The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of Cinema #492
Mop Tops in Action #51

Released sometime in the late 1960s or early ‘70s, The Beatles Around the World is a package of three short films: the 1964 Washington DC concert; the 1966 Live at Budokan (in which they look bored and clearly ready to stop touring); and Around the Beatles, a BBC variety show broadcast in 1964 with The Beatles doing a Midsummer Night’s Dream takeoff, a bunch of new songs and a great version of the Isley Brothers’ “Shout!” with all four Mop Tops taking turns on vocals. (Hat tip: Nelhydrea Paupér.)

1 comment :

swac said...

For years I had bootleg VHS copies of these shows, decent-looking ones actually, taken from 16mm film prints. I agree with the Budokan assessment, not a terribly exciting show, but of course those performances were famous for the fact that the audiences were a lot more reserved than elsewhere in the world. The Beatles certainly weren't used to being able to hear themselves play, and you can tell when they do the harmonies for later songs like Nowhere Man and Paperback Writer, which sound completely off, although I doubt any band could reproduce those Paperback Writer vocals outside of a studio.