The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl

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The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl
Live album by The Beatles
Released 4 May 1977
Recorded 23 August 1964, 29 and 30 August 1965, Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock and roll
Length 33:15
Label Capitol (US) /Parlophone (UK)
Producer Voyle Gilmore (original recordings)
George Martin (cleanup and mixing for release)
Compiler George Martin
The Beatles chronology
Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962
(1976)
The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl
(1977)
Love Songs
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (A) [2]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide 5/5 stars[3]

The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl is a live album released in May 1977 featuring songs by The Beatles compiled from two live performances at the Hollywood Bowl during August 1964 and August 1965.[4] The album was released by Capitol Records in the United States and Canada and on Parlophone in the United Kingdom.

In New Zealand it was to be pressed and released locally with the catalogue number PCS 6130 (the 6000 series was designated for EMI (NZ) only releases), but this did not occur. Instead New Zealand pressed this record and used the Australian catalogue number PCSO 7577. The album has never been officially released on CD.

History[edit]

Initially, Capitol Records considered recording The Beatles' February 1964 concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, but it could not obtain the necessary approval from the Musicians Union to record the performance. Six months later, Bob Eubanks booked The Beatles' 23 August 1964 performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles where Capitol recorded their performance with the intent of releasing a live album in America. The sound quality of the tapes proved to be inadequate for commercial release; and, when The Beatles returned to the Hollywood Bowl a year later during their 1965 American tour, Capitol recorded two performances by the group at the same venue. The sound quality of the 1965 recordings was equally disappointing.[5] Capitol did, however, utilise a 48-second excerpt of "Twist and Shout" from the 1964 Hollywood Bowl concert on the 1964 documentary album, The Beatles' Story.

The Beatles were among the few major recording artists of the 1960s to not have issued a live album. Consequently, among Beatles fans, pent-up demand for a concert album continued to build. In fact, John Lennon set off a minor frenzy when, in a 1971 Rolling Stone interview, he incorrectly identified an obscure Italian compilation album, The Beatles in Italy, as a live recording ("There's one in Italy apparently, that somebody recorded there").[6] Despite the obvious demand for a live album, however, the tapes from the three Hollywood Bowl performances continued to sit untouched in a Capitol vault for more than five years. In 1971, following his salvage project of the "Get Back" sessions, which was released as the group's Let It Be album, the Hollywood Bowl tapes were given to famed American record producer Phil Spector to see if he could fashion an album out of the material. Either Spector did not complete the job or his production was unsatisfactory, and the tapes continued to sit unreleased for another half a decade. Finally, with a rival record label's impending release of the Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962 album consisting of a fifteen-year-old, poor-quality concert recording of the group performing in the Star Club in Hamburg, Capitol Records' parent company, EMI, decided to revisit the Hollywood Bowl recordings. Beatles' producer George Martin was handed the tapes and asked to compile a listenable "official" live album.

When Martin was asked by Capitol Records president Bhaskar Menon to hear the tapes in the mid-1970s, he was impressed with the performances, but disappointed in the sound quality. In working on the three-track Hollywood Bowl concert tapes, Martin discovered quite a challenge.[5] The first difficulty was finding a working three-track machine with which to play back the master tapes. Once he found one, he discovered that the machine overheated when it was running. Martin and recording engineer Geoff Emerick came up with the solution of blowing cold air from a vacuum cleaner to keep the tape deck cool whilst the recordings were transferred to 16-track tape for filtering, equalisation, editing, and mixing. Martin found the 29 August 1965 recording virtually useless, and, except for a few dubs taken from the 29 August performance to augment other performances, the album compiled by Martin consisted entirely of songs recorded on 23 August 1964 and 30 August 1965. (The album cover somewhat blundered by showing the almost completely unused 29 August as the second date used.)

Even though the recordings on The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl were between 12 and 13 years old, the album reached number one on the New Musical Express chart in the United Kingdom and number two on the Billboard chart in the United States. The album has yet to be released on compact disc in either country. Bootleggers do circulate transfers of the LP as well as complete outtakes from the three concerts across the internet.

Because The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl included songs from two shows recorded a year apart, a number of songs performed at the two concerts were not included on the album. Songs from the 1964 show not included on the album are: "Twist and Shout", "You Can't Do That", "Can't Buy Me Love", "If I Fell", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", and "A Hard Day's Night". Songs from the 1965 show not included on the album are: "I Feel Fine", "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby", "Baby's in Black", "I Wanna Be Your Man", and "I'm Down".[7] "Baby's in Black", from the 1965 Hollywood Bowl concert, however, was issued as the B-Side of the 1996 "Real Love" single, and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" from the 1964 concert was mixed into the studio version of the song for the 2006 Love album.

One unintended consequence of the mixing of dates is the inconsistent dialogue between songs, in which band members recorded a year apart refer to both A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965) as their latest album.

Even though the album sleeve says that the recordings were all made on 23 August 1964 or 30 August 1965, "Ticket to Ride" and "Help" were recorded on 29 August 1965, and "Dizzy, Miss Lizzy" is a composite using parts from both nights in 1965.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lennon–McCartney, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Twist and Shout" (Phil Medley and Bert Russell) (30 August 1965) – 1:32
  2. "She's a Woman" (30 August 1965) – 2:53
  3. "Dizzy, Miss Lizzy" (Larry Williams) (29/30 August 1965) – 3:37
  4. "Ticket to Ride" (29 August 1965) – 2:51
  5. "Can't Buy Me Love" (30 August 1965) – 2:16
  6. "Things We Said Today" (23 August 1964) – 2:20
  7. "Roll Over Beethoven" (Chuck Berry) (23 August 1964) – 2:28
Side two
  1. "Boys" (Luther Dixon and Wes Farrell) (23 August 1964) – 2:12
  2. "A Hard Day's Night" (30 August 1965) – 3:15
  3. "Help!" (29 August 1965) – 2:46
  4. "All My Loving" (23 August 1964) – 2:14
  5. "She Loves You" (23 August 1964) – 2:31
  6. "Long Tall Sally" (Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman, and Robert Blackwell) (23 August 1964) – 2:53

Charts[edit]

Chart succession[edit]

Preceded by
Shokubutsushi by Iruka
Challenge Concert by Pink Lady
Japanese Oricon LP Chart number-one album
6–13 June 1977
27 June 1977
Succeeded by
Challenge Concert by Pink Lady
Kentarō First by Kentarō Shimizu
Preceded by
Arrival by ABBA
UK Albums Chart number one album
18 June 1977
Succeeded by
The Muppet Show by The Muppets

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1533
  2. ^ "CG: The Beatles". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 26.
  4. ^ Friede; Titone; Weiner. The Beatles A to Z. Methuen Publishing. ISBN 0-413-48380-0. 
  5. ^ a b Badman, Keith (2003). The Beatles: Off the Record 2, The Dream is Over. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-7119-9199-6. 
  6. ^ Wenner, Jan (2000). Lennon Remembers. Verso. ISBN 978-1-85984-600-1. 
  7. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 28 - The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming!: The U.S.A. is invaded by a wave of long-haired English rockers. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu.  Track 2.
  8. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
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  10. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 27, No. 12" (PHP). RPM. 18 June 1977. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
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  15. ^ "The Beatles > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "allmusic ((( The Beatles - At the Hollywood Bowl Live! > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Album Search: The Beatles - At the Hollywood Bowl Live!" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "1977年アルバム年間ヒットチャート" [Japanese Year-End Albums Chart 1977] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  19. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1977". RPM. 31 December 1977. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Beatles – Live at the Hollywood Bowl". Music Canada. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "French album certifications – The Beatles – The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select THE BEATLES and click OK
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  23. ^ "British album certifications – The Beatles – The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 15 September 2013.  Enter The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Beatles, The – The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 15 September 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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