25 May 2008, gsparaco @ 1:06 pm
Live At The Hollywood Bowl (Dr. Ebbett DBM-032A/B)
Disc 1, Genuine acetate mix (mono): Twist And Shout, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day’s Night, Long Tall Sally
Disc 2, Unreleased project (stereo): Band members introduction, Twist And Shout, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Things We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day’s Night, Long Tall Sally
Live At The Hollywood Bowl is an album that was planned for release more than forty years ago but, because of the poor quality of the recording, was scrapped. In 1977 a composite release with both the 1964 and 1965 Hollywood Bowl concerts would be released, but Dr. Ebbett produced a hypothetical album based on the existing acetate. In 2006 the mono was released and the following year the stereo. This is a silver pressed two disc edition with both productions. Dr. Ebbett wrote at the time of the release of the mono:
“Ebbetts decided to bring this never-completed idea to life by utilizing the suggested artwork from Bruce Spizer’s remarkable book on the history of the Beatles on Capitol Records and compiling the best sounding source material. What eventually came about was a very popular addition to the Ebbetts catalogue.
“Unfortunately, even with its popularity, this title has always ‘bugged’ me a bit – as well as many others along the way. While it did offer a stereophonic version of the COMPLETE performance with detailed Ebbetts labelling and artwork, it wasn’t a TRUE representation of the project as created by Capitol. (I have been reminded of this fact more times than I care to recount).
“The original acetate was edited to exclude much of the chatter and dead space and made to sound a bit tighter. Some slight reverb was also applied to the original acetate to enhance the ‘live’ feel. None of these specifications were evident on the original Ebbetts stereo release of this title.That’s where THIS release comes in.Using the original Capitol acetate as a guide, this release replicates EVERY detail of the original.
“It has been edited PRECISELY as the acetate was, and with the help of several people who are not only Beatle afficianados, but PROFOUNDLY knowledgeable with sound and effects, the reverb has been replicated. This MONO TYPE-B mix was created exactly as the Capitol acetate was. This is how this project should have been released by Ebbetts originally.” Both transfers are flawless and sound great. The stereo includes the long and introduction at the beginning, but they are musically the same.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)
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