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Beach Boys Sing 'California Girls' Live on Reunion Tour

Band marks 50th anniversary tour with two-disc album

The Beach Boys
Robert Matheu
May 20, 2013 9:00 AM ET

2012 was a landmark year for the Beach Boys: the rock greats reunited for the new album That's Why God Made the Radio and set out on a massive 50th anniversary tour. Tomorrow, they'll celebrate the journey with Live – The 50th Anniversary Tour, a two disc collection featuring 41 recordings taken from last year's tour.

On this exclusive live version of their hit "California Girls," Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks dive right into the song's radiant keyboard pulse, and the band shapes a small symphony of vocal harmonies as only they can.

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