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Title: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Charles LePage @ ComicList on December 23, 2005, 08:50:09 PM
Discuss, review and rate Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London), released November 1976.

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Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Jason on December 24, 2005, 10:31:47 AM
A wonderful document of a seminal tour for the band. Absolutely essential. Shame the undoctored tapes won't ever be released, they're even better.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: I. Spaceman on December 24, 2005, 10:58:12 AM
The released album is undoctored.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Jason on December 24, 2005, 10:59:40 AM
The released album is undoctored.

Are you sure? I've heard what purports to be the "undoctored" tapes from the same show, and I hear vocal differences. Maybe stuff that was mixed properly for release? Bear in mind what I've heard are two-track mixdowns of the tapes.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: I. Spaceman on December 24, 2005, 11:01:28 AM
Yeah, it's just the difference between an unmixed line tape and a fully mixed, EQ'd and mastered release.
I like the show that was not released even better.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Jason on December 24, 2005, 11:15:36 AM
Yeah, it's just the difference between an unmixed line tape and a fully mixed, EQ'd and mastered release.
I like the show that was not released even better.

Yeah, technically that's a tighter performance. And one of only two places to hear All I Want To Do live.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: the captain on December 24, 2005, 11:24:09 AM
I love this album. Cool song selection, and I like the instrumentation of this band more than the "In Concert," synth-heavy stuff. (I like that, too, just less.) In my book, the presence of "Wake the World" makes it a good album all by itself.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Jeff Mason on December 24, 2005, 12:39:16 PM
A nice concert by a band in transition, but it still pales to the power of the 71-74 versions of the live show.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: donald on December 27, 2005, 12:56:20 PM
Wake the World live and a couple of other cuts from that era really make the album.  And the horns.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: SurferGirl7 on December 28, 2005, 10:22:55 AM
I like this concert a little more then the '64 one. The horns are great. They do a better version of Wake The World live then in studio. I like the fact they do more of the later stuff. Yeah Wake The World did it for me on this album.


3 1/2 stars.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: HighOnLife on December 29, 2005, 11:27:04 AM
I prefer the song list and the sound of the band on this album than either of the '64, '73, or '80 shows.

4 stars.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Daniel S. on January 06, 2006, 10:38:52 AM
4.

My only complaint is that there aren't enough songs. That's why I didn't give it a five. I wish they'd release a deluxe edition, like they did for Live At Leeds, that thas the whole concert.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: I. Spaceman on January 06, 2006, 10:53:04 AM
It is the whole show, complete.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Jeff Mason on January 06, 2006, 11:38:15 AM
Minus All I Want To Do, though, right?


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Jason on January 06, 2006, 11:39:57 AM
That's from a different performance.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: analogdemon on January 06, 2006, 11:48:37 AM
I love this album.  This beats the '64 live album by leaps and bounds.  I love the brass, and Wake the World live?!  Hell yes.  5

By the way, is the live version of Heroes and Villains that they give you for a bonus track on the 2-fer from that show, or is it from some other show?


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Jason on January 06, 2006, 11:53:12 AM

By the way, is the live version of Heroes and Villains that they give you for a bonus track on the 2-fer from that show, or is it from some other show?

That's from a show on 8/25/67 in Hawaii. A bad performance, but a very interesting one, mainly due to Brian Wilson's presence.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Daniel S. on January 06, 2006, 07:44:05 PM
It is the whole show, complete.

You're kidding! :o

They'd just like only perform those 12 songs?!?!? Jesus, I thought by the late 60's bands were doing much longer sets. I've heard in the early sixties that a band's set was about 25 minutes.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: I. Spaceman on January 06, 2006, 10:59:24 PM
The psychedelic/heavy bands were the only ones doing long sets at that time.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Fantastico! on January 16, 2006, 02:13:00 PM
"Aren't You Glad" kicks ass.  I live for those kinds of Beach Boys tunes.  We are so lucky people to have that and "Wake the World" live, in that quality.

This is my favorite BB live album.

4 out of 5


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Compost on January 17, 2006, 11:34:54 AM
3.5

Almost completely ruined by Mike's gay banter.  Thank God they put a leash on him for 'In Concert'.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: TV Forces on February 09, 2006, 05:25:27 AM
Yeah, it's just the difference between an unmixed line tape and a fully mixed, EQ'd and mastered release.
I like the show that was not released even better.

Yes of course you do.

As for me, I listened to this album on my way to work today..  It sounded great!
My only complaint is that a lot of the songs are played so fast, they are over
before you know it.  Almost like a punk band--with talent.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Sir Rob on February 09, 2006, 05:33:46 AM

By the way, is the live version of Heroes and Villains that they give you for a bonus track on the 2-fer from that show, or is it from some other show?

That's from a show on 8/25/67 in Hawaii. A bad performance, but a very interesting one, mainly due to Brian Wilson's presence.

I love that low-key version of Heroes and Villains.  In fact, I love all that Hawaii stuff.   


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Jason on February 09, 2006, 04:32:30 PM
The performances are interesting, but that's about it. They wouldn't be the first live disc I'd play to a recent convert. The 8/26/67 show is actually better, but it's not too commonly booted. It's passable, but still too bad for release.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Sir Rob on February 10, 2006, 04:16:39 AM
The performances are interesting, but that's about it. They wouldn't be the first live disc I'd play to a recent convert. The 8/26/67 show is actually better, but it's not too commonly booted. It's passable, but still too bad for release.

I think it's rehearsal recordings I have - I love Brian singing 'The Letter'.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: punkinhead on February 10, 2006, 05:21:17 AM
arent you glad is great live! i love the big sur version with that great organ line! Bluebirds kicks on this album as well...i was listening to the original recording of this show and noticed more talking between songs. i never have liked mike's talk during GV..."dearly beloved"....ugh!
Lei'd in Hawaii- Gettin Hungry, you're so good to me, surfin (w/ brian's do it again line over the chorus) are all great...i love brian's organ at this show...a lot of people give crap about it and say it's annoying


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Jason on February 10, 2006, 07:54:41 AM

I think it's rehearsal recordings I have - I love Brian singing 'The Letter'.

Actually, that wasn't a rehearsal. That was an actual attempt by the band to record a few songs and overdub an audience response on them.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: drlandy on August 19, 2006, 01:04:55 PM
Great album, energetic performance, fantastic setlist.
I like its roughness. 5!


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: MBE on August 19, 2006, 10:48:11 PM
Good stuff but I hate that Dennis in his vocal prime didn't get one solo! Brian was also in his prime vocally and is missed. The songs that work are the ones he had a lesser vocal role in originally. I like Leid better. It's unpolished but a lot of fun. The 64 is the best to me but if Dennis had been given a few songs on the 68 and 73 then I would probably like them more.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Rocker on August 20, 2006, 06:16:27 AM
I like this album very much. they sound great. I like the "In Concert" better though, because that swings and rocks like this doesn't. But "Darlin'" "God only knows" and to a big part "Good vibrations" (cut out Mike's "dearly beloved") are probably the best bbs-live-versions of these songs. The rare ones sound very good too. I just wonder why the hell they cut the intro to "California girls" . How can anybody do that ?!?!


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: drlandy on August 20, 2006, 08:08:59 PM
I like this album very much. they sound great. I like the "In Concert" better though, because that swings and rocks like this doesn't. But "Darlin'" "God only knows" and to a big part "Good vibrations" (cut out Mike's "dearly beloved") are probably the best bbs-live-versions of these songs. The rare ones sound very good too. I just wonder why the hell they cut the intro to "California girls" . How can anybody do that ?!?!
C'mon, In concert and this one are diifferent leagues, 69 is much more mature and I hate all the screaming on in concert


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Jason Penick on September 22, 2006, 08:31:39 PM
I like this album very much. they sound great. I like the "In Concert" better though, because that swings and rocks like this doesn't. But "Darlin'" "God only knows" and to a big part "Good vibrations" (cut out Mike's "dearly beloved") are probably the best bbs-live-versions of these songs. The rare ones sound very good too. I just wonder why the hell they cut the intro to "California girls" . How can anybody do that ?!?!
C'mon, In concert and this one are diifferent leagues, 69 is much more mature and I hate all the screaming on in concert

I think he was referring to the 1973 live album, not the 1964 one.










I love all three of those live albums, personally.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: briancarldennisal on September 23, 2006, 12:00:06 PM
i really love this album and for all the same reasons most of you have already mentioned. 'wake the world' 'arn't you glad' & 'bluebirds over the mountain' make it a treat. by far my fav live album by the bb. 'in concert' is wonderful in its own right, but if you think about it they were a different band by then with blondie and ricky, so its hard to compare the two. but i will! and this is my fav.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Don't Back Down on June 14, 2007, 01:15:53 PM
I've been listeing to this album on rotation today and each time I listen I like it even more. Great vocal performances as well as great horns and the rest of the back up band. Favorites: Do It Again, Aren't You Glad & Wake The World. Love the muted trumpet section in Wake The World

Question on Wake The World: Is that Al singing Brian's high parts "when you're callin' me", etc.?


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: mikeyj on October 09, 2007, 05:13:53 AM
I really love this album, always have. In my opinion its the best live album by The Beach Boys. Okay, it might not have as many rarities as say "In Concert" as well as being much shorter but I just enjoy the performances better. The only annoying thing is Mike Love, he can get really annoying... "Where going to do this song a capella... which means nude" that kind of thing gets so annoying. The only funny thing he says is when he doesnt mean to be funny when he says "Now for our audience perspiration number, I mean paticicaption or whatever" (or something to that affect - cracks me up every time) But yeh I really dig the brass backing the band, its done really well (would that be Daryl Dragon who helped with the arrangements? Not 100% sure) But yeh the only track that sounds kind of bad is WIBN.. Always has sounded bad to me live... But I really dig the version of Bluebirds... much better than the CD version in my opinion... Obviously the other rarities such as Wake The World & Aren't You Glad are really great to hear aswell. The only problem is everything is too fast.. especially on Their Hearts Were Full of Spring.. but I'll forgive them because it still sounds superb. Overall a fantastic live album and the most enjoyable one in my opinion.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Daniel S. on October 10, 2007, 12:05:29 AM
Yeah, it really is great. They should start releasing a series of cds of live concerts like the Doors are going. I'd love to hear more concerts from this period.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: mikeyj on October 10, 2007, 01:13:27 AM
Yeah, it really is great. They should start releasing a series of cds of live concerts like the Doors are going. I'd love to hear more concerts from this period.

Yeh I've always liked the late 60's performances (from what Ive heard) than the early 70's. Obviously they are pretty close together but I just prefer say 68-69 to 72-74 which from what I can gather is most peoples favourite live era... Of course I still love that era too and it is my second favourite live era


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Daniel S. on October 12, 2007, 12:52:39 AM
What I don't like about the early 70's concerts is that they became embarrased about their past and tried to seem hip, so they updated the style of the mid-60's songs they played in concert and tried to make them sound like the songs on Carl & The Passions.  'Help Me Rhonda' on the In Concert album is probably the worst offender. At least on Live In London they tried to stay faithful to the original sound.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: mikeyj on October 12, 2007, 01:07:35 AM
What I don't like about the early 70's concerts is that they became embarrased about their past and tried to seem hip, so they updated the style of the mid-60's songs they played in concert and tried to make them sound like the songs on Carl & The Passions.  'Help Me Rhonda' on the In Concert album is probably the worst offender. At least on Live In London they tried to stay faithful to the original sound.

Yeh I agree with you there. That's my opinion too that they sounded better. Of course they still sounded cool in the early 70's too plus they had a lot more obscure songs but still the late 60's is my favourite live era. I remember somebody posting a black & white clip on YouTube of them in '68 or '69 in Paris with them doing God Only Knows and they owned the original film reel... I'm glad it's in the possession of Alan Boyd & Co. but boy would I love to have that whole concert on DVD. Not sure what they performed but that performance of God Only Knows was certainly a real treat.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: the captain on October 12, 2007, 02:23:22 PM
I don't think there's any inherent value in trying to be faithful to originals. Look at someone like Bob Dylan, who reinvents his own songs constantly on tour. Granted, a person could argue that Beach Boys songs are more studio creations whose ideal forms are those on the album, as opposed to someone like Dylan who always has said that there is no single, ideal version on an album and that the art is in performing. But a person could also argue otherwise. I think it's perfectly possible to find value in both the early '70s Help Me Rhonda and the studio one(s). And what's more, it is entirely understandable why they'd experiement.

Who wants to be a traveling jukebox before his time? There was time enough for that later. Specifically, about 30 years' time for it, so far, starting just under a decade later.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Daniel S. on October 12, 2007, 05:25:37 PM
Maybe your right.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: the captain on October 12, 2007, 05:28:23 PM
Maybe your right.

Hooray for me!

I don't hear that too often on the board.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: lance on May 01, 2008, 11:04:57 PM
I like it, the band sounds good, though I miss Brian's falsetto and Mike Love is fucking irritating as all f***.

3/5. I don't listen to it too much.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Aegir on May 20, 2008, 12:38:53 AM
There are alot of things I really like about this album. It's got plenty of personality. I love Mike's between-song patter... reminds me of the Kingston Trio's "from the Hungry i" album in that aspect. I like that they do songs like Aren't You Glad and Wake the World. Good Vibrations is really cool. I love the vocals on this - they sound real and raw but still great. I wish they had done more songs from Friends, though.

And although it's kinda cool in a way, I think it's silly that the band can't/won't play the intro to California Girls or the slow bit at the end of Wouldn't it Be Nice. And the guitar on Bluebirds is so weak compared to the studio version.

4/5


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: runnersdialzero on May 25, 2009, 11:55:30 PM
Am I the only one who sort of enjoyed Mike's stage banter?


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: phirnis on May 26, 2009, 04:51:56 AM
Am I the only one who sort of enjoyed Mike's stage banter?

I do so, too. That said, I don't find myself listening to Live in London all that often, mainly because it seems a bit short and half-hearted to me, for a BB live record anyway. I do, however, prefer this album's Barbara Ann over virtually any other version of that song I've ever heard.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Rocker on May 27, 2009, 07:36:23 AM
Am I the only one who sort of enjoyed Mike's stage banter?

I did too, I just don't like when he's talking during "Good vibrations" ("dearly beloved.." you know).
I wonde if Mike's strange noise on the opening of "California girls" is the reason, the intro was cut (you can hear the unedited version on a Dumb Angel-release). I can't stand people talking during songs. But apart from that, I like his talking on this album much better than on other live-releases


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: myonlysunshine on March 31, 2012, 08:50:46 AM
I have a mild obsession with this album. Love the energy, especially during the first half of the album. I even like the version of Do It Again that appears here better than the 20/20 version. The brass section is killer.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: punkinhead on April 05, 2012, 11:07:27 AM
I love the brass parts as well


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: runnersdialzero on April 06, 2012, 09:04:25 PM
'Help Me Rhonda' on the In Concert album is probably the worst offender. At least on Live In London they tried to stay faithful to the original sound.

I fucking hate that version. So much. What's up with the vocals coming in after five minutes of them playing the same goofy ass chord progression over and over and over and over?

I like how the crowd only cheers when Al sings the opening line. They were there and they don't even know what the fuck these guys are playing.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Summer_Days on August 22, 2012, 12:34:07 PM
I like this live album. Wish there was more to it, but still. The only thing I hate is that the Beach Boys don't play the entirety of 'Wouldn't It Be Nice'. There's no last verse. I skip that track.

'Aren't You Glad' and 'Wake The World' are great to hear live. 4/10


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Russ_B66 on June 01, 2013, 07:15:14 AM
Do It Again from this album has always been my favorite. I even like the Mike and Bruce banter at the intro. I listen to this one quite frequently. There is a sense of urgency in the performance and the crowd is eating it up. It has a great feel to it.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Vegetable Man on June 27, 2013, 06:22:24 PM
This is a pretty good live album from the group.  You've got some fun classics, some rarities and the all around great Beach Boys sound. However, with the possible exception of Good Vibrations, the whole album seems pretty rushed. Their Hearts Were Full of Spring really suffers from this. While that's really my only complaint with the album, it's pretty significant (to me at least). 6/10.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: bringahorseinhere? on June 27, 2013, 07:43:46 PM
Carl Wilson makes this album!

His vocals are top form here.....

'sorely' missed from the BB sound of today...

RickB


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Disney Boy (1985) on June 29, 2013, 12:20:35 AM
Carl Wilson makes this album!

His vocals are top form here.....

'sorely' missed from the BB sound of today...

RickB

Why 'sorely' missed, with the commas? Why not just sorely missed? Using the commas implies there's a joke or you're being sarcastic, which I assume you aint.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: drbeachboy on June 29, 2013, 05:26:01 AM
Carl Wilson makes this album!

His vocals are top form here.....

'sorely' missed from the BB sound of today...

RickB

Why 'sorely' missed, with the commas? Why not just sorely missed? Using the commas implies there's a joke or you're being sarcastic, which I assume you aint.
It is also used for emphasizing too.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: bringahorseinhere? on June 29, 2013, 08:12:59 AM
hey Disney.....

'sorely' missed, I mean, when Carl passed on, the whole sound was different.....
his makeup of the harmony parts and lead vocals were critical to the beach boys sound....
and I reckon he is 'magic' vocally on BB69.
Mike and Bruce do a good job...... but I saw Carl and the guys in 92, and Carl Wilson stole the show...... vocally.

Hardly the same group without a 'Wilson' in the band........

Such is Life.

Cheers, RickB


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: runnersdialzero on June 30, 2013, 07:03:54 PM
I like this live album. Wish there was more to it, but still. The only thing I hate is that the Beach Boys don't play the entirety of 'Wouldn't It Be Nice'. There's no last verse. I skip that track.

'Aren't You Glad' and 'Wake The World' are great to hear live. 4/10

You say you like it and then give it a 4/10. DAAAAMN DAAAAWG.

P.S. This is the greatest live album of all time.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: bluesno1fann on August 30, 2013, 05:48:36 PM
Their best live album, alongside In Concert.
Two complaints, it's a little short, and they ended the album with Barbara Ann!
3.5 out of 5


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: slippingonthrough on February 20, 2014, 11:36:30 PM
A great show. Lots of energy and in top form. No songs from earlier than 1965 which is good when you're not in the mood for surf or car songs.

4/5


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Mr. Wilson on March 03, 2014, 03:01:12 PM
I originally bought this LP as an import 1971 I believe and I must have owned 3-4 versions all with different covers.. Bought the USA one in 1976..  The guys are very good here with some deep cuts that were new when this came out.. Some back up musicians along to fill out the sound..  EXCELLENT.. !! This LP has been played HUNDREDS of times over the years and has the only version of Barbara Ann I can listen to.. LOL !.. Sure would be nice to get some more stuff like this to be released.. 5/5


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Rocket on December 22, 2014, 08:10:46 PM
I've only recently discovered this album, but wow, it is quickly moving up the ranks of my favorite albums of the Boys.

There's just something so magical about it. The horns are great, their vocals are great, and they really rock hard here. They really bring new life to Brian's compositions.

Plus, I love shorter albums, so the length is no issue for me at all.


Title: Re: Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
Post by: Mike Garneau on March 21, 2015, 01:13:42 PM
Nice stuff. "Aren't You Glad" is the one song I wish was known universally, not just live in London. hire another singer if Mike is not up to snuff, just anything for it be heard.

"Barbara Ann" is fantastic! Lotsa energy.

Same feelings about Aren't You Glad.