“Good Vibrations” from The Beach Boys was recorded over a two-month period using studio musicians on the instruments and not the Beach Boys.
Taking nearly 90 hours of studio time and 70 hours of tape, at the time it was one of the most expensive pop songs ever recorded, costing close to $40,000.00.
With at least 12 musicians used during the sessions, it is still not clear who actually appeared on the final release.
The high-pitched sound used throughout the song was produced by an instrument called a theremin, which was mainly used to create eerie sound effects for horror films back in the day.
To re-create the sound for live performances a synthesizer is used.