Thursday, August 25, 2016

Giles Martin discusses "Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl" restoration

NPR has an interview with Giles Martin on the upcoming reissue of the Beatles' Hollywood Bowl recordings. You can hear some additional music off the new album, too.
"There's a guy who works in IT here who's developing de-mix technology, you know, being able to take one track and separate it into its constituent parts. I'd been playing around with him with this for a while and I said, 'Why don't we try it on screams from the Hollywood Bowl.' And we tried it and what we ended up with is it split the one track into two tracks and you get the screams on one half and then you have this weird, almost like the band playing but it sounds a little strange. But this meant we could go into, for instance, the drum track and bring out the best of the drums, as opposed to what my father had. If he did [anything] to the drums he'd be doing it to the screams as well. So we could basically clean up the recordings. And it's always my ambition to make people feel as though they're there watching the band. Now what you have with Hollywood Bowl is you're much closer to the band."

History: Beatles Book Monthly August 1966

The August 1966 issue of the Beatles' official magazine reached readers on the heels of the release of Revolver and the group's ill-fated experiences in the Philippines, about which, from the Beatle camp's perspective, the less said the better.

Not much is said about Revolver or the unique tracks and recording methods used to create them. But there are a few references in the issue about the group struggling to come up with the LP's title.

The lead editorial also reminds fans the group will soon depart England for America. At this point, the Beatles had no idea of the controversy awaiting them there.

The issue also devotes a number of photos and two features to Germany. The Beatles had just completed their tour of the country, where they reunited with old friends from Hamburg. They traveled through the country by train and spent some of their time working to come up with the name for their upcoming L.P.

In the Beatle Talk section, Paul and John discuss killing time on long flights.

In the letters section, one fan asks about rumors concerning the Lennon-McCartney team's songwriting practices.

The mag also included this shot of George with his Jag at Abbey Road (standing with road managers Neil Aspinall and Mal Evans) ...

And Neil mentioning the Beatles working on their famed group painting while holed up in a hotel in Japan:

And, finally, another fun shot of Ringo.