1 March 2009, Rocker @ 9:37 am
Live: Sheaken, Not Stirred (Purple Chick PC-171/72)
DISC ONE [67:54] :
Shea Stadium, New York, NY – 15 August, 1965
DISC TWO [74:15]:
Original source notes: “Volume eight in the ‘you probably already have most of this’ live collection. The beginning of the Beatles’ second U.S. tour marked the start of their performing decline. Purple Chick discs: fan created NEVER FOR SALE!!!
You know the drill. Just a little audio tweaking where necessary. Probably most noticeable in the Atlanta show. Also, this might be the first time the Atlanta tape has appeared glitchless”.
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- /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 PC-171/72 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.
I compared PC-171/72 with “The Beatles – U.S.A. Vol. 2 Live Anthology: Tour Of America 1965″ on MBE [MBE-009-0021/2] label release. PC-171 offers a cleaner and less distorted Shea 8-15-65 as opposed to an abrasive sounding MBE-009-0021 that exhibits marked increased gain. PC-171 delivers Atlanta 8-18-65 a bit cleaned up with some distortion and more enhanced bass compared to MBE-009-0021 that has more gain and distortion present in the mix. PC-172 turns in a toned down sounding afternoon Houston 8-19-65 compared to MBE-009-0022 which exhibits increased gain, brightness and a more pulsating bass. PC-172 evening Houston 8-19-65 sounds tinny as opposed to MBE-009-0022 which packs more punch with enhanced bass and overall gain and an in your face mix.
Purple Chick has applied its wizardry in trying to clean up some of these shows but, unfortunately, the impact and excitement associated with these live performances is at times diminished due to the reduced gain/volume and lack of punchiness as compared with MBE. I do, however, take a preference to Purple Chick’s Atlanta 8-18-65 mix and to their Shea 8-15-65 mix as well.
When all is said and done, PC-171-72 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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