March 30, 2011 – 3:38 am

Just before the new wave swept in with Pet Sounds.

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Japan 1966 [no label, 1CD]

Live in Japan, January 1966. Some list this as Shibuya, January 7, 1966. Good to very good soundboard. This show has also been listed as a probable FM broadcast.

As we go down another Japanese memory lane, let’s spare a thought for the Earthquake/Tsunami/nuclear fallout victims in Japan, as well as those in China and New Zealand. And for those who can, in your own countries, donate to a charity that is sending aid to Japan and/or any of the afflicted places.

Steven Gaines’ Heroes And Villains: The True Story Of The Beach Boys gives only a cursory mention of the Beach Boys’ 1965/66 tour:

After two dates and ten days of knowing each other - with Mike (Love) bragging he had $70,000 in the bank - he asked Suzanne (Belcher) to marry him. They flew to Las Vegas on October 15, 1965, where they were quietly married. Then Mike had to rush home for a Beach Boys appearance on The Andy Williams Show. Mike took his new bride with him and the rest of the Beach Boys on a long Asian tour, which included Japan, Hong Kong and Honolulu.

With the other Beach Boys gone, Brian started work on a new album, which would turn out to be the watershed of his career.

Of the Pet Sounds recording, Steven Gaines continues:

[When] the other members of the group returned to LA, they found that most of the tracks were complete - and they didn’t like it. They objected to Brian’s preconceived notion of what the vocals should sound like. Mike Love reportedly considered this Brian’s ‘ego’ music… ‘It took some getting used to,’ Alan Jardine admitted. ‘When we left the country, we were just a surfing group. This was a whole new thing.’

The vocals tracks were arduous to lay down, and Brain made them work harder than ever to perfect them. Mike hated Brian’s role as taskmaster. ‘Who’s gonna hear this?’ he asked. “The ears of a dog? But Brian had those kind of ears, so I said, ‘Okay, we’ll do it another time.’ Every voice in its resonance and tonality and timbre had to be right. Then the next day he might throw it out and have us do it again.”… [Brian] would sometimes let the group do the vocals the way they wanted, then, after they left the studio, he would wipe the vocals off completely and finish the track himself, since he could sing all the parts.

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Track 01. Fun, Fun, Fun (0:52) (1.3MB)
Track 02. Little Honda (1:52) (3.1MB)
Track 03. Medley: Little Deuce Coupe/Shut Down/Surfin’ USA (4:14) (6.7MB)
Track 04. Surfer Girl (2:26) (3.9MB)
Track 05. Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow (2:07) (3.4MB)
Track 06. Hawaii (1:40) (2.7MB)
Track 07. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (2:17) (3.8MB)
Track 08. Monster Mash (2:12) (3.5MB)
Track 09. Help Me, Rhonda (1:14) (4.7MB)
Track 10. California Girls (2:47) (4.6MB)
Track 11. Barbara Ann (2:04) (3.0MB)
Track 12. I Get Around (1:57) (3.1MB)
Track 13. Johnny B. Goode (2:29) (4.3MB)
Track 14. The Beach Boys Interview In Japan 1966 - lifted from scratched vinyl (4:31) (7.1MB)

Beach Boys present:
Mike Love
Al Jardine
Dennis Wilson
Carl Wilson
Bruce Johnston

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  1. 6 Responses to “BEACH BOYS IN JAPAN 1966”

  2. This is an historic offering. Sound quality is decent for the time and probably the source.
    Perhaps, it is from TV or radio. Thanks BigO.

    By Jaltheimpaler on Mar 30, 2011

  3. Thanks for the Beach Boys

    By Nick on Apr 6, 2011

  4. I always wanted to hear one of these shows. Many thanks

    By Matt on Apr 18, 2011

  5. Wow!! This IS historic….. always wondered how they sounded in Japan, while Brian worked hard on Pet Sounds… Never knew this recording even existed! Thank YOU!!

    Karl, Norway

    By Karl Gilberg on May 23, 2012


    By Sam on Jul 4, 2012

  7. Interesting, since I just watched Love & Mercy, which focuses on Brian staying home and working on Pet Sounds, while the other guys are only seen before and after Japan.

    By YogaforCynics on Sep 25, 2015

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