Beach Boys Concert

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Beach Boys Concert
Live album by
ReleasedOctober 19, 1964
RecordedDecember 21, 1963; August 1964
VenueCivic Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, CA (1963; August 1, 1964)
StudioUnited Western Recorders, Hollywood (August 30)
GenreSurf rock, rock and roll
ProducerBrian Wilson
The Beach Boys chronology
Four by the Beach Boys
Beach Boys Concert
The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
The Beach Boys UK chronology
The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
Beach Boys Concert
All Summer Long
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Blender2/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]

Beach Boys Concert is the first live album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released on October 19, 1964. It is their seventh album in all, and their third alone in the same year. It was their first chart-topping album in the US, as well as the first live album to top pop music record charts,[5] maintaining its position for four weeks during a sixty-two-week chart stay, and becoming another gold seller.

The album was recorded live at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California. Because Brian Wilson was about to vacate his position in the live group, and would only perform sporadically with them over the course of the next three decades, it is one of the few live documents of the original line up of the Beach Boys in officially released LP form.

In 2014, Live in Sacramento 1964 was released, containing additional performances from these concert dates.[6]


The album includes several songs that the Beach Boys regularly performed live but had not previously included on an album, such as "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow", "The Wanderer" and "Monster Mash". "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" was actually a Jan & Dean hit. Alongside those were a sampling of their favorites, such as "Hawaii", "In My Room", "Fun, Fun, Fun", and "I Get Around". "Little Deuce Coupe," "In My Room," "Johnny B. Goode," "Monster Mash," and "Long Tall Texan" dated from the December 21, 1963 show.[7]


A truncated version was released on Pickwick Records as Wow! Great Concert! Beach Boys Concert (Capitol (S)TAO 2198) was paired on CD with Live in London, with bonus tracks from both periods. Bonus Tracks include "Don't Worry Baby (Live 1964)" (2:56) and "Heroes And Villains (Live 1967)" (3:47).

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Fun, Fun, Fun" (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) – 2:26
  2. "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" (Don Altfeld/Jan Berry/Roger Christian) – 3:00
  3. "Little Deuce Coupe" (B. Wilson/Christian) – 2:27
  4. "Long, Tall Texan" (Henry Strezlecki) – 2:32
  5. "In My Room" (B. Wilson/Gary Usher) – 2:25
  6. "Monster Mash" (Boris Pickett/Lenny Capizzi) – 2:27
  7. "Let's Go Trippin'" (Dick Dale) – 2:34
Side two
  1. "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" (Carl White/Al Frazier/Sonny Harris/Turner Wilson Jr.) – 2:18
  2. "The Wanderer" (Ernest Maresca) – 2:00
  3. "Hawaii" (B. Wilson/Love) – 1:51
  4. "Graduation Day" (Joe Sherman/Noel Sherman) – 3:29
  5. "I Get Around" (B. Wilson/Love) – 2:42
  6. "Johnny B. Goode" (Chuck Berry) – 1:56


The Beach Boys


Chart (1964) Peak
US Billboard Top LPs 1


  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie (1964-10-19). "Concert - The Beach Boys : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
  2. ^ Wolk, Douglas (October 2004). "The Beach Boys Concert/Live in London". Blender. Archived from the original on June 30, 2006. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). London: Oxford University Press. p. 479. ISBN 978-0-19-531373-4.
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; with Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York, NY: Fireside/Simon & Schuster. p. 46. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ Moskowitz 2015, p. 42.
  6. '^ "Beach Boys Release Two Expansive Archival Digital Albums Featuring Music from 1964". WFJA Classic Hits 105.5. December 7, 2014.
  7. ^ Ian Rusten,
  • Beach Boys Concert/Live in London CD booklet notes, David Leaf, c.1990.
  • "The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and the Southern California Experience", Timothy White, c. 1994.