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The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl Special Limited Edition, Import

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The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl - Japanese Pressing - without OBI strip. Track list: Twist And Shout, She's A Woman, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Can't Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys, A Hard Day's Night, Help!, All My Loving, She Loves You, Long Tall Sally.

Product Details

  • Vinyl
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Special Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Odeon / EMI
  • Run Time: 34 minutes
  • ASIN: B000JSS6DG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I had burned my own copy of this lp a few years ago and was waiting for a legitimate release to come along. As soon as I opened the shipping box and seen the cover I knew I was had. The round sticker that you see in the picture that you can't read here, says it was taken from vinyl. This is NOT what I expected at all. I thought it was a legitimate release only available in Japan.

Not only does this release have "turntable rumble" and surface noise, just like a record L.P but there is also an "electrical hum" like there was some kind of interference during the vinyl dub to compact disc.

It's shame this is so poorly made because the cd design artwork re-creates the original album very well.

Don't buy this cd.
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This is a two cd set and apparently is Russian. The first cd is of concerts August 23rd, 1964 and August 30th, 1965. Both are complete and have great sound. The cheering doesn't get in your way, but gives you chills. I suppose these are the 3 track tapes unmanipiulated, if I remember correctly, that Capital recorded and did all kinds of work on them to improve them. This includes equalization and remixing after dumping them on a modern (for 1977) multi-track tape machine. But these tapes have more impact and songs then those tapes,released on Capitol. in my opinion. the '64 concert is great with energetic takes of "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Long Tall Sally", "She Loves You", and "Roll Over Beethoven". No tape mud or glitch on these tapes as well as the second concert from Aug.30th., which features "Dizzy Miss Lizzy", "A Hard Day's Night" and 'Can't Buy Me Love". The tapes really could have been released in '64 or "65 without all the work done to them later. Of course as said, you get 2 cds with 3 concerts and two interview sections. Now for the bad parts. The August 29th concert on disc 2 is for collectors and Beatle lovers only. Paul's mike is out until about half the conert which is also muddy for awhile. Starting around "Everybody's Trying to be My Baby" The tape starts to right itself. The sound of the interviews is a bit annoying at times but interesting, as the Beatles are asked their thoughts on war among other things. Lastly the introduction on disc 1 is too long at over five minutes and the booklet is in Russian. But after all, this is the Beatles live. Without the American release, this is a great sound board release. Get into the punch of the music and how the crowd screams over the stereo field like a wave moving back and forth. CD2 is why I dock it a star. They say this will be collectable someday, but who knows. Just sit back and listen Beatle fans and it will bring back a flood of memories if you were around then!
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This is something I really don't understand. Obviously with John and George gone there will never be any more new Beatles music, so pretty much ever since CDs were invented we've seen countless rehashed "Greatest Hits" compilations, re-releases, and generally nothing from the vaults (1994's BBC album, and 1995-96's three Anthologies being the notable exceptions). I'm surprised that the American albums (Meet the Beatles etc) got deluxe boxed-set treatment, because that to me is the ultimate rehash, but the amazing Hollywood Bowl album has never seen the light of day in digital format.

The Beatles' Hollywood Bowl concerts in 1964 and '65 were recorded by Capitol for a potential release, and even though that release didn't come until many years later, the recordings still bring light on what Beatlemania must have felt like -- more so, in my opinion, than the live cuts on the Anthology discs. It's a true shame that this record is no longer available. I'm sure many young people who are just getting into the Beatles, some of whom probably don't own a turntable, would value this on CD as a historical document of this amazing time and place of history. Likewise, for the older generation, it would serve a a way to preserve their memories.

This album rocks. You can tell the Beatles are really enjoying themselves, and the fans are wild and very enthusiastic. If you go see Paul McCartney nowadays, you will have a good time, but it is only a dim recollection of the energy that the Beatles had in the early- to mid-60s. That's not to say Paul is a nostalgia act -- actually he's far from it -- but nothing on Earth compares to the magic that blossomed from the four of them together.

This is an amazing album. Even though it's not officially on CD yet, I would strongly recommend finding a good-quality turntable and transport yourself back to the greatest era in rock history.
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If you had the LP or tape of the American release of Live at the Hollywood Bowl you will be pleased with Disc 1 which features the *complete* concerts, in great stereo sound. It certainly saves a lot of trouble of converting the American album, currently unavailable on CD (except for a lousy Japanese import that merely transfers a vinyl LP -- don't buy that one). I had already transferred my cassette over to digital but when I saw this set, I couldn't pass it up. I was a little worried that it might not be authentic or very good quality, but Disc 1 is excellent. The Anthology and BBC discs have revealed lots of live recordings during this era but most are in mono.

Like Jay (who just happened to post a review the same day as I did), I love the mastering. I also agree that Disc 2 is not the greatest, and that the Introduction on Disc 1 is unnecessarily long and it shows how silly those DJs were in 1964. The Beatles deserved a better presentation than that other than self-serving AM DJs, but that is just a sign of the times. The interviews are interesting in that they show the attitude of the Beatles in 1964 and 1965, as compared to later years.

Just a note: one of the DJs (in unison) introducing the Beatles in the August 30, 1965 concert is Casey Kasem, who would later become famous as the voice of Shaggy in Scooby Doo and of other animated features, and lent his distinctive voice to the radio shows American Top 40 and Casey's Top 40 from 1970 to the 1990s. It's too bad that he couldn't have lent his voice to a more fitting introduction of the Beatles.

The crowd noise is actually not that bad, but I guess I am already used to it from the American release. It really gives you a taste of Beatlemania.
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