This has been the summer of the Beach Boys for me. I have re-acquainted myself with their music, they have always seemed to be my first love. I got to see them in concert and was blown away by how powerful an experience it was, and have been listening to them nonstop. It is fitting then, that this should arrive at my door during the last week of summer, to sort of bookend the experience.
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.