Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music Group have announced global release plans for The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl, a new album that captures the joyous exuberance of The Fab Four’s three sold-out concerts at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965. A companion to The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard’s upcoming authorized documentary feature film about the band’s early career, The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl will be released worldwide on CD and for digital download and streaming on September 9, followed by a 180-gram gatefold vinyl LP on November 18.
The Hollywood Bowl album includes a 24-page booklet with an essay by noted music journalist David Fricke, and its cover art (as seen above) features a sunny photo taken on August 22, 1964 by The Beatles’ then-U.S. tour manager, Bob Bonis, as John, Paul, George, and Ringo boarded a chartered flight from Seattle Tacoma Airport to Vancouver, British Columbia for their first concert in Canada.
Documenting The Beatles’ Hollywood Bowl concerts on tape was no easy feat, as producer Sir George Martin explained in his original album notes for 1977’s The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl: “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, 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.”
While The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl references the long out of print 1977 album, it is an entirely new release, directly sourced from the aforementioned original three-track tapes of the concerts. To preserve the excitement of the shows while unveiling the performances in today’s best available clarity and quality, Grammy Award-winning producer Giles Martin and Grammy Award-winning engineer Sam Okell have remixed and mastered the recordings at Abbey Road Studios, including the 13 tracks from the original album produced by Giles’ father, the late Sir George Martin, plus four additional, previously unreleased recordings from these concerts.
“A few years ago, Capitol Studios called saying they’d discovered some Hollywood Bowl three-track tapes in their archive,” says Giles Martin. “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…”
Featuring rare and exclusive footage, Ron Howard’s upcoming The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years (click on the title to see the trailer) is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. The film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison. The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years touches on the band’s Hollywood Bowl concerts and includes footage of the “Boys” performance featured on The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl.
White Horse Pictures’ Grammy Award-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci, and Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winner Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment are producing with Howard. Apple Corps Ltd.’s Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde are serving as executive producers, along with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall.
Following a world premiere event in London on September 15, the film will roll out theatrically worldwide with release dates set in the U.K., France, and Germany (September 15); the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand (September 16); and Japan (September 22).
In the U.S., Hulu is the presenting partner for Abramorama’s theatrical release of the film, which will be available to stream exclusively to Hulu subscribers beginning September 17. Studiocanal and PolyGram Entertainment are also anchor partners on the film, having acquired U.K., France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand rights. For more information about the film, visit www.thebeatleseightdaysaweek.com.
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The track listing for The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl is as follows:
The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
- Twist and Shout [30 August, 1965]
- She’s A Woman [30 August, 1965]
- Dizzy Miss Lizzy [30 August, 1965 / 29 August, 1965 – one edit]
- Ticket To Ride [29 August, 1965]
- Can’t Buy Me Love [30 August, 1965]
- Things We Said Today [23 August, 1964]
- Roll Over Beethoven [23 August, 1964]
- Boys [23 August, 1964]
- A Hard Day’s Night [30 August, 1965]
- Help! [29 August, 1965]
- All My Loving [23 August, 1964]
- She Loves You [23 August, 1964]
- Long Tall Sally [23 August, 1964]
- You Can’t Do That [23 August, 1964 – previously unreleased]
- I Want To Hold Your Hand [23 August, 1964 – previously unreleased]
- Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby [30 August, 1965 – previously unreleased]
- Baby’s In Black [30 August, 1965 – previously unreleased]