February 6, 2011 – 3:51 am

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Seattle 1977 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA. December 13, 1977. Good to very good soundboard though some may find the sound a little rough.

This has circulated as Seattle, December 15, 1977 but it’s actually December 13, 1977. Decent musical performances. - Philip Cohen

Someone noted at

Brian is very up and active on this show. He sings a lot, lead and background. He changes the lead on Surfer Girl and starts Wouldn’t It Be Nice solo with piano, the band comes in after the first verse. He forgot the lyrics, so he sang the first verse four times… He even sings the falsetto bits of songs like Catch A Wave and plays bass on Airplane and Back Home.

Thanks to Phil for 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.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. California Girls (5.0MB)
Track 02. Sloop John B (5.1MB)
Track 03. Little Deuce Coupe (3.3MB)
Track 04. Darlin’ (4.1MB)
Track 05. In My Room (3.6MB)
Track 06. California Saga (5.0MB)
Track 07. Airplane (5.3MB)
Track 08. Back Home (4.6MB)
Track 09. Surfer Girl (Brian) (4.0MB)
Track 10. God Only Knows (3.8MB)
Track 11. Catch A Wave (4.4MB)
Track 12. Be True To Your School (4.3MB)
Track 13. Honkin Down The Highway (3.8MB)
Track 14. It’s OK (3.6MB)
Track 15. Everyone’s In Love With You (4.5MB)
Track 16. All This Is That (9.1MB)
Track 17. Country Pie (3.7MB)
Track 18. Roller Skating Child (1.3MB)
Track 19. Heroes & Villains (5.7MB)
Track 20. Help Me Rhonda (6.0MB)
Track 21. Wouldn’t It Be Nice (4.0MB)
Track 22. Surfin’ USA (4.5MB)
Track 23. Good Vibrations (8.7MB)
Track 24. Barbara Ann (5.3MB)
Track 25. Rock & Roll Music (4.4MB)
Track 26. Fun, Fun, Fun (5.0MB)

Beach Boys present:
Mike Love - vocals
Carl Wilson - guitar
Al Jardine - guitar
Brian Wilson - keyboards, bass
Dennis Wilson - drums

Backup band PROBABLY included:
Billy Hinsche - keyboards
Charles Lloyd - sax
Mike Kowalski - drums
Ron Altbach - keyboards
Gary Griffin - keyboards
Ed Carter - bass

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  2. Thanks Mr. Cohen for posting this concert! I had a rather beaten cassette of it for some years with sound far muddier than this. If you read the history of the group, 1977 was one of the most turbulent years in its history; David Frost promoted some shows on its world tour and the group nearly broke up after this concert! (Interesting they did not perform “Little Saint Nick” when they did some Toys for Tots PSAs for a Seattle based record store chain.) Gratifying to hear so many songs from “Love You,” and they sounded better here than on that sometimes leaden LP. More Beach Boys please!

    By trivialtony on Feb 6, 2011

  3. Phil, thanks so much!!

    By Rick D on Feb 6, 2011

  4. Really loved the Beach Boys at the time of this. Looks like the great Floyd double is already off the list so since I can’t comment on it there I’ll do it here. One of the best things I’ve ever found on your sight. Also a salute to John Peel the best of them all. I love getting BBC Rock Hour. I seem to recall you said you would do some of that stuff in salute to Mr. Peel. So what’s the hold up?? A week has already passed of that month. Thanks for the great stuff you do. Phil Winans

    By Phil Winans on Feb 6, 2011

  5. Phil..did you notice the announcement about the five disc yardbirds set coming out soon ?
    sorry to put this here but I didn`t know how to contact you.

    By sluggo on Feb 6, 2011

  6. thanks for another good one :)

    By tony on Feb 7, 2011

  7. Great stuff Phil - can never get enough Beach Boys! How about Secret Smile? My copy’s locked in an old iPod!

    By John Manning on Feb 7, 2011

  8. Funny how they just forget the second verse, then somebody chuckles about it later.

    By Nick on Feb 10, 2011

  9. Phil-Thanks for this…I’m still waiting for you to uncover some of Chicago/Beach Boy concert stuff from their first tour together in 1975.


    By Harold in Miami on Feb 10, 2011

  10. To Sluggo,

    Yes, I’m aware of an upcoming “Yardbirds” box(mostly live concert & radio/T.V. performance material) from a Uk label called “Easy Action”. There’s still no release date. Like many, I’m a bit worried that Jimmy Page will object to “Dazed and Confused” being credited to Jake Holmes, and try to stop the release of the box. It’s isn’t deniable that The Yardbirds’ version uses Holmes original lyric.

    By Philip Cohen on Feb 11, 2011

  11. This looks great. I’ve never seen any shows with a set list as rare as this one. Many thanks for sharing Phil & BigO

    By Matt on Feb 11, 2011

  12. Mr. Cohen:

    I was cleaning out my garage and came across an old frisbee given out at a Beach Boys concert in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s at the Seattle Center Coliseum. I believe it was from the December 13th 1977 concert. The frisbee had 15 big ones on the front. I went to the concert with several other high school friends. One friend wrote on one frisbee asking the band to play 409. He tossed it onto the stage and it hit Mike Love in the leg. Love picked it up and looked at both sides, but they did not play the song. This sound track brings back a lot of good memories. Thank you.

    By Mike on Sep 27, 2011

  13. Thank you so much. I saw the Beach Boys a few months before this show, in August of ‘77 and have many happy memories of that show.

    By Reginald van Deusen on Jan 2, 2012

  14. As always, the Philip Cohen Collection rocks. Thanks for continuing to share these rare treats!

    By Formosa Coweater on Jun 17, 2014

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