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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (Hollywood Bowl)

Posted by on January 16, 2009 at 5:26 pm.

On August 23, 1964, The Beatles performed live at The Hollywood Bowl for the first time. All 18,700 seats were sold. Legend has it that one woman was so intent on not missing the show that she gave birth midway through the performance after waiting the entire day outside the venue until the show began at 9:30pm. The show was recorded but never released commercially while The Beatles were together, due to the impact of the crowd noise over the performance. Besides live albums were not quite as mandatory then as they became later. However in 1977, Capitol used newer techniques to clean up the recordings of this performance and one of the two 1965 Hollywood Bowl shows and selected a few songs from each show to make the Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl LP which has yet to be released on CD in the US. This recording of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” from the 1964 show was not selected for that LP nor has it been on any other official release to date. But along with the screams you can still here it now, on the BROW. Keep listening and you will hear Paul introduce “Boys” by Ringo Starr while John tests his mic.

The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl LP, released May 1977

The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl LP, released May 1977

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  • Dale True says:

    Love this live version of IWTHYH. That’s some really nice guitar work George had on there. Thanks, Nat!

  • Clare Kuehn says:

    So what is this actually from, then? THANKS, too!

    • Happy Nat says:

      Hi Clare…this is from my own private collection.

      • Clare Kuehn says:

        Hi, Nat. I see; but then what is it? A tape? An LP? You said it never came out anywhere. So what is it, that you could get it?

        • Happy Nat says:

          A man actually came to me on a flaming pie and presented me with this recording on a magically wound spool of audible duct tape. He said, “Happy Nat! You WILL present this on your website as a BROW!” and handed it to me. I thought – “Who am I to argue with this pie guy? He might be the very one that gave The Beatles their name!” So I did what he said as soon as I could.

          • Clare Kuehn says:

            Ha ha. But seriously, John (er, Nat) … Are you the only one with the recording? Is it a leak?

      • Clare Kuehn says:

        I like the playing. :)

  • Matt Nichols says:

    Always found the extra use of George’s 12 string in this tour when it wasn’t on record such as this song
    And Twist and shout

  • Happy Nat says:

    With the new Live At The Hollywood Bowl CD out released in conjunction with the Ron Howard Film Eight Days A Week, this appears as a bonus track so is no longer a rarity.

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