In Capitol Records' giant Studio A in Los Angeles this summer, the surviving Beach Boys - Brian Wilson,
Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston - gathered around a microphone
and, for the first time in two decades, harmonized on a track. The
song was, appropriately enough, a rerecording of their stomping 1968 hit
"Do It Again." "Even the veteran sound engineers were moved," says
Jardine. "Not all of us are left, but there are still enough of us for
that vibration to come through."
"The song title has pretty firm implications, doesn't it?" says Love.
"Brian asked me, 'How does a 70-year-old sound that good?' "
After resolving decades of bitter legal battles, the band is
reuniting to celebrate its 50th anniversary in a major way, with
archival releases on the way, including the upcoming Smile Sessions
(out November 1st). And the "Do It Again" session was filmed as a
promotional video for a likely world tour next year. "We'll do maybe 50
amphitheaters here and 50 or 60 overseas,"