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Beatles – Beatles In Germany 1966 (Master Of Beatles Essentials MBE-DX 4002 AB/DVD)

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 Beatles In Germany 1966 (Master Of Beatles Essentials MBE-DX 4002 AB/DVD)

Circus Krone, Munich, Germany – June 24, 1966

Gruga-Halle, Essen, Germany – June 25, 1966

Setlist : Disc 1:  Greeting from George, Nowhere Man (anthology remix).  Cirkus Krone, Munich – June 24th, 1966:  Good Good Feeling, You Can’t Love ‘Em All, C. C. Rider (Cliff Bennet & The Rebel Rousers).  Love Of My Life, Come On And Sing, Sha-La-La-La-Lee, Shout, Auf Wiedersehen (The Rattles).  Woman, Let It Be Me (Peter & Gordon).  Introduction, Rock N Roll Music, She’s A Woman/Baby’s In Black, I Feel Fine, Yesterday, Nowhere Man, I’m Down (The Beatles).  Radio documentary in Essen (live & interviews), Essen press conference, From London to Germany radio interviews 1964.

Disc 2:  Live in Gruga-Halle, Essen – June 25th, 1966:  Introduction, Rock And Roll Music, She’s A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Day Tripper, Baby’s In Black, I Feel Fine, Yesterday, I Wanna Be Your Man, Nowhere Man, Paperback Writer, I’m Down.  Arrived in Hamburg, Hamburg press conference, Hamburg concert report part one, Nowhere Man (live), Paperback Writer (live), Hamburg concert report part two/Paperback Writer (live), Hamburg interviews, The Rattles La La La (audience live), The Beatles introduction (audience live), I Wanna Be Your Man, Baby’s In Black (audience live), I Wanna Be Your Man (live), Paperback Writer (live), I’m Down (live), memories of early days in Hamburg, Bravo Award (1966 George speech), Am Sonntag Will Mein Suber Mit Mir Segeln Geh’n (The Beatles in Germany 1966)

DVD Live in Cirkus Krone, Munich – June 24th, 1966:  Good Good Feeling, You Can’t Love ‘Em All, C. C. Rider (Cliff Bennet & The Rebel Rousers).  Love Of My Life, Come On And Sing, Sha-La-La-La-Lee, Shout, Auf Wiedersehen (The Rattles).  Woman, Let It Be Me (Peter & Gordon).  Introduction, Rock N Roll Music, She’s A Woman/Baby’s In Black, I Feel Fine, Yesterday, Nowhere Man, I’m Down (The Beatles).  Documentary In Germany 1966: Paperback Writer (montage), Rain (montage), live documentary, Hamburg report, live & interviews, And Your Bird Can Sing (montage), Nowhere Man (live), I Feel Fine (live), short documentary part one, She Said She Said/Got To Get You Into My Life (montage), short documentary part two, I’m Down (live), memories of early days in Hamburg, Bravo interview by George, The Beatles in Hamburg part one, I Wanna Be Your Man (live), Baby’s In Black (live), The Beatles in Hamburg part two
Review :
Both this title and The Paris Concerts 1964-1966 were released by MBE back in 2001, and re-released last year in a limited edition with bonus DVD footage.  And just like many releases by these people, Beatles In Germany 1966 collects every piece of audio and videotape available to be a very comprehensive set.  This one documents The Beatles’ short three date tour in Germany in June of that year, their final appearances in the country where they honed their skills several years before.

The bulk of the first disc is the soundtrack to their appearance on German television.  This was a live broadcast from the Circus Krone in Munich on June 24th and MBE have chosen to include the entire show including opening acts.  Cliff Bennet & The Rebel Rousers are okay.  The set by The Rattles is very interesting since it’s the first time I’ve seen anything by “the German Beatles” as they were called.  It’s great to discover something and to see and hear this band at the height of their career is a treat.  (This is right before the release of their Hard Day’s Night film called Hurra, die Rattles kommen).  Peter & Gordon, another Brian Epstein act are forgettable, but The Beatles are great on this night.  They were determined to blow the other acts off of the stage and play a fantastic show and they do deliver.  The only problem is the set isn’t complete.  The first notes to “She’s A Woman” are audible but then the tape cuts back in with “Baby’s In Black”.   “If I Needed Someone”, “Day Tripper”, “I Wanna Be Your Man”, and “Paperback Writer” are all still missing from the tape, but the sound quality is great. 

The balance of disc one is filled with interviews and radio reports where we can hear them being asked very inane questions like asking Paul when he’s planning on getting married.  The second disc contains the entire poor audience source for the Essen show on June 25th.  The second disc contains more interesting press conferences and radio reports and George making a thank you speech for the award from Bravo magazine in German no less.  All of this, except for the Essen tape, is in very good to excellent quality.

The video on the bonus DVD is in excellent quality from very close to the master tape in the ZDT archives.  The performance is identical to the audio found on the first disc and is great to see the band right before they abandoned live performances forever.  The documentary is a good compendium of their fast tour with good (but incomplete) footage from the other concerts on the tour along with shots of the fans on the street, press conferences and airport shots.  Again all in excellent quality and another great release on the MBE label.

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