Beach Boys Talk Episode 26 - Stephen Kalinich! Jul 28, 2021 17:10:01 GMT
Post by Kapitan on Jul 28, 2021 17:10:01 GMT
Sorry for this late live-blogging but another quick comment (I hope) on this basic topic. (I'm not even up to Kalinich yet!) But I think the question seems to keep morphing from the quality of the live band, the type of music performed, the quality of the albums. At one point it seems the issue is the albums would've been better had they been off the road, but then there's a comment about how good the studio material already was and how there's another album's worth of unreleased Sunflower/Surf's Up era music.
Also, I don't want to be critical, but I do think you're overplaying the somewhat discredited idea that Brian was 100% (or 99%, etc.) of the albums while the band was out there doing early '60s hits on the road. I agree that the live music was obviously not the full arrangements, and obviously Brian did dominate in the studio, but it's not as if the band weren't contributing both vocally and instrumentally. And as the '60s went on, the band dropped the striped shirts for the white suits (too late!), added supplemental musicians, expanded the set lists.
A quick look at a random 1968 Beach Boys setlist shows that among the 16 songs are Darlin, Friends, Little Bird, Do it Again, and Wake the World, not to mention Wouldn't It Be Nice, God Only Knows, Sloop John B, and of course Good Vibrations. There are only six pre-Pet Sounds songs, with one being a medley comprising five early hits. I think that actually speaks to the live band continuing to change more than they're given credit for. They were NOT performing "Cabinessence" or anything, there's no arguing that. But neither were they playing a show highlighting "Monster Mash" and "Papa Ooh Mow Mow," or even "I Get Around" and "Little Deuce Coupe."