Saturday, December 28, 2013

"I'll Be Back" Outtakes

On June 01 1964, The Beatles gathered at EMI Studio 2 in order to continue recording the soundtrack album to the first film and the third official EMI LP : "A Hard Day's Night". The last song on the UK LP and the last song on the US LP: "Beatles '65" was the song entitled "I'll Be Back".
"I'll Be Back" was mainly written by John Lennon with the middle eight probably assisted by Paul. John is the main vocal although the song is sung in parts as a duet between John and Paul.
There are two takes of the song available commercially on the Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 1" album. These are takes 2 and 3. Both of the takes are mono. Take 2 is an attempt to play the song in 3/4 time (like a waltz) but it seems that the tempo sounds and feels awkward and the song is then changed to the regular 4/4 time. There is another attempt as take 3 but John seems to have problems with the phrasing of the lyrics as he sings them.
There are also some some very short snippets of the session (takes 12, 13, 14 and 15) also available commercially from the "Anthology" DVD series. These mainly consist of count-ins and breakdowns.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

From Us To You For A Third Time

The Beatles recorded a radio show for the BBC on May 01, 1964 which was for their own show entitled "From Us To You". This show would be broadcast almost three weeks later on May 18 1964. The location of the recording are the BBC Paris Studios in London. The host for this show is Alan Freeman and various guests appear like Lulu, etc.
The theme song is sung by the band as "From Us To You" based on the previous hit "From Me To You" with some of the words changed, of course. The next song performed would be "White Monday To You" as this was a bank holiday in England. The tune is performed to the music of "Happy Birthday to You" (done twice, the second version being with more "gusto" and faster.The next track is from the first UK LP and the flip side of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" in the states:  "I Saw Her Standing there" sung by Paul. Following this, the Beatles' arrangement of  "Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey" is performed and this is a pre-EMI recording of the tune which would eventually appear on the fourth UK LP "Beatles For Sale"; once again sung mainly by Paul.
The next song performed is a cover of the Elvis tune "I Forgot To Remember to Forget" sung by George which has a play of words including an annoying introduction between George Harrison and Alan Freeman. After reading some requests, The Beatles perform the B-side to their latest single in the form of "You Can't Do That" which is sung by John with background vocals from Paul and George and featuring the 12-string Rickenbaker guitar ( a fairly new acquisition by George). The Beatles follow this is a performance of the cover "Sure To Fall (In Love With You)" featuring some nice harmonies and vocal by Paul in the middle part. This song would later feature on the Ringo Starr solo LP: "Stop and Smell The Roses" in the early 80s.
This is followed by an introduction by Paul and the performance of the latest single A-side "Can't Buy Me Love" double tracked by Paul. Another Carl Perkin's cover is then performed by the band: "Matchbox" sung by Ringo (taking over from an earlier version by John). The song would be officially recorded for EMI a month after the taping of this radio show and would appear on the "Long Tall Sally" EP in the UK. The third Carl Perkins cover is "Honey Don't" with having John Lennon on vocals although Ringo take over this rendition when recorded for the fourth LP "Beatles For Sale" later in the fall of 1964.
The show concludes with a repeat of the theme song "From Us To You" with a voice over and fades. The entire show can be found on the boot vinyl LP "The Beatles At the Beeb, Volume Ten" as well as on the  bootleg CD box "The complete BBC Sessions". Commercially, the song "I Forgot To Remember to Forget" can be found on the Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Live At the BBC"

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Big Beat '64 (Also known as The Pollwinner's Concert)

On April 26, 1964 The Beatles played a live show at the Empire Pool in Wembley. This show was part of the "Big Beat '64" program on ABC Television in the UK. It is also known as the "New Musical Express Pollwinner's Concert". After the show was taped, the broadcast for the concert was shown on May 10 1964.
The line up of musical material consists of the following: After an introduction by Murray "The K" who was a New York American DJ at the time, the first song performed is "She Loves You" which, of course, was the fourth single in the UK line up. After this, the latest B-side is performed in the form of Lennon's "You Can't Do That". The last song from the first LP is played; the cover version of the Isley Brother's tune "Twist And Shout" with John on lead. Paul gets his turn with the Little Richard cover of "Long Tall Sally" and the last song of the show is the current (at the time) A-side of the new single "Can't Buy Me Love". The Beatles were then presented with trophies by the actor Roger Moore who would later appear as James Bond in the movies.
You can find the show on the vinyl bootleg, "The Beatles At The Beeb Volume Thirteen" as well as the CD bootleg "Mythology, Volume 1". I've also presented the audio only for the show below. Some of the "Can't Buy Me Love" video footage can be seen commercially on the Apple "Anthology" DVD.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-fxBYpHoVY&list=PLr4Tgy0WHNgn8UdBa9eTifTDk3YIAit_g

Saturday, December 7, 2013

"Around The Beatles" recording session.

On April 19 1964, The Beatles entered the IBC recording studios in London to prepare for a televised performance special entitled "Around The Beatles". This show would be broadcast 10 days later on April 29 1964.
For the event, various songs were performed "live" in the studio and the Beatles would mime to these live recordings during the visual event. Nine songs have surfaced from these recordings which were taped on three track machines. Some of the bootlegged material has been mono but the commercial release of some of the material on the "Anthology" series has been re-mixed from the master tapes to stereo back in the mid- 90s.
The songs that are strictly mono (at the moment) and can be found on bootleg include a version of "Twist and Shout", "Roll Over Beethoven", a medley terribly spliced/edited together for the television special including "Love Me Do/Please Please Me/From Me to You/ She Loves You/ I Want To Hold Your Hand" and a cover version of "Shout!" which is only performed for this television appearance.
The "Anthology" tunes are all mixed for stereo and include the following: "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Long Tall Sally" "Shout!" (with a shortened edit and the beginning edit as well) and the outtake which didn't make it onto the television special "Boys" sung by Ringo.
The audio bootlegs of the mono tunes can be found on various bootlegs including the vinyl LP "Not Guilty" as well as the CD "Not For Sale". The commercial stereo tunes can be found on the 3-LP/ 2-CD Apple release "Anthology 1".
The actual television special taping will be included in a separate blog entry.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Hard Day's Night Outtakes

On April 16 1964, The Beatles entered Studio two at EMI in order to record the title song for thier upcoming first film as the title was settled on "A Hard Day's Night". This tune written mainly by John with Paul singing the middle eight was recorded in nine takes (with the basic tracks being the lead and overdubs added later). This included drums, 12-string electric (George), guitar (John), bass (Paul) and the two vocals. Most of the session consisted of perfecting the middle eight section of the song with some stray bass notes and slightly different lyrics for the early takes.
The guitar solo by George was also extinguished in the early takes and it was decided to overdub the solo instead. This turned out to be the 12-string and piano solo heard on the final mix. Some of the takes for the song simply feature the opening chord played over and over. Takes 1, 4, 5, 7 and 9 are complete while the other takes are fragments and are incomplete due to mistakes.
These takes are available on various CD bootlegs including "Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 2" which features takes 6 and 7 and "Ultra Rare Trax, Volume Two" which features take 4
; "The Ultimate Collection, Volume Three" contains the session with the other takes present. It must also be said that take one from this session is commercially available on the Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 1" project.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

"Saturday Club" for the ninth time.

On March 31 1964 (actually after the afternoon taping of the Beatles miming to songs for their movie at the Scala Theater - see previous entry), The Beatles hopped over to the Playhouse Theater in London to record a radio show for the BCC series "Saturday Club".  The show would be broadcast four days later on April 04 1964 in the late morning. The host for this show was Brian Matthew who conducted the interviews between tunes.
The songs performed for this show include a Carl Perkin's number "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" which is sung by George Harrison and eventually recorded for EMI and released on the fourth LP later in the year. Also at this session The Beatles performed an original song not yet released anywhere and would be later be put out on an EP in the UK: "I Call Your Name" with the vocals mainly by John Lennon. Next is a cover of a cover (actually, a Ray Charles tune with an Elvis arrangement) with the title of "I Got A Woman" and once again sung by John Lennon.
Next up the two side of the latest single are performed ( in order to promo it naturally). The B-side appears first in the form of "You Can't Do That" and then the A-side is next with a performance of "Can't Buy Me Love". John vocals and Paul vocals respectively.
Another Carl Perkin's cover song is performed by the group; this time mainly sung by George once again with the title "Sure To Fall (In Love With You)" and they finish the set with the Little Richard cover of "Long Tall Sally" of which would also appear on the upcoming summer release and title of their future EP.
Probably the best way to listen to the entire show (or most of it anyway) is from the vinyl LP "The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume Ten" and slightly more complete and upgraded on disc seven of the "Complete BBC Sessions" bootleg CD.
The version of "I Got A Woman" from this show is commercially available on the Apple 3-LP/2-CD release "On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2".

Saturday, November 16, 2013

"You Can't Do That" Outtake Footage

On March 31 1964, The Beatles were filmed performing a mock concert in front of fans at the Scala Theatre in London for their first feature length film "A Hard Day's Night" (Phil Collins is in the audience as a young child at this point). The Scala Theatre saw the following songs being mimed that day/evening: "If I Fell", "I Should Have Known Better", "She Love You" and "Tell Me Why". All of these mimed performances can be viewed in the film.
The one song that did not make the cut for the final version of the film was a mimed performance of "You Can't Do That". This song was left off but was used on television for the "Ed Sullivan Show" a couple of months after it was filmed. Ed Sullivan had an interview with the Beatles before the clip is shown (which took place at the Ambassadeurs garden in London on April 17 1964 and finally shown with interview and clip in place on May 24 1964.
You can see the clip commercially on the video documentary "The Making of A Hard Day's Night" as well as on the YouTube link below: (the audio runs a little slow)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EYa5YkJu4Q

Saturday, November 9, 2013

"Ready, Steady, Go!" for the Current Single

On March 20 1964, The Beatles appeared once again at the Associated-Rediffusion TV Studios Nine at Television House in London to appear live on the "Ready, Steady, Go!" TV show shown on British television. This time the show is hosted by Keith Fordyce and interviewed by Cathy McGowan.
The purpose of this appearance was simply to promote the new single "Can't Buy Me Love/You Can't Do That". Both songs are mimed on this show as well as the first song from the second LP namely "It Won't Be Long". Also featured in the soundtrack is the B-side to the previous single "This Boy"
The soundtrack to this show is available on vinyl as a bootleg entitled "Ready, Steady, Go!" although it is a bit weird since the songs are mimed so you basically hear the commercial recording with screaming at the end. I've also added a link to the Youtube source which does not have the entire show but has the intro spliced into a miming of "You Can't Do That", an interview with George and into a miming of "Cant' Buy Me Love". The clip ends with the presentation of  an award from "Billboard" magazine by the host.
Missing in the clip is a John interview whereby he promotes his first book "In His Own Write". There is also a Beatles artwork competition -Songs include the previous mentioned "This Boy" as well as "Please Mister Postman" (both the commercial versions). Ringo is also interviewed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfIJxvFMy2Y


Saturday, November 2, 2013

"From Us To You" For The Second Time.

On February 28 1964, The Beatles arrived at Studio One, BBC Piccadilly Studios in London to record their second episode of the "From Us To You" radio special. The show would eventually be broadcast at the end of March 1964 (the 30th to be exact).
The show starts with the familiar them song "From Us To You" with the lyrics changed to suit the radio show (From Me To You, of Course). The guests on this show included the Hollies and the Stones.
The next tune played is the new B-side of the new single "You Can't Do That" with cool reverb on John's voice and George playing his 12-string Rickenbaker. This is followed by a Chuck Berry cover sung by George "Roll Over Beethoven" which opens side two of the second Beatles LP (the latest one at this point). In between Paul's banter with the host Alan Freeman about his vocal influences, John is buy promoting his first book "In His Own Write" which was a recent release at the time.
The next four songs are all from the second LP "With The Beatles". First up is the cover ballad of "Till There Was You" sung by Paul himself, this is followed by a spotlight for Ringo with his version of the original Lennon/McCartney tune "I Wanna Be Your Man" (also covered by the Stones). After this, John Lennon once again takes the lead for a version of the classic Motown cover of "Please Mister Postman". Paul takes over from John and sings his original tune "All My Loving". After this tune, John once again engages in banter with host and promotes his book once again - a little more deeply this time.
The Beatles return to their previous single for a version of the B-side "This Boy" with harmonies by all three frontmen and lead by John. The Beatles promote their latest single by playing it for the BBC: "Can't Buy Me Love"  (the A-side and the number 1 single in the UK by the time the show was first aired) with Paul on the lead. The Beatles finish the set with another reprise version of the theme song "From Us to You".
This particular show is available on a number of bootlegs and actually a lot of the songs were released commercially on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD "Live At the BBC" including the theme "From Us To You", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Till There Was You", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "All My Loving". The rest of the material can probably best be found on the vinyl bootleg "The Beatles At the Beeb, Volume Nine" as well as the Great Dane Box set CD volume seven on "The complete BBC Sessions".

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Notes for "Tell Me Why"

A very short post on this dismal rainy fall day concerning the short snippet of a take during the Beatles' February 27 1964 recording at EMI Studios number 02. This short snippet happens to be take 4 of "Tell Me Why" (know as "Tell Me Who" on some copies of the US "Hard Day's Night" soundtrack on United Artists..hee hee).
The snippet can be heard commercially on the Anthology VHS/DVD series and can also be found bootlegged on the CD "Abbey Road Video Show" (worth seeking out).

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Notes for "I Should Have Known Better/ And I Love Her"

The Beatles entered EMI Studio 2 once again on February 26 1964 ostensibly to record new material once again. There are two songs available as short snippets (around fifteen seconds) for these outtakes. They are included commercially on the "Anthology" video/DVD by Apple in an audio collage.
You can hear both takes 8 and 11 of "I Should Have Known Better" on the video/DVD as well as hearing take 11 of "And I Love Her" this time with acoustic instruments apart from the bass and the 12 string Rickenbaker which George plays.
Here is a cool video/audio mix someone did of some of the outtakes as well as the commercial versions with some footage at Studio 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFbArd5MxtE

Monday, October 14, 2013

Some notes for the "Can't Buy Me Love/You Can't Do That" Single.

On February 25, 1964: The Beatles entered EMI studio 2 at Abbey Road in St. John's Wood, London in order to complete the recordings for the single started in Paris, France earlier in the year. Mainly, the vocals and guitar solo were re-done and the B-side was completed on this day.
"Can't Buy Me Love" had a fresh vocal by Paul, eliminating the scat background vocals. Also, the original guitar solo by George was replaced with his 12-string Rickenbacker (which was used quite a lot on the "Hard Day's Night" soundtrack).
There were 9 takes of the B-side ; "You Can't Do That" and take 6 has been released commercially on the Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 1" audio.
It should be noted that other songs attempted at this session include a couple of takes of "And I Love Her"; take 2 can also be heard on the "Anthology" audio, and three takes of "I Should Have Known Better" which remain unreleased.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

"Big Night Out" again; Back on UK Soil.

On February 23 1964, The Beatles taped an episode of "Big Night Out" at Studio One, Teddington Studio Center in the UK. This episode was hosted by Mike Winters and Bernie Winters and was telecast a week later on the ABC UK network. It was the Beatles' second appearance and they were there to basically celebrate their triumph in the USA  and letting people know they were back in the UK once again. The sketches at the beginning of the show emphasis this by showing the Beatles in a boat, then leaving the boat and getting into a car, going through a fake "customs" and performing some songs. They also have a bit of banter with the hosts.
As the Beatles take the stage, they mime to the latest songs from the Beatles second LP in the UK "With The Beatles" as well as performing the A-side of their latest single. First up is "All My Loving" with vocals mainly by Paul although throughout the performance you can see all three frontmen miming away. This is followed by the Ringo vocal "I Wanna Be Your Man". Paul steps up in front and the others are in shadow for his miming of the cover of "Till There Was You". The last two songs are "Please Mister Postman" and the single "I Want To Hold Your Hand". For the last number various dancers appear beside the Beatles and on the stage in front of them twisting away. Parts 1 and 2 of the show can be found on youtube and the Apple "Anthology" show has bits of "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "Please Mister Postman" presented along with the intro bit. Here is a link to the musical portion:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvzTNbwY4ZY

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Deauville Afternoon and Evening Performance

On February 16 1964, The Beatles performed twice from the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. Both performances survive; obviously the televised version of their second live appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show circulates commercially, but this afternoon dress rehearsal performance from the same Hotel is also available and in one case, a portion of the dress rehearsal can be found on a commercial entity - see below.
In both the afternoon show and the evening show, the set list is exactly the same. There are no differences with the exception of Paul announcing "Good Afternoon" and "Good Evening" respectively. Both the afternoon and evening sets are performed live in front of an audience although there are sound problems in the afternoon performance that seems to be ironed out by the time the evening performance begins.
The first song played is "She Loves You" with John and Paul singing. John seems to have microphone problems for this tune and sings the wrong lyrics. The next song is the original ballad "This Boy" with three part harmonies from John, Paul, and George. The first segment of the set concludes with another tune from the first Capitol LP: "All My Loving" sung by Paul.
The second segment opens with a performance of "I Saw Her Standing There". During the afternoon dress rehearsal, Paul's microphone is turned off for the first part of the song. During the evening performance, John experiences a misguided microphone placement and has to lean down to do the harmonies on this tune. This is followed by "From Me To You" and ends with the big hit of the day in America: "I Want To Hold Your Hand".
You can find a portion of the afternoon performance on the "Anthology" documentary (it is the introduction to the "I Want To Hold Your Hand" performance). The entire afternoon audio can be found on the bootleg LP "The Beatles Conquer America". The entire evening audio can be found on various bootleg LPs including "Ed's Really Big Beatles Blasts", the evening video of the performance can be seen on the DVD "Ed Sullivan Presents The Beatles" and portions of the evening performance can also be seen on "The First US Visit" (mainly "All My Loving", "This Boy" and "From Me To You". The "Anthology" series shows a part of "This Boy" from the evening performance.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of724Jlsuxc&list=PLr4Tgy0WHNgmTyA4o6lhSz2hAr8EOZIUm

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Concert in Washington

On February 11 1964, The Beatles were scheduled to play a concert at the Washington Coliseum in the Capital of the United States of America. It was the Beatles' first concert in the States (barring the Ed Sullivan performances).
The songs played that evening included the following: the show starts with the Chuck Berry cover: "Roll Over Beethoven" sung by George from the Second Album. This is followed by the Beatles' thrid single "From Me To You" sung by both John and Paul. "I saw Her Standing There" is next followed by "This Boy" and "All My Loving" ( all three from the "Meet The Beatles" Capitol LP). Ringo gets his chance at vocals for a rendition of the original composition "I Wanna Be Your Man" (also from "Meet The Beatles"). The single "Please Please Me" is performed by the band and is followed by the ballad "Till There Was You" sung by Paul. The concert shifts to high gear with "She Loves You", "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (the latest single at the time) and ends with two covers: "Twist And Shout" and "Long Tall Sally".
Most of the material (missing the last song) has been released on vinyl bootleg namely the LP "District of Washington" and on CD with the title: "In Case You Don't Know". Videos of the show can be seen on "The Beatles Firsts" and commercially on the Apple projects "The First US Visit" (in portions) as well as the Anthology DVD footage which includes "I Saw Her Standing There", "Please Please Me" and "She Loves You" (which mixes in some colour footage as well). Here is another veiw with a portion of the concert:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e36eDBhOKcg

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A REALLY BIG Shew...Part 2.

The Beatles returned to Studio 50 in New York City of the evening of February 09 1964 for the most important date of their career thus far. This live performance on the "Ed Sullivan Show" has become one of the most historical moments in music history and the history of the 1960s as well, arguably, the history of the world.
On the evening of February 09 1964, The Beatles played five songs (three at the start of the show and two near the end of the show). The vocal mix is a bit weird as it features Paul's voice slightly louder than John's voice thereby being a bit unbalanced sound wise. It has been mentioned that a proper mix was available from the sound board as the levels were marked off with chalk but that the late afternoon cleaner had wiped the chalk marks off the board.
The five songs performed for the evening of February 09 1964 include "All My Loving" which is sung by Paul and appears on the "Meet The Beatles!" LP, followed by "Till There Was You" which is again sung by Paul and again appears on the "Meet The Beatles!" LP. The first half of their appearance on the show is completed with a performance of "She Loves You" which was at that time a single on the Swan label.
The current hit single is performed near the end of the show with the B-side sung first; "I Saw Her Standing There" features Paul on vocal and then they end with "I Want To Hold Your Hand" which is, of course, the A-side sung by John and Paul. The band then puts their guitars down and go shake Ed's hand and wave to the crowd. The world would never be the same.
This performance is currently available as a visual DVD along with most of the other Ed Sullivan performances. The "Anthology" series features "All My Loving" from this performance. There is also the commercial audio release of "All My Loving" and the intro on the Apple 3-LP/ 2-CD "Anthology 1". Various vinyl bootlegs also have the audio such as "The Beatles Conquer America" and "Ed's Really Big Beatles Blasts".

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A REALLY BIG Shew !!

The Beatles were taken to Studio 50 in New York City on February 09 1964 for two tasks: first was to tape a performance that would be aired later in the month, and the other being the historic live show in the evening.
This entry takes a look at the taped performance. Three songs were performed and were eventually broadcast on February 23 1964. The performance took place in the afternoon and was the Beatles' first performance on US soil.
The first two songs are from the US issued "Introducing The Beatles" LP on the Vee Jay label, namely "Twist And Shout" and "Please Please Me"; both tunes having mainly John on vocals with assistance from Paul and George on the first and lots of Paul harmonies on the second. The third and final song broadcast on the show features a different stage set and may have been part of a dress rehearsal as the camera angles are similar to the evening's live set (according to John Winn in his excellent book "Way Beyond Compare"). The song is "I Want To Hold Your Hand" sung by John and Paul and the latest American single on Capitol records.
The entire performance is available commercially on the DVD, "Ed Sullivan Presents The Beatles" and the "Anthology" as well as "First US Visit". The audio portion can be found on various vinyl bootlegs including "The Beatles Conquer America" and "Ed's Really Big Beatles Blasts".

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Englishmen Recording German Songs in a Paris Studio

On January 29 1964, The Beatles had an obligation to record two of their previous number one hit singles (in the UK) using the same instrumental parts but adding German lyrics for the German market - naturally. Since the Beatles were still performing in Paris (France) at the time, it made sense to book an EMI studio in Paris. The studio in question was EMI Pathe Marconi Studios. The two songs in question for the translation were German versions of "She Love You" as "Sie Liebt Dich" and the recent single at the time: "I Want To Hold Your Hand" as "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand". George Martin produced both sides and the single with the two songs/ German lyrics were issued as a single on Odeon in Germany.
At the same time, it was decided to use the studio time to start and record the future A-side of the next single to be released "Can't Buy Me Love". There are various outtakes available: Takes 2 and 3 can be heard on the the bootleg CD "Unsurpassed Masters, Volume 07" although take 2 in itself can also be heard in the series but on a different CD "Unsurpassed Masters, Volume 02". An edit of takes 1 (the guitar solo) and 2 (with the funky backing vocals) have been commercially released on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD "Anthology 1". You can also hear parts of "Kimm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" as a section in the "Anthology VHS/DVD but these are merely snippets and/or take announcements.
As far as I know, I haven't heard any "Sie Leibt Dich" outtakes.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Live In Paris Evening Show

The evening concert in Paris took place on the same day as the previous post: January 16 1964. The Beatles would play several concerts as the touring years continued. The venue in question for this particular performance is at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France.
This performance included an audience of the so-called "upper class" (in those days) and so the reception for the band is not as enthusiastic as would appear in the afternoon show in front of students. The show was recorded and edited for radio broadcast three days later. The radio show was entitled "Musicorama" and the radio personnel were from Europe 1.
The tunes that we hear on the bootlegs start with the first version of the single "From Me To You" followed by a rendition of the current (for then) B-side of the latest single "This Boy". After the B-side is performed, the A-side follows in the form of "I Want To Hold Your Hand"; John singing the B-side and shared vocals between John and Paul for the A-side. The previous single is performed in the form of "She Loves You".  The Beatles then play the cover tune from the first LP "Twist And Shout" before reprising "From Me To You" once again.
An upgraded tape of the show includes the Paul vocal for the Little Richard cover "Long Tall Sally" and finally the show ends with an instrumental version of "From Me To You" (odd that this was played three times during a concert). There you have it.
You can find this show on bootleg LP with the title "A Paris". It's quite a nice package with a gatefold cover and a mini booklet inside. There is also a CD version of the show entitled "Live In Paris 1964 And In San Francisco 1966". Both of these boots include the show up to the second reprise of "From Me to You".

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Live In Paris Afternoon Show

The Beatles arrived in Paris for the last two weeks in January where there was a lot of activity going on around them. Not only were they booked for a series of concerts, but they would learn that their latest single would be number one in the good ole U.S. of A. They also managed to record some earlier tunes sung in German as well as commencing the latest and greatest upcoming Macca single which would (once again) hit the top of the charts.
But now for the subject as hand: The Beatles were recorded playing at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France on January 16 1964. There are recording of both an afternoon show and the evening show. This entry will concentrate on the afternoon show.
Although the evening show was recorded as complete and sounds great, the afternoon show was recorded in bits and there is a lot of the set list missing or not recorded. The afternoon show was played in front of students and therefore the enthusiasm of the crowd is evident.
The afternoon show contains (on tape, as it were) three versions of "From Me To You", the first one complete. The next time is "I Saw Her Standing There" sung by Paul and then we hear the intro to "This Boy" before it's cut off. Next is presumably near the end of the show whereby "Twist and Shout" is performed and then the second version reprise of "From Me To You" is heard before being cut off. The last tune is "Long Tall Sally" and then a very, very short snippet of the "From Me To You" intro.
This version of the afternoon show can be found on an obscure CDR entitled "The Lost Paris Tapes".

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Val Parnell's Sunday Night At The London Palladium Two

A second appearance by the Fabs happened on January 12 1964 when they played at the end of the popular Variety show for the ATV UK network program entitled "Val Parnell's Sunday Night At The London Palladium". This second appearance let the Beatles perform a five song set. There is no visual record of the performance at this date of writing, but there is some audio available for all of us to hear.
The Beatles perform four songs from the current single and LP and one song from the first LP. The single is played first - both the A side and B side in order - "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "This Boy" are both original compositions written by Lennon/McCartney. The vocals are shared by John and Paul for the first tune and the second tune features mainly the vocals of John Lennon and backing from Paul and George.
Next up is the Lennon/McCartney composition "All My Loving" which features Paul's vocal and Paul and George sharing the last verse in harmony. The last song from the second LP is played which is a cover version of Barret Strong's Tamla/Motown tune "Money (That's What I Want)" followed by the last song from the first LP which is also a cover of a Tamla/Motown tune originally done by the Isley Brothers entitled "Twist and Shout". Both of the latter songs are vocalized by John with Paul and George backing.
This set of songs can be found on the bootleg LP "London Palladium" and can also be found on the bootleg CD entitled "Mythology, Volume 1".

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The First "Saturday Club" of 1964

On January 07 1964, the Beatles assembled back into the work routine with little time off with all of the performances for the "Beatles Christmas Show" which consisted of 16 evenings with The Beatles playing a nine song set along with a couple of "comedy" routines.
And so it was that a radio show was completed on this day with the Beatles recording at the Playhouse Theatre in London. It would take only an hour and a half to record the show and the result would be broadcast almost a month and a half later (February 15 1964 to be exact).
The recording of the radio show for "Saturday Club" consisted of a new tune (for the time); the original Lennon/McCartney composition "All My Loving" sung by Paul in a single take vocal. This is followed by the cover version of the Barret Strong tune "Money (That's What I Want)" with John Lennon on vocals. After The Beatles read a request for "The Hippy Hippy Shake", this song is performed by the band with vocals by Paul.
BBC radio then take an older recording of the current single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" from the December 17 1963 performance and include in this broadcast. Although the performance is from an earlier recording, this tune is also read out by the Beatles as a request so maybe there wasn't time to play it.
Next, George takes over the vocal for his performance of Chuck Berry's song "Roll Over Beethoven" that is also featured in the latest LP and opens the second side. The next tune that is performed is the Chuck Berry cover "Johnny B. Goode" which is sung by John. The musical side of the performance is completed with the latest Ringo Starr vocal from the second LP; his contribution is a Lennon/McCartney number entitled "I Wanna Be Your Man".
Obviously, the gem of the set is the version of "Johnny B. Goode". This performance is available on various vinyl bootlegs; mainly "Rare Beatles" and "Beautiful Dreamer", "The Beatles at The Beeb, Volume Nine" also contains this song as well as the entire show. The CD box set "The Complete BBC Sessions" also contains the entire show. Finally, you can find "Johnny B. Goode" commercially on the Apple 2
-CD/2-LP set "Live At the BBC".

Friday, August 9, 2013

"Sweet Georgia Brown" vocal overdub

On January 03 1964, Polydor Records started noticing the attention heaped upon The Beatles and remembered that they had recorded material from the lads from a few years back. This prompted the record company to start distributing the old tunes over and over and over and over and over, etc.
On the above date and at the Studio Hamburg (renamed formerly Studio Rahlstedt) in Hamburg, Germany - Tony Sheridan was asked if he could re-do a vocal for the tune "Sweet Georgia Brown" that had the Beatles (namely John, Paul, George and Pete Best) as the backing band. Tony Sheridan agreed to this and proceeded to change the lyrics slightly and mention the Beatles, their hair and the fan club. This version of "Sweet Georgia Brown" is the one most often heard on all of those millions of Polydor recordings.
The mono version of the song was released on a French (France) vinly EP with the title as "Ain't She Sweet" and was also released in stereo on a French (France) ten inch LP with the title as "Les Beatles". Strange but true.
If interested, you may seek of the box set "Beatles Bop - Hamburg Days" on Bear Records and the CD will contain this cut both in mono and in stereo.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

"From Us To You" for the first time.

As a bit of a Christmas present to the Beatles (as well as the fans), the BBC had decided to give the Fabs a showcase on the radio. Their own show was entitled "From Us To You" whereby there would be music, some chat and special guests.
On this first edition of the show, The Beatles record at BBC Paris Studio in London on December 18 1963 (the day after a Saturday Club performance) with the host being Rolf Harris for this special occasion.
The show starts with the theme song especially for the program entitled -naturally - "From Us to You" (a play on words originally from the single "From Me To You" in case you missed it). After the theme song is performed, "She Loves You" (The Beatles' original fourth number one single) is played with lead vocals shared between John and Paul. The New LP (at the time) is promoted with the next couple of tunes; "All My Loving" is played with Paul being the main vocal for this original number. The next song is a cover of Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven" sung by George. Paul croons the "Music Man" cover "Till There Was You" which is the acoustic number on the new (for the time) LP. It's back to the first LP and a cover of the song "Boys" featuring Ringo on vocals. They then rock it up a notch with the last song on the second LP, a cover of  Barret Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" with main vocal by John.
The Beatles resort back to the song "I Saw Her Standing There" with the main vocal by Paul and is on the first LP. After this, The Beatles join the host Rolf Harris for an interesting cover of Mr. Harris's popular number "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport" with Rolf Harris on wobble board, Paul on bass and George on guitar. The lyrics are changed in order to feature references to the Beatles themselves. Interesting but very corny at the same time.
The Beatles "wrap it up" with a performance of the latest single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" which is an original with vocals shared between John and Paul. The Beatles end the show with a reprise of the theme song "From Us To You".
The entire Beatles portion of this show can be found on the bootleg LP "The Beatles At The Beeb, Volume Eight" as well as on CD in the form of the box set: "The Complete BBC Sessions".

Saturday, July 27, 2013

"Saturday Club" for the seventh time.

On December 17 1963, The Beatles arrived at the Playhouse Theatre in London whereby they were to record some numbers for the BBC radio show "Satuday Club". This session took place in the morning  and the following songs were recorded live off the floor:
After a commercial version of  "All My Loving" was played in the show, The Beatles performed the B-side of their latest single entitled "This Boy" sung mainly by John with beautiful harmonies from Paul and George. This is followed by a very short a capella version of "All I Want For Christmas Is a Bottle" changing the last word from "Beatle" (this being a novelty hit at the time). Paul's vocal for "Till There Was You" is next on the show. George Harrison gets a vocal with "Roll Over Beethoven"; a cover of the Chuck Berry song (the last two numbers from the latest/ second LP). "She Loves You" is played but this is a rebroadcast from an earlier performance. Finally, the Beatles play a riff which stops and they shout out some of their song titles. This is listed on various bootlegs as the "Chrimble Medley". The host for this show as Brian Matthew.
The performance can be found on the bootleg LP "The Beatles at the Beeb Volume Eight".

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Lucky Stars on Merseyside

On December 15 1963, The Beatles performed on television for ABC-TV in England. This was for a special episode of the "Thank Your Lucky Stars" program with the sub-title for this particular show as "Lucky Stars On Merseyside". The show featured Liverpudlian groups such as Gerry and The Pacemakers, Cilla Black, The Searchers, etc. but obviously the headlining group was the Beatles who closed the show.
The show was taped at the Alpha Television Studios in Birmingham England and was show to the general public a week later on December 21. The host of the show was Brian Matthew.
The Beatles mimed to four songs on a specially built set. The first song was the current A-side of the new single "I Want To Hold Your Hand", this is followed by the popular track off the newly released second LP  and sung by Paul (with John joining in although he didn't sing on the record) "All My Loving". The Beatles finish the set miming to the Isley Brother's cover version of "Twist And Shour" from the first LP.
The host Brian Matthews introduces George Martin who makes a rare television appearance and presents The Beatles with two gold discs: one for "She Loves You" and the other for "I Want to Hold Your Hand".
The Beatles resume the show with a mimed edited version of "She Loves You" and then the end credits appear.
I've included a link below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMQ4_SJNetE

Sunday, June 23, 2013

"It's The Beatles !" Concert

We remain on December 07 1963 and The Beatles have completed their appearance for the BBC-TV television show "Juke Box Juty" (see previous post). The set is changed within half an hour and The Beatles put on a special concert for their Northern Fan club members (lucky them) at the same venue; namely the Empire Theatre in Liverpool. It's a hometown audience and there is both video and audio footage of the show.
The songs played for this special gig include the single "From Me To You" followed by the first song from the first LP: "I Saw Here Standing There". This is followed by the new song from the just-released second LP and should have been a single. Sung by Paul and entitled "All My Loving". A George Harrison vocal is next with another song from the new LP "Roll Over Beethoven" (A Chuck Berry cover). Once again the vocal goes to another member of the group, this time Ringo Starr with his cover of the song "Boys" from the first LP.
"Till There Was You" is up next, a cover sung by Paul and appearing on the new LP (at the time). The summer's hit single "She Loves You" is played next with vocal shared between John and Paul. The latest single is performed with the B-side played first "This Boy" and an amazing John vocal. This is followed by the A-side of the new single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" which is once again a shared vocal between John and Paul. The set winds down with the last song from the second LP "Money (That's What I Want)", a Barrett Strong cover that is followed by the last song from the first LP "Twist And Shout" which is the Isley Brothers cover (both latter songs sung mainly by John with backing from Paul and George). The Beatles end the show with an instrumental version of "From Me To You" consisting of the first line repeated over and over as the credits for the show are shown on the screen in front of a blown-up photo of the "With The Beatles" album cover (the half shadow faces taken by Robert Freeman).
The audio for the entire performance can be heard on the vinyl bootleg "Youngblood". I've also included footage of the lasts four tunes (including the instrumental) that I've attached a link to. Just for good measure, The Beatles ended up playing at the Liverpool Odeon later that night (two shows!!).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brwmLjD-3Hw

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Juke Box Jury

Two things happened on December 07 1963 for the Beatles: actually , three things but we will concentrate on two of them as they were both televised. The first thing was the appearance of the Beatles on the UK television show "Juke Box Jury" recorded and broadcast live from the Empire Theatre in Liverpool (The Beatles' hometown).
This BBC-TV production was hosted by David Jacobs and it had the four Beatles commenting and reviewing the current hits of the day; the concept being that they would give their opinions on the tunes making them either a "hit" or a "miss".  A concert for the fan club was given afterwards but for this post we will chat about the "Juke Box Jury" section.
Most of the reviews and comments about the songs being played were of a fairly light and pleasant nature and most of them were considered "hits" by the band. The songs reviewed included: "I Could Write A Book" by The Chants, "Kiss Me Quick" by Elvis Presley, "The Hippy Hippy Shake" by The Swinging Bluejeans, "Did You have a Happy Birthday" by Paul Anka, "The Nitty Gritty" by Shirley Ellis, "I Can't Stop Talking About You" by Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, "Do You Really Love Me Too" by Billy Fury, "There! I"ve Said It Again" by Billy Fury, "Love Hit Me" by the Orchids, "I Think Of You" by The Merseybeats.
Unfortunately, there is no video of this appearance as it was wiped by BBC-TV (naughty boys !!) therefore I only found a bit of audio from the show that is in the link below. You can also hear a bit of audio from the bootleg CD "Mythology Vol. 1" which also has about 10 minutes from the show.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1sGsktUNxc

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Morecambe and Wise Show

On December 02 1963, the Beatles taped an appearance on the British Television show "The Morecambe and Wise Show" with hosts Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. This was taped at Studio C, Elstree Studio Center in Borehamwood. The purpose of this appearance was ostensibly to promote the new single and the new LP which had been released only a week and half previous in late November. There were three songs performed (not counting the last corny number with the hosts of the show).
The first song performed was the B-side to the latest British single entitled "This Boy". This features John on vocal although the verses feature all three Beatles singing in harmony. The next song featured on the show is from the LP "All my Loving" which has Paul singing and a George/Paul duet for the last verse. The Beatles finish the set with the A-side to the latest British single entitled "I Want To Hold Your Hand" which (last the last few singles) is a duet/double vocal between John and Paul.
The hosts enter the picture after this musical set with a bit of (supposed) humour and then they all get together to sing "Moonlight Bay" with the Beatles wearing barbershop style jackets and straw hats. Family entertainment at it's finest. :)
This particular show would not be broadcast for another three and a half months (it was finally shown on April 18 1964).
As far as audio goes, most of the show can be heard on the Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 1" which has the two side of the single as well as the "Moonlight Bay" section. The entire show can be found on audio on the CD "Mythology, Vol. 1".
 As far as video goes, the DVD of the "Anthology" series has the "Moonlight Bay" section as well but none of the original live tunes.
I've added a link to the show added to "Youtube" posted by "TheBeatlesApple".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7eAp_5Rp9I

Saturday, June 8, 2013

"I Want To Hold Your Hand/ This Boy" promo for Granada

On November 25 1963, The Beatles arrived at Studio Four, Granada TV Centre, Manchester in order to promote the new single which would be released to the public (in the UK) within four days.
This taping featured the Beatles playing along to the commercial recording of the A-side "I Want to Hold Your Hand" as well as the B-side (in the UK) "This Boy". Both of the songs used the same setting: The Beatles were surrounded by newspaper headlines on the floor and the "Daily Mail" slogan along with other headlines behind Ringo. Also featured was a huge camera (to signal the media coverage the band was getting at this point) with the brand being "BEATAX". Cute but corny.
Both John and George play their acoustic Gibsons for the promo although obviously the electrics were used to record the song. This promo was first broadcast a month later on December 26 1963.
Both tunes can be viewed commercially on the Apple "Anthology" VHS/DVD box sets. Both songs being performed as well as in interview with Ken Dodd can be seen from a video re-broadcasts on Granada TV in 1984.
I've added a link to the performance for the A-side:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iim6s8Ea_bE

Saturday, June 1, 2013

"The Beatles Come To Town" Pathe News Reel

On November 20 1963 (two days before the release of the second LP) The Beatles were filmed in colour for a Pathe News reel entitled "The Beatles Come To Town". This feature last almost seven minutes and shows a complete performance of "She Loves You" (the lastest single) as well as the cover version of The Isley Brothers' classic "Twist And Shout"/ a bit of the instrumental ending of "From Me To You" is also heard.
The venue for this film is at the ABC Cinema in Manchester. The soundtrack for this feature is available on the vinyl bootleg "ABC Manchester" and "Recovered Tracks". Most of the footage has been released commercially on such projects as "The Complete Beatles" and Apple's "Anthology".
You can see the entire newsreel here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erHG9CETub4

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Royal Variety Show

A very famous show took place on November 04 1963 from the Prince of Whales Theatre in London. The Beatles performed live and featuring four songs. The audience included the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
The first song performed is "From Me To You"; an original A-side single that went number one earlier in 1963. This is followed by the latest single "She Loves You" ; another number one. The third number is a slow one featuring "Till There Was You" which would be released on the second LP later in the month. A joke by Paul is made in the introduction about "Sophie Tucker". Some great guitar playing by George on this one. The last number is the last song on the second side of the first LP, The Isley Brothers cover "Twist And Shout". This has an introduction by John telling the audience in the cheap seats to clap their hands while the rest of them rattle their jewelry. The Beatles then take a bow and leave the stage.
This is one of the more popular shows and most of it is available commercially. The VHS/DVD of the Apple "Anthology" has most of the footage (with the exception of "She Loves You"), the Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 1" contains the soundtrack of the show (with the exception of "From Me To You") and the entire show can be heard on the bootleg CD "Mythology 1".
Below is the link for the entire performance via various sources.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LknR-RsDRGc

Monday, May 20, 2013

Stockholm Television "Drop In"

Six days after the Swedish radio performance on October 30 1963, The Beatles taped a television performance in Sweden on the Sveriges TV show "Drop In" hosted by Klas Burling. The original idea was to have the Beatles perform two songs for the show.
During the telecast the two songs performed included the latest single "She Loves You" with the last song for the first LP, the Isley Brothers' cover of "Twist And Shout". Watching the telecast, it is amazing at how close the audience is to the Beatles. This, of course, would change dramatically in a very short period of time as Beatlemania would take over.
The host of the show then asks the Beatles to perform "one more". They do so as they play the first song from the first LP, the original "I Saw Her Standing There" sung mainly by Paul. In the background during this song, you can see the other guests getting ready to perform the final closing theme. Once again, as the two co-host start to join hands for the final closing theme, Mr. Burling once again asks the Beatles for another song !! This is followed by a shortened version of the Little Richard number "Long Tall Sally".
The entire show has shown up on a bootleg vinyl LP entitled simply "Stockholm". It can be found on CD under the title "In Case You Don't Know".
The first two songs plus the intro exists on video and the last two songs are available commercially on the "Anthology" VHS and DVD packages by Apple.
I've thrown up a link to the entire show (of various quality).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBfSwJqU8Kg

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Stockholm Radio

The Beatles flew into Stockholm, Sweden on October 23 1963 and were recorded the next day October 24 1963 for a live radio performance. The location of the concert was at the Karlaplanstudion in Stockholm. The concert was broadcast a couple of weeks later on the Sveriges radio, channel one.
Seven songs from this concert are available either commercially or on bootleg recordings. The concert starts off with a count-in by Paul and they perform "I Saw Her Standing There" from the first LP. This is followed by the third single "From Me To You" with the vocals shared between John and Paul.
The next three numbers are from the upcoming second LP (which was not released at the time of the performance and broadcast). All three of them are also cover songs. "Money (That's What I Want)" is sung by John and originally performed by Barrett Strong. Next is "Roll Over Beethoven" sung by George and originally performed by Chuck Berry. The last of the three covers is the only concert performance of this song entitled "You Really Got A Hold On Me" sung mainly by John and originally performed by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.
The Beatles finish off the concert with their latest single "She Loves You" with vocals shared between John and Paul and finally they play the Isley Brothers cover "Twist and Shout" sung by John from the first LP.
It is interested to note that the amps used for this show were not the usual Vox amps but were Fender amps lent to the Beatles by the local group in Stockholm. This is why the recording has a bit of an "edge" to the sound.
This concert can be found on a couple of bootleg vinyl LPs: "Sweden '63" and "Airtime", it can also be found on the bootleg CD: "Stars of '63"
Some of the songs above can also be found commercially on the Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 1" with the following tunes: "I Saw Her Standing There", "From Me To You", "Money (That's What I Want)", "You Really Got A Hold On Me" and "Roll Over Beethoven".

Sunday, May 12, 2013

"Thank your Lucky Stars" on ABC-TV and "Money"

On October 20 1963, The Beatles were recorded lip-syncing to a couple of brand new unreleased songs as well as their latest single. They were taped at Alpha Television Studios in Birmingham for the ABC-TV show "Thank Your Lucky Stars".
Three songs were performed: The first two were recorded earlier in the year. The first song performed was an original entitled "All My Loving" sung by Paul. The fans watching the television show would be unfamiliar with this song as it was not to be released until almost a month later on the new LP. This was also the case with the second tune "Money (That's What I Want)". The studio recording is used and this song was recorded back in July 1963 at one of the first sessions for the new LP. The end of the first song and the second song are available on the link supplied.
The last song performed was the current single "She Loves You". This original A-side was still riding high in the charts at the time.
The program was broadcast six days later on October 26 1963.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-5uCMXrB9c

Saturday, May 11, 2013

"I Want To Hold Your Hand/This Boy" session outtakes

A rather historic date: October 17 1963. The Beatles entered Studio Two at EMI studios in order to complete the recording of their fifth single which was eventually "I Want To Hold Your Hand" on the A-side and "This Boy" on the B-side. This is also the first session where the Beatles abandoned the twin track method of recording and would from now until mid to late 1968 use the four track machines at the studio. Three "songs" were recorded on this day but besides the two mentioned above, they also attempted to record their annual "Christmas message". This would later appear on a flexi-disc for the fan club in the UK.
Amazingly, most of the outtakes for the two songs which would appear as a single are available commercially and they can easily be found on the following items:
Let's start with "This Boy". Takes 12 and 13 can be found on the Apple vinyl 45/ CD single of "Free As A Bird". The announcement for take 13 can be found on the "Anthology" video.
Now for "I Want to Hold Your Hand", takes 1, 2, and 9 can be found on the "Anthology" video and on the Beatles official website but only as short snippets of the beginning riff. The handclap overdub session (take unknown) also shows up on the video.
The single was originally released in mono and Capitol records in the states used duophonic mixes for some of the LPs as well. It must be remembered that true stereo mixes were actually conducted four days after the recording session at EMI studios. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was mixed again for stereo three years later as well. The original stereo mixes were released in Australia (of all places !!) on a single and the A-side mix was also used in Australia for the "Greatest Hits" compilation.
The "three years later" mix was included on the "Collection of Beatles Oldies" LP in the UK as well as on the Past Masters collection. The B-side stereo mix was fairly rare for the longest time but has also ended up on the Past Masters collection as of late.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

"Easy Beat" live performance

On October 16 1963, The Beatles appeared live at the Playhouse Theatre in London to perform with an audience and recorded for BBC radio. The recording would be transmitted four days later. The host of the show is Brian Matthew introducing the group as "Britain's biggest attraction". At this point in the career of the group, little did he know that The Beatles would be the world's biggest attraction in less than a year !
This performance could also be called the Beatles greatest hits live. All of the songs performed (with the exception of the first) are all singles and all A-sides as well. All songs are originals written by Lennon/McCartney.
The first song performed is the first song from the first LP sung by Paul: "I Saw Her Standing There". From this point on , the first four singles are played in chronological order. "Love Me Do" is performed with Paul once again on vocal with an interesting live ending. This is followed by the second big hit "Please Please Me" this time sung by John. The third A-side is played in the form of "From Me To You" and finally the last song is "She Loves You". Both the latter and former sung by John and Paul with harmonies from George.
It should be noted that the show is available on the vinyl bootleg "The Beatles At The Beeb, Volume Seven" and it is also available on the bootleg CD series by Great Dane "The Complete BBC Sessions" on disc six. Ironically, one day after this performance for the BBC, The Beatles would enter the studio and complete their next single which would open the floodgates, so to speak. Note that the version of "I Saw Her Standing There" mentioned above is available on the commercially released Apple 2-LP/2-CD "Live At the BBC".

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Val Parnell's Sunday Night At the London Palladium

The Beatles performed on this variety show on October 13 1963. The songs were performed live in front of an audience. The Beatles were introduced by the host Bruce Forsyth on this ATV program. Four songs were played for the screaming fans: the first song was the previous third single A-side "From Me To You", the second and third song consisted of the current single starting with the B-side "I'll Get You" followed by the A-side "She Loves You". Finally, the crowd pleaser in every sense of the word, the Beatles finished the set by playing "Twist and Shout"; the LP track from the first album and the closer.
I have searched youtube for some footage of this but it appears that none is available. The only footage is The Beatles leaving the venue that is featured on the "Anthology" commercial DVD. Also, most of the songs from this show have been bootlegged in terrible sound with the exception of "I'll Get You" which is commercially available on the 3-LP/2-CD Apple release "Anthology 1". "Twist and Shout" can be found on the vinyl bootleg "The Beatles At the Beeb, Volume Seven". As for the other two tunes, they are featured on some obscure CDs "Road Runner" and "Mythology, Volume 1".

Saturday, April 20, 2013

"She Loves You" live on The Ken Dodd Show

On October 09 1963 (five days after their appearance on "Ready, Steady, Go") The Beatles arrived at the BBC Paris studio in London. Their mission was to record a live version of the latest single "She Loves You". This they managed to do on "The Ken Dodd Show".  Mr. Dood was a Liverpool comedian. This date was also John Lennon's 23rd birthday. The show aired almost a month later on November 03 1963.
This recording of "She Loves You" can be found on the Great Dane CD set: "The complete BBC Sessions".

Saturday, April 13, 2013

"Ready, Steady, Go !" TV show

On October 04, 1963 The Beatles appeared at Studio Nine (number nine, number nine) at the Television house in London for an appearance on the television show "Ready, Steady, Go!".  The Beatles also brought their instruments with the appearance of the unusual Rickenbacker for George and Paul's new Hofner with the separated pick ups (which he would use for most of his career).
The Beatles mimed to three numbers: The first one being the last song on the first LP "Twist and Shout" along with the latest single b-side "I'll Get You" and it's accompanying A-side "She Loves You". In between the first and second number, Paul,George, and Ringo are interviewed by Dusty Springfield. The second song is mimed and then another interview takes place between John and Dusty Springfield. The third song is mimed and then questions from viewers are read by the host Keith Fordyce with involvement from all four Beatles.
The show ends with a miming contest judge by Paul. The winner is a young girl identified as Melanie Coe. In one of the strangest twists in the Beatles' story, Melanie Coe would run away from home in early 1967 and eventually her interview would appear in the "Daily Mail" newspaper. Paul would read the article and be inspired to compose the Sgt. Pepper track "She's Leaving Home".
Here is a link to the show (slightly edited).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTyGHhsK2zU

Saturday, April 6, 2013

"Don't Bother Me" Outtakes

The Beatles were continuing to work on the second LP September 12 1963 at EMI Studios number two. Three songs were recorded on this day: "Hole Me Tight" (see previous post), "Don't Bother Me" and "Little Child".
The basic track for "Don't Bother Me" has been captured on reel and exists on various bootlegs from years past. The first attempt is take 10 and is complete but played loosely. The next two takes break down and don't make it to the end of the song. George Harrison (the composer of the song) also lets the band know to be careful with the speed (tempo) of the song. Finally, take 13 is the one used on the commercial LP with overdubbing added.
Basically, this Harrisong can be found on the "Unsurpassed Masters" bootleg CD series: take 10 can be found on Volume 06 while 11, 12 and 13 can be found on Volume 01.

Monday, April 1, 2013

"Hold Me Tight" Outtakes

There are not many outtakes from the Beatles' Second UK LP "With the Beatles" but a couple of tunes have been issued and "Hold Me Tight" is one of them.
The song was originally recorded at EMI Studio Two on February 11 1963 in order for it to appear on the first UK LP "Please Please Me". Nine takes were completed with four edit takes and it was decided to scrap the song at that point. None of these takes have been released (as far as I know) although it would be interesting to hear the genesis of the tune at this point.
Fast forward to September 12 1963: The Beatles are once again at EMI Studio Two working on the second LP and "Hold Me Tight" is once again brought to the fore. This time, we have various takes that have been available on bootleg. There is a short rehearsal take (a fragment actually) before we get into the recorded takes:  Takes 20, 21 and 22 have vocal mistakes by Paul and/or backing vocal mistakes. Takes 23 picks it up again with another vocal mistake by Paul and take 24 nails the backing and overdubs are added to this.
The overdub session consist of takes 25 and 26 (this overdub being used on most of the released version). Takes 27 and 28 break down while take 29 is also completed and could be edited onto the final commercial release as well as take 26.
According to John C. Winn's excellent book (Way Beyond Compare): it is take 26 used on the mono version of the song and maybe take 29 finally used for the stereo version.
The session can be heard in parts on both "Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 1" and "Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 7" on compact disc. If you are looking for take 20, it can be found on the vinyl LP "Arrive without Travelling/Arrive Without Aging".  For the entire session, you can find it on the CD "The Ultimate Collection Volume 2, Studio sessions, March 05 and Septe
mber 12 1963".

Friday, March 29, 2013

"Saturday Club" anniversary show

On September 07 1963, The Beatles recorded a live performance of various songs for the fifth anniversary of the BBC radio show "Saturday Club". The recording took place at the Playhouse Theater in London. The show would be transmitted almost a month later on October 5. The host for this show was Brian Matthew.
The songs performed on the show are as follows: the first song is the original first track from the first LP: "I Saw Her Standing There" with Paul on vocal. This is followed by a cover of "Memphis, Tennessee" sung by John. After this tune, The Beatles attempt to sing and play "Happy Birthday" in a rockabilly style. Quite good, actually. Next up is the current single starting with the B-side "I'll Get You" followed by the A-side of the single "She Loves You". The line up of songs ends with a cover of Little Richard's "Lucille" sung by Paul McCartney.
All of this can be found on the vinyl bootleg "The Beatles At the Beeb, Volume Seven" as well as on the Great Dane box set: "The Complete BBC sessions - disc 5". The last song ("Lucille") has been commercially released by Apple on the 2-LP/2-CD set "Live At the BBC".

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Pop Go The Beatles" episode 15

On September 03 1963, the last of three episodes recorded on this day (very exhausting; a lot of music recorded on this day; and all live to boot!). Once again all three episodes were recorded at Studio Two, Aeolian Hall in London. the producer of the episodes was Ian Grant and the Host was once again Rodney Burke. Episode 15 would eventually air on the BBC light programme three weeks later on the 24th at around dinner time.
This particular episode features a repeat from an earlier recorded completed earlier in the day; the original Lennon/McCartney current single A-side "She Loves You". The next song performed is from the very second single - it's B side - the original mainly Lennon composition "Ask Me Why". This is followed by a cover of The Donays "Devel in Her Heart" featuring a vocal by George Harrison. The cover would be featured on the upcoming LP to be released by The Beatles two and a half months later after this recording. Paul sings the original composition "I Saw Her Standing There" which is the first song on side one of the first LP.  The Beatles go back to another cover in the form of "Sure To Fall (In Love With You)" and finally we hear the last cover from the Isley Brothers and sung by John "Twist and Shout" which also finishes the first LP.
This particular episode can be found on the late 1980s release "The Beatles At the Beeb, Volume Six" as well as on compact disc from the Great Dane Box set "The complete BBC sessions"
This is the last in the "Pop Go The Beatles" episodes for the BBC.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

"Pop Go The Beatles" episode 14

On September 03 1963, this was the second  (of three) episodes recorded for BBC radio. It was again recorded in Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London, England. Produced by Ian Grant (again) and hosted by Rodney Burke (again). The show would be transmitted on BBC Light on September 17 of the same year.
This time, the songs performed include a George vocal on the cover version of the Cookies "Chains" and then another cover version of the Miracles "You Really Got A Hold On Me" with John on vocals. This tune would appear on the second LP released two months later. The Beatles revert back to the first LP with the original "Misery". Following this, a cover of Little Richard's song "Lucille" is treated with a Paul McCartney vocal. The Beatles third hit single is then performed "From Me To You" and they end on the Ringo Starr vocal for the cover version of "Boys".
This show can be found on various bootleg recordings including "The Beatles At The Beeb, Volume Six" as well as on compact disc with the Great Dane box set, "The Complete BBC Sessions" disc five.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

"Pop Go The Beatles" episode 13

On September 03 1963, The Beatles arrived at Studio Two in the Aeolian Hall in London England in order to record three (yes, three !!) episodes for the BBC radio service.
The first one was episode 13 and this particular show would feature host Rodney Burke (as would the other two). All episodes were recorded at the same venue and produced by Ian Grant. Eventually, the show would be aired one week later on September 10 1963 at the 5 o'clock hour (afternoon).
The songs performed at this taping included John's vocal on the cover "Too Much Monkey Business" and this is followed by a performance of the very first original single "Love Me Do".  The next performance consists of the latest single with the Beatles playing both sides: "She Loves You" followed by "I'll Get You". A slower number from the first LP is next with a cover of "A Taste Of Honey" sung by Paul. The show ends on an upbeat number with Paul singing a cover version of "Hippy Hippy Shake".
All of these tunes can be heard on the bootleg LP "The Beatles At The Beeb, Volume Six" as well as CD-5 from the Great Dane box set: "The Complete BBC Sessions". Lastly, note that "Too Much Monkey Business" from this show is found commercially on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD release "Live At the BBC".

Saturday, March 9, 2013

"Big Night Out" television show.

On September 01, 1963, The Beatles taped a mimed appearance for the ITV television series "Big Night Out" at Studio One, Didsbury Studio Centre in Manchester England. This was basically all mimed with the commercial version of the songs playing. None of the guitars are plugged in and there are no mics.
The stage is just a thin piece of board over some kind of makeshift Ikea looking structure. The Beatles and their instruments are placed in between various archways (signifying the Cavern setting perhaps?). All of the Beatles are wearing their colarless suits for this taping.
The songs played during this taped performance include two their current number one singles "From Me To You" followed by "She Loves You". The next tune performed is the last song on the first LP; the cover of the Isley Brothers' "Twist and Shout". The hosts of the show (Mike Winters and Bernie Winters) thank the Beatles for their appearance and they introduce a new dance - The Monkey Twist !
There are hired dancers that then appear in front of the Beatles as they mime to "I Saw Her Standing There".  The end credits roll as the song fades.
The show was eventually aired a week later on September 07 1963. Segments from the show are available on VHS and DVD on the Beatles "Anthology" series in a commercial form.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY_mA62PVwE

Saturday, March 2, 2013

"The Mersey Sound" Television Show

Between August 27 and August 30 1963, The Beatles were to filed and recorded for a BBC-TV documentary that would eventually be titled "The Mersey Sound".  This documentary featured interviews with various people in the "business" in Liverpool (including Bill Harry of the "Merseybeat" pop newspaper) and some of the groups playing in Liverpool (including Jackie Lomax who would later become an Apple artist on the Beatles' label and is shown in the documentary with his group "The Undertakers" all wearing stove top hats !!).
The Beatles portion was filmed mainly on the 27th of August in a simulated live concert with only themselves and the BBC camera crew (no audience). Spliced in was audience shots from another show. The live concert was recorded at the Little Theater in Southport. The audience was filed the previous evening at the same location
The songs performed for the documentary include the cover of the Isley Brother's "Twist And Shout" which is the last song from the first LP; it is only heard in parts with voice-over. "She Loves You" (the lastest single) is also performed - both previous songs show the Beatles in their collarless jackets. A change of clothes and the very first single is lip-synced - "Love Me Do" although only a short portion is shown. Finally, there is also snatches of an instrumental version of the first song from the first LP "I Saw Her Standing There" used as incidental music sprinkled around the documentary.
The music can be heard on various youtube uploads and the music can be heard on bootleg CD "Beatles at the Beeb - TV".http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-OBy51d4qI

Saturday, February 23, 2013

"Twist And Shout" early Television footage

On August 14 1963, The Beatles arrived at Studio Four, Granada TV Center in Manchester England in order to tape a performance of "Twist And Shout" being lip-synced. The video of the performance is quite nice.
It's in black and white and all of the Beatles are wearing black polo neck shirts/sweaters. The film starts with a shot of John's Rickenbacker guitar (the music starts before he actually starts strumming..hee hee). Then the camera pans showing John's face as he starts to sing. Paul and George are shown doing the back up vocals and Ringo is behind them both.
Most of this video can be seen on the DVD "All You Need Is Love"; the television special by Tony Palmer - the episode entitled "Mighty Good" at the start of the DVD when the credits roll. Some of the footage has been spliced in and out of the "Anthology" DVD series by Apple.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pop Go The Beatles - episode 12

On August 01 1963, The Beatles recorded a second show for the BBC radio folks from the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester (see previous posting for the first one).
Once again, the producer for this particular episode was Ian Grant and the host for this one is Rodney Burke. No changes from the previous episode taped earlier in the day.
Of course, the songs are different and there they are: The first two songs are original compositions featured on previous 45 singles in the UK. Of course, "From Me To You" is sung by John and Paul and was a number one previous. The second original is "I'll Get You" which is also sung by John and Paul and featured on the "then" current single. A cover version of "Money (That's What I Want)" sung by John is next and this would be featured on the upcoming LP to be released later that year. The next song broadcast is the original composition by John entitled "There's A Place". This tune is from the first LP although the version heard here is from an earlier episode of "Pop Go The Beatles" (episode five) and was originally recorded the previous month (July 05). The next song performed is a cover version of the Carl Perkin's classic "Honey Don't" sung by John on this early version. The song would eventually be recorded for EMI on the Beatles fourth LP released almost a year and a half later in late 1964 and would be sung by Ringo. Finally, the last song for this recording is the Chuck Berry version of "Roll Over Beethoven" sung by George and this tune would also be featured on the upcoming second LP to be released later in the year.
The bootleg LP "The Beatles at the Beeb, Volume Five" includes "There's A Place", "Honey Don't" and "Roll Over Beethoven" from this performance. The box set by Great Dane "The Complete BBC Sessions" includes most of the performance with the exception of "I'll Get You". Also noted is that fact that "Honey Don't" from this episode is now available commercially on the 2-LP/2-CD Apple "Live At the BBC" release.