Thursday, July 28, 2016

Complete Shea Stadium concert included in theatrical screenings of new "Eight Days a Week" documentary

The Beatles' full 1965 Shea Stadium concert will reportedly be shown at theatrical screenings of Ron Howard's "Eight Days a Week" documentary about the band's touring years, according to a  fresh news release about the film.
The Beatles played Shea Stadium on August 15th 1965 in what was to be the first rock concert ever staged in a stadium in front of more than 55,000 people. The event was filmed using fourteen 35mm cameras by Ed Sullivan Productions and Brian Epstein and for the very first time, the fully restored, remastered, 30-minute performance will be available to screen as part of the worldwide theatrical release of Academy Award®-winner Ron Howard’s authorized documentary feature film, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years.
Only available in theatres, the 4K restoration with sound remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Giles Martin and Sam Okell, includes performances of the classic songs such as “A Hard Day’s Night,” “I’m Down,” “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy.”
The news release lists 11 songs in the Shea set list:

Twist and Shout
She’s a Woman
I Feel Fine
Dizzy Miss Lizzy
Ticket to Ride
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby
Baby’s in Black
Act Naturally
A Hard Day’s Night
Help!
I’m Down

This list misses "Can't Buy Me Love," which was also performed. Perhaps it was mistakenly left off in the news release.

This evidently means those of us watching the film when it start streaming on Hulu Sept. 17 will be missing out on the full Shea experience, but hopefully the complete concert will be included as a bonus on an eventual DVD/Blu-ray release.

It should be noted that the 1965 Shea concert has been available on TV and video before.

"The Beatles at Shea Stadium," a 50-minute film of the performance and additional footage from the event aired on television in Britain and West Germany in 1966 and the following year on ABC TV in the United States. It was released on home video without the Beatles' permission in 1978 and circulates on bootlegs.

The Beatles went into the studio in early 1966 to overdub the original live recordings from Shea in order to bolster the sound and, in the case of "Help!" and "I Feel Fine" recorded completely new versions of the songs because the live recordings were of poor quality. These new recordings are heard in the 1960s version of the concert film.

Additionally, the film used the 1965 studio recording of "Act Naturally" and a version of "Twisted Shout" not from Shea, but from one of the band's concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.

The Shea performances of "She's a Woman" and "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" weren't included in the original film.

It will be interesting to learn whether Howard's film is using any of these overdubs or substitutions or if Giles Martin was able to improve the concert recordings enough to use them unadulterated.

"Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years" debuts in select theaters Sept. 15 and begins streaming on Hulu Sept. 17.

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