The vocals were cut over two sessions at the long defunct Columbia Recording Studios, also in Hollywood, with the ever-meticulous Wilson demanding take after take from the band to reach his vision. Here's the isolated vocals from the final product, and a list of things to listen for.
1. Like most songs of the era, the lead vocal is doubled. The difference is how tight the doubling is, which was unusually precise for the time.
2. The background vocals are also doubled and spread slightly left and right. Sometimes, the harmony stacking is a little different on each side as well.
3. As with most Beach Boy songs, there's lots of long reverb on the vocals.
4. What's unusual for most pop harmony vocals is the use of the low bass voice, which is used so well during the bridge.
5. Listen through to the end where you can hear a little snippet of discussion after the take.
6. All of the outtakes from the sessions for Pet Sounds are available in an album called The Pet Sounds Sessions.
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