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On this day in music history: October 19, 1964 - “Beach Boys Concert”, the seventh album by The Beach Boys is released. Produced by Brian Wilson, it is recorded at The Civic Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, CA on December 23, 1963 and August 1, 1964. Compiled from two live shows recorded eight months apart, Sacramento, CA is chosen to make the album as the city is one of the first markets to play the bands records. The album includes a number of the bands’ hits along with cover versions of other songs performed in their show. The band will later admit the final product involved recording some post production vocal overdubs and instrumentation (even using parts of the studio masters of “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “I Get Around”), due to technical issues with microphones and the vocals being drown out by the screaming audience. In spite of this mild controversy, it is hugely successful and the bands’ first chart topping album. The original release comes in a gatefold sleeve with a four page booklet with photos of the band, glued inside the center spread of the sleeve. It is reissued a number of times over the years, first as a budget priced album on Pickwick Records in 1972 as “Wow! Great Concert!”, cutting down the already brief LP (clocking at under thirty three minutes) by omitting the tracks “The Wanderer” and “Johnny B. Goode”. The album makes its CD debut in 1990 as a 2-fer CD with the “Live In London” concert album. “Concert” is remastered and reissued again in 2000 as a stand alone CD. “Beach Boys Concert” spends four weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.