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Post  misery guts on Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:22 am

Legendary surf & more family who scored a slew of catchy pop hits in the 1960s before upping their game with the Pet Sounds album, and then having creative difficulties when their resident genius Brian Wilson came to grief. They scored a US #1 in the 1980s with Kokomo, and Brian's got a new album on the way. Here are a few of their finest moments:

I Get Around

Surfin' USA

California Girls

Good Vibrations

Kokomo

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Post  misery guts on Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:06 am

The Beach Boys: Good Vibrations
From 1976, with beards galore, an amiable runthrough of many of their hits, interspersed with some backstage footage, including a bedbound topless Brian  jocolor

Brian Wilson: Pet Sounds - Live in London
From 2002, the Beach Boy brainbox runs through his greatest album in concert. Amusingly, he and his band save 'Good Vibrations' for the encore, over-emphasising the silliness of encores. But a fun show all the same.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:08 am

The Beach Boys at 50: Doin' It Again
Both a retrospective but mixed with footage from a recent concert. Al Jardine does most of the talking heads stuff, and the story canters from Pet Sounds to the recent new stuff, to the fate of Dennis and Carl Wilson. The live music is probably the best part.

Legends: Dennis Wilson - The Real Beach Boy
This was a story which I was not familiar with, and found it fascinating. The musical prodigy of the Wilson children was touched on in the above doc, and here it's reiterated that Dennis could as easily have played guitar as the drums if they'd asked. His furious style and head-shaking is claimed to have pre-dated Ringo Starr. His worship of brother Brian and later association with Charles Manson led to his own early songwriting success, and eventual solo album success with 'Pacific Ocean Blue'. His lovelife was as dramatic as everything else in his life, several wives and even a relationship with Christine McVie (of Fleetwood Mac). Alcohol proved a demon, as did a rivalry with fellow Beach Boy Mike Love. Ultimately, he drowned by misadventure one night, aged just 39.

The Beach Boys: Live in Concert - Knebworth 1980
Featuring the bulk of the band and with Brian fresh back from his hiatus, and even including the drumming of the wayward Dennis, this complemented the above docs by running through all the hits, and an encore of 'Good Vibrations'. Taken together, these progs made a persuasive case for the impressive status of this band, at their half-century mark.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:45 am

Music In Review: The Beach Boys 1961-73
A general run-through up to the 'Holland' LP, covering the surf scene sound, the genius and decline of Brian Wilson, and their representation of Americana. Generally solid stuff.

The Beach Boys - Live Rarities
A plethora of material from a few shows chopped together to keep it fresh. The lesser-known material provided most interest as ever (starting with Good Vibrations and Surfin' USA, there's only one way to go from there).
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Post  misery guts on Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:03 am

Classic Albums: Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
Surviving band members blathered away, along with the session musicians who played with Brian Wilson on the record because the real band were busy touring. After records about driving and beach use, this album went down badly with the record company who swiftly put out a compilation to make sure they reached sales targets. But it's remained a critical hit ever since.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:43 am

Brian Wilson and Friends: A SoundStage Special Event
From the Venetian Theatre, Las Vegas, in 2014, as Brian led various guest singers along, from Nate Ruess and She & Him, to Al Jardine and others. Pleasant enough.

Discovering: The Beach Boys
Originally the Pendletones, Murray Wilson managed them until his sons revolted. Dennis Wilson led them to the surf demand, and they made big national success. When the Beatles arrived, they realised they needed new ideas, though the record company preferred the old ones. Pet Sounds cemented their legacy, but the succeeding Smile project was too much to take in. They had financial problems, and helped pioneer the vogue for nostalgia touring. They even managed a new LP in 2012.
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