Sunday, September 11, 2016

CD Review: The Beatles, A Great Live Band Displayed In New "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" Release

Since 2009, The Beatles music catalog has received a much needed upgrade as all of their studio albums have been remastered and re-released on CD. Apple Records in association with Universal Music have continually kept the releases coming and on September 9th, exactly seven years after the first wave of albums, comes the soundtrack to the Ron Howard film "The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl." The soundtrack features 17-tracks that were remixed and remastered by Giles Martin (son of George Martin) for the newly directed feature documentary about The Beatles' touring years from 1962-1966. The film will premiere on September 15th in London and then be followed by a wider release in theaters.

While "The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl" references the original 1977 album, this is considered an entirely new release to co-inside with the new film of the same name. The soundtrack captures The Beatles performances at The Hollywood Bowl on August 23, 1964 and August 29, 1965. The songs are not presented on chronological order, but are placed in order of what their setlists were like back in the mid-sixties. Right from the opening chords of "Twist And Shout," you can hear the screams from the audience as The Beatles were almost unable to be heard live in concert. The songs flip back and forth between 1964 and 1965, but Giles Martin does a masterful job having them sound like once complete show from the same performance. There is a little banter between John Lennon and the audience, which works them up into a frenzy before "Hard Day's Night" and "Help!" The songs sound great, considering the difficultly of recording The Beatles live in concert.

Included in this set is a 24-page booklet features unpublished photos and a new essay from noted music journalist David Fricke. As well as clips from newspaper articles about the show and the original liner notes from the "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" vinyl release in 1977. To find out more about the new "The Beatles Live At Hollywood Bowl" release, please visit

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