The Beatles

Live in Tokyo

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When the Beatles performed in Tokyo in 1966, they were filmed by Japanese television, resulting in one of the finest quality live tapes of the group from the Beatlemania era. The problem lies in the performances; by this time, they had tired of touring and were to a large degree going through the motions. So, despite the release-quality fidelity of this set, listeners may be taken aback by the fair number of flubbed notes, off-key harmonies, and indifferent vocals (on Harrison's "If I Needed Someone" in particular). All things considered, it could have been much worse; the group were struggling with jet-decibel-level screaming fans and primitive sound systems, after all, and they largely do manage to sing and play with reasonable conviction, especially McCartney, always the most committed onstage performer of the four. Includes many of their hits from the late-'64 to mid-'66 era; especially interesting is the stringless band version of "Yesterday," as none of the Beatles except Paul played on the studio recording.