The Beatles Anthology: Season 1, Episode 5

August '65 to July '66 (22 Nov. 1995)

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They review their performance and people reaction at the Shea Stadium show and their trip to Japan. At that time, they were experimenting: in drugs usage, and also in music. Rubber Soul and Revolver albums are expressions of that.

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They review their performance and people reaction at the Shea Stadium show and their trip to Japan. At that time, they were experimenting: in drugs usage, and also in music. Rubber Soul and Revolver albums are expressions of that.

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The fifth episode of The Beatles Anthology covers the period August 1965 to July 1966 which covers their succeeding tours in the United States and all over the world as well as the production of their animated film Yellow Submarine.It also includes their historic concert at Shea Stadium,meeting Elvis Presley, and their drug use which influenced the band songwriting as evidenced in their albums Revolver and Rubber Soul.

This part of the documentary presents more tours of the Beatles in both the United States and all over the world.It was highlighted with their historic concert at Shea Stadium wherein more than 55,000 people saw them perform.It was definitely the largest gathering of people that came to see a band during that time.Their live performance of the songs Twist and Shout,I Feel Fine,Baby's in Black,I'm Down, and Help were shown.This only has shown how much pressure the band experienced as they were unable to cope with their new found popularity that was way beyond everyone's expectations at that time.This probably led them to use drugs like LSD which became an influence in their songwriting.The song Day Tripper which John Lennon admitted was a drug song was shown performed by the band.This eventually led to a new direction in their songwriting and the band's music as seen in the release of their albums

  • Rubber Soul and Revolver.Finally,the band also reminisce their


experience meeting Elvis Presley and the positive as well as the negative effect that came with it.

Every Beatlemaniac will definitely appreciate this fifth part of the documentary.In it,the band's change in musical direction was explored.Aside from their drug use which became a factor in it,it was also revealed that the band have started to have had changes in their attitude which they never feared of expressing it in their songs.They also credited Bob Dylan as their inspiration as well as their motivation to become a more entertaining band that led them to write surreal songs rather than the poppy stuff that initially made them popular.At least,the viewer will be getting know what transpired during their change of musical direction which only led them to become more popular that they used to be as their new songs became songs not only during the mid-60's but also more than 40 years after as these songs are still being sung today and have become musical influence for many bands in the succeeding generations.


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