Doin' It Again [Blu-ray]
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Live Performances and never-before-seen footage from the 1966 'Good Vibrations' recording sessions
Behind-the-scenes footage from the 2012 recording sessions for the new Beach Boys release That s Why God Made The Radio
The group s moving tributes to founding members Carl and Dennis Wilson
Exclusive 2012 interviews
The Beach Boys are America s most successful band. With 56 U.S. Top 100 hits, 36 Top Ten Hits and 4 Number One singles
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This show chronicles the creation of the band and features interviews, live footage, and behind the scenes looks at the production of their new album. It offers a very simplistic view of the band, there is no mention of the internal strife, lawsuits, breakdowns, etc. This is about the Boys and the music they make. It serves its purpose of showing us just how talented they are and have always been, and it truly is a joy to watch. For me, the highlight was the newly found footage of the sessions that gave us the greatest pop song ever recorded, "Good Vibrations".
This is not an in depth anthology or history of the band, nor is it a full live performance of their 2012 tour. It really only serves as a teaser for what I am sure will be an imminent live release.
I've watched it twice since it arrived today, and although it is extremely brief, it is very enjoyable. Yet for some reason, chapter selection is completely absent from this Blu-ray. I was baffled by this, it would have been nice to have the option to jump to particular moments or songs, but I suppose it's so brief it really isn't an issue. I just think they deserved a more substantial release to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Fans will enjoy this, as I did. You won't learn anything new, but you might get swept up in nostalgia. And if you haven't been exposed to their new album, "That's Why God Made The Radio", I think this will make you want to check it out.
Add some music to your day, and give this a spin.
"The hour-long DVD features exclusive 2012 interviews with The Beach Boys, live performances from the band's 2012 world tour, never-before-seen footage from the 1966 "Good Vibrations" recording sessions, moving tributes to founding members Carl and Dennis Wilson and behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions for their new That's Why God Made the Radio CD."
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Some of the discussion is interesting. But the problem is, it's too short for what it is. Actually, I'm not quite sure what it is. It's not a complete documentary of the band's history, it's not a documentary of the reunion, and it's definately not a music or concert video.
What WOULD have been nice is if they did a 4 DVD package: 1) 2 hour Documentary of the history of the band 2) A DVD of vintage TV performances/videos etc. 3) Documentary of the reunion and recording of the new album and preparation for reunion tour 4) Full recent concert.
This DVD is a little of each of those ideas combined and condenced into 50 minutes. So, like I said in my review title, this is better than nothing. But it could have been better.
Although it focuses on their reunion somewhat, it seems to be more of a documentary on the early history of the band, from their formation to "Good Vibrations" in '66. There are a couple of problems with this, one of them being that most if not all of the group's longtime fans (especially ones who have been following them right from the beginning) probably already know their early history as well as their post-'66 history. Thus, a documentary --- or whatever this truly is --- on the group's early history (or for that matter, ANY of their history) probably isn't going to shed much if any new light on that history for longtime fans.
Also, for the folks who are just getting into the Beach Boys and don't know their history (or at least not their later history) and are unfamiliar with much (or most) of their music (especially their post-'60s material), this DVD simply doesn't provide enough information on the group's career overall. It would seem to say, "After 'Good Vibrations,' The Beach Boys fell off the face of the Earth, and didn't reappear until this year."
The group's history from the latter part of the '60s onward, is ignored except for their 2012 activites --- that's the thing that I don't get about the DVD. It's under an hour long; it isn't like they couldn't have fit more onto it.
For the group's newer fans, the DVD may be informative enough to make it worth buying for 10 bucks or less, but otherwise, I personally wouldn't recommend it. The footage of the group recording "Good Vibrations" may be cool, but in my opinion that's not enough to warrant buying the DVD.
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This is the best group of beach music. I live very much this group now and all the time that they gave music for all the happy people. Thank you. AbilioPublished 6 months ago by Abilio Santos
I saw this special on TV and wanted to own it. Who doesn't love the Beach Boys!Published 9 months ago by Phil
I saw the concert on cable and said to myself I got to have this ... unfortunately this was not the concert i watched. It was a documentary of sorts with videos. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dwall
Great DVD! I would highly recommend it to any Beach Boys fan!Published 17 months ago by Linda Whitaker