Friday, 22 January 2016

More music videos emerge

Filming "Hey Jude" at Twickenham Film Studios
In the wake of the officially released promo video collection "Beatles 1" and "Beatles 1+", more videos have emerged on the internet. As you know, only one of the two "Revolution" music videos was included on the official release, the same goes for "Lady Madonna", and for "Hey Jude", one real video was accompanied by another, hybrid version which edited together two of the other "Hey Jude" performances.
On the video platform Dailymotion (similar to YouTube, but another company), both the "Lady Madonna" videos, both the "Revolution" videos as well as all three "Hey Jude" performances have been uploaded lately by by Revolver Records & Video, sans the familiar watermarks associated with this uploader.

The source of the videos is said to be a collection of Beatles promo films remastered by Ron Furmanek for Apple back in the early nineties. The quality is not as good as the videos on the official release, but much better than versions of these films which have circulated earlier. Also, "By George! It's The David Frost Theme" is present in three variations as an intro to the "Hey Jude" videos. For "By George! It's The David Frost Theme", John C Winn have made this list of versions now available to us:

- Takes 1 and 2
(listed erroneously as takes 2 and 3 in Winn's book That Magic Feeling)
First heard in the Japanese Anthology broadcast, and then on the home video version. Ends with applause from the crowd and a reprise of the theme

- Take 3
(listed erroneously as take 1 in That Magic Feeling)
Used on Frost on Sunday, and circulating as a kinescope forever - with a tiny bit extra at the end (Frost says "Try one more, while we're running…") compared to the video source. Video source released on "Beatles 1" DVD. Ends with "It's Now Or Never"

- Take 4 (FS)
Shared by Revolver TV on New Year's Eve, John counts-in the theme, but Frost halts him and Paul asks the orchestra to stand.

- Take 5
First released on the "Beatles 1+" DVD, the orchestra is now standing and joining in
Ends with "You Are My Sunshine".

The David Frost themes were all performed one after the other and not before each take like it appears in the released "Hey Jude" video(s). Winn also noticed that all sorts of audio magic has been applied to the official releases. For instance, on one of the "Hey Jude" takes, Giles Martin has mixed in the tambourine from the record earlier than it appeared in the actual promo. There was something off about the handclaps, too. And on "Revolution" (take 1) from "Anthology", they mixed in John's lead vocal from the record in places where it shouldn't be, so it's double-tracked. So the only versions you can really trust to be untampered with are from Revolver TV.

Variation 3 of the "Hey Jude" videos is presented in full for the first time. The first two thirds of this performance of the song is new to the video collector community, only bits of the final third has been used as edit pieces in the Smothers Brothers version, in "Anthology" and "Beatles 1+". Before filming "Hey Jude", The Beatles performed a jam session to warm up the audience. In the "Let It Be" film, "Lucille", "Long Tall Sally" and "Jenny Jenny" are mentioned to have been played at that jam session, although the jam was not filmed by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg's crew.



"Lady Madonna" is the two different 1968 edits, and not the "Anthology" version, which flew in bits and pieces unrelated to the main video.

These videos come as an addition to the fan made "18+" collection of Beatles music videos we posted about earlier, and incidentally that collection has now been expanded to a "21+" collection.

7 comments:

Westfield said...

These are absolutely fantastic. This is what Apple should have released

Jeff Hitz said...
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Mary said...

The real surprise here is “Hey Jude Take 3” in full, since it was partially available under “Version 3 Smothers Bros show”. And also Take 1 with the clean intro but the rest is the same length as it was available since 1996. Take 2 nothing new, also available in the same length and maybe little better video quality when Apple send out some promos for “Beatles 1” promotion. Still, is great to have all 3 takes from the same video source.
1- Hey Jude Take 1 (Clean intro thanks to Revolver TV, but full take available since 1996 as part of the Anthology promotional videos)
2- Hey Jude Take 2 (same on Revolver TV as on a promotional Apple video for “Beatles 1” in year 2000) *this version was broadcasted on the David Frost Show in 1968.
3- Hey Jude Take 3 (in full, audio and video for first time ever thanks to Revolver TV)
4- Hey Jude Take 1 & 3 edit (as broadcasted on the Smothers Bros TV Show 1968 - from 00 to 4: 39 is take 1 (both audio and video), and from 4:40 until 7:17 is Take 3 both audio and video)
5- Hey Jude Take 1, 2 and 3 edit # 1 (as broadcasted on BEATLES ANTHOLOGY TV Series/VHS/DVD but available without interview inserts among collectors) Audio is Take 1, edited because is the shortest of all versions ,only 6 minutes. Video is a combination of all 3 takes.
6- Hey Jude Take 1, 2 and 3 edit # 2 (available on BEATLES 1+ DVD/Blu Ray DISC TWO) Audio is Take 2. Video is a combination of all 3 takes.

The “David Frost Intro” consists of four takes, 3 are available here but the only new thing is the more complete Take 1, the rest are the same as the Beatles 1+ recent release.
1- Take 1 (available on Anthology Video/VHS/DVD, but slightly longer intro and finale on Revolver TV)
2- Take 2 (available in superior quality on BEATLES 1+ DISC 1, same length on Revolver TV)
3- Take 3 (is a false start because the camera wasn’t rolling but the audio continues, Paul ask the orchestra if they could stand up)
4- Take 4 (available in superior quality on BEATLES 1+ DISC 2, same length on Revolver TV)

Revolution:
As we posted before, audio Take 1 and audio Take 2 were already available, and Video Version 1 was a combination of Takes 1 & 2, now we have the full Take 1 unedited, also longer intro and finale not available before.
1-Revolution Take 1 (On Revolver TV)
2-Revolution Take 2 (already available before under many versions, Smothers Bros, Apple master videos and now Revolver TV- nothing extra on the last one)
We now need to see and hear Revolution Take 3!!!
3-Revolution Take 1 (audio) and a mix of Take 1 and 2 (as seen on ANTHOLOGY video/VHS/DVD)
4-Revolution Take 2 (audio) and a mix of Take 2 with Take 1 (as seen on BEATLES 1+ DVD/BLU RAY)

Regarding the ‘Lady Madonna’ videos, nothing new here, Version 1 and 2 were already available, the same edits, but quality is very good on Revolver TV.

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Jeff Hitz said...

Thx

joey anthony said...

yeah i made my own version of videos.like i made my own eleanor rigby video showing a fans montage.and i made a please please me video because i felt it should have been on the 1 release.i just combined the washington concert and the ed sullivan performance to make this video.

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