Thursday, August 28, 2014

Harrison's Apple Years box set listed on Amazon UK - cover art

Here's cover art for the upcoming Apple Years box set from George Harrison.

It's listed on Amazon UK and hasn't shown up on Amazon U.S. yet.

The set is reportedly set for release this fall, but no official date is available. The contents will likely include all Harrison's recordings released on the Apple label:
  1. Wonderwall Music
  2. Electronic Sound
  3. All Things Must Pass
  4. The Concert For Bangladesh
  5. Living in the Material World
  6. Dark Horse
  7. Extra Texture (Read All About It) 
...along with bonus tracks and possibly a DVD.

Stay tuned.

McCartney provides tune for new Diana Krall LP

Jazz singer/pianist Diana Krall played on Paul McCartney's Kisses on the Bottom standards LP a few years back. Now he's returned the favor with a song, the Beatles Examiner reports.

Titled “If I Take You Home Tonight,” the otherwise unreleased tune appears on Krall's upcoming LP, Wallflower, out Oct. 2.
“I still had a copy of the music," Krall said, "and I asked him if he was O.K. if I did the song for my record and he said, 'Sure,' so we recorded that and it came out just gorgeous. It's a new Paul McCartney song that's never been recorded that I'm pretty honored to have.”
Wallflower also includes Krall singing the Mamas & the Papas' “California Dreamin',” the Eagles' “Desperado” and Elton John's “Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word.”

She also performs duets with Bryan Adams on "Feels Like Home" and with Michael Bublé  on Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again, Naturally."

A deluxe version of the album from Amazon includes Krall's version of the Beatles' “In My Life” and a duet with Georgie Fame on his “Yeh Yeh.”

Video: Beatles at Candlestick Park, 1966

"How did the Beatles do it?," asks Hunter Davies

Author of the only authorized Beatles biography, Hunter Davies, has a piece in the New Statesman dwelling on the band's lasting influence which asks how four boys from Liverpool managed the transition from scruffy club band to artistic force.

The article is worth a read, and whets the appetite for Davies' upcoming Beatles book, which will feature reproductions of the original hand-written lyrics for many of the group's songs.
One of the strange things about the Beatles phenomenon is that the further we get from them, the bigger and more influential they become.
The scruffiest scrap of paper signed by them is worth a fortune. Universities all around the world are studying their work. The 50th-anniversary celebrations this year of their arrival in New York seemed to receive just as much coverage in the United States as the band did back in 1964. Quite recently, there have been two academic books suggesting the Beatles helped bring about the fall of communism. Even I wouldn’t go that far.
But why have they lasted? And where did it all come from? How did they create their songs when they had no musical training and could not read or write music? Since 1964 about 2,000 books, many of them highly academic, have tried to analyse and explain the secret of the Beatles.
Even more mysterious is the question of how, having got started, they suddenly metamorphosed, discarding childish, hackneyed, borrowed forms to blossom into the most admired, most studied, most gifted songwriters of our age. All good artists develop, but in the case of the Beatles the transformation was dramatic. Who would have thought that the minds responsible for the banal lyrics of “Love Me Do” would go on to produce “Eleanor Rigby”?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Sludgy" master tapes force engineers to make a new copy of Beatles' debut LP

The deteriorating condition of the original master tapes for the Please, Please Me album forced recording engineers to create a new copy when producing the upcoming Beatles in Mono LPs, reports Uncut.
...the glue on the original master tape of The Beatles’ debut album was seeping through the layers of the tape, making playback difficult.

“The tape was playing and it left a sticky sludge on the playback head,” says Sean Magee. “Which isn’t very good: it places the tape under tension and potentially induces friction. We thought rather than have it do that, we thought we’ll make a new one.

“We used that tape and transferred it. Playing one track at a time wasn’t an issue but if you played five at a time, you had a sludge on there. It’s a historic tape, it’s pretty old, and it’s affecting the sound.

“You gum up the heads, all the high frequency starts to disappear, so you transfer the tracks, one at a time, analogue to analogue, then put in some new leader tape to get the gaps right and we now have a cutting master for this new boxset.”

Paper digs up details on Ohio judge who went on "Beatles rant" back in 1964

A film clip of a middle-aged Ohio judge decrying the moral depravity of the Beatles and the terrible behavior they triggered in teenage girls is amusing to watch today, and it generates a lot of hits on YouTube.

But, who was this guy? And how did this film get made? The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates:
The full clip – it's almost four minutes and is black-and-white – doesn't identify the speaker. But it is Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Benjamin Schwartz, who held that post from 1957 until his retirement in 1974 and was known for speaking out about problems facing youth. Some of his actions were controversial, but he was also a respected community leader during his tenure. (He died in 1982 at age 78.)

...By turns lecturing, pleading and foreboding, he bemoans the event: "These girls went into a coma," he objects. "They ranted, they fainted. Their eyes were glassy. Some pulled their hair out. Some tore their dresses. They threw notes of a very undesirable nature on stage. Some girls after the performance kissed the stage. Some kissed the very seats in which the Beatles had sat."
And then he makes this strange analogy: "I believe a dictionary definition of a Beatle is a bug. Of course, bug also means being crazy. I don't think the Beatles are bugs … (but) I think the parents are bugs to let their children go to a production of this kind…"

And he beseeches his intended audience – presumably parents of teenagers – to not let anything like this happen again. "I think we can all agree the show was not good. Why must we have it?"

...there are as many questions as answers about why Schwartz filmed it, but it appears that a defunct Denver company called Barbre Productions was trailing the Beatles 1964 U.S. tour, possibly for a planned (and unauthorized) documentary.

The project turned out badly, according to the book "Way Beyond Compare: The Beatles' Recorded Legacy Volume One – 1957-1965" by John C. Winn. He tells how the Beatles became fed up with Barbre at the Sept. 12 Jacksonville concert, and their press officer told the crowd the group wouldn't perform unless its team left. "The bluff worked and the crowd began chanting, 'Out! Out!'" Winn writes.

Here's the clip:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Book review: Fifty Years with the Beatles

Featuring archive photos from the Daily Mail, "Fifty Years with the Beatles" is one of several recent picture-books capitalizing on the half-century anniversary of the Beatles' worldwide breakthrough year: 1964.

The cover blurb promises "750 classic, rare and unseen photographs telling the complete story, and that's pretty much what you get."

Nicely laid out and presented in both color and black-and-white, many of these pictures haven't been seen much since  the 1960s. They're nice, because they capture the Beatles, for the most part, candidly, going about the things they did back in their prime. There are many pictures of Beatles attending movie premieres and other public events with assorted girlfriends and wives. In fact, this book probably has more images of the women in the Beatles' lives than any other book I remember.

Along with that, though, are plenty of images most Beatles fans have seen many times before.

The text is by Tim Hill, who has penned at least a half-dozen Beatles picture books in the past, including "The Unseen Archives," which is a deeper dive than into newspaper library photos than this current collection. The text is solid and accurate, but not terribly insightful or lively. It's there mainly to accompany and give context to all the images.

Featuring an introduction by Beatles photographer Robert Whitaker, it's not a bad book, just not a terribly necessary one. It would make a nice gift for someone with a mild nostalgic interest in the Beatles, or for someone new to the band who hasn't seen and read a zillion Beatles books, yet.

But as a picture collection, there are others with more substantial text, and more pictures. For collections of newspaper images, which are of great historical interest to serious fans and researchers, I'd suggest Hill's "Unseen Archives" and/or "The Beatles Files," an examination of the Daily Mirror's Beatles image archive compiled by Andy Davis.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

First self-portrait painting by John Lennon up for auction

An early self-portrait by John Lennon painted during his art school days is up for auction via Christies.
The piece dates back to 1958, an important year for the then 18-year-old Lennon as it was this year his mother was killed in a car accident, he played with Paul McCartney and George Harrison for the first time and he met his first wife, Cynthia Lennon.

The painting is rather unflattering expressionist piece showing Lennon with a pot belly and male mammaries.

"Unboxing" video of Beatles in Mono vinyl LP set

Watch Pete Nash from the Beatles Fan Club Magazine check out the upcoming Beatles in Mono vinyl box set.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

British TV mini-series profiles Cilla Black - see the trailer

Britain's ITV has produced a three-part docu-drama focused on the life of Liverpool singer Cilla Black.
Perhaps best known to an American audience as the singer of Lennon/McCartney and Burt Bacharach songs during the British beat boom, Cilla began her career singing at the Cavern Club with the Beatles, was signed up by their manager Brian Epstein, and then their record label Parlophone, and recorded at Abbey Road with George Martin. With great success, including the theme song to the Michael Caine movie Alfie. 

...So a trailer for Cilla, a dramatic recreation of those early years, starring Gavin & Stacey’s Sheridan Smith (with fake teeth), is bound to be of interest, especially to Beatles nuts, because look who’s there in the Cavern with her:       

Monday, August 18, 2014

Rare photos of Beatles' 1964 visit to children's home rediscovered

A charity has rediscovered a batch of images depicting the Beatles' 1964 visit to a British children's home.
Staff at The Children's Society discovered the photographs in an archive which contained a copy of the charity's supporters’ magazine from 1964. It featured an article on children from the Society's now-defunct Roehampton home, Hambro House, meeting the band while they were filming at London's Scala Theatre.

"We were thrilled to discover these photos in The Children’s Society archive, showing The Beatles taking time out from filming A Hard Day’s Night to spend time with children from one of our children’s homes in London," a spokesperson for the charity said. "We no longer run children’s homes but our work supporting disadvantaged children is as important now as it was when those photos were taken 50 years ago."

Video: The Beatles Apple Studios, Savile Row, London on 28 January 1969

Upcoming releases: John Lennon and Ringo Starr "Icon" compilations

A couple of  budget price greatest hits releases are due out Sept. 9 from John Lennon and Ringo Starr as part of Universal's "Icon" series.

Track listings are handily included on the cover images below.


Remembering "Decker's Dash" - when young musician rushed Beatles' jet in Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Free Press recalls one fan's mad dash to meet his idols during the Beatles' Aug. 18, 1964, stopover in Winnipeg. The band was en route from London to San Francisco to begin their first U.S. tour.

Police nabbed 17-year-old Bruce Decker before he reached the band, but the Beatles did witness the episode, photographs of which made the front pages the following day.
The visit lasted no more than 25 minutes before the band was back on the plane and on its way. But not before 17-year-old Silver Heights Collegiate student Bruce Decker bolted past security and up the stairs where the Beatles had just been standing. Nabbed and carried off by two Mounties before he could meet his heroes, Decker became an instant celebrity to the cheering teen crowd. Dubbed "Decker's Dash," the story made front-page news in the papers the following day, and a homegrown hero was born.

"We couldn't see anything from the observation platform," Decker recalled in what would be his last interview in 1985, "so we sneaked down to the ramp. It was fascinating to see the Beatles in person here in Winnipeg. I just figured I could make it up those steps, and I no sooner thought of it and I was gone. I had to get a closer look at them. The crowd roared when they saw me go. Just as the Mounties were wrestling with me, I caught a glimpse of the Beatles through the door and they were chuckling. Afterwards, kids crowded around me, touching me and screaming. The girls thought there was some kind of magic about me just because I'd got so close to them."
Decker was also a musician and released a 1965 single as a member of the Devorons, which also included future member of the Guess Who (and Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band), Burton Cummings.


Friday, August 8, 2014

"Lollipop Lady" may soon grace Abbey Road crossing

For Beatles fans visiting London, it's a must to have your photo snapped crossing Abbey Road. But Abbey Road is a busy street.

To protect tourists from being run down, leaders in the City of Westminster have decided to place a "lollipop lady (or man)" at the site to help manage traffic. The "lollipop" is a round caution sign held on a stick by a public safety officer (see below).
Asked if the presence of the lollipop lady would impinge on the sought-after photographs, Councillor Hall added: “We’d have to test that.

“Obviously it might spoil the snap. It’s a question of ensuring that the traffic has been warned sufficiently, so those people are safe and can get the picture.

“I think we’ve got to try and do something, because there is always the fear that something might go wrong and somebody will be hurt.” ...Richard Porter, who owns the Beatles Coffee Shop next to St
John’s Wood tube station and runs London-wide tours for fans, said:

“Something needs to be done by the crossing. “The graffiti is getting out of hand and you get some rather silly people on the crossing, standing in the middle of the road for ages.

“I’ve seen people with two buses passing each side and just standing there.

“It’s a question of making things safer for people - both for local residents and for fans.”

Video feature on Seattle's Edgewater Inn, host to Beatles in 1964

A look at Beatles' bass drum logo designs

Nice post on the Beatles Rarity site focused on the different bass drum logo designs the group used.





Beatles release Abbey Road photo outtakes on anniversary of shoot

Not sure why we're celebrating 45th anniversaries of things, now, but the Beatles have posted outtakes from the Abbey Road cover shoot, which took place, yes, 45 years ago today in London. You can see them here.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Paul McCartney performs Let Me Roll It in Missoula, Aug. 5, 1014

It was a great show, indeed:

"A Hard Day's Night" streaming on HuluPlus in U.S.

The subscription streaming network, HuluPlus, has rights to stream the first Beatles' film as part of its deal with Criterion Films, reports Variety.
The movie last month was released theatrically in 50 U.S. cities, after it was digitally restored in 4K resolution from the original camera negative by Criterion Collection’s restoration team and approved by director Richard Lester. In addition, the soundtrack was remixed and remastered by producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios.

Joey Molland recalls Badfinger years, playing with solo Beatles

Here's a nice new interview with Joey that includes a few tidbits about the Fabs:
In the early 1970s, Molland, Ham, Evans and drummer Mike Gibbins found themselves in the inner circle of the post-breakup Fab Four. They not only performed on George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" album and John Lennon's "Imagine" album, but joined Harrison, Ringo Starr and other musical giants onstage at the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. Harrison also produced some Molland-written songs for the band's "Straight Up" album that year.
Working and performing with members of The Beatles was intimidating, Molland said.
"They were The Beatles and there was no getting around that," he said. "I love The Beatles and I love to play, but to be in a studio with these guys either playing for them or with them was a very intimidating experience — a scary thing!
"John Lennon played us 'Jealous Guy' just one time all the way through," Molland said. "The beauty of these songs are that they are simple to play: intro, verses, chorus, another verse, a solo, another chorus and the end. Once you grasp those things, you can play the songs easily. But it's still Lennon singing the song! Or it's George Harrison singing in your earphones. It was all of the (emotions) you would imagine: frightening, intimidating, exhilarating."

Review: Paul McCartney in Missoula Aug. 5, 2014

Paul McCartney's performance at Grizzly-Washington Stadium in Missoula this week was unique in a variety of ways.

It was his first-ever performance in Montana.

It was the first-ever performance by a Beatle in Montana.

And, despite being held in one of the smallest venues of his current tour, it was the biggest-ever concert in Montana. Attendance for the sold-out show was just over 25,000. 

The Rolling Stones sold out the same venue in 2006, but the stadium has added an additional 2,000 seats since then. Also, the Stones' stage was bigger than Paul's and crowded out more of the available seating.

This was also the first time I had the chance to bring my kids to a concert by Paul, who I'd seen twice before. Both are big Beatles fans - either by nature or nurture, I'm not sure - and, as my wife noted, watching their faces throughout was even more fun than watching the show, which - not uniquely - was fantastic.

At 72, Paul still puts on a committed, and epic, performance. Over three hours, he played his way through nearly 40 tunes from his Beatles and solo years, switching from bass to guitar to piano and back again, singing tender ballads and belting out rockers and giving the people everything they could possibly want.

For audiences, each show is the experience of a lifetime, and he provides it each time out.

However, the Missoula show did start out a little rough. Paul seemed a little tentative on the first couple of numbers - not quite into it. Maybe it was the weather - it was 90-plus degrees when he came on, playing "Eight Days a Week" and new song "Save Us" before removing his blue blazer. "The jacket's coming off early. And that's the only wardrobe change of the evening," he joked. And then he warmed up emotionally as well as physically.

Missoula was excited to see him. We don't get shows this big - Stones aside. And the cheers and applause shook the stadium. From the third song (All My Loving) on, Paul threw himself into the performances, smiling, joking, eyes twinkling.

Make no mistake: all the patter and action on stage was slick and well-rehearsed. The set list, as you'll see below, was the same as most of the other shows on the Out There Tour. But it was all simultaneously authentic. This is who Paul is and always has been, the guy who loves to put on a show, and is great at it.\

There were numerous highlights. I was pleased to hear the off-beat "Altogether Now" live and got a kick out of the animated cartoon characters in the film that played in the backdrop during the tune. I enjoyed the novelty of hearing him sing "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" --  a John song.

It was cool to hear the rollicking Wings deep cut "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five." And I was glad to see Paul include the two best tunes from his latest LP, the title track "New" and "Queenie Eye." Both worked great live.

And I loved hearing his searing lead guitar on "Let Me Roll It" and the short jam  Jimi Hendrix tribute jam that followed it.

A number of set pieces have evolved over the past several years in Paul's shows, and he did those, too: the tributes to John ("Here Today") and George ("Something"), complete with the background stories on each (turns out George liked to play ukulele); the pyrotechnics of "Live and Let Die," complete with Paul's feigned ear-ringing and heart palpitations afterward, and the fake-out end of show leading into an epic performance of the last quarter of Abbey Road.

Those of us who have seen it before, have seen it before. But keep in mind that thousands among us haven't. Including my kids. And they were just as excited seeing all of this for the first time as I was my first time. In fact, I was excited seeing it again.

Paul's vocals were strong throughout, though they got a little ragged near the end. Understandably so, considering how much he puts into his singing. Given some of his recent performances on TV, where he didn't sound so hot, I was pleasantly surprised. He sounds great. Not like he did at 22, but still very, very good. 

Paul didn't comment much on Missoula. It's a unique setting, the stadium nestled up against Mount Sentinel (renamed Mount McCartney for the day) on the beautiful University of Montana campus, which sits on the banks of the Clark Fork River.

Heat aside, it was a gorgeous summer night. Probably a fair percentage of out-of-staters attending the show wanted to stay here for a while. It's a problem: Everyone who visits town wants to move here for the mountains and rivers, the fishing and hiking and proximity to Glacier National Park and other natural wonders. It's a sweet spot, but Paul most likely didn't have a feel for it, and stuck to his script.

Paul also didn't mention anything about Mick Jagger. When the show was first announced, months ago, some locals claimed it came about because Mick had such great things to say about Missoula.  It's most likely just a local urban legend. If true, Paul didn't confirm it.

He did, however, note the clouds of marijuana smoke wafting from the crowd. Missoula has a longtime rep as hippie town, "the Berkeley of the Rockies," and Paul noted that "it sure smells good out here." He later introduced "Hi, Hi, Hi" by suggesting that we all "get high on life with Wings."

There was also a significant lost opportunity. The day before the show, newspapers carried the story of rockabilly pioneer Chan Romero's plans to be there. He's a native Montanan and was hoping Paul might play his song, "Hippy Hippy Shake," which the Beatles covered in their early days, and on some of their BBC radio sessions. But no go. Either Paul didn't get the word or wasn't interested. Too bad, as it would've been a nice moment and a shake-up to the set list.

That said. I don't mind, as so many others seem to, that Paul's list of songs tends to remain the same throughout a tour.

I compared the set lists from the last time I saw him, in 2005, and the time before that, in 1989, and it turns out that each show was significantly different.

Sure, there were many songs in common, but there also were many differences in which Beatles tunes and solo songs he played. Turns out, over the course of those three shows, I've heard Paul play a lot of different stuff. Including, each time, several songs off current albums. Not really anything to complain about unless you're following Paul's tour Grateful Dead style around the world. Keep in mind, the Beatles played the same sets during each of their tours, too. And they were only on stage for  30 minutes.

Paul said he'd be back, and I hope he will - so long as he enjoys playing, and plays so well, I don't see him packing it in anytime soon.

Set list:
  1. “Eight Days a Week” 
  2. “Save Us”
  3. “All My Loving”
  4. “Listen to What the Man Said”
  5. “Let Me Roll It”
  6. “Paperback Writer” 
  7. “My Valentine” 
  8. “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” 
  9. “The Long and Winding Road” 
  10. “Maybe I'm Amazed” 
  11. “I've Just Seen a Face” 
  12. “We Can Work It Out” 
  13. “Another Day” 
  14. “And I Love Her”
  15. “Blackbird” 
  16. “Here Today” 
  17. “New” 
  18. “Queenie Eye” 
  19. “Lady Madonna”
  20. “All Together Now” 
  21. “Lovely Rita” 
  22. “Everybody Out There” 
  23. “Eleanor Rigby”
  24. “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”
  25. “Something” 
  26. “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” 
  27. “Band on the Run” 
  28. “Back in the U.S.S.R.” 
  29. “Let It Be” 
  30. “Live and Let Die”
  31. “Hey Jude” 
  32. “Day Tripper” 
  33. “Hi Hi Hi” 
  34. “I Saw Her Standing There”
  35. “Yesterday” 
  36. “Helter Skelter” 
  37. “Golden Slumbers”/“Carry That Weight”/“The End.”

Did you see the Beatles in Candlestick Park in 1966? The Beatles want you!

The Beatles are looking to interview attendees of the band's last-ever concert performance as part of director Ron Howard's upcoming film documentary looking at the group's touring years.

The Beatles decided to stop touring following their Aug. 29, 1966, performance at Candlestick Park and spent the remainder of their career as a studio band.

Here's the official message from the Beatles' website:
Did you see The Beatles at Candlestick Park in 1966? Are you going back to see Sir Paul McCartney at Candlestick’s final concert?

White Horse Pictures, who are producing the recently announced film with Ron Howard about the band's touring years, would love to hear your story! Please contact the team at BeatlesLive@whitehorsepics.com

Paul is to play "Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert" August 14th, the last event at the stadium before it closes, and where The Beatles played their final tour performance on August 29th 1966.

Stu Sutcliffe and Dick Clark's Beatles collection

It turns out the Worlds Oldest Teenager, broadcaster Dick Clark, had a substantial collection of rock'n'roll artifacts, including several artworks by the Beatles' original bassist, Stu Sutcliffe.

You can see items from Clark's collection here.

In addition to hosting "American Bandstand" for decades, Clark produced numerous TV shows, along with "The Birth of the Beatles," a TV movie about the early days of the band, which aired on U.S. television in 1979. The film was also shown in theaters overseas.

Sutcliffe was pursuing a promising career as a painter when his Liverpool College of Art classmate John Lennon convinced him to put things on hold and join the bass-less band.

And here's  a look at the Sutcliffe pieces:













And here's a look at some other Beatles-related items in Clark's collection.

Personal address book owned by Beatles manager Brian Epstein:




John Lennon "Bed-in" sign:


Photo of John Lennon and Paul McCartney:

 Cavern Club membership card:



Cavern Club membership card signed by members of the Rolling Stones:


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Chan Romero hopes to Hippy Shake with McCartney at Montana show

Montana-born rocker Chan Romero, who penned "Hippy Hippy Shake" - a tune frequently covered by the early Beatles - hopes to meet Paul McCartney during Macca's concert in Missoula tonight.
Chan Romero remembers the first time he played “Hippy Hippy Shake” in public.
It was in the old Eagles Club in downtown Billings, and he and his fledgling band performed for Edna Best’s women’s club, Romero recalled last week from his home in Palm Springs, Calif.

That was in the fall of 1958. Romero was 17, a junior at Billings Senior High School, and the other boys in the Beltones were just as raw as he was.

If the stars align, the next time Romero sings the “Hippy Hippy Shake” will be Tuesday night in Missoula, on stage with Sir Paul McCartney.

Nothing was set in stone as of Monday evening, but the possibility remained that Romero, 73, and McCartney, 72, will meet for the first time at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in front of 26,000 fans.

“That would be a gas,” said Romero, who plans to make the 5 1/2-hour drive from Billings with his wife, the former Laverne Allmer of Butte, and at least three carloads of family.
I'll be at the concert tonight. Let you know what happens.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Previously un-booted live recording of Beatles in Sweden surfaces

Via WogBlog:
A recording from one of The Beatles' performances at Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden suddenly materialised out of nowhere the other day, and started circulating among collectors. The Beatles played four concerts at the venue, two on July 28th, 1964 and two the day after. The recording could be from any of these concerts. The concert was professionally recorded in stereo, however, over the years, one channel of the stereo image has been wiped. The result is that you can hear Paul McCartney's vocal microphone loud and clear, but not John Lennon's. Of course, when George Harrison sings into McCartney's microphone you can hear him, but not when he is using John's. The bass, drums and George's guitar are heard, but not so much Lennon's rhythm guitar. You can hear John's voice being picked up some times by Paul's microphone, but distant. Still, it's an entertaining recording, and the missing side of the stereo image lets you focus in on some backup singing.
Here the recording and see more info here.

City hall "gouging" made Beatles final concert a financial loss

Interesting piece from the San Francisco Gate:
My recent research for The Beatles historic Aug. 29, 1966, concert at Candlestick Park — the band’s last commercial performance — has been a learning experience. Perhaps the most surprising fact: Due in no small part to apparent City Hall gouging, the most famous concert in San Francisco history appears to have been a money loser for the promoters.

Certainly not for the city, which in addition to the $17,500 stadium rental, charged $21 for Borax and $145 for toilet paper. (Remember this was 1966, when $145 could probably buy all the toilet paper.)
One newspaper article published following the concert said promoters Tempo Productions lost about $2,000 on the show.

Of course, the Beatles received their performance fee regardless how much promoters gained or lost.