The Beach Boys: The Good Vibrations Tour 
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A live performance from the Beach Boys, featuring their best known songs, including 'Help Me Rhonda' and 'Good Vibrations'.
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What this dVd actually is, is a 1976 TV Special by the "Saturday Night Live" production team (hence Belushi and Akroyd) called, "The Beach Boys - It's OK". And that is just about what it is. Lindsay Scott and "Biker Trash", reviewing this are quite right about the camping and mincing by Mike Love. He always did this. Note also his sarcasm and bitching on most existing live recordings of the Beach Boys, although in a way that kind of ADDS to their 1968 "Live in London" album, especially the stuff about British weather, because the singing is so good, and it sets it in the context of how and when (and where) it was made.
Much the same can be said about this TV show in IT'S own context. Yes, the high harmony singing is a bit poor in places. Bruce Johnston was yet to rejoin, and the great Blondie Chaplin had gone by then. The group were in the midst of the "Brian Is Back" hoopla, which was scarcely true (spot on, Lindsay), and wouldn't even last that long.
In fact the way Brian was being used was appalling. He could no longer cover the high parts with his "new" husky voice (the one he uses to this day, singing leads); the "surfing" sketch amounts to abuse of a still frail personality - and people have since had the gall to call Gene Landy, his psychologist, exploitative. In fact the Wilson/Belushi/Akroyd scene should have been used in court to show that THE BEACH BOYS should not be allowed near Brian, never mind Landy.
This show also demonstrates a turning point in the group's career: hereafter (apart from the half-cocked, but very original, "Love You" album) the group increasingly relied on Sunny-Californi-ay Bikini-Beach-Bunny baseball-capped golden oldies shows, with a growing disregard even for the quality of the OLD songs, which would become increasingly loosely played, and poorly sung, often at wildly inappropriate tempos. The best song on "15 Big Ones", the light and poppy "It's OK" (sounds thin on the album, but hear the chunkier single mix!*), is a lightweight joy, and perfect for a show like this. And yet even that is played with a total disregard for feel, tempo and texture. The "Got to get to it..." chorus harmonies have none of the joy of the record, and even Dennis' wonderful "Fun to ride..." coda is thrown away in the general mess. This show pretty much represents "Brian Will Never Come Back to Us", rather than the "...is Back" party line. His own band has shown in the last ten years how to play his songs.
All of the above may make this TV show/dvd sound utterly dispensible. However it is NOT. Students of music history, die-hard fans and training social workers should still lap it up. For the joy of the songs listen to the records, and/or buy "The Beach Boys, An American Band" dVd (also v. cheap now), for its early performances, often complete. Some of this show, such as the ghoulish "Brian surfs" scene, is also included. To get a sense of how good a live band the Beach Boys COULD be between, say, 1969 and 1973, try the '72/3 "In Concert" album, with it's respectful, not always identical, interpretations of old material (a stellar "Don't Worry Baby"), along with some good contemporary material, especially from Carl ("Trader") and Blondie Chaplin/Rikki Fataar (the live "Leaving This Town").
Buy THIS dVd, or don't - it's OK.
(* - The single of "It's OK" is on "The Brother Years, 1970-1986" cd)