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The Beatles ‘Eight Days A Week’ documentary coming to DVD in November

On November 18, the new documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years directed by Ron Howard will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray, plus a 2-Disc special edition.

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Photo: Polygram Entertainment and Capitol/UMe.

The film was released last week in theaters for a one-day to one-week run which varied across different cities. After the film, the 30-minute Shea Stadium concert film from 1965 was also shown. This footage from the concert is not listed as being included on the DVD.

As a Beatles fan and journalist who saw the film in theaters, the title ‘The Touring Years’ seemed a bit misleading to me. Instead of focusing mostly on the shows that The Beatles performed, the film provided an overall look at their career during the years they were touring and spent lots of time on The Beatles’ efforts in the recording studio.

While there is not much new information offered in the documentary, the high points of the film are the rare photographs and video clips that were included to illustrate the story of The Beatles’ touring years. For example, in February 1964 during an interview in Washington DC, John tells a reporter his name is “Eric.” The uninformed reporter believes him and introduces Lennon convincingly on camera as “Eric” so that John has to enlighten him and tell him it was just a joke.

Another rare clip is an interview with The Beatles in Sweden circa 1963/64 where George is standing behind John who is seated. George keeps flicking ashes from his cigarette on the top of John’s head and John doesn’t necessarily notice.

There are also insightful interview clips from Paul and Ringo in the present day, as well as other celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg and Elvis Costello.

Another highlight is an interview with Dr. Kitty Oliver, an African-American journalist and author who went to The Beatles’ concert in Jacksonville, Florida as a teenager. The Beatles refused to play to a segregated audience at the Gator Bowl. They had it written into their contract, so the venue agreed to integrate the crowd.

“Here was a band I loved and music I was such a fan of, that seeing The Beatles overrode the idea of walking in to this all-white environment that I had never been in,” Oliver recalls.

Historians believe that this strong stand that The Beatles took in Jacksonville in September 1964 led to an end of segregation in most of the big stadiums in the South. – Trina Yannicos

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Below is a description of content included on the DVD release as stated in the official press release:

Featuring a wealth of specially created supplementary material totaling 100 minutes of extras, the deluxe home entertainment editions contain exclusively-created featurettes for fans to delve even deeper into the band’s world.  Accompanying these are stunning, fully restored full length performances of some of the band’s most iconic tracks including “Twist and Shout” and “She Loves You” recorded at the ABC Theatre, Manchester in 1963 and “Can’t Buy Me Love” at the NME Awards, 1964, in London, bringing the experience of seeing The Beatles in concert fully to life for all fans. A full breakdown follows:

2-disc Special Collector’s Edition (DVD and Blu-Ray) includes:
1 x DVD/Blu-Ray feature disc
+ 1 Bonus Disc (containing approx. 100 minutes of extras, highlighted below)
64 page booklet with an introduction from director Ron Howard, essay by music journalist and author Jon Savage and rare photos from The Beatles’ private archive

Words & Music (24 mins)
John, Paul, George & Ringo reflect on songwriting and the influence of music from their parents’ generation, Lennon/McCartney writing for other artists, The Beatles as individual musicians, and the band as innovators.  Also featuring Howard Goodall, Peter Asher, Simon Schama and Elvis Costello.  The interviews with Paul and Ringo are unseen.

Early Clues To A New Direction (18 mins)
A special feature touching on The Beatles as a collective, the importance of humor, the impact of women on their early lives and songwriting, and the band as a musical movement. Featuring John, Paul, George & Ringo, along with Paul Greengrass, Stephen Stark, Peter Asher, Malcolm Gladwell, Sigourney Weaver, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Curtis, Elvis Costello and Simon Schama.  Again the interviews with Paul and Ringo are unseen.

Liverpool (11 mins)
The early days in Liverpool of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s are brought vividly to life by those who worked closely with them at that time including fan club secretary Freda Kelly, Allan Williams an early manager, and Leslie Woodhead multi-award winning documentary film director.

The Beatles in Concert (12 mins)
Five great but rarely seen full length performances of The Beatles live in concert – Twist and Shout, She Loves You, Can’t Buy Me Love, You Can’t Do That and Help!

Additional features are:

  • Three Beatles’ Fans
  • Ronnie Spector and The Beatles
  • Shooting A Hard Day’s Night
  • The Beatles in Australia
  • Recollections of Shea Stadium
  • The Beatles in Japan
  • An alternative opening for the film

 

Pre-order: Deluxe Collector’s Edition (2-DVD)

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New “The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl” album released

In 1977, a 13-track live album with performances from three Beatles shows at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965 was released by Capitol Records. “The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl” reached No. 2 on the U.S. chart and No. 1 in the U.K., but was never reissued on CD as part of the group’s massive catalog overhaul.

hollywoodbowl-cdOn September 9, 2016, the newly remastered live album, The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, was released which includes the tracks from the original album plus four previously unreleased cuts. The cover photo for the album was taken by the group’s U.S. tour manager Bob Bonis on Aug. 22, 1964 as they boarded a chartered flight in Seattle to Vancouver, B.C. for their first concert in Canada.

According to Billboard.com, the new release is sourced from the original three track tapes of the concerts, which have been remixed by producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios. It was Martin’s father, Sir George Martin, who produced the original album and wrote the following in the original liner notes:

hollywoodbowllp-old“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,” Martin wrote. “What did impress me was the electric atmosphere and raw energy that came over.”
The new 17-track set includes performances from the Beatles’ Aug. 23, 1964 and Aug. 29-30, 1965, shows at the Hollywood Bowl. Songs include hits like “Twist and Shout,” “Ticket to Ride,” “Help!,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl will be available on CD, digital download and streaming at first, to be followed by a 180-gram vinyl LP on Nov. 18. The album includes a 24-page booklet with liner notes by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke.

‘The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl’ Track Listing
“Twist and Shout” [August 30, 1965]
“She’s a Woman” [August 30, 1965]
“Dizzy Miss Lizzy” [August 30, 1965 / August 29, 1965 – one edit]
“Ticket to Ride” [August 29, 1965]
“Can’t Buy Me Love” [August 30, 1965]
“Things We Said Today” [August 23, 1964]
“Roll Over Beethoven” [August 23, 1964]
“Boys” [August 23, 1964]
“A Hard Day’s Night” [August 30, 1965]
“Help!” [August 29, 1965]
“All My Loving” [August 23, 1964]
“She Loves You” [August 23, 1964]
“Long Tall Sally” [August 23, 1964]
“You Can’t Do That” [August 23, 1964 – previously unreleased]
“I Want to Hold Your Hand” [August 23, 1964 – previously unreleased]
“Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby” [August 30, 1965 – previously unreleased]
“Baby’s in Black” [August 30, 1965 – previously unreleased]

Watch the new video of Ringo and the band performing “Boys”, the Shirelles’ hit from August 23rd, 1964, at the Hollywood Bowl.

The new audio mix for the video was directly sourced from the original three track tapes of the concerts. The video is from the new Ron Howard documentary on The Beatles called Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years.

“Technology has moved on since my father worked on the material all those years ago,” music producer Giles Martin said.  Giles and Abbey Road engineer Sam Okell have expertly remixed and mastered the recordings at Abbey Road Studios, including the thirteen tracks from the original album produced by Giles’ father, plus four additional, previously unreleased recordings from the momentous concerts.

“Now there’s improved clarity, and so the immediacy and visceral excitement can be heard like never before… 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.”

The companion film, Eight Days a Week, is scheduled to be released on Thursday, September 15, with a world premiere in London. Hulu subscribers can begin streaming the movie on Sept. 17.

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