May 17, 2012 – 4:28 am

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Texas 2012 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Verizon Theater, Grand Prairie, TX; April 26, 2012. Very good audience recording.

Fifty years of Beach Boys… Beach Boys fans from South-east Asia might want to make a beeline for Hong Kong for the band’s concert on August 25. And for many others, they will have to rely on fan recordings like this, so a big thank you to whotapes, who shared the show at The Traders’ Den. This is what whotapes noted:

I went mostly because who knows if you will ever get these hit makers perform together again and especially because of Brian Wilson being there. Just a fun all-round show. There was a 20-minute intermission so each set will fit nicely on a single CD. The show started almost without warning. I was not completely ready so you do hear a bit of rustling as I position my mics at the start. But it is finished before the real music starts.

And this is what Mike Powell of Rolling Stone commented on the group’s opening show at Tuscon, Arizona on April 24:

It’s not until a band like the Beach Boys runs through their hits back-to-back in rapid succession that you realize just how many hits they’ve had. Over the course of nearly two and a half hours, they played an astonishing 42 songs, many of them medley-style, with nearly no banter in between. Amid the most familiar stuff – “California Girls,” “Surfin’ Safari,” “Good Vibrations” – were a healthy number of deep cuts and covers, including “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” and Phil Spector’s “Then He Kissed Me,” which Jardine probably wisely rephrased as “Then I Kissed Her.”

There were also two uncanny video appearances by Carl and Dennis Wilson, both of whom died years ago. (Dennis “sang” “Forever,” while Carl took on “God Only Knows,” a song Brian wrote for him on 1966’s Pet Sounds.) And about halfway through the second set, something new showed up: A reflective midtempo ballad called “That’s Why God Made the Radio” – a moment that, like so much of the band’s best music, elevated the adolescent to the divine.

Thanks to epresley for the artwork. And thanks also to Scott Hazard for the amended back cover.

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Recorded from section 105

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Disc 1 (1st Set)
Track 101. Do It Again (6.3MB)
Track 102. Catch A Wave (3.6MB)
Track 103. Don’t Back Down (3.2MB)
Track 104. Surfin’ Safari (4.1MB)
Track 105. Surfer Girl (4.9MB)
Track 106. The Little Girl I Once Knew (5.1MB)
Track 107. Wendy (4.3MB)
Track 108. Then I Kissed Her (3.9MB)
Track 109. Your So Good To Me (4.3MB)
Track 110. Why Do Fools Fall in Love (4.1MB)
Track 111. When I Grow Up (3.8MB)
Track 112. Cottonfields (7.5MB)
Track 113. Be True to Your School (5.8MB)
Track 114. Disney Girls (7.MB)
Track 115. Please Let Me Wonder (4.9MB)
Track 116. Don’t Worry Baby (5.0MB)
Track 117. Little Honda (4.7MB)
Track 118. Little Deuce Coupe (2.8MB)
Track 119. 409 (2.9MB)
Track 120. Shut Down (2.7MB)
Track 121. I Get Around (4.3MB)

Disc 2 (2nd Set)
Track 201. Sloop John B (5.0MB)
Track 202. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (4.5MB)
Track 203. California Dreamin’ (6.8MB)
Track 204. Forever (4.9MB)
Track 205. Sail On, Sailor (5.2MB)
Track 206. Heroes and Villains (6.4MB)
Track 207. In My Room (4.1MB)
Track 208. All This Is That (6.8MB)
Track 209. God Only Knows (4.8MB)
Track 210. That’s Why God Made the Radio (6.2MB)
Track 211. California Girls (5.4MB)
Track 212. Dance, Dance, Dance (3.5MB)
Track 213. All Summer Long (2.4MB)
Track 214. Help Me, Rhonda (5.4MB)
Track 215. Rock and Roll Music (4.6MB)
Track 216. Do You Wanna Dance? (3.5MB)
Track 217. Barbara Ann (3.9MB)
Track 218. Surfin’ USA (6.6MB)
Track 219. Kokomo (7.2MB)
Track 220. Good Vibrations (6.5MB)
Track 221. Fun, Fun, Fun (6.0MB)

Beach Boys:
Brian Wilson
Al Jardine
Bruce Johnston
David Marks
Mike Love

Backing band:
John Cowsill
Scott Totten
Scott Bennett
Nelson Bragg
Mike D’Amico
Jeffrey Foskett
Probyn Gregory
Paul Mertens
Darian Sahanaja
Nick Walusko

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  1. 17 Responses to “THE BEACH BOYS - TEXAS 2012”

  2. Better than it had any right to be…a tighter, more professional show focused on the music rather than smarmy personalities. But Dennis and especially Carl are still deeply missed.

    By Tony on May 17, 2012

  3. Thanks for the posting of The Beach Boys, it takes me back to the first album I ever bought in ‘63 when I was 9 years old (Surfer Girl). It reminds me of my old hometown and the good times we had.

    By Richard Falice on May 17, 2012

  4. That’s John Cowsill from the legendary COWSILLS in the backing band! Bring on The Cowsills! Thanks for this one Big O; am looking forward to seeing this show later on this summer.

    By Adam Dean on May 17, 2012

  5. a small aside to note the passing of a power voice in disco, Donna Summer due to cancerat 63. My favorite was her “I Feel Love”, My late wife and I dated and danced to that music and enjoyed her vocals. She was in the disco film, “Thank God It’s Friday”. Giordo Moroder-I probably have spelling wrong-did the keyboards/synth. He also had his own album, “Son of My Father.”

    By 4yrsnojob on May 17, 2012

  6. look at all those hits…crazy, what a legacy.

    By sluggo on May 18, 2012

  7. Many thanks for these. This has to be THE reunion of the 21st century. Just wish they’d come to the UK to we can share the fun!

    By John Manning on May 18, 2012

  8. hey big o any thoughts on providing a special page we could all use to post music related`s easy to miss things when they are scattered on all unrelated posts.
    for instance, new Neil young vids on youtube right now from his soon to be released lp

    By sluggo on May 18, 2012

  9. Thanks for the post. Saw the Boys in Bethlehem, PA this week at the Sands Casino. The 2,500 venue was a perfect way to hear the wonderful harmonies. The backing band was tight. So wonderful to hear Brian’s vocals in person. Yeh, their older like I am. But it’s the music and harmonies that make it so great.

    By Bubbles on May 20, 2012

  10. Pretty good sounding boot and the band sounds pretty good too. I was expecting worse. I saw the group on Jimmy Fallon and Brian looked awful. Not quite Muhammad Ali awful, but pretty bad. Thanks for the post.

    Note: for group fans, that Al Jardine album is worth a listen.

    By Dave C on May 21, 2012

  11. Don’t know about 2012, but the Cowsills were appearing in Branson in August or September, 2009.

    By N Erole on May 21, 2012

  12. Thanks to Scott Hazard for the amended back cover.

    By bigozine2 on May 21, 2012

  13. I’m out here in LA, 64 years old, with tears of joy as I hear one of the greatest groups of my generation sound not just good, but like they’re really having fun. Almost all of them are in their 70s and still they play 42 songs! Back in my New York youth, when I spent ever summer weekend surfing at Gilgo Beach on Long Island, I could not get the Beach Boys sound out of my mind. I only saw them once, I think back in ‘66, at Iona College in New Rochelle. Brian wasn’t performing then. And no I just might cough up the 400-400 dollars to take my family to see them out here. I don’t think we’ll see anything like this again, and if that’s true, it’s wonderful to see the guys go out with such love behind them.

    By Alex Milstein on May 25, 2012

  14. I cannot think of a band that represents fun any of the true joys of my life thanks

    By tim martin on Jun 3, 2012

  15. These guys have gone beyond comprehension! They’ve changed our lives and thought processes in so many ways. The entire landscape of sound would not be what is without the Beach Boys. In the 70s’ the Beach Boys released an EP to the Holland album, remember? ~ The Pied Piper from the Faraway Land of Night! Brian and the band have demonstrated that this is still a possibility. “Don’t be very surprised if the Pied Piper comes to visit you”…

    By Eddie on Jun 9, 2012

  16. These guys have gone beyond comprehension! They’ve changed our lives and thought processes in so many ways.

    it`s pretty tough to surf in a snowstorm.

    By sluggo on Jun 9, 2012

  17. I’ve seen the band at least 30 times over the past 48 years. I toured with them the summer of 1983 (opening act, “Firefall”), so I know what they sound like live. Averaging what I’ve heard over the years and curving a scale of 1 - 10, I’d give this performance an 8. They’ve had some great nights, and some horrendous ones. The best they sounded was the week Mike quit because of the blow-up over the 4th of July concert in Washington. Foskett sang all Mike’s leads and bass parts better than Mike ever did. That joke of a live album - the 50th Anniversary one - is so auto-tuned and re-recorded that it’s criminal to call it a “live” album. I saw the first show at Berkley, and I’d swear there were pre-recorded voices being piped through. How do I know? Well, when Mike was completely off-mic (no pun intended) you could still hear his bass vocal perfectly (and in tune). Sad to say, many bands including the Bee Gees have done this for years. Brian does have his moments of vocal brilliance, but most of the time his voice is way off. And Mike…well, you can really hear how bad his pitch is on these offerings above. All that said, this is the last we’ll ever hear of any of the original guys together, so it is a treasure. My whole musical career has been based on this band and Brian. The high point of my life was getting to play on two sessions with Brian and Dennis at Brother Studios in 1977. In 1982 I did a Beach Boys Medley that made national news, but then was squashed by Capitol Records and their own release.

    By Chuck Kirkpatrick on Jun 4, 2013

  18. Hello,

    could you please re-up this show? Many thanks in advance.

    Best Wishes

    By Mario on Oct 3, 2018

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