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Lei'd in Hawaii

Lei'd in Hawaii
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Live album unreleased by The Beach Boys
Recorded August 25–September 11, 1967 (1967-09-11)
Venue Hawaii (August 25–26)
Studio Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco (September 11)
Label Brother (projected)
Producer Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys recording chronology

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Lei'd in Hawaii is an unreleased live album by American rock band the Beach Boys featuring performances recorded by the group in August and September 1967 after the completion of their 1967 studio album Smiley Smile.[1] Some of these performances have seen release on subsequent compilation albums, box sets, and bootleg recordings.

Recording

Shortly after the band shelved Smile, dropped out from the Monterey Pop Festival, and completed recording of the imminent Smiley Smile, they scheduled two performances in Hawaii that would be released on Brother Records[2] as a live album and possibly a concert film.[3][2] Difficulties arose around this time. Member Bruce Johnston refused to travel for the reason that "it had all got too weird." To alleviate this, Brian Wilson was persuaded into making the trip, but only on the condition that he be allowed to bring his Baldwin organ, thus forcing bass guitar duties on Carl Wilson and Al Jardine per Johnston's absence despite neither possessing apt capabilities for the instrument.[2] The band was also chronically under-rehearsed, adding new songs to their set list such as "Gettin' Hungry", "Heroes and Villains", and a cover of the Box Tops song "The Letter". Ultimately, the band performed too poorly for the material to be released, and the recording allegedly suffered technical problems that could not be fixed with overdubbing or other studio doctoring.[2]

On September 11,[4] the band migrated to Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco and attempted to rerecord the entire performance as a live-in-the-studio album with the intention of inserting an audience response track later.[5] Only six tracks were recorded before the idea was abandoned in favor of a regular studio album.[2]

Brian's August performances of "Heroes and Villains" would be his first and last for several decades. He would not perform the song for a public audience until the concert show A Tribute to Brian Wilson in 2001.[6]

Release

Portions of Lei'd in Hawaii have been released in piecemeal throughout various compilations and reissues including Rarities (1983), Concert / Live in London (1990), Endless Harmony Soundtrack (1998), Hawthorne, CA (2001), and Made in California (2013).[2]

Bootlegs

The August 25 show and Heider sessions are available on the unauthorized compilation Aloha From Hawaii (And Hollywood).[2] In 1994, bootleg label Vigotone released a compilation of the Lei'd in Hawaii recordings entitled Lei'd in Hawaii Rehearsal. It featured additional studio outtakes such as "We're Together Again" from Friends and "Sherry She Needs Me".[7]

Set lists and tracks

References

  1. ^ Badman 2004, p. 199.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Doe, Andrew Grayham. "Unreleased Albums". Bellagio 10452. Endless Summer Quarterly. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ Priore 2005, p. 125.
  4. ^ Doe, Andrew Grayham. "GIGS67". Bellagio 10452. Endless Summer Quarterly. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ Carlin 2006, p. 124.
  6. ^ Priore 2005, p. 163.
  7. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Lei'd in Hawaii Rehearsal". Allmusic. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 

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