September: 2012

Summer is not over!

Last night I had the pleasure of watching the digital video disc release of: The Beach Boys: Doin’ it Again, a 2012 DVD capturing moments from the current world tour of The Beach Boys, as well as interviews from the official lineup of: Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, David Marks, and Bruce Johnston. In addition, this compilation weaves vintage concert, interview, and general biographical elements to provide a truly solid overview of The Beach Boys’ fantastic 50 year career.

If you’re reading this, you’re most certainly familiar with the excitement of The Beach Boys reunion and 50th year celebration, so there is no need to rehash the who/what/why here. The great news is the Boys have not let us down with just a teaser of getting back with Brian and singing their hits. We have a new/excellent version of “Do it Again,” available on The Beach Boys Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Collection ‘ZinePak, the stellar new album: That’s Why God Made the Radio, The Beach Boys 50 Big Ones: Greatest Hits collection (available October 9), featuring the new single version of “Isn’t it Time,” newly mastered versions of some of their best Capital albums, and of course, this new DVD.

And it’s another homerun for The Beach Boys.

I love the balance of Doin’ it Again. You get great clips from all the guys telling stories about the band and their personal connections (including tributes to Dennis & Carl Wilson) that can really make you feel emotional if you’ve been a part of the Beach Boys experience since childhood, like many of us have.

I think my favorite moment was watching Brian Wilson sing lead on his great composition "Sail on Sailor." I've always loved that song, and Blondie Chaplin did a great job singing lead on the recorded version, (and sometimes Billy Hinsche live), but I always wondered what it would have been like if Brian had carried that vocal. I would really love to hear a newly recorded studio version of "Sailor" with Brian steering the helm.

I read one review of Doin’ it Again where the reviewer, while giving a positive write-up, did complain that there wasn’t enough info on Brian’s personal difficulties or the problems with the Smile recordings. I could not disagree more. We’ve all heard those stories in abundance. The Beach Boys anniversary is not about rehashing drama and conflict. Doesn’t everybody already have enough of their own problems to deal with? Rather, this story is about family, friendship, and celebration of outstanding achievement. That’s what you’ll find on Doin’ it Again, a concise commemoration of good vibes (including never-before-seen footage from the 1966 “Good Vibrations” recording sessions), and if you haven’t seen them live this year (wish I did …) at least we have this sneak peek in on the action.

A+, Beach Boys, thanks again, and if those rumors are true of a entire concert DVD of the 2012 tour … do it again!

Bradley Mason Hamlin
Sacramento, California 2012

p.s. After the Beach Boys DVD, my daughter slipped in: Britney Spears Live, the Femme Fatale Tour (DVD 2011) for our double feature. Super spicy and wild over-the-top productions, pretty much everything you could want from Britney. She almost made me love America as much as The Beach Boys! Recommended.

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“The Beach Boys: Doin' it Again" review by Bradley Mason Hamlin.
Edited by Lucy Hell. © 2012 by Mystery Island Publications. Published: 09.16.12.
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