The Beatles

Shea!/Candlestick Park

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Although this isn't one of the Beatles' more notable live bootlegs, it does combine two of their most famous gigs onto one disc: the August 15, 1965 performance that found them playing to over 50,000 fans at New York's Shea Stadium, and their final performance before a paying audience at San Francisco's Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966. Yes, the screams are overwhelming in their volume and hysteria, but the fidelity and performances are pretty good considering the circumstances. The Shea Stadium performance was filmed for television, and (although this wasn't discovered until over 25 years later) the Beatles secretly overdubbed some parts onto the soundtrack in early 1966, accounting in part for why the sound is beefier here than it is on tapes of many other Beatles shows from the same period. The album comes with a great 48-page booklet of photos from the shows, and lengthy recollections of the concert by Beatles PR man Tony Barrow.