Wednesday, November 2, 2011

In Concert

For the month of November, I'm going to reconnect with some live albums that I haven't heard in awhile, courtesy of spotify. First up is the Beach Boys In Concert. This double live album came out in 1973, when the Beach Boys were a major live concert draw but their albums weren't selling that well, so the solution was a double live album.

It was recorded on the 1972/73 Holland tour, before they became an oldies revue, so it features songs from the late 60s and early 70s that only diehards know, plus a handful of songs from Pet Sounds (which had just been reissued). Brian wasn't touring with the band at this point, but they had Carl, Dennis, Al, and Mike with Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar as prominent members. Chaplin's "Leaving This Town" (from the Holland album) was one of the highlights of the set, as well as being one of the only tracks on youtube.

I have this album on vinyl, but hadn't played it in a long time and never picked up the CD reissue. It's hardly essential, but definitely a fun listen.

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