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|1. SHOW INTRO|
|2. WOULDN'T IT BE NICE|
|3. YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME|
|4. THAT'S NOT ME|
|5. DON'T TALK (PUT YOUR HEAD ON MY SHOULDER)|
|6. I'M WAITING FOR THE DAY|
|7. LET'S GO AWAY FOR AWHILE|
|8. SLOOP JOHN B|
|9. GOD ONLY KNOWS|
|10. I KNOW THERE'S AN ANSWER|
|11. HERE TODAY|
|12. I JUST WASN'T MADE FOR THESE TIMES|
|13. Caroline, No|
Japanese edition of 2002 album with two bonus tracks 'Meant For You' & 'Friends'.
Rock music has rarely benefited from aging veterans revisiting their glory years in a live setting--witness Roger Waters's disastrous run through Pink Floyd classics on In the Flesh. But Brian Wilson is the exception, primarily because he has virtually remained the same wide-eyed pop fanatic he was in 1966, when he initially released his teenage symphony to God, Pet Sounds. The live version of the Beach Boys classic, recorded in January of 2002 at Wilson's four sold-out shows at London's Royal Festival Hall, hardly sounds like secondhand goods. Despite the potentially sacrilegious risks, Wilson's 10-piece touring band--which includes members of the Wondermints and the former Beach Boys session players--actually revitalizes the music with its reverential-but-contemporary verve, breathing new life into classics like "God Only Knows" and "Caroline, No." Chuck the CD cover aside and it merely sounds like you are listening to a newly remastered version of the real thing. --Aidin Vaziri
Top Customer Reviews
The songs are played in the same order as the original album. It begins with a powerhouse rendition of "Wouldn't It Be Nice". Brian seems to be enjoying himself here, and you could never tell that this man had a nervous breakdown when you listen to the performances on this album. "You Still Believe In Me" sounds almost exactly like the studio version, minsu applause and the obvious change in Brian's voice. "That's Not Me" is better than the album version. Though Mike gave a good rendition of the song on the album, Brian make the song his. "Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)" is heartstopping. Brian has some trouble with the high notes, but otherwise gives a flawless performance. "I'm Waiting For The Day" is again better than the album version. I especially love the intro this song, it's so upbeat and snappy. "Let's Go Away For Awhile" is done well, but the "Live At The Roxy" version is better. "Slopp John B" and "God Only Knows" are so good, they're worth the entire price of the album on their own. Following those two perfromances is a crackerjack "I Know There's An Answer". "Here Today" is lightyears better than the album version. It becomes a perfect pop/rock song, and Brian sounds amazing. "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" is done well, and you can feel Brian's emotion as he says each word. "Pet Sounds" is wonderful, and the closing "Caroline No" is electrifying.
There's nothing more to say about how great this album is. It cannot get any better. Hopefully, Brian will release an album from his current "Smile" tour.
Brian does the entire from start to finish in less than an hour. It kicks off with a super - charged version of "Wouldn't It Be Nice", followed by a version of "You Still Believe In Me" that stays so true to the original, you'd think Brian is singing to the original backing track. His performance of "Sloop John B" is crackerjack, and "God Only Knows" is so beautifully done, you'd really think angels are backing up Brian. "Here Today" is swiftly done with great vocals by Brian. Perhaps the most beautiful moment on the cd is his performance of "Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)". When he hits the "Listen to my heart beat, listen" line, I get shivers down my spine.
My only gripe is that the entire concert wasn't included. According to the liner notes (beautifully written by Beach Boys historian David Leaf), Brian also performed "Our Prayer", "Heroes And Villians", "Surf's Up", Forever", Sail On Sailor" and "Marcella". And the Japaneese import addition featured two extra songs from the show, "Meant For You" and "Friends".
But these minor complaints aside, this album is a piece of rock hsitory. This is truly a resurrection of the greatest music in history, performed the man who made it great. Now all I need is "Brian Wilson Presents Smile Live" and a Beach Boys reunion tour complete with a live boxed set and I'll be the happiest man in the world.
I'm sure it was nowhere near as easy as it sounds to translate a layered, heavily orchestrated album into a workable live-band arrangement. The fact that Wilson has assembled a band capable of pulling this off, and making it sound so fresh and energetic, should not be taken for granted.
Moreover--this is beautiful, timeless music. Your great-grandchildren will be listening to this music 100 years from now, just as today we listen to Beethoven or Mozart. We're lucky to have the composer around to lend his personal stamp to what will be the first of thousands of concert interpretations.
Finally, a word for one element of the live show--the Wondermints. I know nothing about their music, but on this album, as well as on the wonderful double-CD, "Brian Wilson Live at the Roxy," they sing great. They don't have the egos of the Beach Boys--they're happy just to sing the incredible vocal arrangements he wrote. Heresy it may be, but sometimes I prefer their singing to the Beach Boys. Certainly as a live representation of the vocal sound, the Beach Boys never sounded better than these guys. They show respect for the music, and when the music is this good, and this important, that reverance is much-appreciated.
Now, of course Brian's voice has faded somewhat. That incredible falsetto is now somewhat gravelly, and his intonation wavers. But he is the soul of this music, and what he may lose in technique through age, he more than makes up for in character.
So, just get this, and then you'll have two versions of Pet Sounds. That's bad?
Most recent customer reviews
Face it. No album can live up to the hype of Pet Sounds, including Pet Sounds. It had some good songs but the highly vaunted production values were easily matched by Motown. Read morePublished on June 27 2003 by bob turnley
First, let's make one thing clear: the Royal Festival Hall shows at which this album was recorded were staggering. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2003 by Michael Hann
Spectacular. The greatest pop album of all time performed and conducted live by the greatest pop composer of all time to absolute perfection. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2002 by Norman H. Clow
Let me preface by saying that I was disappointed when I heard this album was going to be released. All it meant to me was that Mr. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2002 by somebody
The above should have been the title. Although yours truly is a big Brian Wison fan the reality is when you see or listen to a live show, it is his band that really stands out not... Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2002 by steven r diamond
To me the idea of doing "Pet Sounds" live sounded fairly ridiculous. After all, the original album is a very unique recording that cannot be fully duplicated outside of a... Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2002 by kennedy19
Will I ever argue against Pet Sounds? Would I say it's overrated? Do I have anything negative to say about the Beach Boys circa 1966? No. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2002 by Aaron C. Burkhalter
I was almost tempted to be a sourpuss about Brian's aging voice, but the music here won me over- again- within just a few seconds. Read morePublished on July 9 2002 by J. D Suggs
I can't quite believe the highly positive reviews this CD has received, and not just by fans. It's really not a very good recording. Read morePublished on July 7 2002