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.

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