Sunday, April 9, 2017
'CAN YOU HEAR ME?'
August 1965 - November 1965
1. The Beatles At Shea Stadium - (reconstruction) - 37:18
Rec: Shea Stadium, New York, 15 Aug 1965.
2. The Music Of Lennon And McCartney - 43:53
Rec: Granada TV Centre, Manchester, 1st & 2nd Nov 1965.
A word in your ear from Hobs:
This volume showcases a new reconstruction of the famous 1965 Shea Stadium concert.
Okay... so what makes this different to the other 3000 Shea dvds out there? First of all the video quality: the source material is derived from the new transfer of the 1979 BBC repeat which was previously featured on First Play At Shea. Colour is stronger and more natural than previous versions. The thirty minute concert has been re-edited into the original performance order, with the two missing songs and all the extra in-between song chat re-instated. The extra audio has been wedded to audience shots and other material taken from the earlier part of the original tv special, plus footage from other sources. The audio is of course the original live audio, not the overdubbed audio which was actually recorded in 1966.
Additionally, the poor visual continuity of the original film has been fixed. In the tv special there are frequent cutaway shots showing Ringo playing the wrong cymbal, George playing the wrong guitar, John playing chords when he's supposed to be doing something else, empty mikes when voices can be heard, etcetera. No material has actually been cut; instead many of the cutaway shots have been re-arranged into a more sensible order so that they don't jar visually. For example, a long shot showing John playing Dizzy Miss Lizzy was original cut into the song I Feel Fine... now it is where it should be. Shots of John playing the intro to She's a Woman have been restored to that song. Out of synch shots have been nudged back into place and the title sequences re-edited to provide a more traditional start and finish to the concert.
Also on this volume is an upgrade of the Granada tv spectacular 'The Music Of Lennon And McCartney'. This appeared in pal on a previous disc - here it is in ntsc. Additionally in late 1965 and early 1966 the guys videotaped a series of black and white promotional videos distributed by NEMS to interested parties. These can be found in their entirety on the Unsurpassed Promos series and for that reason are not included here.