Shout

Anthology 1 album artworkWritten by: Isley-Isley-Isley
Recorded: 19 April 1964
Producer: Jack Good
Engineer: Terry Johnson

Released: 21 November 1995

John Lennon: vocals, rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney: vocals, bass
George Harrison: vocals, lead guitar
Ringo Starr: vocals, drums

Available on:
Anthology 1

Recorded for the British television special Around The Beatles, this version of the Isley Brothers' 1959 hit Shout was unusual for featuring lead vocals from all four members of The Beatles.

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The group pre-recorded seven songs for the show on 19 April 1964, at IBC Studios in London. The special was filmed on 28 April and first broadcast on 6 May, by which time the screams from the studio audience had been added to the group's performance.

The performance of Shout is among The Beatles' most dynamic. Although the group hadn't performed it live since signing to EMI, they assuredly romped through the song, allowing each Beatle to have a moment under the vocal spotlight.

For reasons unknown, the Anthology 1 version edited around 30 seconds from the recording. Since the Anthology version was mixed from the original three-track tapes, rather than the programme soundtrack, the audience's screams were also omitted. The full version can be heard on bootleg recordings, or seen on unofficial videos of the TV special.

Lyrics

You know you make me want to shout
Click my finger - shout!
Throw my hands back - shout!
Kick my heels up - shout!
Come on now - shout!
Take it easy - shout!
Take it easy - shout!
Take it easy - shout!
A little bit softer now - shout!
A little bit softer now - shout!
A little bit softer now - shout!
A little bit softer now - shout!
A little bit softer now - shout!
A little bit softer now - shout!
A little bit softer now - shout!
A little bit softer now - shout!
A little bit louder now - shout!
A little bit louder now - shout!
A little bit louder now - shout!
A little bit louder now - shout!
A little bit louder now - shout!
A little bit louder now - shout!
A little bit louder now - shout!
A little bit louder now - shout!
Hey hey hey hey! (Hey hey hey hey!)
Hey hey hey hey! (Hey hey hey hey!)
Hey hey hey hey! (Hey hey hey hey!)
Hey hey hey hey! (Hey hey hey hey!)
Shout!
Jump up and shout now - shout!
Jump up and shout now - shout!
Jump up and shout now - shout!
Somebody shout now - shout!
Somebody shout now - shout!
Shout! Shout! Shout! Shout! Shout! Shout! Shout! Shout!

13 responses on “Shout

  1. McLerristarr

    Joe, you say the audiences screams were edited out on the Anthology version, but I seem to remember that the Anthology album notes said the song was taken from the pre-recorded tapes meaning there would be no audience noises. Am I correct?

  2. Bruce Brdar

    Does anyone know how “Shout” (live recording with audience screams) got on the back of Capitol’s 45 “The Beatles introduce new songs”, which featured Cilla Black and Peter + Gordon? A bootleg of the original 45 perhaps?

  3. Bill

    Must be a bootleg. I have a copy of “The Beatles Introduce New Songs” & it’s not on mine. Side 1 has John & Paul’s introductions plus the 2 songs, Side 2 has just the 2 songs themselves.

  4. Bill

    Years ago, “Shout” was part of my own home-made version of “Sessions” that I made up of then-unreleased songs in chronological order. My version went as follows:

    1. Besame Mucho (EMI Version)
    2. How Do You Do It
    3. One After 909 (’63 Version)
    4. I’ll Be On My Way
    5. Shout
    6. You Know What To Do
    7. Leave My Kitten Alone
    8. If You Got Trouble
    9. That Means A Lot
    10. 12-Bar Original
    11. Not Guilty
    12. What’s The New Mary Jane
    13. All Things Must Pass
    14. Come And Get It

    To my way of thinking, this is how the Sessions album should’ve gone. I didn’t use any Get Back/Let It Be stuff because most of it is pretty ragged & not really a serious attempt at making a releasable recording.

  5. shark

    I have a bootleg called “Upgraded Collection” and it’s the first song on the cd. It’s in stereo, no screams, and it isn’t cut in the end just fades out. It’s an awesome bootleg!

  6. Mimaroba

    In my opinion a fuller, properly recorded studio version of Shout would have been an ideal way to end Help rather than Dizzy Miss Lizzy which I consider terrible. Shout is a solid rocker, it gets all four involved, and would still fit into the overall feel of the album.

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