David Beard spoke with Al Jardine on Friday, May 14, 2021. The two went down the rabbit hole together and discussed The Beach Boys Surf’s Up album. That interview, along with interviews from the other members, will appear in the Summer 2021 edition of Endless Summer Quarterly, which is slated for publication in June.
During the discussion, David asked Al about the upcoming Feel Flows box set and the potential for possibilities as they relate to the 60th anniversary.
Feel Flows box set
Al Jardine: Wait until you hear the live version of “Take A Load Off Your Feet”; it will blow your ‘sandals’ off! It is so damn good … I almost fainted when I heard it. I didn’t even remember performing it live. I think Mike Meros is on the keys … There’s an entire live performance section that will be on the Feel Flows set of that era’s songs from different performances of ours through the years. It’s beautifully done … absolute perfection. I’ve always hated the studio version of “Take A Load Off Your Feet,” but now I LOVE it because of this live version. Isn’t that funny? It’s what I call ‘playback/payback.’
There are a lot of great live tracks performed through the years from that era that are on the new Feel Flows release, and at least half the collection contains alternate takes. It’s all very fascinating and a lot of fun to listen to.
The Beach Boys 60th Anniversary
For the 60th anniversary, I’ve got a feeling we’ll do shows in several different locations. I’m not sure how many though. We will definitely do a show in Los Angeles … I think that’s on the horizon. I’m not sure, but I think it’s going to be more of a tribute show to The Beach Boys … performed by other acts. I think there’s also consideration of another album. I have a calypso/folk style song called “Islands In The Sun” that I think would fit nicely. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
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