June 8, 2011 – 3:15 am

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Michigan 1966 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; October 22, 1966. A composite of the first and second shows; very good soundboard.

This material is taken from the “Sea of Tunes” box set, “The Live Box”, but what I have done here is illustrate how a very good live album could have been assembled from the two Michigan shows. I have presented the best performance and recording of each song played in these two shows, whose song line-ups largely overlapped. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “Sloop John B” were exclusive to the first show, while “Johnny B Goode” was exclusive to the second show. Brian Wilson wasn’t touring anymore, and he stayed inside the recording truck for most of these shows, though some say that he joined the group onstage for “Johnny B Goode”. The released version of “Good Vibrations” is a narrow, almost mono mix, versus the high quality wide stereo mix here (which practically sounds like a different song). The five bonus tracks were recorded at Wally Heider’s studio in Los Angeles 1967, for possible use in an unreleased 1967 “Lei’d in Hawaii” live album… to replace the very awful actual live recordings. - Philip Cohen

And to think that there was a time when The Beach Boys had to introduce songs such as Wouldn’t It Be Nice and God Only Knows!

Thanks to Phil for compiling and sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

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Track 01. Intro (2.1MB)
Track 02. Help Me Rhonda * (3.7MB)
Track 03. I Get Around * (3.9MB)
Track 04. Surf Medley * (5.0MB)
Track 05. Mike talking (4.3MB)
Track 06. Surfer Girl * (4.0MB)
Track 07. Mike talking (1.7MB)
Track 08. Papa Oom Mow Mow * (3.6MB)
Track 09. Mike talking (3.1MB)
Track 10. You’re So Good to Me ** (4.4MB)
Track 11. Mike talking (1.8MB)
Track 12. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away * (4.3MB)
Track 13. Mike talking (2.4MB)
Track 14. California Girls ** (4.3MB)
Track 15. Mike talking (3.9MB)
Track 16. Sloop John B * (4.5MB)
Track 17. Wouldn’t It Be Nice * (3.4MB)
Track 18. Mike talking (2.3MB)
Track 19. God Only Knows * (4.5MB)
Track 20. Mike talking (2.6MB)
Track 21. Good Vibrations ** (6.9MB)
Track 22. Graduation Day * (5.2MB)
Track 23. Barbara Ann * (4.3MB)
Track 24. Mike talking (2.8MB)
Track 25. Johnny B Goode ** (4.6MB)
Track 26. You’re So Good To Me (4.3MB)
Track 27. Help Me Rhonda (4.2MB)
Track 28. Surfer Girl (4.4MB)
Track 29. California Girls (4.0MB)
Track 30. God Only Knows (4.5MB)

* First show
** Second show

Mike Love
Bruce Johnston
Al Jardine
Dennis Wilson
Carl Wilson
Brian Wilson (for “Johnny B. Goode”)

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  2. Once again many thanx to bigO and Phil for making this available to a music addict like myself. Keep on keepin’ on, Dave

    By Dave Jiles on Jun 8, 2011

  3. Help Me Rhonda.

    Great share. Many thanks.

    By JALtheImpaler on Jun 8, 2011

  4. That’s allright for me,very good bootleg,
    thanks :)

    By easynow on Jun 8, 2011

  5. Alright! Can’t wait til ed saad sees this!

    By jumpthejim on Jun 8, 2011

  6. This sounds much better than the CD. You can hear much of the quietest sections. Many of these, even though there are occasional flaws in their vocalizing, there are many more and longer sections where the harmonizing surpasses the studio releases. What the Beach Boys did in their harmonies were much harder to achieve than most bands with one lead singer. If you have 3 people trying to do that, it is not 3 times harder, it is at least 1 factorial times 2 factorial times 3 factorial, or 1 x 1 x 2 x 1 x 2 x 3 = 12 times harder. If 4 people are involved, then its (taking out the ones) 2 x 2 x 3 x 2 x 3 x 4 = 288 times harder! Each person has to hear the others and blend with them, and has to make their decision right at the moment the others are making the same decision. What brings the odds down is: practice, practice, practice! You learn where the others are going to land in their choice, but you have to still fine tune the moment you land on your note and hear the others. It also helps to start as kids and to be closely related. Then to have one be a musical genius like Brian. Pet Sounds indeed!!

    By 3yrsnojob on Jun 9, 2011

  7. This is great!!!! Thank you very much. Just wish that Mike would shut up - way too much of his nonsense in between songs.

    By Rick D on Jun 9, 2011

  8. Phil,you are THE MAN!If we were neighbors I would be over every day borrowing from your collection, but I’m alright with getting one at a time.Great stuff again.In the “tag line” that always follows your comments it mentions compiling for the Small Faces.I would love to see some Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake era stuff here sometime.Thanks again BigO & Phil.

    By Big Willie on Jun 9, 2011

  9. Actually, given the onstage concert sound equipment and recording technology of 1966(and the absence of the session musicians who played on many 1965-66 Beach Boys records), The Beach Boys sound great(compare to the ragged Beatles & Rolling Stones concert recordings from 1966)
    Obviously, the reason for recording this performance in front of college students, is because they wouldn’t scream like the children & teenyboppers at a typical Beach Boys show.

    By Philip Cohen on Jun 9, 2011

  10. thanks for the REAL treat - the wally heider sessions!!!

    i don’t think wally heider ever recorded anything bad.


    By I-) on Jun 13, 2011

  11. A real boss show! THANX……….

    By Timmy on Jun 13, 2011

  12. Nice Idea. Did you know that the running order on the SOT set seems to be incorrect? Brad Elliot told me once in an e-mail conversation, the REAL running order breaks down like this:

    First Show:
    CD 2 Takes 1-13, CD 1 Takes 14-24
    Second Shwo:
    CD 1 Takes 1-13, CD 2 Takes 14-23


    By Alex on Jun 15, 2011

  13. Alex,

    But, in any event, I’m giving you one best version of each song performed at the two shows. The uninterrupted between-song audience sounds on the “Sea of Tunes” live box suggests that the box is presenting the songs in the exact order that they were performed.
    The takes that I omitted were either inferior performances or (in one instance) were not recorded complete. The medley of early Surf music hits was the only instance where the early show and late show performance were both good performances. I chose the version that hasn’t been offered officially. I do think that the version that I selected has a slight edge in performance quality.
    The result is a very good live album.

    By Philip Cohen on Jun 16, 2011

  14. Another great job by Philip and another priceless posting by BigO. As a kid, I saw a concert by the Beach Boys in late 1965 or early 1966 in Milwaukee, WI. What I remember most was a lot of screaming from the crowd, so loved Philip’s comment about the college crowd being a better recording environment.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jun 17, 2011

  15. i dont think he has announced it officially previously but i got word recently that brian says he will retire on his 70th birthday in one year. the reason i say this is that if he had said this previously and didnt keep his word then i wouldnt put much creedence into such an announcement especially when so many musicians have said such things and didnt really retire. altho it does seem that some of them are keeping their word lately. it would seem likely that brian intends to stick to this. not sure if anyone else has heard this or not. well now u have.

    By darth on Jun 21, 2011

  16. I truly enjoyed listening to this earlier Beach Boys live concert whle having the option of not having to download Mike Love’s constant running of the mouth between songs. Nice to hear the BB’s without the constant screaming of teeny boppers too! Thanks Phil, for taking the time to share some great music with us from your collection. Are there any other decent 1964-1967 soundboards or radio/TV performances from the BB’s that haven’t been overdubbed by the group? I love these earlier performances! Thanks again…

    By Chris B on Jun 27, 2011

  17. Darth,

    You’ll see more rock stars from the 1960’s & 1970’s retiring for real, due to old age-related physical problems, voice problems, and in some cases, due to hearing damage.
    Various combinations of these problems are the reason why Pete Townshend, Phil Collins, Barry Gibb, Ray Thomas, Allan Clarke & Joni Mitchell have retired.

    By Philip Cohen on Jun 30, 2011

  18. phil is retiring at least from drumming because of a spine issue which is making it impossible to hold the sticks. he actually had to have them taped to his hands for his most recent recordings. he claims this degenerative disease or condition he has now is the reason that genesis with pg will never reunite (the son of a bitch) but he is not leaving out another genesis tour or more shows with him singing either solo or with genesis i presume.
    i think phil is an exception to the above rule that u mention.
    townshend is not retired and has never claimed he was retiring and as yet doesnt appear to be retiring. he is supposedly going on a tour with roger either later this year or early next year. roger said so and i heard that he has actually said so himself.
    yes pete has tinitis but he deals with it.
    ive seen joni get winded singing 3-4 songs so i can see why shes giving up. im glad i got to see allan clarke during the hollies reunion in 83. in fact my first ever published photo was of them from the bottom line in nyc. thanks to graham for tipping me off that the radio city show was canceled and that they moved the show to the bottom line in time so i could get my tickets in time before they sold out. i had to run home get my ticket run to radio city cash it in then run down to the bottom line. i was talking to graham at tower records where they were signing copies of their new album. i lived in queens at the time.
    i guess u could have included grace slick in the list too.

    interestingly.. july 2nd 1976 is the anniversary of brian wilsons return to the stage with the bbs after 12 years of having never gotten on stage with them. then the following day…july 3rd nbc filmed a show they did for a tv special. the same day jim morrison was found dead in his paris apt of a heart attack at age 27. hed be 67 now.

    By darth on Jul 4, 2011

  19. oops meant to say that jim was found dead in 71.. 5 yrs earlier. not in 76 sorry. just the anniversary of it. sorry.

    By darth on Jul 4, 2011

  20. Many thanks to all involved in bringing this show to us. Keep on rockin’

    By Matt on Jul 22, 2011

  21. I was at the second concert and Brian did show up. Now my daughter will believe that they introduced this “new song” Good Vibrations.

    By A Goodman on Sep 6, 2011

  22. Thanks Big O for making Mike Love’s stupid babbling between songs seperate tracks. Now I can enjoy the concert without listening to the idiot!

    By Ernie Clark on Nov 4, 2014

  23. Thanks for making this available.

    By George Martini on Nov 9, 2014

  24. Do you have any of the Beach Boys’ November 1967 live recordings in your collection? Those contain several songs that the band didn’t perform much! This is a great set as well, by the way!

    By Jack on Oct 22, 2015

  25. :) Lovin’ this composite soundboard, one reason being the loose feel, they really rip into the higher tempo numbers.
    Could certainly do without Mike Love’s inane banter though, but that’s the price we must pay to hear live Beach Boys!

    By BeerBelly-O on Nov 30, 2015

  26. Sounds amazing. I recognized ‘Good Vibrations’ from the ‘93 box set. Thanks for posting.

    By rgruber88 on Aug 9, 2016

  27. Is it possible to purchase a copy of the Michigan 1966 concert? I was at the concert and would like a CD of it. Thanks.

    By carl sorenson on Oct 24, 2017

  28. carl Sorenson right click and save target as, just as you would to save anything else…

    By Hinky on Oct 24, 2017

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