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‘The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl’ Finally Coming to CD

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Back in 1977, Capitol Records released The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, a 13-track album culled from three Beatles shows recorded at the Los Angeles venue in 1964 and 1965. The record reached No. 2 on the U.S. chart and No. 1 in the U.K., but has been long out of print and was never reissued as part of the group’s massive catalog overhaul on CD.

On Sept. 9, a new set titled The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl will be released that includes that original album plus four previously unreleased cuts. It’s being touted as a new collection and not a reissue, tied to Ron Howard’s upcoming documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years.

The new 17-track set includes performances from the Beatles’ Aug. 23, 1964 and Aug. 29-30, 1965, shows at the Hollywood Bowl. Songs include hits like “Twist and Shout,” “Ticket to Ride,” “Help!,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl will be available on CD, digital download and streaming at first, to be followed by a 180-gram vinyl LP on Nov. 18. You can see the track listing below.

The music has been remastered from the original three-track tapes of the concerts by Giles Martin (son of the Beatles’ late producer George Martin) and engineer Sam Okell. The songs from the 1977 album have been remixed and cleaned up for the new release. “Technology has moved on since my father worked on the material all those years ago,” Giles Martin said in a press release announcing The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl. “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.”

The companion film, Eight Days a Week, is scheduled for a world premiere in London, with screenings in France and Germany, on Sept. 15, followed by U.S., Australia and New Zealand openings on the 16th and Japan on Sept. 22. Hulu subscribers can begin streaming the movie on Sept. 17.

‘The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl’ Track Listing
“Twist and Shout” [August 30, 1965]
“She’s a Woman” [August 30, 1965]
“Dizzy Miss Lizzy” [August 30, 1965 / August 29, 1965 – one edit]
“Ticket to Ride” [August 29, 1965]
“Can’t Buy Me Love” [August 30, 1965]
“Things We Said Today” [August 23, 1964]
“Roll Over Beethoven” [August 23, 1964]
“Boys” [August 23, 1964]
“A Hard Day’s Night” [August 30, 1965]
“Help!” [August 29, 1965]
“All My Loving” [August 23, 1964]
“She Loves You” [August 23, 1964]
“Long Tall Sally” [August 23, 1964]
“You Can’t Do That” [August 23, 1964 – previously unreleased]
“I Want to Hold Your Hand” [August 23, 1964 – previously unreleased]
“Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby” [August 30, 1965 – previously unreleased]
“Baby’s in Black” [August 30, 1965 – previously unreleased]

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