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The book, which is excerpted from Andrew Doe's extensive Guide to The Beach Boys, but here covers only through 1974's In Concert (with 1964's Beach Boys Concert cover mistakenly substituted).
Overall a deceptive, no-budget DVD release that can be readily avoided by most fans. This UK product is a book/DVD combo, neither of which is essential by any means, but an OK product for novices who are just getting into the band.
The boys are relaxed and having a good time playing up in front of an appreciative audience of screaming girls, and they go through a typical set for this era, containing some originals, and a few covers, much like you'll find on the 1964 concert album. The Frederick Weller - Brian Wilson Nick Stabile - Dennis Wilson Ryan Northcott - Carl Wilson Matt Letscher - Mike Love Ned Vaughn - Al Jardine Kevin Dunn - Murry Wilson Alley Mills - Audree Wilson Erik Passoja - Charles Manson Emmanuelle Vaugier - Suzanne Love Dublin James - Dave Marks Jesse Caron - Bruce Johnston Amy Van Horne - Marilyn Rovell Jad Mager - Nik Venet Eric Matheny - Chuck Britz Harris Laskaway - Voyle Gilmore Clayton Wilcox - Tommy Schaeffer Anthony Rapp - Van Dyke Parks David Polcyn - Phil Spector Annie Abbott - Mary Rovellfiasco), this highly-produced two-part miniseries is miles above the previous film, although not without its share of glaring, and puzzling faults. Excellent casting, with nary a weak link in the bunch, strong production values, with excellent on-site location work, use of the original Beach Boys music incorporated (mostly), and a strong first half gave me high hopes that this film would be less exploitative and more celebratory in its scope.
Also included in the concert were Leslie Gore and the Beatles, but for this release, only the Beach Boys are featured. Bonuses include never-before available footage of home movies, especially rare outakes from their 70's down time when Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin were part of the band, and, of course, the music.
Films by and about the Beach Boys are continuing to surface. This full-length feature film includes vintage black & white photos and footage of Dennis and the Beach Boys of 1974.
From early promotional appearances in campy "b" movies, to detailed and reverential retrospectives, to awful miniseries, the Beach Boys are well represented on video. The soundtrack incorporates Billy's song "One in a Million" (written for Dennis) into the body of the film.
Leon College whiz-kid Merlin Jones (Tommy Kirk) concocts a method for teaching an advanced sleep-learning method to a chimpanzee, and then (on a completely unrelated note) creates a human-powered flying machine of his own design, ultimately causing more wacky misadventures on the school campus. The singing during this show is gorgeous, with a few obvious vocal flubs here and there. The final deception of this DVD is the tacked-on addition of two Jan & Dean lip-syncs, which has the damaged duo mouthing along to "Surf City" and "Sidewalk Surfin" by a pool, frequently interrupted by stock footage of surfers, skateboarders, and ultra-coiffed girls in bikinis.
In fact, Dennis's natural charm and good-humor are completely buried in this heavy dramatic exercise, which for fans of the Beach Boys hoping to see one of their dearest icons, is probably the film's greatest fault. What struck me most during the show was the sheer amount of harmony the Beach Boys add to almost every number. The video quality is only so-so, with the footage apparently swiped from a less-than-pristine VHS tape, with LOTS of tracking and flutter problems.
The film goes out of its way to depict Brian's emotional downfall, ostensibly shown here as increasingly bizarre behavior in the studio, and the character's increasingly paranoid, whining displays. Themselves PLOT: The girls of Alpha Beta need to raise ,000 in two weeks to save the sorority house. The book is also filled with a smattering of color photos, although strangely includes several pics which are clearly from later in the band's career, even though the discography cuts off in the mid-1970s. The album entries are lengthy, and some have been expanded for this book, but by cutting out solo albums, and even the Beach Boys later discography, the album section is sadly incomplete. Then, for no apparent reason other than to avoid truth-in-advertizing lawsuits, the video shifts suddenly to performances by the Beach Boys, four of which are taken from the previously released (see above), which is still readily available, as well as two television clips from early, black and white appearances of the band. In addition, a team of eminent musicologists and respected rock critics are on hand to unravel the secrets of the Beach Boys phenomenon; these include influential drummer Rod Gretsinger and producer/guitarist Les Davidson. Having grown up on a steady diet of Gilligan's Island, The Monkees and the Brady Bunch primed me for a lifetime of enjoyment from simple pleasures like this movie. So you'll see extended clips of Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon doing the "clam" and other various trailers and clips. With powerful and rare live performance footage as its backdrop The program also features fascinating archive interviews with Brian Wilson and his late brother Carl.