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Question: Rate Beach Boys '69 (Beach Boys Live In London)
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« Reply #25 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
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« Reply #26 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.
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« Reply #27 on: August 19, 2006, 01:04:55 PM »

Great album, energetic performance, fantastic setlist.
I like its roughness. 5!
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« Reply #28 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.
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« Reply #29 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 ?!?!
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« Reply #30 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
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« Reply #31 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.
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« Reply #32 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.
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« Reply #33 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.?
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« Reply #34 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.
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« Reply #35 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.
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« Reply #36 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
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« Reply #37 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.
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« Reply #38 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.
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« Reply #39 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.
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« Reply #40 on: October 12, 2007, 05:25:37 PM »

Maybe your right.
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« Reply #41 on: October 12, 2007, 05:28:23 PM »

Maybe your right.

Hooray for me!

I don't hear that too often on the board.
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« Reply #42 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.
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« Reply #43 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.

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« Reply #44 on: May 25, 2009, 11:55:30 PM »

Am I the only one who sort of enjoyed Mike's stage banter?
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« Reply #45 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.
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« Reply #46 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
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« Reply #47 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.
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« Reply #48 on: April 05, 2012, 11:07:27 AM »

I love the brass parts as well
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« Reply #49 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.
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