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From the Back Cover
1. All My Loving
2. Till There Was You
3. She Loves You
4. I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Washington Coliseum Concert
5. I Saw Her Standing There
6. I Wanna Be Your Man
7. She Loves You
The Ed Sullivan Show (Miami)
8. From Me To You
9. This Boy
10. All My Loving
The Ed Sullivan Show (NYC #2)
11. Twist And Shout
12. Please, Please Me
13. I Want To Hold Your Hand
- "The Beatles First USA Visit" - 81 minutes (black and white footage)
- "Making of Feature" - 51 minutes (color footage of Albert Maysles and b/w footage of outtakes from the original production.)
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The re-release of this noteworthy documentary provides a noticeable improvement over the original version. There is now an audio commentary by Albert Maysles. Furthermore, there is a 51-minute interview with him which includes his presentation of a handful of outtakes from the original film.Read more ›
Cheeky and exhuberant, The Beatles, occasionally off key but having the time of their lives, have not lost the capacity for knocking the socks off the viewer, as they are brimming over with vitality and the joy of life. They are truly wonderful to watch, as well as hear. Fortunately, the video covers all their performances on Ed Sullivan, and what a treat they are! It is sad to think that already two of them, John and George, are no longer with us.
The film documents a more innocent and simple time. It captured The Beatles on the threshold of international fame. It memorialized for all time their first U.S. visit with footage shot in railroad cars, hotel rooms, and limousines. Some of it is somewhat self-conscious, and some of it is playful fun. It also memorialized the reactions of their fans. The film is a daily cinema verite testament to that first visit.
This is a very good documentary that is well worth having soley for the performances of The Beatles. There are over thirteen of them, and the tracks have been digitally remastered for your listening pleasure. Overall, however, the documentary lacks some cohesion, due to the cinema verite nature of the film. Still, it is a worthwhile documentary to have, if only for those wonderful Ed Sullivan performances. If one wants a historical overview of The Beatles, one may also wish to view the more in depth and complex documentary, "The Compleat Beatles".
Oh, yes, they had many other great cards to play, but their songwriting was their ace of spades. To use a sports analogy, their songwriting ability was their Babe Ruth or Wayne Gretzky in their lineup of formidable talents.
This video shows this. It shows the Beatles showcasing songs that collectively run circles around their competitors.
Yes, occassionally a group or artist will come out with a song that can hang with the calibre of those of the early Beatles, but NO ONE or NO GROUP has had an output of such relentless quality in such a condensed time frame.
This isn't recognized enough, in my opinion.
But, had these magnificent sonic blueprints that the early Beatles created not been properly handled, the Beatles' impact would have been far less. We can all be thankful that the songs were delivered with infectious joy and cheekiness and feeling. We can count ourselves very lucky that the Beatles had great vocal gifts, especilly for harmonizing. We can consider ourselves fortunate that Brian Epstein "cleaned them up" for public viewing (in matching suits, and so forth). We can thank ourselves that they weren't "neat freaks" about letting a little rawness into their musical execution. There are untold numbers of talented band musicians with superb execution, but where has that gotten them? Up to a point, reasonably crisp execution is necessary; but beyond that, it runs the grave risk of impeding the flow of more important things, such as joie de vivre. The Beatles were not at all guilty of blocking the flow of joy, of generativeness.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We were hoping there would be more music however there's more video of the band hanging out and talking while on their first trip to the US.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very well produced and extremely enjoyable even for an avid fan and collector as myself.Published 4 months ago by Joe P
the chance to see, very close up and very personally, the reactions of the beatles to being in american for the first time (though george had already been over in the united states... Read morePublished 6 months ago by susan
LOVE the video but was VERY disappointed in the fact that it is packaged as a CD and not in a DVD type package. Makes you think it's actually a CD instead.Published 8 months ago by Neopac
I am a great " Bestles" fan and i am first generation fan and saw them on the " Ed sullivan show".Published 8 months ago by Deborah J. Siconolfi
Just wanted to add one comment that all the other reviewers seem to gloss over. There is not ONE WORD of commentary about "What it all meant" from an historical... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Meandean
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