Saturday, May 16, 2015

"I'm Down" at the Afternoon Circus

Once the new LP (eventually entitled "Revolver") was completed as far as recording goes, the Beatles set off on a world tour for the year 1966. This, of course, would be the last major world tour of their career. Interesting that the first stop on the tour was Germany where it all began.
On June 24 1966, the Beatles played two shows (afternoon and evening) at the Circus-Krone-Bau Hall in Munich, Germany. In this post we will be discussing the afternoon show.
There is only one complete tune from this show that has surfaced as well as some partial music since most of the material from the afternoon show was taken from a newsreel.  Less than a minute of "I Wanna Be Your Man" sung by Ringo and the complete version of "I'm Down" (the evening show only airs a portion of the latter tune).
According to John Winn's amazing book "That Magic Feeling": Both songs appeared on the bootleg CD "Beatles '66": Muich/San Francisco"; the newsreel footage is traded on video.
There you go, I"ve taken a look on youtube and I can't seem to find anything although there are lots of clips of  "I'm Down" from the evening show and not the afternoon show. This is because the evening show was videotaped while the afternoon show was not.

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