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This review is from: The Beach Boys In Concert (Audio CD)
I know every inch of this album, which is one of the great lost classics of all time. It is so good to see it on sale at last.
The Beach Boys were steadily and unspectacularly marching back to a second commercial peak at the time of this album, proving they could cut it as a "serious" rock band as well as a good time party band. And when this album came out, the news was good. They had found a new and unlikely niche: a good live band (ironic considering their studio shenanigans the previous decade).
Minus Brian Wilson, the band in an unexpected way did not sound dated, or formulaic, but actually cooked - with two new "official" members Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin giving them an extra edge. Some of the live stuff you'll know very well.. Fun fun fun, Darlin' and the like. But the real gems are unexpected..
A truly beautiful sweet version of Caroline No; an achingly tender Don't Worry baby; an intriguing and spacey Leaving this Town, and my absolute favourite - Surfer Girl (plus Mike Love intro).
i remember way back when we used to put the last side of the then double album on at parties and everyone used to go ape..
Unusually for live albums at the time, there's also a real sense of atmosphere especially in the extended last songs.. they still had a teen audience mixed in with the far more knowing hippies.
Only bummer? Good vibrations does not sound good as a live song. No.never. No way.
But hear how this historic band, the aristocrats of the west coast, actually put their arms to the wheel, got it down and dirty and grafted out killer performances with a new, far more knowing attitude than the gigs of the 60's. Enjoy this! They ended up at the crest of this "live" wave being Rolling Stone's live act of the year. Wierd. And all without Brian.