Most casual music fans consider The Beach Boys as an oldies act. The group however was much more than that and there is a whole “other music” by them that only the die hards are familiar with. Some of that music was featured on progressive free form radio stations during the early to mid 1970’s. You can hear it being played on some of the air checks posted to this site.
Below I have posted some examples of that “other” Beach Boys music recorded between 1966 to 1973. Not a best of list as there is so much more on the albums released during this period.
The tracks below are not just fun and sun or an endless summer and are stylistically diverse with contributions from various band members.
The last post on the site, David Pritchard on CHUM FM from 1971, was a great example of experimental FM underground radio. This air check from Chicago station WXFM is in a somewhat similar vein. During the time of this air check, WXFM was a multi format station and the program Triad Radio aired during weekday evenings from 8 to midnight. The show was on the station from 1969 to 1977 and featured a lot of experimental and progressive rock, particularly of the European variety. Mr Pritchard and Gary Storm’s Oil of Dog (also featured on this site) highlighted some of the same on their programs.
There are other air checks from Triad radio available on the web but this is one of the longer ones and it’s a gem featuring a number of commercial breaks with some very interesting ads and other content.
The name of the host was Saul Smaizys and he took the program to other stations after the show ended on WXFM.. Here’s Facebook link for the program: Triad Radio