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Is that a guitar stand?
A rare ES-335 sighting!
Kwai – I think that’s part of the cymbal stand you’re seeing.
I am afraid that is an ES-345TD rather than an ES-335. Indeed, the 360/12 is standing on a guitar stand, a Schaller fold-up guitar stand.
What did Ringo sing in the UK 65 tour?
This looks like Finsbury Park Astoria show, 11 December.
Thank you. I don’t remember ever seeing them use guitar stands. If this is the first time, they must have thought it too much bother. Or, maybe Mal decided (ahem) that they weren’t really needed.
In that tour Paul played Yesterday using an electric organ: http://www.beatlesebooks.com/files/1619622/uploaded/paul%20yesterday%2065%20live%20organ.jpg … I wonder if there’s some audio or film recording of that.
The Continental organ is seen in the photograph posted in the background, plugged into McCartney’s Bassman amplifier.
Rehearsal in late November at the Donmar Warehouse, London:
That was a cool fact that had eluded me.
(Somebody, anybody…please, some video)
I thought they lugged that thing around just for John to give it the elbow!
(I bet that sold a lot of amplifiers for VOX)
The problem is, Kwai, that there is no video of The Beatles on their last UK tour in late 1965, I`m afraid, same as their last ever UK performance at NME in May 1966
And one more thing about that picture, George did not own this guitar for too long. It is also seen in their promos from November 1965 – I Feel Fine, Help!, Ticket To Ride, Day Tripper and We Can Work It Out. I think it was most probably lost sometime during this last ever uk tour of The Beatles..
Between the sunburst finish on the guitars and the oyster black drums, I got lost and failed to notice Lennon w/ hat. But, then…I noticed the attire. All BLACK!!! (Whack!!!)This IS the Epitome of the essence of tuff and cool. Musical absinthe in a four-pack, anybody? That’s no hallucination…that is the coolest!
Call it a coolucination…
Like another English rockstar said once: “It’s like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black.”
The greatest stuff is NEVER w/o irony…
The real bummer, particularly for us Brits, is that no video or audio seems to exist of this short tour (the only one they performed We Can Work It Out on), or the one the year before, where they included I’m Happy Just To Dance and I Should Have Known Better.
We have nothing after Blackpool Night Out of them performing live in the UK until the Apple rooftop.
I have some news for you – there IS a small amount of footage existing from this tour – from one of the London shows – and it does show Paul playing the organ on Yesterday. A tantalising glimpse has escaped but not the whole thing.
whaaaaaat??? That is a great news!! Only, how to get to it?
Yup, some footage exists – http://www.beatlesondvd.com/19651969/19651210_bea.htm yet n/a
I bet that organ version of Yesterday makes up for the electric(Tokyo)
version. At least, we can assume that the real reason for lugging the Vox Continental around has been revealed.
Wow, it would be really memorable experience to hear the live version of Yesterday played on that organs or to hear one and only ever existed live version of We Can Work It Out by The Beatles…
VERY cool photo!
@Kway Chang. The Continental was played on three songs in that last U.K. tour: “Yesterday”, “We Can Work It Out”, and “I’m Down”. I bet it worth the luggage.
I wasn’t even aware they sang We Can Work It Out live…until today. (I wasn’t aware they sang Yesterday w/ organ until ‘yesterday’…)
It is all awesome stuff to know. Thank you!
Please, accept my apologies if my last post sounded rude. That was not the intention. I wanted to state the considerable amount of songs for which the organ was used that explained the addition of the instrument to the tour equipment. Sometimes, obsession with correction may be perceived as rude and annoying. Again, I apologise.
Details can seem cold and impersonal. BUT, if that was rude, please keep it coming. Maybe you didn’t recognize my ‘short answer’ in attempt to not bring more questions upon you. You know me…I don’t do that very often. So, there is no better feeling than learning new details about The Beatles. I am still in your debt…
Thanks for the opportunity.
PS- My grandma used to spank me with her fuzzy pink slipper. When my mom would pick us up, my grandma would start crying and telling my mom “I didn’t want to…I had to…he needed it”. All the way home, I would tell my mom how much it tickled…(peace, KC)
Luckily we have at least some beautiful photographs of the event.
So it’s a ‘Vox’ continental?, the same red one played at Shea?, wonder where it is these days?.
I am afraid it is not, Tammy. The Continental played at Shea Stadium in 1965 broke in Canada on that same tour and was replaced with a Thomas Organ Continental. Not that Thomas Organ Continentals where not the same as the J.M.I. Continentals this early in time. However, the Continental used on the last U.K. tour was a third model with the “Continental” model written in white script typeface over a black background. The Shea/Ed Sullivan Continental had a black script typeface over a white background, and its replacement had a white bold typeface over a black background. Confusing as it may seem, they were three.
The Shea/Ed Sullivan Continental organ went on sale at a Christie’s auction in November 2008.
More details on this link:
Cool link, henry!!!
(John broke the organ at Shea finale)
The Beatles did indeed use the organ on We Can Work It Out and Yesterday on that tour, but not on I’m Down, at least not in Liverpool. John wore his hat, they all wore black polo necks.
Deep curtsy to Mr Horse, awesome info
Thanks, Horse! 335s and 345s look quite similar when not next to one another!
Michael, you are welcome. The split parallelogram fret inlays tell the ES-345 appart from the ES-335. (And if closer to the guitar, the gold hardware).
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