The Eye Of The Hurricane - American Tour 1964

The Beatles
Eye Of The Hurricane (DVD) - Front cover Eye Of The Hurricane (DVD) - Rear Cover
Eye Of The Hurricane (DVD) - Front Cover Eye Of The Hurricane (DVD) - Rear Cover

Label Picture Perfect
Catalogue No. PPDVD15-16
Release date 2006
Total time 3 hours 27 minutes and 56 seconds !
DVD 1 - 104:00
DVD 2 - 103:56
Comments : This double DVD presents three and a half hours of footage from the promotional tour that turned four lads from Liverpool, quite literally, into the music phenomenon of the century. A comprehensive document with coverage from 24 American cities, this painstakingly researched and edited collection gives the viewer a new insight into the Beatlemania that gripped America in the summer of 1964.
Highlights of this double DVD set include:
  • Rare 8mm colour footage from Kansas City, Los Angeles and Denver.
  • Colour 16mm concert footage from Chicago.
  • Previously unreleased concert footage from Las Vegas.
  • Previously unreleased arrival footage from San Francisco.
  • Previously unreleased footage from Vancouver, Canada.
  • Hollywood Bowl Concert: A completely re-edited/re-mastered version. Not only is the video quality greatly improved, but Picture Perfect have located many missing bits of footage to create the longest and best looking version to date.
  • Philadelphia Concert: Going back to the original tapes, there are now complete songs in place of previous song fragments.
  • Indiana Concert: Again, a completely re-edited/re-mastered version. Several sources have been combined to create a much longer version than previously seen. Now includes the full version of “If I Fell.”
  • WHK Cleveland Press Conference: Longer than previously seen. Taken from archival tape, not re-broadcast.
  • Forest Hills, New York: Previously unreleased footage surrounding Ringo’s lost St. Christopher medal and its return. Paul is also seen in the footage.
  • U.S. Departure: Previously unseen outside interview and plane departure also includes raw footage from the return to Heathrow Airport.

    This two disc DVD has a double-sided glossy front cover with many interesting pictures, plus a separate glossy booklet with details of the chapters and more pictures.

  • D.V.D. One

    No. Date, Place and Detail Time
    1 18/08/1964 - Los Angeles
    Hollywood Star newsreel of Airport scenes, plus press conference
    2 19/08/1964 - San Francisco
    Airport scenes.
    (That night they will play to 17,130 fans at the Cow Palace, San Francisco)
    3 20/08/1964 - Las Vegas
    Airport scene, then Las Vegas Convention Centre
    One live segment but the performance is almost inaudible.
    Further Airport scene. (That day, two performances were given, each to 8,000 fans)
    4 21/08/1964 - Seattle
    Airport scene, plus press conference.
    Some general footage with "Long Tall Sally" over it.
    (That night The Beatles performed to 14,720 at the Seattle Center Coliseum)
    5 22/08/1964 - Vancouver
    Airport scene, plus press conference.
    General crowd footage.
    (That night The Beatles played to 20,261 people at the Empire Stadium, Vancouver)
    6+ 23/08/1964 - Hollywood
    Airport scene, press conference footage with no sound (some in Colour).
    Fans interviewed before the Hollywood Bowl concert (2:12)
    18,700 people filled the Hollywood Bowl, sold out four months earlier, for their concert
    which was recorded for posterity by a team of engineers representing Capitol Records.

    Hollywood Bowl Concert Footage (Excellent sound quality)

    1. Introduction (Includes classic line, "Here they are - The Beatles !") (1:32)
    2. Twist And Shout (1:16)
    3. You Can't Do That (2:52)
    4. All My Loving (2:14)
    5. She Loves You (2:34)
    6. Things We Said Today (2:14)
    7. Roll Over Beethoven (2:50)
    8. Boys (2:15)
    9. A Hard Day's Night (2:52)
    10. Long Tall Sally (3:01)

    The group are seen leaving the stage, then some final crowd scenes.
    Total time to this point is 46:40
    17 24/08/1964 - Bel Air
    Beatlemania news report, excellent interview with Derek Taylor at their
    rented house at 356 St. Pierre Road, in Brown Canyon, Bel Air.
    18 26/08/1964 - Denver
    Airport scenes (some in Colour) with "Slow Down" soundtrack.
    Press conference.
    19 26/08/1964 - Denver (Contd. from above)
    Concert footage (Short clips, none are complete)
    • Twist And Shout
    • You Can't Do That
    • All My Loving
    • Things We Said Today
    • Roll Over Beethoven

    (The Beatles played to 7,000 people at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver)
    20 27/08/1964 - Cincinnati
    Airport scenes (She Love You soundtrack), plus brief concert footage
    (The Beatles played to 17,000 people at Cincinnati Gardens.)
    The footage is followed by a remarkable statement by a court representative about
    14,000 hysterical children in the audience.
    21 28/08/1964-29/08/1964 - Forest Hills, New York
    Press conference
    22 28/08/1964-29/08/1964 - Forest Hills, New York (Contd. from above)
    Press conference, includes discussing threats to public safety.
    (The Forest Hills Tennis Stadium held 15,983 people. Every seat was sold, plus more were added)
    23 28/08/1964-29/08/1964 - Forest Hills, New York (Contd. from above)
    Press conference, the girl who stole Ringo's St.Christopher, Angie McGowan, returned it and
    posed for photographs while first Ringo, then Paul, kissed her on the cheek.
    24 30/08/1964 - Atlantic City
    A BBC reporter (Peter Snow ?) happens to be in The Beatles hotel, complains, then interviews the lads.
    The Beatles stayed at the Lafayette Motel in Atlantic City.
    (That night they played to 19,000 fans at the Convention Hall, Atlantic City)
    25+ 02/09/1964 - Philadelphia
    Scenes outside the Convention Hall, Philadelphia, with a soundtrack of a short interview with John (0:49)
    1. Scenes of a press conference, but the soundtrack is a radio interview (8:19)
    13,000 people filled the Convention Hall of which some footage follows:

    Convention Hall, Philadelphia - Concert Footage

    1. M.C. Introduction and crowd scenes (1:32)
    2. Twist And Shout (1:20)
    3. You Can't Do That (3:13)
    4. All My Loving (2:18)
    5. She Loves You - followed by crowd scenes and chanting (3:24)

    D.V.D. Two

    No. Performance Date And Place Time
    1+ 03/09/1964 - Indianapolis
    Scenes at Weir Cook Municipal Airport with newsreel voiceover.
    Scenes around the Speedway Motel (2:35)

    12,413 people filled the State Fair Coliseum for the afternoon show
    (The Beatles stepped on stage at 6:21 p.m.) of which some footage follows:

    State Fair Coliseum, Indianapolis - Concert Footage

    1. Concert Introduction and tuning (1:18)
    2. Twist And Shout (1:21)
    3. You Can't Do That (3:08)
    4. All My Loving (2:16)
    5. She Loves You (2:38)
    6. Things We Said Today (3:01)
    7. Can't Buy Me Love (2:37)
    8. If I Fell (2:12)
    9. I Want To Hold Your Hand (1:06)
    10. Boys (3:36) ... followed by film of The Beatles leaving the stage

    Some crowd shots are the same as in the Philadelphia - Concert Footage above on disc one !
    And some are repeated during this footage !!
    12 03/09/1964 - Indianapolis
    Press conference after the afternoon show, plus motel footage and newsreel voiceover.
    Also scenes at the airport.
    When The Beatles boarded their chartered plane at Weir Cook Municipal Airport,
    they were $85,231.93 richer. ($1,719.02 had already been deducted for state gross income tax).
    13 05/09/1964 - Chicago
    Airport footage (rarely used Midway Airport) - soundtrack is radio interview discussing security issues.
    14 05/09/1964 - Chicago (COLOUR 16mm film !)
    Crowd and concert footage from the International Amphitheater, Chicago,
    ... but the dubbed soundtrack is taped interview.
    15 07/09/1964 - Toronto
    News report with crowd scenes, and interviews with fans.
    Hysteria at the King Edward Sheraton Hotel.
    Press conference from between the two sets they did that day which included
    some presentations, then a filmed interview.
    16 07/09/1964 - Toronto
    Concert footage of She Loves You - but it's very poor sound.
    Then more fan footage and scenes at the airport leaving Toronto
    17 11/09/1964 - Jacksonville
    Press conference at their hotel, The George Washington.
    Interviewing The Beatles was Jean Morris.
    Although 30,000 tickets had been sold, only 23,000 showed up.
    Around 7,000 out-of-town fans who bought tickets were unable to see the concerts because
    Hurricane Dora had destroyed roads and bridges.
    18 12/09/1964 - Boston
    Press conference
    19 13/09/1964 - Baltimore
    Airport scenes. with Ringo interviewed at the aeroplane.
    Then footage of fans being interviewed
    20 15/09/1964 - Cleveland
    WHK Press conference at the Sheraton-Cleveland Hotel.
    21 15/09/1964 - Cleveland
    An interview with Brian Epstein
    22 16/09/1964 - New Orleans
    Crowd scenes and some concert footage from City Park Stadium, New Orleans,
    The soundtrack is a radio interview.
    23 17/09/1964 - Kansas City (COLOUR 8mm film !)
    Concert footage from the Municipal Stadium, Kansas City with
    dubbed soundtrack of The Beatles playing "Kansas City".
    20,280 saw this concert which was actually an extra unscheduled booking.
    24 18/09/1964 - Dallas
    Airport and fan footage with soundtrack from KLIF radio.
    25 18/09/1964 - Dallas
    Press conference
    26 20/09/1964-21/09/1964 - New York City
    Crowd scenes with a dubbed soundtrack of a radio interview segment.
    The brief footage includes shots of Paramount Theater, Broadway where The Beatles
    took part in a charity concert for cerebral palsy.
    27 20/09/1964-21/09/1964 - New York City
    An outdoor early morning interview, plus airport footage
    28 21/09/1964 - Heathrow
    Airport footage with a dubbed soundtrack of "Slow Down".
    Brian Matthews can also be heard.
    Bonus Tracks at Granada TV Centre, Manchester 14/10/1964

    These are listed as two tracks - "Dress Rehearsal" and "Broadcast Version" ... but ...

    29 I Should Have Known Better

         Brief section of the song fading with John clowning around (0:37)
         Full take as seen from above - from the control room, past the monitors (2:41)


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