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Really good live performances
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26 September 2010
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What are some of the best live performances The Beatles ever did? I'm Down at Shea Stadium was pretty good.

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That's I Want To Hold Your Hand on the Morcambe & Wise show in 1964

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And that's She Loves You, live in Melbourne!

Post any clips you think are good

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26 September 2010
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Good choice. I love that song in LiB.


The sound quality might not be that good, but the performance is awesome. a-hard-days-night-ringo-15


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9 October 2010
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Definitely "I'm Down" at Shea. Before I saw that video, I didn't even like the song that much. 

The video changed my mind. 


I also enjoyed watching "Yesterday" at the Budokan. It was really different. 


Basically anything at Shea. "A Hard Day's Night" was really different than the album version. (John's voice.) 

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10 October 2010
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Yep - 'I'm Down' at Shea is my single most favourite bit of film / performance of The Beatles. The sheer fun John is having with George playing alongside him is magical and Paul just stands there, belting it out with his Hofner waving about.....and sweat pouring off his brow!

The live 'Baby's In Black' from Anthology comes in second with the third being 'She Loves You' from The Hollywood Bowl concert - John's voice is just so good on that.

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17 October 2010
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I've always liked this performance of Help! at Blackpool Night Out. John just delivers...also, this is a nice video with the gags and that at the beginning a-hard-days-night-john-6

2 September 2015
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As we all know by now, the inability to find a way to properly amplify (and record) the group's performances has left us with slim pickings in regards to their live sound after Beatlemania really took off.

I find this rather unfortunate, because the few times that one can find a decently amplified/recorded performance from 1964-1966, we hear the Beatles much more unleashed and harder rocking than their early records would lead one to believe them capable of.

Apart from the obvious choices (The Hollywood Bowl and Rooftop concerts), which would you rank the best live shows, in terms of audio fidelity and "tightness" of the performance? (For example, though it's a fun listen for fans, I'd exclude the Shea Stadium concert due to the fact that the performance itself is rather difficult to hear at times).

My two picks would be...

Atlanta, 1965: One of the only concerts where the group had proper amplification and stage monitors. The recording quality is mediocre, but the performance itself is very "tight" and well-played.

Munich, 1966: The opposite situation of the above - the playing is a little more sloppy than Atlanta, but it's not bad, and the recording quality is quite good. The guitars are a bit "crunchier" and louder than usual, which makes it one of my favorites ("Baby's In Black" rocks harder than usual).

Are there any other bootlegs you consider worth looking into?

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Washinton '64 and Sweden '63 (most of which is on 'Anthology 1') are rightly acknowledged as two of the best live shows.

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I caught the duplication before Google indexed the last two posts so I merged them into this thread.

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