Beatles - Beatles Hamburg & The Hamburg Sound
Customers who bought this item also bought
This program records the most important celebration ever of the early days of the Beatles in this city and the musical environment that helped to form them. Presented by Liverpool D.J. Spencer Leigh, it visits the places in Hamburg that are particularly associated with the Beatles' time there as well as interviewing veterans from that scene.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
During the video, Spencer Leigh interviews people linked to that time in Hamburg, such as Kingsize Taylor and Gibson Kemp, who also played with Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes. Both lived in Hamburg at the time – had since moved back there - and the interviews are quite odd. Kemp was running a cafe and seemed concerned about getting back to his cooking, leading to a rather hurried and hushed interview. Kingsize Taylor was very strange – making bizarre allegations. One, often repeated by members of Merseybeat bands at the time, was that the Beatles were considered nothing special. Obviously, this is untrue. On their return from Hamburg the Beatles became the top group very quickly, although it was not their time as a covers band that made them so important, so influential and so revered; but their career as songwriters. Even Merseybeat bands which did well at the time, such as Gerry and the Pacemakers, did not continue and expand. Yes, the Searchers, etc, had big hits, but now they are simply on the Oldies circuit – much loved, but they did not change musical history as the Beatles did. Taylor also makes extreme, and unkind, claims about Brian Epstein – which hardly seemed necessary as the man has been dead for so many years. It is here that Spencer Leigh seems to lose control of the interview and never challenges him once about any of his statements. The Big Three and Kingsize Taylor may have been popular at the time, but no band has had the success of the Beatles – not then and not since. A lot of this smacks of sour grapes and does not make pretty watching. In a way, this was really sad. I have great admiration for the bands who played at that time – and enjoy the music of bands such as Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes. It is sad to see them look back with such bitterness on a time which is of such interest to fans.
Overall, I would recommend the DVD’s of the Liverpool and Merseyside tours, rather than this one. However, if you cannot get to Hamburg to see the Beatles sites for yourself, you will enjoy this. Spencer Leigh himself is always informative and interesting, but this is certainly not his best programme on the Beatles.