This VH-1 documentary probes the story of the Brothers Wilson, exploring the notorious tensions that lay behind those heavenly harmonies. You'll encounter Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson as well as Glen Campbell and Elvis Costello, and see clips of Surfin' U.S.A.; Little Deuce Coupe; Sloop John B , and more. The CD soundtrack is loaded with desirable rarities (most never released): demos for Breakaway and Heroes and Villains ; live rehearsals of God Only Knows and Good Vibrations , early versions, alternate takes and more!
On DVD, The Beach Boys: Endless Harmony
is further augmented by five complete, bonus music clips and seven complete audio tracks remixed for 5.1 surround sound by the same production team that supervised the ambitious stereo restoration for the group's masterpiece, Pet Sounds
. That evident, and admirable, care does raise a possible cavil for fans who revere the lush, mostly mono approach integral to Brian Wilson's own production style: in attempting to reassign tracks to display the full surround array, there's a tradeoff in terms of impact and coherence. We also found that certain DVD players may experience a slight dropout on the very entrances of the 5.1 audio tracks. --Sam Sutherland