The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl, originally released in 1977 and containing material from the Beatles’ Hollywood Bowl concerts in August 1964 and August 1965, will be re-released in an expanded form on September 9 on CD and digital download for the first time. A 180-gram vinyl release will be out on November 18.
The new package is a companion release to the new Ron Howard film The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years, and includes all the tracks of the 1977 album with four additional unreleased songs and a 24-page booklet containing an essay by music journalist David Fricke.
The cover photo forThe Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl, also on the poster for the film, was taken by the group’s U.S. tour manager Bob Bonis on August 22, 1964 as they boarded a chartered flight in Seattle to Vancouver, B.C. for their first concert in Canada.
Documenting The Beatles’ Hollywood Bowl concerts on tape was no easy feat, as producer Sir George Martin explained in his album notes for 1977’s The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl: “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.”
“A few years ago Capitol Studios called saying they’d discovered some Hollywood Bowl three track tapes in their archive,” said George Martin’s son Giles Martin, who has produced the new release with engineer Sam Okell. “We transferred them and noticed an improvement over the tapes we’ve kept in the London archive. Alongside this, I’d been working for some time with a team headed by technical engineer James Clarke on demix technology, the ability to remove and separate sounds from a single track. With Sam Okell, I started work on remixing the Hollywood Bowl tapes.”
He said the tapes now sound better than ever. “Technology has moved on since my father worked on the material all those years ago. Now there’s improved clarity, and so the immediacy and visceral excitement can be heard like never before. My father’s words still ring true, but 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. We hope you enjoy the show…”
Featuring rare and exclusive footage, Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. The film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years touches on the band’s Hollywood Bowl concerts and includes footage of the “Boys” performance featured on The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl.
The film will premiere six days after the album’s release on September 15 in the U.K., France and Germany, September 16 in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand and September 22 in Japan. The film will be available to U.S. subscribers of Hulu starting September 17.
Track listing for The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
1. Twist and Shout [30 August, 1965]
2. She’s A Woman [30 August, 1965]
3. Dizzy Miss Lizzy [30 August, 1965 / 29 August, 1965 – one edit]
4. Ticket To Ride [29 August, 1965]
5. Can’t Buy Me Love [30 August, 1965]
6. Things We Said Today [23 August, 1964]
7. Roll Over Beethoven [23 August, 1964]
8. Boys [23 August, 1964]
9. A Hard Day’s Night [30 August, 1965]
10. Help! [29 August, 1965]
11. All My Loving [23 August, 1964]
12. She Loves You [23 August, 1964]
13. Long Tall Sally [23 August, 1964]
14. You Can’t Do That [23 August, 1964 – previously unreleased]
15. I Want To Hold Your Hand [23 August, 1964 – previously unreleased]
16. Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby [30 August, 1965 – previously unreleased]
17. Baby’s In Black [30 August, 1965 – previously unreleased]