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Live: The 50th Anniversary Tour

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The Beach Boys 11//2013

Review

For a few months in 2012, the Beach Boys managed to put aside all their differences and bask in the glow of an entirely successful reunion. They had a new album of original material that people liked and sold well, and they toured the world performing a set that stretched upwards of 40 songs, their concerts receiving acclaim from fans and critics alike. It was too good to last and it didn't. Halfway through the tour, it was revealed that Mike Love planned to carry on with Bruce Johnston as the Beach Boys, leaving Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks behind, and that meant this 50th anniversary tour was truly a once-in-a-lifetime thing; it was the only time the group members put aside their differences and celebrated the music they made together. That warmth was evident on 2012's That's Why God Made the Radio and in the accompanying tour, and it's somewhat present on Live: The 50th Anniversary Tour, the double-disc souvenir of this reunion. Released in time for the summer of 2013, this album appears to collect highlights from a variety of concerts -- the liner notes provide no source material -- and it seems to perhaps have been sweetened in the studio, as the overall sound is exceedingly bright and crisp, pushing the harmonies to the forefront and sacrificing feel for cleanliness. Perhaps the sound is too pristine, but the essential good vibes can shine through: the set list is hit-heavy with just enough new tunes and surprises ("Getcha Back," "Marcella," "All This Is That" being the prime fan favorites given a hearing here) to keep things lively, and the band never sounds tired of playing these old tunes. At home, the experience isn't quite as moving as it was in person -- there was an undeniable kinetic energy seeing the five members sharing the stage once again -- but it's nevertheless a pleasant dose of nostalgia. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Do It Again [Live] The Beach Boys 3:38
  3. 2 Little Honda The Beach Boys 2:7
  4. 3 Catch a Wave [Live] The Beach Boys 2:10
  5. 4 Hawaii The Beach Boys 1:46
  6. 5 Don't Back Down [Live] The Beach Boys 1:45
  7. 6 Surfin' Safari The Beach Boys 2:49
  8. 7 Surfer Girl The Beach Boys 2:29
  9. 8 The Little Girl I Once Knew The Beach Boys 3:10
  10. 9 Wendy The Beach Boys 2:26
  11. 10 Getcha Back The Beach Boys 2:43
  12. 11 Then I Kissed Her The Beach Boys 2:17
  13. 12 Marcella The Beach Boys 3:24
  14. 13 Isn't It Time The Beach Boys 4:2
  15. 14 Why Do Fools Fall in Love The Beach Boys 2:31
  16. 15 When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) The Beach Boys 2:56
  17. 16 Disney Girls [Live] The Beach Boys 5:34
  18. 17 Be True to Your School [Live] The Beach Boys 3:7
  19. 18 Little Deuce Coupe The Beach Boys 1:51
  20. 19 409 [Live] The Beach Boys 1:53
  21. 20 Shut Down [Live] The Beach Boys 1:46
  22. 21 I Get Around The Beach Boys 2:43
  23. 1 Pet Sounds The Beach Boys 3:45
  24. 2 Add Some Music to Your Day [Live] The Beach Boys 3:50
  25. 3 Heroes and Villains The Beach Boys 3:55
  26. 4 Sail On, Sailor The Beach Boys 3:46
  27. 5 California Saga: California The Beach Boys 3:10
  28. 6 In My Room The Beach Boys 2:54
  29. 7 All This Is That [Live] The Beach Boys 3:38
  30. 8 That's Why God Made the Radio The Beach Boys 4:28
  31. 9 Forever [Live] The Beach Boys 2:58
  32. 10 God Only Knows The Beach Boys 2:39
  33. 11 Sloop John B [Live] The Beach Boys 3:7
  34. 12 Wouldn't It Be Nice The Beach Boys 2:42
  35. 13 Good Vibrations [Live] The Beach Boys 4:15
  36. 14 California Girls [Live] The Beach Boys 3:15
  37. 15 Help Me, Rhonda The Beach Boys 3:19
  38. 16 Rock and Roll Music The Beach Boys 2:49
  39. 17 Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys 3:0
  40. 18 Kokomo The Beach Boys 4:1
  41. 19 Barbara Ann [Live] The Beach Boys 2:34
  42. 20 Fun, Fun, Fun The Beach Boys 3:27

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