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Beatles DVD spotlights first U.S. visit

Fab Four toured nation in 1964
/ Source: Billboard

A Beatles DVD, featuring footage shot by filmmakers Albert and David Maysles during the Fab Four’s first visit to the United States, will be released next month, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the trip.

“The Beatles First U.S. Visit” will be released Feb. 3 in the U.S. on Apple Corps/EMI, and Feb. 9 internationally.

The Maysles brothers, who would later go on to make such films as “Gimme Shelter” and “Salesman,” had all-areas access to the Beatles as their plane touched down in New York Feb. 7, 1964, and during the ensuing two-week tour of the country.

They filmed behind-the-scenes moments in dressing rooms, hotels and nightclubs, at press conferences, in limos and on trains. Also included is the group’s first concert at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C., and its three performances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Songs on the DVD include “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “From Me to You,” “This Boy,” “Twist and Shout,” “Please Please Me,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “I Wanna Be Your Man” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”

The 80-minute documentary is also accompanied by a 50-minute making-of feature that includes an interview with Albert Maysles. David Maysles died in 1987.