Today saw the release of “The Beach Boys 50 – Live In Concert” – an abridged DVD of one of their concerts from this past summer. As a completionist, I felt compelled to swing by Best Buy on the way home and pick it up.
Sadly, I’m disappointed by the whole thing – which is quite depressing. The sound is flat and lifeless, and the direction is just not what I’d like to see in a Beach Boys (or any other) concert.
This is a completely independent complaint from the one regarding the anemic track list. That’s a rant for a whole other time.
I’m of the belief that most people that direct concert DVDs have never actually heard the music in the first place. To me, the visuals should compliment the music. For example, if the bassist has a signature line in a song – show it to me. As a listener, I’ll pick up on the visual cue and perhaps hear a part of the song I never noticed before. Show me what I’m missing, not the back of someone’s head or some random 60 year old mouthing the words.
For this concert, I’m not getting that vibe at all. Sad to say, I’m getting the sense that this was a rushed product for the holiday season. There has to be something better coming down the pike. Too many good shows and good songs were performed over the whole tour to let this be the sole representation of the 50th anniversary.
Luckily for fans, this isn’t the only concert out there. Over in Japan, a concert was broadcast on some pay network and somehow, someone managed to get the audio and release it into the wild.
It is worlds better than the sound on this concert. My biggest regret is not being about to find the video to go along with it, but I can live without it.
Of course, I suppose that it’s going to take something special to impress me after having been in the front row during the Merriweather Post show. No matter how well a recording is done or how well a video is directed – it’s never going to match up with the experience of being there and singing along with this group that I’ve idolized for so long.
I suppose I was always going to be let down by this disc. I also suppose I was always going to buy it anyway,