The Beatles - Shout
Recorded for the British television special Around The Beatles, this version of the Isley Brothers’ 1959 hit Shout was unusual for featuring lead vocals from all four members of The Beatles.
The group pre-recorded seven songs for the show on 19 April 1964, at IBC Studios in London. The special was filmed on 28 April and first broadcast on 6 May, by which time the screams from the studio audience had been added to the group’s performance.
The performance of Shout is among The Beatles’ most dynamic. Although the group hadn’t performed it live since signing to EMI, they assuredly romped through the song, allowing each Beatle to have a moment under the vocal spotlight.
For reasons unknown, the Anthology 1 version edited around 30 seconds from the recording. Since the Anthology version was mixed from the original three-track tapes, rather than the programme soundtrack, the audience’s screams were also omitted. The full version can be heard on bootleg recordings, or seen on unofficial videos of the TV special.
John Lennon: vocals, rhythm guitar. Paul McCartney: vocals, bass. George Harrison: vocals, lead guitar. Ringo Starr: vocals, drums