Music Review: ‘The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl’

Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl

Something like a million years after Beatlemania first hit America, Capitol has finally seen fit to issue the group‘s only extant live recordings (inferior bootlegs aside). The music and sound quality aren’t exactly on a par with contemporary standards, and though George Martin has done a fine job of remixing, the obtrusive crowd noise is almost enough to make the Rolling Stones fans on Got Live If You Want It seem subdued. Still, the 1964 and 1965 performances captured here prove wholly listenable and historically invaluable. When your grandchildren start asking why we all flipped Way Back When, just play them this LP’s exuberant renditions of songs like “Twist and Shout” and “She’s a Woman.” Time: 33:15.

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