Recording: overdubs for The Beatles At Shea Stadium

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.

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9 responses on “Recording: overdubs for The Beatles At Shea Stadium

  1. 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.

  2. Ally Oop

    Sorry guys, but no way was Act Naturally the studio version. TO begin with, Ringo starts off single clearly off pitch, which he did not do in the studio, and no, there were no “auto pitch” devices then. Also, as a guitarist, I can tell you that George’s solo is played using different notes than the studio version. I would ask the author of this thread to please site his source.

    1. Joe Post author

      You don’t cite your source either, but I suspect you’re listening to the undoctored Shea audio. Ringo was off-pitch and Paul’s harmony vocals weren’t recording due to a microphone problem.

      This article is about overdubs recorded for the film, which clearly contains the album version of Act Naturally. It was edited terribly with jumps in the audio and mismatched a/v, but clearly nobody really cared too much at the time.

  3. frank mainardi

    So what! Every concert release is cleaned up alittle, or quite a bit in some cases. If any concert in the history of rock and roll needed a bit of cleaning up,The Beatles at Shea Stadium probably did more than any other. With the thousands of non-stop screaming fans,the 1965 era amplifires and stadium monitors they used for sound,The Beatles themselves not being able to really hear themselves too well,etc. etc.

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