The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl.

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I’m SO beyond excited about the upcoming release of The Beatles live at the Hollywood bowl.

I’m sure people will be arguing the semantics of the sound quality, or the cover artwork etc, but I’m just glad to see this actually happening.

This album takes me back to being a twelve year old, in the early throes of being a fan. At that age it was not a given that I’d be able to get a new album upon release. I’m not sure how I knew it was coming, maybe a tv ad?, tho probably something written in the newspapers (remember, this was a time when people had to rely on newspapers for, well, news).

Upon the albums release I needed an enabler to help me get access to it, and my brothers girlfriend Sue was the perfect person. Every Thursday night she would go into town ‘late night shopping’ (we still have that tradition here where I live, how utterly quaint). I would dress up in a body shirt, and a pair of trousers I’d designed, and had made that sort of replicated what John and Paul were wearing in ‘A hard days night’. I remember pointing to the photo below to explain, and show what I wanted made.

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So, with a lift into town with Sue, she would be off dress shopping, and I made a beeline for David Jones, a department store that had a music section with Perspex domes where people could ask for an album to be played, and the individual would go and stand under it to be immersed in the music.

The memory is so clear to me, a twelve year old Beatle nut, in town (and let me tell you, where I grew up was pretty rough and dangerous in those days). I stood on tippy toes at the counter and requested they play me the Hollywood bowl album. I raced into the booth, and then . . ‘And now, here they are!!, THE BEATLES!!’.

To this day I still get chills thinking about that moment. The announcement, the screams, then the Fabs launching into Twist and shout was/is spine tingling.

The rest of the album was no less exciting, and I still say, no live performance by anyone, ever, can match the performance and electricity of the one/two punch of ‘Roll over Beethoven’ and ‘Boys’, in fact, I think this performance of ‘Boys’ invented Thrash, and certainly to my ears settles the argument that Ringo was indeed the greatest rock drummer . . ever.

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For weeks and weeks I would head into town on Thursday nights, it got to the point that as soon as I walked in and the sales staff saw me, they would pull the album strait off the shelf and put it on the turntable for me. This continued until Christmas 1977 when Santa finally bought me my own copy of the album.

So, hats off to my enablers, my sister in law Sue, Sue’s sister Michelle who worked in a record shop and saved me all the cool Fab promo posters of the day (inc my prized Double fantasy poster from Novemeber 1980) and of course, the shop assistants who never said no to spinning the album for me.

One last thing. I love this album because John knew of it, and approved of the album, even selecting the original artwork. For all of John’s crazy ranting and dismissing the band, he was the band member behind the scenes most involved in, and vocal about the 1970’s releases, but that’s why we love him eh? :-)

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A million thanks to Roger at WogBlog for the below. I descend into a deep flatual curtsy of profound thanks, gratitude, and awe for the below info.

Press release:

WogBlog: Hollywood Bowl – official announcement »

The Beatles’ Companion Album to New Ron Howard-Directed Feature Documentary Presents Remixed and Mastered Recordings from Three Hollywood Bowl Concerts.

Preorder The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl:
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Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music Group are pleased to announce global release plans for The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl, a new album that captures the joyous exuberance of the band’s three sold-out concerts at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965. A companion to The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Academy Award®-winner Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about the band’s early career, The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl will be released worldwide on CD and for digital download and streaming on September 9, followed by a 180-gram gatefold vinyl LP on November 18. The album includes a 24-page booklet with an essay by noted music journalist David Fricke, and its cover art features a sunny photo taken on August 22, 1964 by The Beatles’ then-U.S. tour manager, Bob Bonis, as John, Paul, George and Ringo boarded a chartered flight from Seattle Tacoma Airport to Vancouver, BC for their first concert in Canada.

Documenting The Beatles’ Hollywood Bowl concerts on tape was no easy feat, as producer Sir George Martin explained in his album notes for 1977’s The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl: “The chaos, I might almost say panic, that reigned at these concerts was unbelievable unless you were there. Only three track recording was possible; The Beatles had no ‘fold back’ speakers, so they could not hear what they were singing, and the eternal shriek from 17,000 healthy, young lungs made even a jet plane inaudible.”

While The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl references the long out of print 1977 album, it is an entirely new release, directly sourced from the original three track tapes of the concerts. To preserve the excitement of the shows while unveiling the performances in today’s best available clarity and quality, GRAMMY Award® winning producer Giles Martin and GRAMMY Award® winning engineer Sam Okell have expertly remixed and mastered the recordings at Abbey Road Studios, including the thirteen tracks from the original album produced by Giles’ father, plus four additional, previously unreleased recordings from the momentous concerts.

“A few years ago Capitol Studios called saying they’d discovered some Hollywood Bowl three track tapes in their archive,” says Giles Martin. “We transferred them and noticed an improvement over the tapes we’ve kept in the London archive. Alongside this I’d been working for some time with a team headed by technical engineer James Clarke on demix technology, the ability to remove and separate sounds from a single track. With Sam Okell, I started work on remixing the Hollywood Bowl tapes. Technology has moved on since my father worked on the material all those years ago. Now there’s improved clarity, and so the immediacy and visceral excitement can be heard like never before. My father’s words still ring true, but what we hear now is the raw energy of four lads playing together to a crowd that loved them. This is the closest you can get to being at the Hollywood Bowl at the height of Beatlemania. We hope you enjoy the show…”

Featuring rare and exclusive footage, Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. The film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years touches on the band’s Hollywood Bowl concerts and includes footage of the “Boys” performance featured on The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl.

White Horse Pictures’ GRAMMY Award®-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci, and Academy Award® and Emmy Award®-winner Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment are producing with Howard. Apple Corps Ltd.’s Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde are serving as executive producers, along with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall.

Following a world premiere event in London on September 15, the film will roll out theatrically worldwide with release dates set in the U.K., France and Germany (September 15); the U.S., Australia and New Zealand (September 16); and Japan (September 22). In the U.S., Hulu is the presenting partner for Abramorama’s theatrical release of the film, which will be available to stream exclusively to Hulu subscribers beginning September 17. Studiocanal and PolyGram Entertainment are also anchor partners on the film, having acquired U.K., France, Germany and Australia and New Zealand rights. For more information about the film, visit www.thebeatleseightdaysaweek.com.

The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl track list:

1. Twist and Shout [30 August, 1965]
2. She’s A Woman [30 August, 1965]
3. Dizzy Miss Lizzy [30 August, 1965 / 29 August, 1965 – one edit]
4. Ticket To Ride [29 August, 1965]
5. Can’t Buy Me Love [30 August, 1965]
6. Things We Said Today [23 August, 1964]
7. Roll Over Beethoven [23 August, 1964]
8. Boys [23 August, 1964]
9. A Hard Day’s Night [30 August, 1965]
10. Help! [29 August, 1965]
11. All My Loving [23 August, 1964]
12. She Loves You [23 August, 1964]
13. Long Tall Sally [23 August, 1964]
14. You Can’t Do That [23 August, 1964 – previously unreleased]
15. I Want To Hold Your Hand [23 August, 1964 – previously unreleased]
16. Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby [30 August, 1965 – previously unreleased]
17. Baby’s In Black [30 August, 1965 – previously unreleased]

15 Responses to “The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl.”

  1. Nick D. says:

    Yeah! ‘Bout time, too!

  2. cue stella’s t-shirt – about f*cking time

  3. mcarp555 says:

    Well, all I’ll say is that I still think the best thing to do would be to put out the concerts unedited, as they were. 1964 on one ‘side’ and 1965 on the ‘other’. Maybe even all three shows complete and unedited as a special edition. Other opinions may vary.

  4. Nick D. says:

    @mcarp555, I like that idea. Maybe the first side “as is” and then side two, cleaned-up.

  5. Kwai Chang says:

    Highland Avenue NEXT RIGHT—>

  6. Keith Bratley says:

    Mine’s pre-ordered, but they should do a double CD pack or even double CD and DVD (there’s plenty of footage) with the sound cleaned up from these new cleaner tapes.

  7. mcarp555 says:

    Nick: I don’t mind the tapes being cleaned up and remastered, etc. But I’ve never liked the idea of having them edited to make a single ‘presentable’ concert out of multiple dates. What’s next, autotuning to fix the odd duff note? Overdubbing strings and horns? I see these recordings as historical artifacts, not base material in an attempt to make them palatable to a modern audience. I didn’t like the original “HB” album for this reason, and I probably won’t like this new one, either.

  8. Pete F. says:

    Well here’s a few hours of fun ahead… I’ll be making my own chronological playlists using these tracks as ‘best available’ and dropping them into their correct spots on my trusty Yellow Dog and Midnight Beat bootlegs!

    Agree with mcarp555: complete & unedited would have been the way to go here.

  9. they’ll never issue a complete and unedited version. not in our lifetimes. it’s all about the money. they want us to keep coming back over and over and over to buy this stuff. although I agree with all of you. relatedly – personally i love having the anthology issues but it was a bit of a bummer to have outtakes edited with different takes flown in. oh well whaddya do.

  10. and btw tammy thanks for your reminiscence on the orig HB issues in ’77. that year was my 2nd year of beatlemania so those issues were BIG for me then.

    another guilty pleasure back then – the RNR double album from that period. was too young to know what a cheezy ripoff that was.

  11. AND!!, now with fully restored Shea in cinemas!!. 😍

  12. Kwai Chang says:

    Made In The Shea’d

  13. James Peet says:

    Anybody else blown away by John signing off this letter with, “Beatles 4 ever”? I’ve never seen or heard anything like this from him. I knew he collected bootlegs (don’t we all?) but this shows that all that bitterness was short-lived and the group were long-loved by him.

    Peace to you John.

  14. Looking forward to this album. It’s a shame the Beatles did all their touring before concert venues figured out how to properly set up the sound system and record live performances, but at least we have the Hollywood Bowl recordings. I just finished writing a lengthy Beatles article, so am in full-on Fab Four mode right now, and can’t wait to hear it and see the film as well!

  15. James Peet says:

    Tammy, if you ever need an enabler, you only have to ask ;o)

    Thanks, as ever for the amazing Beatle-type images. They do make yer heart melt!

    jp

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