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".


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