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The Beach Boys
"Concert/Live In London"

© Capitol Records

Year of Release: 2001

track listing
  • Fun Fun Fun
  • The Little Old Lady
    From Pasadena
  • Little Deuce Coupe
  • Long Tall Texan
  • In My Room
  • Monster Mash
  • Let's Go Trippin'
  • Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow
  • The Wanderer
  • Hawaii
  • Graduation Day
  • I Get Around
  • Johnny B. Goode
  • Darlin'
  • Wouldn't It Be Nice
  • Sloop John B
  • California Girls
  • Do It Again
  • Wake The World
  • Aren't You Glad
  • Bluebirds Over
    The Mountain
  • Their Hearts Were Full
    Of Spring
  • Good Vibrations
  • God Only Knows
  • Barbara Ann
  • Don't Worry Baby
  • Heroes And Villians

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    "Concert/Live In London"

    December 12, 2010, Chicago: The weather was cold, windy, blowing and drifting snow. Temperatures were below zero, from yesterday and today. That is the bad news -- the good news is the album pick this week is from a band that gives off a very warm feeling, and the sensations of summer: The Beach Boys.

    Two live albums were composed into one album on CD: Concert and Live In London. Concert was released in 1964, Live In London was a 1968 concert, yet this album was released in the UK in 1970, and in the U.S. in 1976.

    Concert: The opening two tracks sound a little faster than the originals, yet they are good live versions: "Fun Fun Fun" and the Jan & Dean hit "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena." "Little Deuce Coupe" is as good as its original. "Long Tall Texan" has an almost-Chuck Berry style. Another big studio hit was "In My Room," where this live version is good, yet you can tell its live, having no studio tricks and overdubs.

    Beach Boy Mike Love is no Bobby "Boris" Pickett, as he sings the Beach Boys' version of the Halloween classic, "Monster Mash." "Let's Go Trippin'" is a surf instrumental. "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" has the ranks of The Trashmen's classic hit, "Surfin' Bird." Dion had the original hit called "The Wanderer," yet the Beach Boys' version is not as good as Dion's. "Hawaii" has the typical Beach Boys sound. "Graduation Day" is an interesting song, as the studio version would appear as a bonus track when their original albums were reissued on CD. Both live versions of "I Get Around" and the Chuck Berry classic "Johnny B. Goode" are done very well.

    Live In Concert: The opening song, "Darlin'" is one of those songs you don't hear all the time, but it's a great tune. Studio or live here, its great. The next four songs are all very well-known, and very well-done: "Wouldn't It Be Nice", "Sloop John B.", "California Girls", "Do It Again." The next three songs (actually four) are not-so-well-known: "Wake The World," "Aren't You Glad," "Bluebirds Over The Mountains." Interesting about "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring" -- it's in accapella style, with the favorable Beach Boys harmonies, and no audio tricks, no overdubs, it's all live. The next three songs are also well-known, and are good live versions: "Good Vibrations," "God Only Knows," "Barbara Ann." The last two selections are bonus tracks; the famous "Don't Worry Baby" (good live version), and "Heroes And Villians," a song that I thought was recorded by The Kinks.

    Which of these two live concert albums are better? I would say Live In Concert. Originally, this London concert was recorded in 1968, and by then, the Beach Boys were more famous, and had achieved better material, and their voices were by far perfection. Concert was from 1964, as they were just getting popular. There are more well-known songs on the London concert, as they were all recorded extremely well. Think of the Concert album as the Beatles' Comiskey Park performance. It was from their early years, they were just getting started, just getting famous, and of course, the crowd who attended were screaming for more.

    Both concert albums are fine performances. It's interesting to hear how the early concert developed into the later year. The Beach Boys started out famous, and ended the same way. Some songs may have been better than others, yet they both included well-known songs which were recorded as exceptional as their originals.

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