Beach Boys Concert / Live London Extra tracks, Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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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
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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.
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!
"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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
nice live cuts especially the first disc with BW singing and playing bassPublished 5 months ago by Jay J. Robbins
The audio quality is terrible. All you hear is waves of screaming girls in the middle of these great songs. I was really disappointed.Published 9 months ago by DEREK ZAREMBA
Really great live album, they got so much better in 68 Londons concert, didn't know Mike Love speaks perfect Spanish, why for London but it was funPublished 10 months ago by LarryMC
if you love the Beach Boys....this recording should be in your collectionPublished 11 months ago by jikan
Great CD of an early live show, and the classic 'Live in London' set.Published 16 months ago by endsng