The Four Complete Historic Ed Sullivan Shows Featuring the Beatles
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- Includes shows from February 9, February 16, and February 23, 1964, and September 12, 1965
- Restored original mono or Dolby 5.1
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One interesting note about the entire set is that you might get a feel for the generation gap that existed in America at that time and what impact the Beatles had on whom Ed Sullivan called "youngsters." Performances by Acker Bilk, Tessie O'Shea (from England), and Gordon & Sheila McCrae show us what most adults who tuned in to Sullivan were listening to. The Beatles clearly went against the grain. As one famous person noted, "Suddenly, there were the Beatles and everybody else. And everybody else just looked wrong.Read more ›
For John Lennon fans, this is a priceless piece of what many of us liked best of John's days as the smart, fun, confident Beatle. It also takes many of us back to the Ed Sullivan Sunday evenings of our youth.
Of course, the first appearance on Ed's show on Feb. 9, 1964 is the defining moment for the band's conquest of America... and the two subsequent shows filmed over the course of the next couple weeks are a large part of The Beatles' first visit to the country. But, I bought this colection primarily for the 1965 show.
Appearing on Ed's show only weeks after their historical concert at Shea Stadium, and just before they were to go into the studio to record "Rubber Soul", this show represents The Beatles at the time in their careers where they were just about to peak as performers and recording artists.
The first three songs they play are "I Feel Fine", "I'm Down", and "Act Naturally". The second half of the show kicks off with "Ticket To Ride" with an extended intro to accomodate some "artsy" special camera effects (their profiles super-imposed one-by-one over the shot of the entire band). Pretty tame by today's standards. But, in retrospect, it sure showed how the times were-a-changing and getting more creative on all fronts of the entertainment realm.
Included are the entire shows - all of Ed's other guests as well as some hilarious TV commercials for Lipton tea, Anacin, and Pillsbury cakes and breads! Not only is this DVD collection a treasure trove for Beatles fans, but also for vintage advertising buffs!
I found that watching the entire shows offered an excellent vantage point into American society in the mid-1960's... and how The Beatles fit into the whole panorama of what was going on here during that era.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just as described, husband loves The Beatles so he was a happy man.. bought in 2005 and just realized I never left a review (;Published 4 months ago by Dee
Great to watch what I watched back in the day. Worth the buy.Published 10 months ago by Joyce Yarber
Great product-was exactly what I wanted: to see the Beatles performances again after forty years! Even as most other artist's performances were uninteresting to me, it was fun to... Read morePublished 17 months ago by UncaVince
The Beatles were great !!! Some of the other guest were not as good but who can top the Fab Four !Published 18 months ago by Cathy Nyman