The Beatles – Germany 66 (1966)

FrontCover1The Beatles’ brief 1966 tour of West Germany, Japan and the Philippines began on this day, with two concerts at the Circus-Krone-Bau in Munich, Germany.

The shows took place at 5.15pm and 9pm. The second show was filmed by German television network Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), and followed a brief afternoon rehearsal set for the cameras. The footage was shown as Die Beatles on channel two on Tuesday 5 July, from 8-8.45pm.

Also appearing on the bill were Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers, The Rattles and Peter and Gordon. The German leg of the tour was known as the “Bravo Blitztournee”, and was sponsored by the entertainment magazine Bravo.

BeatlesCircusKroneMunich1966The Beatles’ set throughout the tour consisted of 11 songs: Rock And Roll Music, She’s A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Day Tripper, Baby’s In Black, I Feel Fine, Yesterday, I Wanna Be Your Man, Nowhere Man, Paperback Writer and I’m Down.

BravoFrontCover01For these first dates, the group’s recent absence from live performance was apparent. George Harrison introduced Yesterday as being from Beatles For Sale, and I’m Down was briefly delayed by an on-stage conference between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Harrison about lyrics in the opening verse. In spite of this, McCartney managed to get each verse wrong. (by beatlesbible.com)

On this album you can hear the fully “Remastered Soundboard Captured Audio” of their 2nd set from the show at the Circus Krone, Munich (evening show) !  Includes their Complete Hamburg Press Conference.

These recordings are for Beatles fans only … because the quality of these recordings are not really good … but those where the days my friends …

I include some material from this tour (pics from the Bravo magazine and another script from their press conference in Essen)

TourPoster1An extremely rare original tour poster for the 1966 Beatles “Bravo Blitztournee” tour of Germany.  The Beatles by all accounts came of age in Hamburg, Germany.  John Lennon said “I might have been born in Liverpool – but I grew up in Hamburg.”  After leaving Hamburg’s Star-Club for the last time on, January 1, 1963, the Beatles returned to Germany only once; in June 1966,  for a five day, six concert tour, playing shows in Munich, Essen and Hamburg. This poster was printed to promote their “Bravo Blitztournee” tour, organized by promoter Karl Buchmann and sponsored by the German teen magazine Bravo.  As the tour was a short one, no posters were made for individual dates–only this one for the tour.  Opening acts included Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, German beat group The Rattles, and Peter & Gordon.

BeatlesGermany1966_01Personnel:
George Harrison (guitar, vocals)
John Lennon (guitar, vocals)
Paul McCartney (bass, vocals)
Ringo Starr (drums)

BackCover1Tracklist:
01. Rock And Roll Music (Berry) 2.33
02. Babys In Black (Lennon/McCartney) 2.33
03. I Feel Fine (Lennon/McCartney) 2.33
04. Yesterday (Lennon/McCartney) 2.36
05. Nowhere Man (Lennon/McCartney) 2.44
06. I´m Down (Lennon/McCartney) 1.53
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07. Hamburg Press Conference 14.22

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