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Discussion in 'DVD' started by Marvin, Aug 14, 2003.
Folks, let's talk about the Washington DC performance disc here, and keep focusing on The Compleat Beatles in the other thread. As for what is included on the now (sadly) out-of-print First U.S. Visit disc (which I own), only a little of it's there. And on film. The Anthology set, specifically disc number two, contains more footage of this concert, much of it on black-and-white videotape.
I've had an audio tape for years I lifted from a 16mm library print. I hope that they show the concert in its entirety, and don't fake their way through the ending. When Paul on the Beatles Anthology (and I believe on First US Visit), Paul is shown thanking people for buying their first US hit record (as Capitol recording artists), but the Beatles launch into 'She Loves You'. Of course, the Beatles first Capitol single was 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'. At the original performance, they sang the song, but the substitution was made because George played a wrong chord during the intro (wrong position, playing the chord a semi-tone flat). The video footage was shot by CBS for closed circuit broadcast at movie theaters a month later. The footage, though technically dated, looks quite good. From Abbeyrd's Beatle Page: This list omits This Boy, All My Loving, and the closing songs Twist And Shout and Long Tall Sally. Some websites claim that Ringo sang Boys following IWTHYH, but I cannot verify this because my film dub ends with IWTHYH. More details need to emerge on the concert performances, including the possibility of the inclusion of the following opening acts: Bill Black Combo The Exciters The Righteous Brothers Jackie de Shannon ("What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love") - the audience paid tribute to Jackie by singing "Happy Birthday" to her. Then all hell broke loose.
In any case (I hope this is ok to post here), I'm probably going to pre-order this tomorrow afternoon (Friday) so if anyone out there wants me to send them an Amazon STL discount, please email or PM me by, oh about, 3 PM EST Friday.