The Beach Boys have shared an unreleased live version of fan favourite track ‘Susie Cincinnati’. The release comes as the next preview to their forthcoming new box set, Feel Flows – The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971, which is due out on August 27 through Capitol/UMe.
The live version of the track, which was originally written and sung by Al Jardine, was recorded nearly 45 years ago at a legendary stadium concert in California on July 3, 1976. The performance marked the return of Brian Wilson to the live stage for his first full show with The Beach Boys in many years, part of the “Brian’s Back” publicity campaign that also signaled his return to the studio and the release of the group’s new 15 Big Ones album, celebrating 15 years of the band.
During this now-iconic concert, The Beach Boys band was augmented with a full horn section and the brass gives ‘Susie Cincinnati’ a whole new edge. Originally released in 1970 as the B-side to Sunflower standout, ‘Add Some Music To You Day’, the song was remixed for 1976’s 15 Big Ones.
Feel Flows is being released in honour of 50 years of The Beach Boys’ timeless and often underappreciated albums, Sunflower and Surf’s Up. The expansive five-CD box set chronicles and explores in depth this metamorphic and highly influential 1969-1971 period of the band’s legendary career. Assembled by Mark Linett and Alan Boyd, the team behind 2013’s SMiLE Sessions, the expansive collection features newly remastered versions of Sunflower and Surf’s Up and boasts 135 tracks, including 108 previously unreleased songs, live recordings, radio promos, alternate versions, alternate mixes, isolated backing tracks and a cappella versions, culled from the album sessions.
Housed in a book-style package, the set is rounded out with a 48-page book loaded with unreleased and rare photos, lyric sheets, tape box images, recording artefacts, insightful new liner notes by noted radio veteran and Beach Boys aficionado Howie Edelson, and new and archival interviews from Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Bruce Johnston, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, and others.
Feel Flows will also be released in abbreviated versions including four-LP on both black vinyl and limited edition translucent blue and translucent gold colour vinyl, two-LP black vinyl and 2CD editions.
For now, stream the unreleased rendition of ‘Susie Cincinnati’, below and pre-order to box-set, here.