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Actually, outside of the context of the film for which they were written and recorded, the Hard Day's Night material showed a remarkable growth in the band's range and sound in just a few months. George Harrison 's 12-string Rickenbacker guitar, which was the group's biggest sonic innovation in the movie score, was a little reduced in profile without the movie's title track on hand, but it was still present, as was an unprecedented (for a rock & roll group) reliance on acoustic guitar sounds ("And I Love Her," "If I Fell"), and a range of ballads that showed greater emotional depth and seriousness than had been heard from too many rock & roll bands in 1964. And then there were the songs -- "Anytime at All," "Things We Said Today" -- that melded rock & roll with acoustic and low-wattage electric music into something uniquely exciting, although the better-represented showcase movie title track wasn't here, With the rocking "Matchbox" and the exuberant "Slow Down" punching up the middle, Something New gave fans their money's worth and then some, even if it was just a transitional collection in the history that followed.

Technically, the earliest surviving color film of the Beatles in concert was shot in February 1962, but the silent, jerky, home-movie-quality reel does little to conjure the raw excitement of a Scouse rave-up. Instead, Eight Days a Week opens with footage taken on November 20th, 1963, at Manchester's ABC Cinema. Filmed as part of a Pathe News short entitled "The Beatles Come to Town", the six-and-a-half minute clip captured the group performing "She Loves You" and "Twist and Shout" – and a crowd of young women hilariously overcome with ardor. It represents the first known color film to include sound of the band performing. Professionally shot, it provides a stunning opening to the documentary, as well as an electrifying glimpse of what was like to sit front row at an early Fab Four concert.

During the next decade, all four Beatles pursued solo careers, with varying success. Lennon, the most outspoken and controversial Beatle, was shot to death by a deranged fan outside his New York apartment building in 1980. McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 for his contribution to British culture. In November 2001, George Harrison succumbed to cancer.


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