By Brian Ives
As a companion to the upcoming Ron Howard directed documentary film The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, the Beatles will also release the concert recording Live at the Hollywood Bowl this fall.
The new album will feature performances taped at the band’s three sold-out concerts at the Hollywood Bowl from 1964 and 1965.
Unlike other bands from their era, the Beatles have no live albums in print (not including their albums of BBC recordings, which were done in the controlled environment of a radio studio, as opposed to at a concert venue).
Long-time Beatles fans will recall (and may still may have copies of) a long out-of-print 1977 release, titled The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl. But the press release announcing the new album points out that this “is an entirely new release, directly sourced from the original three track tapes of the concerts.” Giles Martin—son of long time Beatles producer Sir George Martin—remixed and remastered the recordings, including all thirteen tracks from the original, plus four additional previously unreleased recordings from the concerts.
Documenting the Hollywood Bowl concerts on tape was no easy feat, as producer Sir George Martin explained in his album notes for the aforementioned The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl album: “The chaos, I might almost say panic, that reigned at these concerts was unbelievable unless you were there. Only three track recording was possible; The Beatles had no ‘fold back’ speakers,” — i.e. onstage monitors — “so they could not hear what they were singing, and the eternal shriek from 17,000 healthy, young lungs made even a jet plane inaudible.”
But recently, an opportunity came to revisit those recordings. “A few years ago Capitol Studios called saying they’d discovered some Hollywood Bowl three track tapes in their archive,” says Giles Martin in the press release. “We transferred them and noticed an improvement over the tapes we’ve kept in the London archive. Alongside this I’d been working for some time with a team headed by technical engineer James Clarke on demix technology, the ability to remove and separate sounds from a single track. With Sam Okell, I started work on remixing the Hollywood Bowl tapes. Technology has moved on since my father worked on the material all those years ago. Now there’s improved clarity, and so the immediacy and visceral excitement can be heard like never before. My father’s words still ring true, but what we hear now is the raw energy of four lads playing together to a crowd that loved them. This is the closest you can get to being at the Hollywood Bowl at the height of Beatlemania. We hope you enjoy the show.”
The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl will be released on September 9.
The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl track listing:
1. Twist and Shout [30 August, 1965]
2. She’s A Woman [30 August, 1965]
3. Dizzy Miss Lizzy [30 August, 1965 / 29 August, 1965 – one edit]
4. Ticket To Ride [29 August, 1965]
5. Can’t Buy Me Love [30 August, 1965]
6. Things We Said Today [23 August, 1964]
7. Roll Over Beethoven [23 August, 1964]
8. Boys [23 August, 1964]
9. A Hard Day’s Night [30 August, 1965]
10. Help![29 August, 1965]
11. All My Loving [23 August, 1964]
12. She Loves You [23 August, 1964]
13. Long Tall Sally [23 August, 1964]
14. You Can’t Do That [23 August, 1964 – previously unreleased]
15. I Want To Hold Your Hand [23 August, 1964 – previously unreleased]
16. Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby [30 August, 1965 – previously unreleased]
17. Baby’s In Black [30 August, 1965 – previously unreleased]