Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Petrofsk, Jul 18, 2016.
I know she isn't...
I'm simply opining on the continuous onslaught, which was a bit aurally fatiguing despite the great playing. One could make the case that nothing was really heard above the screaming, ballad or rocker. It's a minor miracle they were able to get something usable from those tapes.
Yes, we have to accept the fact that time marches on.
When the Beatles anthology videos were being released they got great promo, commercials, A-Beatle-C running the anthology over multiple nights ...but.... The Beatles had already been history for 25 years at that point, and now we are 21 years beyond the anthology!
I heard some a radio advertisement for this release, earlier today. It was on an AM talk radio station. It was pretty cool...
So I downloaded this release and heard it today. I was pleasantly surprised- the performances are really sharp, and you can clearly hear everything is spite of the nonstop shrieking.
(I've never heard the original 70s LP.)
I picked this up at Walmart this morning. What a stunning album, and it's a much more enjoyable listen than the cassette I had years ago.
And I could hear "Yesterday" just fine in 1966.
Like other things connected with legendary figures, things get accepted as gospel over time, true or not:
"You could never actually hear the Beatles at a U.S. concert"
False. I could hear them well in 1966.
I'm sure there were many variables though that affected hearing them : What venue, what sound system in the venue , where a person was sitting, etc ?
Not everyone had the same experience .
Yeah I assumed he is referring to a spotlight that was blinding him.
If you don't mind, I would love to hear about your experience at the show you saw. I think that's awesome!
They did seem to have larger sound systems on the 66 tour judging from pictures. Large sound systems were in it's infancy but on the 66 tour they were generally larger than on previous tours.
Heh. I bought this from the back of a magazine in the 60's. Are you sure yours wasn't 8mm ? Mine was anyway.
Glorious black and white... and silent!
Now , when anything and everything they did is available it seems silly to have silent Beatles footage but pre VCR's it was cool to have any Beatles footage I could watch at any time . A primitive era.
Gave it (and the entire album) another listen this evening. It's all John:
"Who's that man on the light? Go away with that light, will ya? Oh, thank you."
It's all fun and games until someone gets an eye poked out.
They needed to insert a cowboy song into the set.
It's actually worth listening to now. I could never get through the original album as it was just screaming, screaming and more screaming!
They almost did in 65 didn't they. At least they inserted a C&W song. Umfortunately quickly pulled again and replaced with I Wanna Be Your Man.
I agree. Bought the album back in the day, just to have, and tried listening to it only once, because I had the same experience as you. I'm actually listening to it on a boom box right now, and it's a surprisingly enjoyable experience.
True. Was there ever an explanation provided for this swap? Was Ringo's inability to hear the backing vocals of "IWBYM" considered a lesser evil over Ringo not being able to hear Paul's prominent harmony vocal (and vice versa) in "Act Naturally"? How awesome would "Yellow Submarine" have been in '66, and who would have cared how raggedly it was performed?
I listened to this today for the first time, and I loved it! Great singing, tight playing, and Paul and Ringo were a terrific rhythm section. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the richness of McCartney's bass. I realize there may have been some audio tweaking, but I like much more than I feared I would. This is a required purchase for Beatles fans.
I worked for the guy who ran those ads on the backs of magazines! A little bootleg operation. I'd edit the original footage before it got reduced to 8mm. Sometimes I filled mail orders and sent them out too.
The original Bowl footage came from the guy's friend who nabbed a 16mm dupe from the channel 7 (ABC) crew. We used to screen it and try to figure out what The Beatles were singing
I've posted this before, so I've just cut and pasted this from an old thread.
I apologize to the others that don't care about this, but he asked, so....
I mailed away for tickets to see the Beatles in Chicago, August 12th 1966. A couple of days after sending away, the newspaper said that the show was sold out , but low and behold, a few days later two tickets showed up. The HIGHLINE seats...$5.75.
The Stones charged $6.50 a month earlier. My cousin took me to that Stones concert, so I got Beatles tickets as a make good thing, but as you can see, I ripped him off for 75 cents.
They turned out to be good seats . First row balcony on the side of the International Amphitheater, looking down on John's side, clear view of all of them, maybe 75 feet away at a slight downward angle. A much better view than being 30 or forty rows back on the main floor.
I admit that I could care less at that point about the Remains, the Ronettes, Bobby Hebb, or the Cyrkle , all who we sat through waiting for the Beatles. We were there for the Beatles.
They're introduced and coming running down some steps to the stage and a million flashbulbs go off at once turning the inside concert into a kind of Frankensteins lab version of daylight. Plenty of screaming and mania and a palpable feeling of electricity and teen energy out of control.
I remember that they wore their green bell bottomed stage suits with red shirts. Bell bottoms seemed alien at the time, but of course in a few months they became THE THING.
My memory is that I could hear them well. Maybe it was just the luck of where we were sitting, but I also remember that the Beatles were at a slight ebb at this date in time right around "Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby's" 45 release. They were slightly less teenyboppers at this month in time,(and things could be measured in months in this era) but right before their ascension to the next level ..rock deities with the release of "Strawberry Fields Forever" and Sgt. Pepper,etc.
My take on it is that there was a small window there where the teenboppers weren't QUITE as enthused and the band could be heard.
I also remember looking around before the show started and seeing quite a few college age guys in sportsjackets with dates, or at least juniors or seniors in high school with dates. They probably were there against their better judgement , but...whatever it took in those days. There were more proto hippies at the Stones concert.
The Beatles were way more savvy and slick in concert, the Stones more punk rock.
I wish that I could describe in detail how every song that they did sounded, but I would be lying, because I don't remember many specifics. They DID sound great in general though.
Random weird memories:
I remember Paul getting hit hard in the face with a pack of cigarettes that somebody threw at him while he was singing "Yesterday". He just shrugged it off and kept going.
I remember thinking that they all looked pasty white..especially Ringo, and for some goofy reason I remember thinking at the time that George's hair in the back was slightly wavy.
Pretty profound stuff, huh ?
I think that they were on and off in about 35 minutes . The setlist in 1966 is pretty standard so there isn't much point in posting it.
I've been to way better musical concerts but this show was life changing for me and the concert highlight of my life, because for 35 minutes the Beatles were playing and singing together, in a room with me.Talk about priceless.
And... my parents and aunt and uncle dropped us off and went to eat and picked us up after the concert because my cousin and I were too young to drive. Thanks folks!
I still have my ticket stub, tour book , concert flyer and concert program. I was delighted to pick up one of those rehash Beatles magazines a couple of years ago and there was a color picture of the Beatles on stage , taken at MY show at almost the exact same angle that our seats were at. Too cool.
The 1966 shows don't seem to be anywhere near as well documented with photos, etc., as the earlier tours IMO.
Imagine the singalong Yellow Submarine would have been. It could have been a fine concert closer in a way.
John vocals really stand out and sound great on this.
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