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Live in London (Beach Boys album)

Live in London
Live album by
ReleasedMay 1970
RecordedDecember 8, 1968, Odeon Astoria, London
ProducerCarl Wilson, Stephen Desper
The Beach Boys chronology
Live in London
Alternate cover
1971 release
1971 release
Alternate cover
Beach Boys '69 album cover
Beach Boys '69 album cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Blender2/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]

Live in London is a live album by American rock band the Beach Boys released by EMI in the UK in May 1970. When released in the US on November 15, 1976, the album was renamed Beach Boys '69 (The Beach Boys In London) via Capitol Records.


1968 was a difficult year for The Beach Boys at home, where their reputation had soured considerably, yet their European success was still strong, as evidenced by these confident performances recorded while the group were making their 20/20 album. After the surprise success of the Endless Summer and Spirit of America hits packages in 1974 and 1975, the Beach Boys enjoyed a resurgence of popularity at home, especially on the concert circuit. It was during this time that Capitol decided to strike while the iron was hot and issue a renamed edition of the album for the first time in the US. The reissue had art by rock artist Jim Evans, and a new title, Beach Boys '69. Besides the fact that the live performance was actually recorded in December 1968, the LP's appearance added confusion to the marketplace as the group had recently issued a new, live double album—The Beach Boys in Concert—on their own Brother Records label, as part of a distribution deal with their new label, Reprise. Despite this, the record became a small chart success in the US, following the Top 10 placing of 15 Big Ones, reaching #75 in the Fall of 1976 during a US chart stay of 10 weeks. The UK edition failed to chart.

It is believed that The Beach Boys owed Capitol one more album (this may have been it, instead of the Fading Rock Group Revival/Reverberation project), and so, this release ended their relationship with the record label, and with EMI in the UK. When their albums were remastered for CD in 1990 (and again in 2001), Live in London was paired with their 1964 live release Beach Boys Concert.

Track listing

All tracks written by Brian Wilson/Mike Love, unless otherwise noted.

Side one
  1. "Darlin'" – 2:41
  2. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Brian Wilson/Tony Asher/Love) – 1:53
  3. "Sloop John B" (Trad./Arr. Brian Wilson) – 2:30
  4. "California Girls" – 2:19
  5. "Do It Again" – 2:47
  6. "Wake the World" (Brian Wilson/Al Jardine) – 2:26
  7. "Aren't You Glad" – 3:09
Side two
  1. "Bluebirds Over the Mountain" (Ersel Hickey) – 2:53
  2. "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring" (Bobby Troup) – 2:49
  3. "Good Vibrations" – 4:36
  4. "God Only Knows" (Brian Wilson/Asher) – 3:27
  5. "Barbara Ann" (Fred Fassert) – 2:32


The Beach Boys
Additional personnel
  • Daryl Dragon – piano, organ, bass on "Bluebirds Over the Mountain"
  • Ed Carter - bass, tambourine, lead guitar on "Bluebirds Over the Mountain"
  • Mike Kowalski - percussion
  • Uncredited horns and possible cellos


  • Surf's Up: The Beach Boys On Record Brad Elliott c. 1981
  • Beach Boys Concert/Live in London CD booklet notes, David Leaf, c. 1990.
  • Allmusic


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Review: Live in London". Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  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.
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