Well, finally Iâ€™m not sick, my kids are not sick (packed off to daycare) and I have a moâ€™ to properly review the material.
Well, the way I see it this is now the definitive release of this show, for the following reasons:
1. Additional footage â€“ although in un-subtitled Japanese the footage is strangely compelling, watching the Beatles go through the grind of plane â€“ motorcade â€“ hotel â€“ press conference and remain so upbeat is amazing. John in particular seems to be fizzing with energy. Given the circumstances, which were outlined in detail by Patrick in a prior post, the lads are surprisingly â€˜chipperâ€™. The security precautions, even with the threats from nationalist groups, seem totally over the top.
2. Video quality â€“ the so called â€˜correctionâ€™ on the Jima version is overcooked big time. The flesh tones, especially, are hideous. Video correction is a tricky business and a subtle touch is required, Presence gets it right here.
3. Sound â€“ as Presence mentions in another thread, this is a 40yo mono recording so how much better can you make it? I listened to â€œDay Tripperâ€ on both versions several times through headphones on my computer with a decent soundcard (Creative Audigy Z2) and the Presence Production sounds slightly warmer and fuller, not much, if anything, in it though. Perhaps a high end home theatre would reveal the differences more obviously?
Once Beatlemania took hold the bands ability to showcase their talent became almost impossible. The â€™66 tours went from bad to worse, with Johnâ€™s â€œJesusâ€ comments taken out of context. Whatever pleasure the band had in performing was gone. The Beatlesâ€™ studio output had already begun to show more maturity and complexity with â€œRubber Soulâ€ and â€œRevolverâ€ but the withdrawal from touring allowed them to focus like never before on studio work and we all know what came next! I, for one, believe they made the right call.
There is little to add as most points have already been made earlier in the thread.
Thanks Jason, this oneâ€™s a keeper