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Concert/Live In London Extra tracks, Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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1964 and 1968 live recordings let you hear how far the band had come! Concert was, in fact, their highest-charting album. Includes bonus live versions of Heroes and Villains and Don't Worry Baby .

Like virtually every band in the mid-'60s, the Beach Boys were expected to deliver their hits in person--no mean feat considering the ever more baroque concoctions that Brian Wilson was constructing in the studio. Tellingly, at the time the 1964 Concert was recorded in Beach Boys hotbed Sacramento, the band had but a few hits of their own and so they padded their set with Jan and Dean's "Little Old Lady from Pasadena" (cowritten by Brian), Dion's "The Wanderer," "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" by the Rivingtons, Bobby Pickett's "The Monster Mash," and, of course, Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode." The instrumental backing here is sparse and simplistic; it's the band's vocal interplay that carries the day before a throng of screaming fans. By the time the year was out, Brian suffered his first nervous breakdown and gave up touring to concentrate on his studio productions.

Live in London was culled from live shows recorded at a time (1968) when the band were virtual pop-cultural outcasts in their home country, but still enjoyed an enthusiastic following in England. These recordings document the Beach Boys' remarkable resilience in the face of Brian's deliberate distancing and their frigid American career prospects; when the going got tough, the tough got spectacularly professional. Augmented by a horn section, the band locks into a powerful groove, giving energetic, largely note-perfect versions of the expected hits along with some key album cuts. Digitally remastered, this long out-of-print twofer edition features commentary by David Leaf (The Beach Boys and the California Myth), as well as two bonus cuts: a 1964 concert rendition of "Don't Worry Baby" and a 1967 live version (from the unreleased Lei'd in Hawaii album) of the challenging "Heroes and Villains" that features a rare appearance by Brian Wilson performing with the band. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Fun, Fun, Fun
  2. The Little Old Lady From Pasadena
  3. Little Deuce Coup
  4. Long, Tall Texan
  5. In My Room
  6. Monster Mash
  7. Let's Go Trippin'
  8. Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow
  9. The Wanderer
  10. Hawaii
  11. Graduation Day
  12. I Get Around
  13. Johnny B. Goode
  14. Darlin'
  15. Wouldn't It Be Nice
  16. Sloop John B.
  17. California Girls
  18. Do It Again
  19. Wake The World
  20. Aren't You Glad
  21. Bluebirds Over The Mountains
  22. Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring
  23. Good Vibrations
  24. God Only Knows
  25. Barbara Ann
  26. Don't Worry Baby
  27. Heroes And Villains

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 10, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00005ABWX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,173 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Davis on November 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
What the hell does someone from Chelmsford know about surfing anyway? ;) These 2 albums give you a taste of both their Beatlemania-like phase in 1964 and their post Pet Sounds creative path. There is one song on here that makes the whole package worth buying and that is the special stereo live version of "I Get Around". It is the only way to hear that particular song in stereo and it sounds awesome- only missing Carl's solo in the middle. Don't knock them for "covering" "Little Old Lady From Pasadena" either! Brian not only wrote it he sang on it too- that's his falsetto on the original Jan and Dean recording. Same with "Surf City". And Mike Love still plays both with his touring Beach Boys and they both sounded great. It's great to hear the Beach Boys in their prime with all of the girls screaming and with Brian still on stage belting out the high notes. But it is also great to her the "Live In London" era as well... also sold as "Beach Boys'69". Carl soars on "Darlin'" and you get to hear some of that cool stuff from albums like "Friends" as well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Having had the Beach Boys "Live in London" recording as an LP in the nineteen seventies and loved it, I was delighted to see it available on CD and bought it to replace my now obsolete vinyl. The plus is that the CD includes the tracks from the Beach Boys first album to go number one, "Concert" (1964), in addition to the tracks from their live shows in London, circa 1968. The CD also two bonus tracks and a comprehensive liner.

This is a great CD. Listening to it makes one understand why the Beach Boys remain one of the most popular American groups of all time. It also contains my favorite song by them, "Darlin'", which I believe to be one of the best songs written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love. It is also the song that jump starts their "Live in London" segment of the CD.

Not all of the songs on this CD were written by the Beach Boys, but that does not detract from the quality. On the contrary, it is great to hear the Beach Boys with their signature sound, interpreting such classics as the Freshmen's "Graduation Day" and Dion's "The Wanderer."

If one could have only one Beach Boys CD, this would be it!
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This CD features two live albums by the Beach Boys.

Beach Boys Concert was recorded in 1964 in Sacramento. It features the Beach Boys original lineup of Brian, Carl, Dennis, Mike and Al. Brian stopped going out on tour shortly after this. The group sounds good, if a bit sloppy at times, and the audience is frequently too loud. The songs consist of five Beach Boys originals, and eight cover versions of other people's songs. There are a few odd song choices, including "Long Tall Texan" and "Monster Mash", of all things.

Live in London was recorded in 1968. At this time, the touring group was backed up by several other musicians, including a horn section. This gave their live performances a "fuller" sound, and allowed them to play the songs closer to how they sounded on their records. Unlike their first concert album, this one doesn't feature any songs that they hadn't previously recorded.

There are two bonus tracks on the CD. "Don't Worry Baby" is an outtake from the show that was recorded for their first concert album. "Heroes and Villains" is from the unreleased live album called Lei'd in Hawaii.

This CD gives you an idea how the Beach Boys sounded during two different time periods. They sounded good, but not as good as they did in the recording studio.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Peterson on April 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Here's a fun concert two-fer from The Beach Boys, recorded in two very different times, but both still deliver "Fun, Fun, Fun" to their worldwide fans.
"Beach Boys Concert", which was recorded in 1964 around the time when Beatlemania was obliterating everything in its path, relies mostly on cover songs by other groups but it's still lots of fun hearing The Beach Boys (with Brian Wilson still a full-time touring member) putting their own personal stamp on these songs.
Sure, there was a lot of crowd noise (with Dennis Wilson the sex symbol, would you really expect otherwise?!?) so much so that the group had to rerecord their vocals just to be heard, and if you listen closely to "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "I Get Around" the studio backing tracks were used instead of the live tracks, probably due to out of tune guitars.
For those who have the 1990 CD reissue of these albums, "Johnny B. Goode" sounded horrible, probably mastered from a "duophonic stereo" vinyl copy. Here, it's mastered from the original stereo master tape and results are amazing; I thought I was listening to a different recording of the song. Quite a revelation.
"Don't Worry Baby", recorded from the same concert, is included here as a bonus track. For those looking for more songs from this concert check out the box set "Good Vibrations 30 Years Of The Beach Boys" which include a handful of songs (mostly their own compositions) from the venue. It's well worth it!
"Live In London", recorded in late 1968 and released around the world shortly after (we Americans had to wait until 1976 for it!), has Bruce Johnson replacing Brian Wilson and features songs from their recent releases.
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