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  • Summary: Songs from the pop legends' three sold-out concerts at Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965 (including four previously unreleased tracks) were remastered and remixed by Giles Martin for this new version of the 1977 vinyl-only release The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl.
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I Want to Hold Your Hand
Oh, yeah, I tell you something I think you'll understand When I say that something's I wanna hold your hand I wanna hold your hand I wanna hold your... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. 100
    Live At The Hollywood Bowl is back, with new mixes by Giles Martin that sharpen the sound but don’t ditch the screams, plus extra tracks, including a wonderful I Want To Hold Your Hand. The great lost Beatles album just became the essential new Beatles album.
  2. Sep 9, 2016
    90
    The way the screams and music dance across these 17 songs--recorded during three nights in 1964 and 1965 and spliced into a seamless rush of manic love--is what makes Live at the Hollywood Bowl such a thrill.
  3. Sep 9, 2016
    80
    Decades later, it's still thrilling to hear the band and the crowd feed off the excitement of the other.
  4. Sep 9, 2016
    80
    Martin Jr’s sonic whizzery doesn’t extend to removing the screams from the recording--they continue throughout, a potent reminder of the pandemonium the Beatles generated at their touring peak--but he has brought out both the melody and muscular tautness of the band’s live performance.
  5. Q Magazine
    Sep 16, 2016
    80
    Thanks to digital tweaking, boy does it capture them swinging and the four bonus songs are most welcome too. [Oct 2016, p.115]
  6. Sep 21, 2016
    80
    What Live At The Hollywood Bowl, and its parent movie, shows us is their primal power. The sound and the fury (not to mention the banter) that conjured a roar unheard since, both on and off the stage.
  7. Uncut
    Sep 9, 2016
    80
    This remastered version certainly sounds clearer than the muddy original. ... As far as the songs, go, there are a few surprises, just some frenzied romps through the band's greatest hits at this point. [Oct 2016, p.47]
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  1. Sep 17, 2016
    9
    A legendary concert brought back to life thanks to today's technology and it sounds better than ever. A must-have for hardcore Beatles fansA legendary concert brought back to life thanks to today's technology and it sounds better than ever. A must-have for hardcore Beatles fans (and also a great introductory piece for those who're starting to appreciate them) Expand