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Beach Boys Anaheim '76

Beach Boys Anaheim '76 detail

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.

Beach Boys NBC 76

“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.

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There are some numbers missing in the 350-380 series: #s 354 + 355, 367 & 369 and 372 are all missing. I wonder if there are Wizardo’s out there that have fallen through the cracks.

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Beach Boys 359 IV

Beach Boys 359 Old Glory

Below: The original back insert, perhaps produced while stoned.

Beach Boys 359 b

 

 

Beach Boys 359 III

Side A:  Good Vibrations/ Don’t Go Near the Water/ Darlin’/ Wouldn’t it Be Nice/ Long Promised Road/ Student Demonstration Time

Side B: Disney Girls/ Take a Load Off Your Feet/ Sloop John B/ Surfin’ USA

Quality: “Far from a great recording but gets the atmosphere of the concerts of that time.” “Vgm” states Hot Wacks.

Date and venue research: The set list features a significant number of tracks from their 1971 Surf’s Up album. They did not play Madison Square Garden in either 1971 or 1972. The set list matches part 1 of their concert in Long Beach, CA on 3 December 1971:

Beach Boys present on stage: Mike Love, Brian Wilson (On “A Day In The Life Of A Tree”), Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine

Backup band PROBABLY included: Ed Carter, Daryl Dragon, Mike Kowalski, Ricky Fataar, Billy, Hinsche, Bobby Torres, Joel Peskin

SETLIST

1. GOOD VIBRATIONS
2. DON’T GO NEAR THE WATER
3. DARLIN’
4. WOULDN’T IT BE NICE
5. LONG PROMISED ROAD
6. STUDENT DEMONSTRATION TIME
7. DISNEY GIRLS
8. TAKE A LOAD OFF YOUR FEET
9. SLOOP JOHN B.
10. SURFIN’ U.S.A.
11. IT’S ABOUT TIME

– Intermission –

12. COOL, COOL WATER
13. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A TREE
14. LOOKIN’ AT TOMORROW
15. CAROLINE, NO
16. I’VE GOT A FRIEND
17. OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE
18. GOD ONLY KNOWS
19. TM POEM
20. SURF’S UP
21. DO IT AGAIN
22. FUN, FUN, FUN

“Probably the only performance ever of ‘A Day In The Life Of A Tree’. The Boys coaxed Brian out from the side of the stage to play organ while Jack Rieley sang it. They were going to do ‘Heroes and Villains’, but had to shorten the set because the Long Beach Police were going to turn the power off at a certain time. At the end of the main set, following ‘Surf’s Up’, Jack Rieley comes onstage and announces they have just enough time to do two more before the plug is pulled, so instead of leaving and coming back for an encore, they just stay on stage and do the last two. The high vocal part on the end of ‘Fun Fun Fun’ is performed exactly 25 times tonight (I counted ’em!). Brian may have joined in for that, but Rob isn’t sure. Contrary to what is written in Keith Badman’s book, ‘Surfer Girl’ is not performed tonight.”

Beach Boys 1971 FEast

Captured live at New York’s Fillmore East in 1971

Compare this with their confirmed set list at NY’s Carnegie Hall on 23 November 1972:

01. Darlin’  4:37
02. Only With You  3:58
03. Heroes And Villains     4:05
04. Long Promised Road    7:30
05. Don’t Worry Baby 5:24
06. Student Demonstration Time  5:28
07. I Get Around     4:57
08. Marcella  3:43
09. California Saga / California  3:36
10. Help Me, Rhonda  5:21
11. (Medley) Wonderful; Don’t Worry, Bill; Wonderful  7:12
12. God Only Knows  3:11

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Beach Boys 359 V

Beach Boys 359 V +

Pressing on Mid Records (MID 2609), mentioned in Hot Wacks as “Midnight Records/Renaissance 2609”. I was not able to find this title as Live or the Contraband title California Surf Music, as stated there.