28 February 2009, Rocker @ 6:31 pm
Live: Bowled Over (Purple Chick PC-173/74)
DISC ONE [66:19]:
Metropolitan Stadium, Minneapolis, MN – 21 August, 1965
DISC TWO [75:14]: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA – 30 August, 1965
Original source notes: “The ninth volume in our ‘all the good titles are taken already’ overview of The Beatles’ live career. This brings us to the end of their second U.S. tour and, unfortunately, to the end of the surviving 1965 shows. We’d love to hear a tape from their December British tour.Most of these recordings already sounded fine, although the less said about Minneapolis the better. Even so, we still ran our proprietary audio clean-up system. We think the re-edit and re-eq of the afternoon San Francisco show is the most significant improvement.
Our Hollywood Bowl Deluxe Edition has different edits/mixes, but these are the same unedited stereo tapes of the 1965 Hollywood Bowl shows. (We also fixed a tape stretch in I Feel Fine on the 30th. Wow.)
As always, Purple Chick discs are fan created and NEVER FOR SALE!!!
Purple Chick has a reputation for being the label of choice for hardcore Beatle fans and has released 9 double volumes of live Beatles concerts beginning with “Live 01 – Star Club”, Live 02 – Before America”, “Live 03 – Conquering America”, “Live 04 – Adelaide Reaction”, “Live 05 – Seattle Down”, “Live 06 – Convention Hall Wisdom”, “Live 07 – Les Beatles En Europe”, “Live 08 – Sheaken, Not Stirred” + “Live 09 – Bowled Over” [PC-157/158/159/160/161/162/163/164/165/166/167/168/169/170/171/172/173/174] of which “Adelaide Reaction”, “Convention Hall Wisdom”, “Les Beatles En Europe”, “Sheaken, Not Stirred” + “Bowled Over” see their release on original silver label issue with the latter being reviewed here.
The mere thought of a Purple Chick release on silver label issue must seem abhorrent and an aberration to this loyal fan base. I say once again, what we have here is potentially the best of both worlds although it is necessary and fair to emphatically state once again that Purple Chick had nothing to do with this development and, hence, did not sell out here.
There have been ample releases of live Beatles performances captured in varying sound quality on Yellow Dog, Silent Sea, DarthDisc, Dr. Ebbetts, Great Dane Records, Secret Trax and VigOtone labels to name just a few. Purple Chick advertises that they feel the afternoon San Francisco show bears the most significant improvement in their ninth volume of live Beatles releases resulting from their re-edit and re-eq of this show. I compared PC-173/74 with “The Beatles – U.S.A. Vol. 3 Live Anthology: Tour Of America 1965/1966″ on MBE [MBE-010-0021/2] label release and felt that the gain, generally speaking, was accentuated on MBE and it offered more dynamic range overall and represented an easier listen especially for the horrid sounding Minneapolis 8-21-65 concert. Purple chick has applied its wizardry in cleaning up some of these shows but, unfortunately, the impact and excitement associated with these live performances is diminished due to the reduced gain/volume and lack of punchiness as compared with MBE.
PC-173/74, however, reflects a successful tweaking of some of these recordings and comes with thick + tasteful inserts and graphics which serve to enhance Purple Chick’s hand in providing some of their patented sonic reproductive magic once again.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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