Video Recordings

The Beatles
The Cathode Ray Tube Collection Vol 8

Disc 8:
June 1966 - November 1966
1. Live At The Circus Krone, Munich (surviving extracts) - 14:57
Rec: 24 June 1966
2. Live At The Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo - 30:23
Rec: 30 June 1966
3. Live At The Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo - 30:14
Rec: 1 July 1966
Bonus Track:
4. Not Only... But Also - 0:49
Rec: Gentleman’s Lavatory, Broadwick Street, Soho, London, 27 Nov 1966

Here we have three concerts from 1966, the first being Munich. It's presented here in pristine quality, and while not the guys' best performance it makes a nice bookend to their live career which started in earnest in Germany some six years before.

The 'dark suits' Budokan concert has been reconstructed here out of two tapes. The complete show was issued on laserdisc in Japan and is commonly booted on dvd. However the LD was spoiled to some degree by smearing and ghosting on dark scenes (profile shots of John are particularly bad). For this reason I've replaced most of the video with a vhs source which is of similar quality but without the smearing. The 'light suits' concert is of comparable video quality and has the audio resynched from cd source. This is a much better performance from The Beatles, although the vocals sound a bit distance.

The bonus track: John's brief but hilarious contribution to Not Only But Also in late '66. The sudden appearance of the granny glasses marked the beginning of a new era and the end of the old Beatles. From now on they would continue to record promo videos and special events, but the days of Thank Your Lucky Stars, Big Night Out and Ready Steady Go were gone forever. Their various promo films made between 1966 and 1970 can be found on the Unsurpassed Promos series.

The Cathode Ray Tube Collection Vol 8

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