Entertainment Weekly - 8/11/00, pp.78-9
"...Excellent...[The album] has a progressive, full-rock-band feel that suggests how they credibly shared bills with the Dead without coming off like Sha Na Na..." - Rating: A-
The Beach Boys: Mike Love, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Alan Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar.
Producer: The Beach Boys.
Reissue producer: Cheryl Pawelski, Paul Atkinson.
Recorded live in 1972 & 1973. Includes liner notes by Paul Williams.
Digitally remastered by Andrew Sandoval & Ron McMaster.
Personnel: Billy Hinsche (guitar, keyboards); Blondie Chaplin (guitar); Ed Carter (bass guitar); Mike Kowalski (drums, percussion); Ricky Fataar (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Ron McMaster.
Recording information: Summer 1973 Tour (1972-1973); Winter 1972 Tour (1972-1973).
Photographer: Ed Caraeff.
Arranger: Brian Wilson .
This vintage recording of the early-1970s Beach Boys captured live in concert highlights both their extensive songbook and the creditable job they did of reproducing complex studio arrangements live. Augmented by South African musicians Blondie Chaplin (replacing the incapacitated Brian Wilson) and drummer Ricky Fataar (Dennis Wilson had torn a ligament in his hand), the band bridges the artistic gap between its early surfing songs and its later iconic material like "Good Vibrations" and "Heroes and Villains." Its early-'70s opus, HOLLAND, is also well represented by "Sail on Sailor," "Trader," and "Leaving This Town."