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(Beatles) Video Of The Week

“Baby’s In Black” (live in Munich, 1966)

The Beatles in Munich, 1966

The Beatles began their 1966 tour dates in Munich, Germany on June 24, 1966, just three days after finishing up with recording their Revolver album in London. The Beatles played both an afternoon and evening performance on this date, taking the stage at the Circus-Krone-Marsstrasse right after opening acts Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers, The Rattles and Peter & Gordon. Portions of the evening show were broadcast for West German television and included opening act material as well as just over half of The Beatles set. On the original German broadcast tape, the first few seconds of “She’s A Woman” were spliced awkwardly onto the intro to “Baby’s In Black” and therefore appears that way here. The Beatles Anthology documentary includes a great performance of “Nowhere Man” from this same show.

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Here are some Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, some music related to this post:

1) Beatles For Sale (Remastered) – 2009 remaster of original 1964 LP, including studio version of “Baby’s In Black.”

2) The Beatles Anthology 2003 5-DVD set of original 1995 8-VHS collection of exclusive documentary footage about The Beatles, includes “Nowhere Man” from the 1966 Circus-Krone show in Munich.

3) More Amazon links for any of your favorite Beatles-related music: The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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“#9 Dream” (promo video, 1974)

#9 Dream single label

John Lennon wrote “#9 Dream” after being inspired by a dream he had in which he heard the repeated phrase “Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé.” John never claimed to know what it meant, but used it as a repeated chorus line in the song. John had also recently worked with Harry Nilsson on his Pussy Cats album and liked a string arrangement he wrote for Harry’s cover of “Too Many Rivers To Cross” so much that he incorporated it into the song as well. The strings seemed to work perfectly with the dream-like feeling he wanted to develop for the sound and subsequently, this promo video. The voice calling to John in the song is that of his companion at the time, May Pang, who has revealed that the song went through two working titles before being officially named. The first was “So Long Ago” and secondly “Walls And Bridges” which, of course, ended up being his next album title with “#9 Dream” included as one of the tracks. Get the whole story »

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“If I Fell” (A Hard Day’s Night, 1964)

And I Love Her/If I Fell US 45 picture sleeve

“If I Fell” was the last song recorded on The Beatles February 27, 1964 session set up to record songs for their first feature film A Hard Day’s Night. This clip, taken directly from the film shows the Beatles when they are supposedly rehearsing the song in preparation for an upcoming London television show. In the opening we see that Ringo Starr is initially bitter about the theater tech mishandling his drums.

Paul McCartney, harmonizing on the vocals with John Lennon, had trouble reaching the high note on the word “vain” the second time around, so George Martin mixed out the words “new love was in vain” for the mono mix (heard here). This was done by replacing the faulty section with a copy of when it was sung the first time around. In the U.S., “If I Fell” was released as a Capitol single coupled with “And I Love Her” on July 20, 1964, around three weeks before the movie made it’s American theater debut.

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Here are some Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, some music related to this post:

1) A Hard Day’s Night (Remastered) 2009 remastered CD of original 1964 UK LP, includes stereo mix of “If I Fell”.

2) A Hard Day’s Night – 2002 DVD remaster of original 1964 feature film. Contains a bonus DVD with lots of special features. Includes this clip of “If I Fell”.

3) More Amazon links for any of your favorite Beatles-related music: The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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“Yellow Submarine” (1968 film clip)

Yellow Submarine cover art

In celebration of the upcoming Blu-Ray/DVD re-release of Yellow Submarine, I thought it would be a good week to show a small snippet from the film. Details on the re-release can be found here. The animated movie’s box office premier was in July of 1968. At the film’s intro, the village of Pepperland is introduced as a cheerful music-loving paradise under the sea, protected by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. A yellow submarine rests on a hill near a range of high blue mountains.

The land falls under a surprise attack by the music-hating Blue Meanies and it becomes the mission of Pepperland Sea Captain resident Old Fred to go for help. He takes off in the Yellow Submarine and luckily finds The Beatles, who return with him and revive the then-captured Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Together they defeat the Blue Meanies, restoring Pepperland to all of it’s original glory. The animated personas of The Beatles were the only Beatles seen until the final few minutes, when the real Beatles make an appearance to go out singing “All Together Now.” Get the whole story »

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“Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” (promo video)

Walls And Bridges cover art

John Lennon’s “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” was the lead off single release from his October 1974 LP Walls And Bridges and features harmony vocals and piano from Elton John. Elton was so sure it was a number one hit that he made a bet with John that if it did top the charts, John would appear at one of Elton’s concert as a surprise guest. John had not had a #1 since he began his post-Beatles career and was just pessimistic enough to agree to the wager. On November 16, 1974, the song topped the Billboard singles chart and John ended up performing the song with Elton and band 12 days later at New York’s Madison Square Garden. He also accompanied Elton on two Beatles songs while he was on stage – “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “I Saw Her Standing There.” Get the whole story »

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“Another Girl” (1965 Bahamas Help! clip)

Help! cover art

From February 4 – February 14 (St. Valentine’s Day), 1965, Paul McCartney went on holiday to Hammamet, Tunisia with his girlfriend Jane Asher. Inside the house on the grounds where they were staying was a lavish bathroom with perfect acoustics for songwriting. This was where Paul wrote “Another Girl.”

The Beatles convened the day after his return on February 15th to begin the sessions for the upcoming Help! album and film. Having polished off “Ticket To Ride” in the afternoon session, they used the evening session to work on “Another Girl” and George Harrison’s “I Need You.”

“Another Girl” was knocked off in one take and 10 edit pieces. The 4-track recording had bass and drums on track 1, John Lennon’s Fender and George’s Jumbo Gibson acoustic on track 2, and Paul’s lead vocal along with John and George’s backing vocals on track 3. Track 4 had a few extra vocals from Paul and John, tom-toms from Ringo Starr and George playing his Gretsch at the end. The song was finished off the following day with the recording of Paul’s lead guitar track. This was most likely combined with track 2. Get the whole story »

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