The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl

The Beatles
Hollywood Bowl - LP cover Hollywood Bowl - LP back
Hollywood Bowl - Front Cover Hollywood Bowl - Back Cover
Hollywood Bowl - Gatefold Interior
Hollywood Bowl - Gatefold Interior
Hollywood Bowl - Inner Bag (Front)
Hollywood Bowl - Inner Bag (Front)

Label Parlophone
Catalogue No. EMTV 4
Release date 6th May 1977
Total time 28:30
U.K. Album Chart Detail :
Entry Date :21st May 1977
Highest Position :1 ... for 1 week from 18th June 1977
Weeks in Chart :17
Detail : The Beatles first No.1 album for SEVEN years, and their last for the next SEVENTEEN !

From the summer of 1976 E.M.I. embarked on a new series of T.V. advertised albums, the first of these was EMTV 1 - The Beach Boys "20 Golden Greats" which stayed at the top slot for 10 weeks. Glen Campbell was EMTV 2, The Shadows were the third, and The Beatles became the 4th ... hence the unusual catalogue number.
(EMTV 5 was The Supremes, EMTV 6 was Cliff Richard, EMTV 7 was The Black and White Minstrels, EMTV 8 was Buddy Holly, EMTV 9 was Nat 'King' Cole, and EMTV 10 was Frank Sinatra.)
All of the above were heavily (and expensively) promoted on nationwide T.V. and all had immense chart success, eight of the ten reaching number one. E.M.I. budgeted 200,000 of advertising on the Beatles release and this was one of the eight chart-toppers (just !).

The Hollywood Bowl concerts a year apart were recorded by Capitol records using a three-track recording system. The 1964 concert recording engineer was Hugh Davies, and the 1965 was Pete Abbott which were produced by Voyle Gilmore under the supervision of George Martin. But the results were technically disappointing (not surprising with 17,000 continuously screaming fans) and the idea was shelved for over 10 years.
Finally, the Capitol president Bhaskar Menon discovered the tapes and asked George Martin to give them another listen. George was impressed with the electric atmosphere and the raw energy and set to work in January 1977 enhancing and transferring the performances to modern multi-track tapes.
They did no redubbing of voices or instruments.

So there we have it, most of us had bootleg copies of these performances, but here was an official version, great stuff. For the best bootlegs have a look at Live At Shea Stadium L.P., and Live At Shea Stadium E.P.'s both of which were actually the 1964 Hollywood bowl concert !

The album did sell over a million copies worldwide.
Promo copies were available as a box-set.

The cover shows items of U.S. memorabilia, and the inner bag (shown bottom of page) advertised all the Beatles official albums. The front cover shows tickets from the 23rd August 1964 and 29th August 1965, but the recordings from the 1965 concert were the following day. In fact here is a list of the complete playlist of each of the two concerts, highlighting those numbers used on this release :
23rd August 196430th August 1965
Twist And ShoutTwist And Shout
You Can't Do ThatShe's A Woman
All My LovingI Feel Fine
She Love's YouDizzy Miss Lizzy
Things We Said TodayTicket To Ride
Roll Over BeethovenEverybody's Trying To Be My Baby
Can't Buy Me LoveCan't Buy Me Love
If I FellI Wanna Be Your Man
I Want To Hold Your Hand        A Hard Day's Night
BoysHelp !
A Hard Day's NightI'm Down
Long Tall Sally 

On 3rd September 1984 the L.P. was re-issued on the E.M.I. budget label "Music For Pleasure", catalogue no. MFP 4156761. With no promotion this failed to chart.
Surprisingly this full priced edition was still available until it was deleted 28th February 1985.

Side 1

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Twist And Shout Russell-Medley 30th August 1965 1:20
She's A Woman Lennon-McCartney 30th August 1965 2:45
Dizzy Miss Lizzy Williams 30th August 1965 3:00
Ticket To Ride Lennon-McCartney 30th August 1965 2:18
Can't Buy Me Love Lennon-McCartney 30th August 1965 2:08
Things We Said Today Lennon-McCartney 23rd August 1964 2:07
Roll Over Beethoven Berry 23rd August 1964 2:10

Side 2

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Boys Dixon-Farrell 23rd August 1964 1:57
A Hard Day's Night Lennon-McCartney 30th August 1965 2:30
Help ! Lennon-McCartney 30th August 1965 2:16
All My Loving Lennon-McCartney 23rd August 1964 1:55
She Loves You Lennon-McCartney 23rd August 1964 2:10
Long Tall Sally Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell 23rd August 1964 1:54

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