Friday, August 12, 2016

Early reviews: "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years"

Uncut mag has posted an early review of Ron Howard's new Beatles documentary - and likes it, as does the Daily Mail.

"The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years" features  newly found and restored footage of the band playing live, restored audio by Giles Martin and fresh interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and others.

Here's a little of what Uncut has to say:
Along the way, there are bomb scares, Beatles records are publicly burned, and always the screaming – like sheets of feedback. The performances themselves run on adrenalin. A ferocious “Roll Over Beethoven” from Stockholm sounds like the MC5, “I Saw Her Standing There” from the Hollywood Bowl threatens to collapse under its own velocity. Ringo is revealed to have the chops of a hardcore drummer. Shea Stadium is viewed, first of all, from inside the helicopter ferrying the band to the site; then there is the long, long walk from the dug-out to the stage and, finally, the woefully inadequate house amplification system. In a neat bit of post-production editing, Giles Martin drops the screams of the crowd out so it is possible to hear exactly how The Beatles sounded on the day, projected through the ground’s tannoy system: tinny, essentially. No wonder, come 1966, the band are ready to quit life on the road in favour of the comparatively stable environs of Abbey Road Studio Two.

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