Saturday, November 10, 2007

I Can Stay 'Til It's Time To Go

Forty-years ago today, the Beatles filmed several promotional clips to accompany the single release of "Hello Goodbye." The filming took place at the Saville Theatre in London, and three versions of the promo were then assembled from the footage. The most common version is the one of the Beatles performing in their Sgt. Pepper attire with a psychedelic backdrop behind them. This promo clip aired on The Ed Sullivan Show, Hollywood Palace, and Beat Club but was denied broadcast in England because of the Musician's Union ban on mimed clips. The second version saw the light of day officially in 1993 (with a blue border around it) to promote the CD release of The Beatles 1967 - 1970 (commonly referred to as the "Blue Album.")

The above screen captures were taken from the Picture Perfect compilation entitled Chronology Two, which includes versions 2 and 3 of the "Hello Goodbye" promo films. The Anthology included a newly constructed version complied from outtake footage of the day's work. Though not in the best quality, I hope you still enjoy the captures. I worked on them using Adobe Photoshop, so at least the colors are a bit brighter.

(Background information obtained from John C. Winn's That Magic Feeling, pp. 148 - 149)

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