Compiled from several sell-out live performances in 2003 of his brilliant PET SOUNDS album, this is BRIAN WILSON at his late-career best.
Fellow bandmembers, most notably the superb Wondermints, are also at the top of their game; both musically and vocally they're as tight as you could ever hope to wish for, short of actually seeing THE BEACH BOYS themselves, circa 1966. Okay, Wilson may be looking somewhat ravaged by the direction his particular rock and roll lifestyle took him, but his voice has survived in fine shape and the combined harmonies, present in almost every song, sound quite beautiful within the impressive surroundings of London's Royal Festival Hall.
There's a few disconcerting wardrobe changes to contend with (the result of editing together the best elements from different gigs) but highlights are many, especially:
WOULDN'T IT BE NICE
SLOOP JOHN B
GOD ONLY KNOWS
I JUST WASN'T MADE FOR THESE TIMES
And the final, electrifying, bonus of GOOD VIBRATIONS. I would have loved to have been there.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED