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Live At Knebworth 1980 [Live]

The Beach Boys Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Eagle Rock
  • ASIN: B00005NTL9
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Good Timin'
2. California Girls
3. Sloop John B
4. Darlin'
5. School Days
6. God Only Knows
7. Be True To Your School
8. Do It Again
9. Little Deuce Coupe
10. Cotton Fields
11. Heroes And Villains
12. Keepin' The Summer Alive
13. Lady Lynda
14. Surfer Girl
15. Help Me Rhonda
16. Rock And Roll Music
17. I Get Around
18. Surfin' USA
19. You Are So Beautiful
20. Good Vibrations
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Remarkably, in a career spanning three decades, the Beach Boys only ever released two official live albums. Live at Knebworth, recorded on June 20, 1980, is the third. Uniquely, and with apologies to David Marks, it features all six principle Beach Boys: Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnstone, Mike Love and, yes, even Brian Wilson. Even better--and in contrast to the prejudices of those who believe the band of that era to be bloated old-timers existing solely to function as a suncream nostalgia act for the picnic-in-the-park brigade--it's excellent, with even "Surfin' USA" crashing around the listeners' ears on the crest of a rock & roll tsunami.

The contrast between the band's lacklustre 1980s studio output and the ongoing musical dynamism, perfect harmony and celebratory joyousness of the live shows couldn't be more profound. Digging beyond the wall-to-wall hits, there are pleasures for aficionados, such as the medley of sepia-tinted Americana on "Cottonfields / Heroes And Villains", Al Jardine's "Lady Lynda" (arguably the Beach Boys' last non-novelty contribution to the British singles charts) and--presaging the darker days to come--Dennis Wilson croaking "You Are So Beautiful" in a manner which is both sincere and pathetic. A few bones begin to creak when they get to "Fun Fun Fun" but none of us are getting any younger. The Beach Boys music, however, will stay youthful forever. --Kevin Maidment

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Was 1980 really that long ago? 12 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
A good CD, not a great one but if you're a long time Beach Boys fan like myself you'll find it indispensible. Imagine all 6 (including Bruce Johnston) Beach Boys on stage, in fine vocal form and playing as if they are really enjoying themselves. Its something that we will never witness again (unfortunately)and for that reason alone it is worth the asking price.
The track listing includes some rarities - Cottonfields segueing into Heroes and Villains? Unlikely but it works, and even includes a glimpse of 'Bicycle Rider' from the Smile era.
Brian Wilson is present which was a good omen in itself, Cerl's vocals are as sweet as ever, Dennis contributes 'You are so beautiful', Mike manages to hold back on the nasal twinge and is all the better for it, Al Jardine sounds great (but not as good as on his 'Live in Vegas' CD), Bruce Johnston seems to be taking a backseat but if I remember correctly he did do 'I write the songs' on the night (or was it Disney Girls?) and maybe, just maybe they will appear on the DVD of the concert. Either way I can't wait for it to arrive.
Surly there must be a boxed set of the CD and DVD somewhere?
But this CD if you want a glimpse of a band on-form before they became the musical jukebox that they always feared they could become.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Knebworth '80 - at last! 4 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
I must admit this release caught me by surprise. After all these years recognition of such an important concert for us British Beach Boys fans. ALL OF THE BEACH BOYS ON STAGE. I felt so priviledged to be there.
I have bought this purely for nostalgia, adding to my discography of the band.
As the sleeve notes mention it was a wet and chilly June day, the concert finishing after 11pm.
So,is it worth buying? If your a BB's feak = yes. There are hits that have been "beefed-up" and make a nice change to other live recordings I have of the band. If you're curious and do not have a live album of their music - perhaps Brian Wilson's "Live at the Roxy" would be preferable.
To its credit "Knebworth '80 is a good recording of the event. Sound quality was better than I expected and the feel of the moment is there. So, 3 out of 5 for me (but a good 3!).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surfin' UK 15 Oct 2002
By Albert
Format:Audio CD
It's the final visit of the Beach Boys in the original line-up: Mike, Brian, Carl, Dennis, Bruce and Al.
It's a great show, almost every hit is played. The early 60s songs are played faster and heavier. I love it. It's a shame however that the band always chosed for the popular songs, instead for the better songs. Imagine the Beach Boys playing songs from albums like "Surf's Up", "Sunflower", "20/20", "Carl and The Passions" or "Pet Sounds".
But hey, that's what the audience demand from millionseller": just keep playing the hits. Taking that for granted, this CD gives you a great show with the Beach Boys on their performing best.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knebworth - 22 Years But Well Worth The Wait 17 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
Well it took twenty two years to be released but finally it's here. I never thought I'd be reviewing a new Beach Boys record that wasn't another greatest hits collection but courtesy of Eagle records we get an official Beach Boys release at last!
Well is it any good?
Well first of all the packaging. It's very impressive. A nice slip case, a miniature replica poster from the concert and a very interesting CD booklet, but for heaven sake don't record companies know that you can't read pink writing on a purple background. I can only imagine that the person who selected yellow and orange for the "Pet Sounds Live" cover was given a second chance here!
The concert?
Well, it really is an historic occasion for us Brits as it was the very last time that the Brian, Carl, Mike, Dennis, Bruce and Al played our shores together and this is a great record of that momentous occasion!
The CD itself is good value for money at 70 minutes long, with 22 tracks spanning the band's complete career. I am sure that none of us would expect the boys to have sounded like they did in the studio and therefore this is no disappointment. The band are very loose and raunchy though the vocals are not always harmonious. There is a great start as the band kicks into the standard opener "California Girls". A great beginning to any concert and Mike's vocals come through well and in general the backing vocals are good."Sloop John B" follows and good old Mike has to scream out to let us know that it's "Brian Wilson" singing (as if we didn't know!). The sound is pretty good though Brian's vocals are pretty average. The band then speed up and the whole thing sounds somewhat disconnected with some screaming background vocals.
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