Saturday, November 22, 2014

Live At "Shea Stadium" 65

The Beatles started their 1965 North American tour at Shea Stadium in New York City, USA on August 15 1965. This particular performance was recorded and filmed for an upcoming television special to be shown on the ABC network and on BBC1 in the UK. The broadcast was shown in the UK on March 01 1966 and it was shown in North America on January 10 1967.
The delay of the broadcast was due to the overdubbing of bass, keyboards, and entire songs "sweetened" for the soundtrack. This task was undertaken in January of 1966 (this is in a later post). For the August 15 1965 show, the video remains true to the performance.
The songs performed at the Shea Stadium concert for approximately 55,000 fans was as follows: "Twist And Shout", "She's A Woman", "I Feel Fine", "Dizzy Miss Lizzy", "Ticket To Ride", "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Baby's In Black", "Act Naturally", "A Hard Day's Night", "Help!" and "I'm Down".
Two of the songs: "She's A Woman" and "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" did not appear on the television special. The audio for "Act Naturally" is the studio version from the "Help!" LP. This song was not available in North America at the time of the concert so it must have been a huge surprise to the fans !!
Of all the songs performed, none of the original audio was used. The Beatles overdubbed either separate instruments or entire songs in January of 1966 and these were all eventually mixed in stereo. The only exception to this was the tune "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" which is the only song currently available commercially in it's original Shea Stadium performance audio with no overdubs. The song can be found on the Apple 3-LP/2-CD "Anthology 2". It's in mono although it's been said that there is a stereo mix available. The video of this performance was restored in the late 80s/early 90s and is currently sitting the vaults of Apple gathering dust.

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