Saturday, January 19, 2013

Another "Easy Beat"

On July 17 1963 (one day after recording not one, not two, but three separate shows for the BBC), The Beatles returned once again to perform a live show at the Playhouse Theater in London for the BBC program "Easy Beat". This live performance would be broadcast four days later. The host of this particular show was Brian Matthews.
The Beatles performed four songs live in front of an audience consisting mainly of screaming young girls. The first song performed was from the first LP; the opening number in fact; the original Lennon/McCartney composition "I Saw Her Standing There". The next song in the set is a cover of a song originally recorded by Arthur Alexander and is the only time we can hear this song performed live in front of an audience "A Shot of Rhythm and Blues". The third song in the set is another tune that is seldom heard performed live for an audience in the form of the original Lennon/McCartney song from the first LP: "There's A Place". Finally the last song in the set is also the last song featured from the first LP, The Isley Brothers cover sung by John entitled "Twist And Shout".
This show can be found on earlier vinyl bootlegs such as "Wonderful Picture Of You" and "Stockholm" as well as "Meet The Beeb" and "The Beatles at the Beeb w/Pete Best (sic)". It can be found on the excellent Great Dane box set "The complete BBC sessions" as well.

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