It was 45 years ago today (May 4th, 1977) that The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl was released. The live album, which featured songs from all three of the group's shows at the venue, August 23rd, 1964 and August 29th and 30th, 1965, was remixed and produced by George Martin for release. The collection, which to date is the Beatles' only official live album, and their first previously unreleased archival collection, went on to peak at Number Two on the Billboard 200 album charts.
The Hollywood Bowl set capped an amazing week for fans, who saw the Beatles' completely unofficial and unsanctioned first live album released only two days before. The low-fi gem, Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany; 1962, literally chronicled the “Fab Four's” final shows as a club band during the final weeks of 1962.
The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl featured the constant shriek of 17,000 fans and proved that the group, who had long been said to be a slipshod and barely-adequate live act, was actually a tight ensemble that was able to faithfully reproduce their classic hits and album favorites on stage.