Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Beatles Live in Hillegom (Amsterdam)

On June 05 1964, The Beatles appeared at the Cafe-Restaurant Treslong in Hillegom near Amsterdam continuing their European promotional tour. The drummer is this case was still Jimmy Nicol as Ringo Starr was back in London resting in hospital.
The television appearance for VARA-TV was called "The Beatles In Nederland" (very original) and included an interview as well as a semi-live performance on a stage surrounded by bleachers. I say semi-live because the instrumental/vocal tracks were from the recordings and The Beatles simply mimed their instruments but since the vocal mikes were left on in order to hear the introductions, this created a sort of artificial double vocal tracking for the show.
The interview itself is about 12 minutes long and appears on the Dutch fan club LP "De Bietels Tussen De Bollen" as well as a bootleg CD entitled "Telecasts Three". Snippets of the interview can also be seen commercially on the Apple DVD/VHS set "Anthology".
The performance is also about 12 minutes long and The Beatles mimed to "She Loves You" followed by "All My Loving". Next up is the Isley Brothers' cover of "Twist and Shout" followed by the Chuck Berry cover of "Roll Over Beethoven". The last two songs of the set are "Long Tall Sally" and the latest single "Can't Buy Me Love". During "Long Tall Sally" various members of the audience decide to get on camera and start to dance near John as the cameramen try to focus on the Beatles' images. During the last song, all turns to mayhem as the crowd empties from the bleachers and start dancing and just screwing around surrounding the Beatles (John, Paul and George) until they are whisked off the stage before the song is over! It's quite funny to watch and I've included a clip below. The first clip is the final two songs, the second clip is earlier.
The performance can be found on the vinyl bootleg LP "John, Paul, George and Jimmy" and on the CD "The Beatles and Jimmy Nicol". Parts of "Long Tall Tally" can also be seen commercially on the Apple DVD/VHS documentary "Anthology".

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