Friday, December 26, 2014

Live At The "Cow Palace" 65

On August 31 1965 The Beatles performed at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, USA. They played two shows (one in the afternoon and one in the evening) and it was mayhem where some of the girls seemed to have stormed the stage for this evening.
Some video footage was taken of the afternoon performance as well as some footage of young girls backstage going crazy with the medical team somewhere backstage.
The footage was taken by television station KGO-TV for their news report. The set list was the same as the previous shows and some fragments of "Twist And Shout", "She's A Woman", "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "A Hard Day's Night" can be heard. You can see one of the female fans being dragged off the stage and the Beatlemania in full force. I've included the "Youtube" footage for your viewing pleasure.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Live At The "Hollywood Bowl" 65

The Beatles performed two concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1965. The first show was performed on August 29 1965 while the second show was conducted the next evening on August 30 1965.
Both shows were recorded by Capitol Records (as was the previous 1964 concert) in order to issue a live LP sometime down the road. Of course, there would be no live album during the Beatles' 1960s era and the live album would be issued down the road in the 1970s instead.
The August 29 show consists of an introduction "Twist And Shout"/ "She's A Woman"/ "I Feel Fine"/ "Dizzy Miss Lizzie"/ "Ticket To Ride"/ "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby"/ "Can't Buy Me Love"/ "Baby's In Black"/ "I Wanna Be Your Man"/ "A Hard Day's Night"/ "Help!" and "I'm Down". The sound was recorded on a three track machine with vocals on one track, bass and drums on another track and the guitars and keyboard on the last track. There were issues with the microphones in which Paul and George's microphone was not functioning during the first four tunes (it took them that long to figure it out? Didn't the technicians do line checks back then?). Also, it seems that Paul was having issues with his bass amp as there is a point in the recording where Mal Evans is brought out to check the amp while John is stalling just before they play "Baby's In Black".
The next night's concert on August 30 1965 went much more smoothly with no vocal glitches although there seemed to be a problem with the guitar amps in some capacity. Otherwise, Capitol Records got a good recording from both shows and they were both used on the commercial recording although the liner notes do not indicate that the August 29th show as used when it was (in parts). The songs performed at both shows are the same.
The master tapes for both shows remained at Capitol Records until 1971 when they were shipped to Abbey Road. They remained there during the first half of the 70s as Apple had no plans to release the tapes. In early 1977, George Martin took the tapes to AIR studios in London and transferred them to 24 track and re-mixed, edited, and generally tried to clean up as much as possible on the 1964/1965 live tapes from the Hollywood Bowl.
The commercial Capitol LP "The Beatles At the Hollywood Bowl" was released in June of that year containing the last half of "Dizzy Miss Lizzie" (Aug 29), "Ticket To Ride" (Aug 29), the intro to "A Hard Day's Night" (Aug 29), "Help!" (Aug 29), the main intro/ "Twist And Shout"/ "She's A Woman (all Aug 30), the intro and the first half of "Dizzy Miss Lizzie" (Aug 30), "Can't Buy Me Love"/ "A Hard Day's Night" and the intro to "Help!" (all Aug 30).
"Baby's In Black" was released on the CD single "Real Love" in 1996 from the August 30 performance yet the intro to the song is from the August 29 performance.
Performances of both shows as well as the August 23 1964 performance can be found in it's entire form on the 2-CD bootleg "The Complete Hollywood Bowl Concerts 1964-1965" on the Midnight Beat label. There is also a 2-LP bootleg set entitled "The Beatles At the Hollywood Bowl - The Complete Shows" with the performances from the August 23 1964 and the August 30 1965 shows on the fake Electrola label.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Live at the "Metropolitan Stadium" Minneapolis 65

The North American Beatles road trip continued on in 1965 with a stop in Bloomington,
Minneapolis on August 21 1965. This time the Beatles played at the Metropolitan Stadium. There was a press conference held at the stadium and sponsored by radio station WDGY. The press conference is available on Youtube with various clips shown from the day.
The concert itself was recorded but it is one of the least impressive recordings of the tour. The sound is bad and it seems to be an audience tape of some sort. There is no vinyl copy of this recording as far as I know but there are allegedly some MP3 files floating around and perhaps these were copied onto silver discs and distributed. I've never seen one, though.
The set list is the same as the previous entries for the North American Tour with the exception of the first tune "Twist And Shout" which was not performed at this particular show due to problems with John's Lennon sore throat.
I did find a version of "Can't Buy Me Love" online which claims to be from this show and I've included it for your listening pleasure:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Live at "Sam Houston Coliseum" 65

On August 19 1965, The Beatles appeared live for two shows at the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, Texas. The two shows were sponsored by radio station KILT and both shows were introduced by one of their DJs: Russ "Weird Beard" Knight.
The song listing for both concerts was the same as the previous Atlanta concert (see previous post) and both full show are available (including "A Hard Day's Night" this time).
It was supposedly quite hot and humid that day and John Lennon had problems with his voice as is evidenced by the bootleg tape of the two concerts (the one in the afternoon shows problems when Lennon tries to reach the high notes, but the evening performance has him straining his voice to the point of breaking!).
There was also an interruption of the afternoon show near the end of the performance right after "A Hard Day's Night" where the DJ had to go on stage and tell people to move back as the patrons closer to the stage were allegedly getting crushed. The show then picks up again and The Beatles finish the set.
In the evening show, the introduction by the same DJ "Weird Beard" includes his instructions to the fans to remain seated and behave (yeah, like that's going to happen). There also seems to be tuning problems with one of the guitars probably due to the high temperatures of the day. As a side note, Ringo's microphone has issues during both performances.
The audio of these performances can be found on the 2-LP vinyl bootleg: "Live From the Sam Houston Coliseum" and on CD as "The Ultimate Live Collection".
Here is a sample of the afternoon show: