/2 Stars Rating

And Shona Winfrey of Fufkin.com states that CPS is, "...money well spent for any fan of the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Byrds and and just generally for fans from the large backlog of influence we have to draw from during the early to mid '60s. It sounds good, it's fun, and no self-respecting power pop fan would want to pass it by."


Piled on with lush harmonies, densely-layered instrumentation and AM radio references galore, The Complete Pet Soul is a glimpse into Splitsville's considerable creative talents and a sumptuous feast for the ears of pure pop lovers everywhere.

This CD also contains Splitsville's version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic "I'll Never Fall In Love Again". This track was featured in the Kirsten Dunst film "Get Over It".


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William C. Lehman

Great
Great stuff. You will find yourself spotting the influences as you enjoy this CD.

P. Wellman

What are you waiting for?
I buy a great deal of Cd's, and this is without a doubt one of the very best albums I've heard in a long time. Each song is brilliant, the harmonies are spectacular- if you like powerpop ala the Beatles and the Beach Boys or Matthew Sweet, and Teenage Fanclub- then you need this record.

iandxx

pop in/bliss out!!
Wearing its Brian Wilson/60's influences ever-so-lightly (the band even sound a little like the Left Banke in places), "The Complete Pet Soul" is a bitter-sweet pop gem exemplifying the economy and strong melodic sense of its enduring forerunners . Ultimately, though, the band emerge sounding triumphantly like themselves - even managing to add their own distinctive spin to a Hal David/BurtBacharach classic.

Kat Girl

You don't own this...why?
If you're a pop fan, you either already own this and love it to death, or you don't own Pet Soul because you've never heard it before. No surprise, as Splitsville has never gotten the airplay and recognition other bands who are not nearly as good get.
The Bacharach cover is probably the most well known track, but the other tracks are just delicious. If it wasn't such a blatant tribute to the Beatles and Wilson, it could stand next to that stuff from the mid- 60's.

Poppy Pete

Should Be In Every Record Collection
Everyone with either a Beach Boys, Beatles or Byrds (and even Big Star- that's a whole lotta 'b's') should own this record. You quickly forget that it's a tribute, as it's not a limp cover but a great record with songs that stand on their own as perfect pop.
Readers who are even debating picking this up should jump on it. It will thrill you.

Marvin Matthews

"The Complete Pet Soul"...Woah!
I had lost track of the Greenbury Woods but was pleasantly surprised that they had evolved into Splitsville. Being a huge fan of Pop music and the Beatles, Beach Boys, Raspberries, etc., I was intrigued by what the Complete... had to offer. This music hit all the right notes for me, and I cannot recommend it enough. With the added vision of Rubber Soul and Pet Sounds thrown into the mix, this is as fine as Pop music gets.

Patrick Harrigan

Deserving of EVERY accolade it receives!
Deriviative? Sure. But when it’s derivative of two of the greatest bands in the history of rock, then it’s still fantastic.
And the more you listen, the less and less derivative, and more and more brilliant, this record sounds. You’ll hear echoes of the Beatles and Beach Boys, of course, but the songs here stand up on their own as being first-rate. ‘Forever’ would be a top ten single in a perfect world, ‘Pretty People’ is a great flipoff to celebrity, and ‘Tuesday Through Saturday’ is a beautiful ride. And it ends with the great cover of ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’, complete with a partial arrangement stolen from Sweet’s ‘Love Is Like Oxygen’! Amazing.

A music fan

Fantastic Power-Pop Album!
Splitsville's "The Complete Pet Soul" is a fantastic Power-Pop album that is full of gorgeous melodies, shimmering guitar lines, and well sung harmonies. The band seems to have particularly had Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys on their mind when they wrote this album as one of the songs is called "The Love Songs of B. Douglas Wilson", and a couple others seem to take their cue off of his work with the Beach Boys. "Forever" is a super-energetic rocker that kind of seems like a cousin to the Rembrandt's "I'll Be There For You(the theme from Friends)"; and Splitsville does a fantastic cover of Burt Bacharach's "I'll Never Fall In Love Again". "Pretty People" has almost Eagle's-like harmonies. This is a gem of a record that has somehow slipped through the cracks.

Kevin McNamara

Buy two because you'll always be loaning it out.
We all know an album or two that deserve better: major label clout with a full p.r. machine that forces it onto the playlists of every radio outlet in America; untold riches and awards and ardent fans who know every word by heart; and (eventually) reviewers who compare other artists' works to that bright, shiny album. The tough part here is that this shimmery collection of pop tunes are lovingly (and purposely) ripped from the heyday of jangle-pop. If the Beach Boys never existed; if you couldn't recognize the bittersweet tug of "Walk Away Renee" in the verses of "Tuesday Through Saturday"; and if you had no idea who the Beatles were, then you'd very well consider The Complete Pet Soul among the best albums you've ever heard. It's that good.