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Beach Boys Concert / Live 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: Universal Music
  • ASIN: B00005ABWX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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 disc contains two Beach Boys concerts, the first at the roaring height of their popularity and the second at their low point, with only their U.K. fans still faithful. Both concerts are enthusiastic, well-played and nicely recorded. Playing live had been the weakest aspect of the early Beach Boys. Though they played almost constantly from the Rendezvous Ballroom in late 1961 and appearances on local TV show Dance Party,and Pandora's Box on Sunset and the Azusa Teen Club; not to mention high school gymnasiums and parking lots, mostly for free, they did not have a good live band reputation. It took a while before they really got it together on stage.

The idea for a live album was surprisingly not Capitol's (because once they hit it big, the label pushed them relentlessly for more albums), but nineteen year old Sacramento promoter Fred Vail. He hired them for a solo concert for charity near Christmas, 1963. The Beach Boys were shocked that they were the only act playing the large Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. At that time it was the practice for popular acts, even top acts, to tour together in shows like Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars. The Beach Boys had been playing department stores and roller skating rinks on their Midwest tour that summer. The william Morris Agency had been charging $750.00 for their appearances, not realizing how big they were. Though a bit intimidated, the Beach Boys went on and did a great show before 3,000 fans.

Though capitol recorded that concert, Brian was not pleased with the resulting tapes and asked for new recordings at a later date. Brian's instincts about anything musical or artistic were spot on at this point, and we are probably lucky that the two concerts on August 1, 1964 were used instead.
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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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