Authorised documentaries can be a disappointment in appearing to airbrush out all the human frailties and creative battles that lay behind the music.
But on the plus side, you get access to archive material that doesn’t lie.
That was certainly the case with The Rolling Stones recent ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ marking their 50 years together.
And so it proved with the Beach Boys ‘Doin’ It Again,’ shown last night on BBC4 with the peg of being a behind-the-scenes look at their 2012 reunion tour.
As we now know, the line-up of living originals won’t be doin’ it again beyond this year as Mike Love, who owns the band’s name, wants to keep touring the hits as he has in recent years.
But the get together was worth it.
The recent single ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’ has all the trademark harmonies plus a Bond theme-like chord sequence in the chorus, which shows their commercial instincts haven’t gone west.
Best of all for me in the documentary, apart from the toe-tapping hits from the 60s, was recently-discovered 16mm footage shot during the ‘Pet Sounds’ sessions.
Seeing Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine doing his stuff plus the Beach Boys in harmony on ‘Good Vibrations’ was a treat.
It’s surely the greatest single of all time – period.