Sunday, June 14, 2015

Live At Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan

The Beatles continued onto their 1966 tour with a visit to Tokyo, Japan and the first two shows (of five) were videotaped for Tokyo's NTV Channel 4 television. The program was called (in English) "The Beatles Recital, From Nippon Budokan, Japan".
The first show of the series can be distinguished by the fact that the stage suits for this particular concert were dark green. The television show is of excellent quality with full colour and good sound. The Japanese audience in these shows are relatively quiet and the music can be heard throughout, The Beatles can also hear themselves during the show as well. The entire setlist is recorded in order and it is probably one of the truest and best documents of a Beatles concert.
The problem lies with the performance. Both recorded shows sound as if The Beatles lack rehearsal, the band sounds out of tune and lazy. Only McCartney really puts any effort into it; the playing is sloppy. A bit of a shame.
The "dark green" suits show was from July 31 1966 and the Beatles were on stage at approximately 06:30 in the evening. The line up of songs include: "Rock And Roll Music", "She's A Woman", "If I Needed Someone", "Day Tripper", "Baby's In Black", "I Feel Fine", "Yesterday", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Nowhere Man", "Paperback Writer" and "I'm Down".
The entire audio of this set can be found on the vinyl bootleg "Five Nights In A Judo Arena". The Swinging Pig version on compact disc used a videotape of the concert for it's sound. The video/audio of the entire set was also released in Japan by Apple on laserdisc "Beatles Concert At Budokan 1966" in the early 1990s. The first two songs from this concert were commercially released on the 3-LP/2-CD Apple "Anthology 2".

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