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Pacific Amphitheatre
Located inside the Orange County Fairgrounds 100 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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4.7 / 5 Rated by 23 members
Review from Eleanor Roberts
71 events 53 reviews

We had "fun, fun, fun" at this concert. The seats were in the very back and to the side, but we could see the stage (but not the faces of the performers) and hear really well. The big screens on either side of the stage allowed us to see close...continued

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Review from Jacqueline Ann Maleck
58 events 23 reviews

Marvelous performance-we loved it!

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Review from Sandee Mata
46 events 17 reviews

great show, especiall;y the Fab Four

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Fair admission is included in the ticket price.

It is recommended that you bring binoculars and a blanket. The fair and the concert are outdoors, so please dress appropriately.

By Karl Keely for Pop Music @ Suite 101 In the 1960s, pop albums came of age, due in great part to the friendly rivalry between The Beach Boys and The Beatles, whose records spurred the other to greater heights Popular music albums had up until the mid-1960s been uneven affairs. Most records would be built around two or three hit singles, with the rest of the material coming from subtle variations of the hits, covers of contemporary tracks, and old standards. As such, few long-players from popular music warrant attention in most ‘Best Of’ listings. Definitive records were mostly found outside of the mainstream, such as Kind Of Blue_ by Miles Davis or Brilliant Corners_ by Thelonius Monk. The Beatles released their first album in March 1963, just over four months after The Beach Boys debuted with_ Surfin’ Safari_ in October 1962. Both bands followed the usual pop template with these early releases, featuring mainly singles with the rest of the record filled up with covers and lightweight filler. A notable exception here is With The Beatles(1963), which sold over a million copies in Britain but did not produce any singles.


The Beatles: Rubber Soul* With each album, both bands developed. In 1964, A Hard’s Day Nigh_t was released, featuring a track listing entirely written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The next year, Brian Wilson composed a side of dense, mature, and musically complex love songs for The Beach Boys Today! Both their albums and singles were selling in huge numbers, and with Rubber Soul_ the Beatles upped the ante again. Again writing all their own material, and now featuring George Harrison tracks _(‘If I Needed Someone’)Rubber Soul featured the sitar, notable fuzz bass and more intellectual lyrics. Brian Wilson was inspired by the album, claiming it had no poor tracks, and was inspired to improve on this with his next project, the legendary Pet Sounds. Said Wilson of hearing_ Rubber Soul: “Rubber Soul was a collection of songs that somehow went together like no album ever made before, and I was very impressed…[and] challenged to do a great album.


The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds* The success in the album’s consistency lies in its structure – aside from_ ‘Sloop John B’ and its two instrumental cuts, the record details the course of a relationship, right from early glee_ (’Wouldn’t It Be Nice’) to a distant disappointment (‘Caroline No’). Built on glorious harmonies, touching lyrics, and daring and inventive instrumentation, although not a huge commercial success initially, it pushed the Beatles on to newer heights. The Beatles were goaded by Pet Sounds to produce_ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band_, which arrived in 1967 with its iconic Peter Blake cover, and spent fifteen weeks on top of the Billboard chart. As expansive and inventive as Pet Sounds, the Beatles took in eastern sounds_ (‘Lovely Rita’), LSD-influenced ideas (‘Fixing A Hole’) and production-laden narratives _(‘A Day In The Life’) to create an advanced yet accessible record. Paul McCartney and George Martin both acknowledged that Pet Sounds was an inspiration for Sgt. Peppers. In 2003, Pet Sounds was ranked No. 2 by Rolling Stone magazine in its list of “ The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time," second only to Sgt. Pepper’s.


The Beach Boys: Good Vibrations* Brian Wilson had bridged the gap between Pet Sounds and the intended follow-up Smile_ with the single ‘Good Vibrations’, a million-seller in the United States. The track was intended for Pet Sounds but was not finished in time, instead taking six months to record in various studios and with numerous overdubs. Within its four minutes, the track featured ever-more complicated vocal arrangements, non-pop instruments such as a cello and theremin, and a production quality unheard of before. Smile fell apart due to Brian Wilson’s health issues, and instead cuts from the recordings appeared on several Beach Boys albums over the course of the next few years, notably_’Surf’s Up’ and_ ‘Cabin Essence’_. With each Beach Boys record Wilson’s influence faded, and so did the band’s sales. The Beatles became increasingly embroiled in personal disputes and their albums, such as White Album and Let It Be lost the coherent nature of previous efforts. By 1970 they were no more, bringing to an end forever the friendly competition between the Beatles and the Beach Boys, which had lifted the pop album to heights it would rarely reach again.

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