The Beatles‘ Hollywood Bowl live recordings will get a new life this fall with the newly remixed and remastered Live at the Hollywood Bowl album. Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin, oversaw the project at Abbey Road with engineer Sam Okell.
One of the standouts from the original release, which came out in 1977, is “Boys,” a Shirelles hit that featured Ringo Starr on vocals. The band performed it on August 23rd, 1964, and the new version captures both they hysteria of the audience as well as the drummer’s gritty vocals, his bandmates “bop-shoo-wop” backup vocals and a cutting George Harrison guitar solo. The new mix was taken directly from the original 3-track tapes of the concert.
In 1977, George Martin told Rolling Stone about presenting his mixes of the songs to the Beatles. “John Lennon heard it last week and was delighted with it,” he said. “It was a labor of love, like restoring an antique motor-car.” At the time he had had to restore the tapes, which had been in storage for over a decade.
“Technology has moved on since my father worked on the material all those years ago,” Giles said in a statement. “Now there’s improved clarity, and so the immediacy and visceral excitement can be heard like never before. … What we hear now is the raw energy of four lads playing together to a crowd that loved them. This is the closest you can get to being at the Hollywood Bowl at the height of Beatlemania.”
Live at the Hollywood Bowl, which is due out September 9th, features four previously unreleased songs, including a version of “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The release coincides with Ron Howard’s new documentary about the group’s early years, Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, and it will contain a 24-page booklet with liner notes by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke. It is available for preorder.