On 3 July 1976, the Beach Boys performed at Anaheim Stadium to help celebrate the bicentennial festivities of their home land and also welcomed Brian Wilson back on stage after an absence of several years.
Their performance was filmed for an NBC-TV special called The Beach Boys: It’s OK, a recording of the sound track ended up being pressed as Wizardo 504:
SIDE 1: FUN, FUN, FUN/ INTERVIEW/ BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL/ INTERVIEW INCL. “I’M BUGGED AT MY OLD MAN”/ I GET AROUND/ INTERVIEW/ YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL/ INTERVIEW/ WE’RE SINGING THAT SAME SONG (studio)
SIDE 2: GOOD VIBRATIONS/ SLOOP JOHN B/ INTERVIEW/ SURFIN ‘USA/ CALIFORNIA GIRLS/ HELP ME RHONDA/ IT’S OK/ ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC/ FUN, FUN, FUN/ HELP ME RHONDA
Sound quality described as “good mono” at best and “rough”. The final two songs come from a different unidentified source.
One of the hardest to find releases in the Wizardo 500 series.
“The show’s sketch in which Saturday Night Live‘s John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd pose as California Highway Patrolmen and force an overweight Brian out of bed to go surfing after issuing him a citation for failing to surf, has gone on to be one of rock and roll’s greatest comedic moments.
- Highlights in the special include Dennis Wilson acting as one of the judges of the Miss California beauty pageant, Dennis singing his signature “You Are So Beautiful” encore at the Anaheim show, and all three Wilson brothers harmonizing around the piano singing group chestnuts such as “I’m Bugged At My Old Man” and “Surfer Girl.”
- It’s O.K. also featured footage shot at Brian Wilson’s 34th birthday party (June 20th, 1976) held at brother Carl’s Malibu home, with Paul and Linda McCartney and their kids [on a tour break between gigs in Tucson and the first night at L.A. Forum] all helping to present Wilson with his birthday cake. In 2005, the special was released on DVD as The Beach Boys: Good Vibrations Tour.”
01. Fun, Fun, Fun
02. Be True to Your School
03. I’m Bugged at My Ol ‘Man
04. God Only Knows
05. I Get Around
06. You Are So Beautiful
07. That Same Song
08. Good Vibrations
09. Sloop John B
10. Surfin ‘USA
11. California Girls
12. Help Me Rhonda
13. It’s OK
14. Rock ‘n ‘Roll Music
15. Wouldn ‘t It Be Nice
16. Final Credits
I did laugh several times when I watched this (pretty good sounding) live version of ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ but perhaps not always for the intended reasons.