Between 1964 and 1967, seemingly any record with the word "Beatles" on the cover would move at least a few thousand copies, and while Capitol and EMI seemingly had the market sewn up on actual Beatles product, that didn't stall the release of dozens of albums that sought to cash in on their remarkable popularity, even if they didn't feature any actual music from the Mop Tops. In 1966, producer Myles Jackson struck on the idea of sending an interviewer equipped with a tape machine to the Beatles' concert at New York's Shea Stadium on August 23, 1966, and he interviewed fans in attendance before, during, and after the show. The tiny Audio Journal label soon released The Beatles at Shea Stadium: Described by Erupting Fans! in which passionate Beatles admirers -- many with thick Brooklyn accents -- answer questions about John Lennon's controversial statements about Christianity, how the Beatles stack up compared to Frank Sinatra, the actions of police officers at the show, the ratio of females to males at the concert, the importance of screaming at a Beatles show, if the Beatles were influenced by African-American music, and what it's like to kiss Paul McCartney. Beyond some very faint echoes during one interview spot, nothing by the Beatles themselves is actually audible on this album, but as a document of Beatlemania (which appeared to still be a potent force as the group was winding through what proved to be their final tour), this is quite entertaining, and a charming document of its time.
AllMusic Review by Mark Deming