The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl
The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl is one of two albums of the Beatles that records live performances. The other is Live at the BBC, which represents songs from their early repertoire. The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl came out in May of 1977, several years after the group had disbanded. The concerts recorded on this record took place in August of 1964 and August of 1965, during separate US tours. As usual, Parlophone distributed the album in the UK and Capitol did so for the US and Canadian markets. No CD version of either disc has been officially released by either label.
It is curious that the Beatles did not produce more concert recordings, as this was a common practice during the 1960's for popular artists. Capitol sought to arrange a recording of their Carnegie Hall concert early in 1964, but ran into obstacles with the musicians' union. Several Hollywood Bowl performances had been recorded, but the quality of the sound reproduction did not live up to Capitol's standards for an LP release. As a result, the tapes sat in the vault for several years. In 1971, Phil Spector (the producer of Let It Be) made an effort to salvage a live album from the Hollywood Bowl tapes, but was unsuccessful.
Spurred by the announcement of a competing record company that they were about to market a low-fi recording of the Beatles in performance, which was made in 1962 at the Star–Club in Hamburg, EMI handed the tapes over to veteran Beatles producer George Martin to see if something could be done with the Hollywood Bowl recordings. Part of the problem was that the equipment used for the concert tapes had been obsolete for years. Martin and his long-time engineer colleague, Geoff Emerick, eventually solved the problem, successfully transferring the three-track concert masters to a 16-track tape, which could then be worked on with precision. Another part of the problem was that most takes suffered from interference from the considerable crowd noise that was so common in the Beatles' public appearances. The arena was filled to capacity with 17,000 tumultuous Beatles fans. With minor exceptions, Martin and Emerick had to stick with just a few songs, mainly from August 23, 1964 and August 30, 1965. The exceptions are Ticket to Ride and Help! (from the August 29, 1965 concert) and Dizzy Miss Lizzy (a combination of August 29 and August 30, 1965).
|Side A||Lead Vocals||Written by||Length|
|Twist and Shout||Lennon||Medley, Russell||1:32|
|She's a Woman||McCartney||Lennon/McCartney||2:53|
|Dizzy Miss Lizzy||Lennon||Larry Williams||3:37|
|Ticket to Ride||Lennon||Lennon/McCartney||2:51|
|Can't Buy Me Love||McCartney||Lennon/McCartney||2:16|
|Things We Said Today||McCartney||Lennon/McCartney||2:20|
|Roll Over Beethoven||Harrison||Chuck Berry||2:28|
|A Hard Day's Night||Lennon and McCartney||Lennon/McCartney||3:15|
|All My Loving||McCartney||Lennon/McCartney||2:14|
|She Loves You||Lennon and McCartney||Lennon/McCartney||2:31|
|Long Tall Sally||McCartney||Johnson, Penniman, Blackwell||2:53|