Recording: overdubs for The Beatles At Shea Stadium

10.00am, Wednesday 5 January 1966 (48 years ago)

CTS Studios, London
Producer: George Martin

Following their record breaking concert at New York’s Shea Stadium on 15 August 1965, it was decided that extra recordings would be needed if the footage was to be released to the public.

The concert performance suffered for The Beatles’ problems hearing themselves against the screams of 55,600 fans, and the mobile recording facilities had left the sound quality of the recordings below standard.

A secret booking was made for The Beatles to re-record some of the instrument parts on this day. The session took place at CTS (Cine Tele Sound) Studios at 49-53 Kensington Gardens Square in London.

Initially Paul McCartney overdubbed new bass parts onto Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s In Black and I’m Down. The latter song – the finale to the concert – also featured a new organ track from John Lennon.

The Beatles then made entirely new recordings for I Feel Fine and Help!, as the quality of the concert recordings couldn’t be salvaged. The songs were taped quickly, as they required the necessary live feel, although care was taken to match the on-screen images to the music.

The group also recorded overdubs for Ticket To Ride. For Act Naturally, however, the EMI studio recording was used.

Although George Martin wished to have a new version of Twist And Shout, there was no time to record one. Instead, the recording of The Beatles’ 30 August 1965 version from their third and final Hollywood Bowl concert was used to enhance the sound.

No work was done on She’s A Woman and Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, which were omitted from the final production.

The concert film was first broadcast in black and white on BBC 1 on 1 March 1966, as The Beatles At Shea Stadium.

5 Responses to “Recording: overdubs for The Beatles At Shea Stadium”

  1. p o'flynn

    Yes, Act Naturally is absolutely the album version, not even a “re-creation.” Just listen to it. You can even hear the edits

  2. Art Connor

    I think they may have actually re-recorded some songs if I remember the story. The studio they used was especially for dubbing music or sounds to film.

  3. DrBeatle

    I’ve got a bootleg that surfaced a few years ago that has the raw feed from the PA…no edits and great sound. I’m listening to it right now, in fact, and it’s a realy joy. I’ve never liked it when bands clean up live recordings.


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