Original 1966 Beatles Audio Recording at Auction Aug. 29 A previously unknown audio example of the entire Toronto concert as a 2 hour and 20 minute documentary detailing one family's experience at the final concert appearance of the Beatles in Canada.
CD-R with samples of the original recording accompanies. The tape player has not been used in a number of years, though its very existence, and that of the original recording, is a true piece of Rock & Roll history.
Accompanying as provenance is a typed letter from the son of the original owner, the original sales receipt from the day his son sold it to a private collector, and a typed, detailed description of the tape's content.
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Mapleleaf Gardens, Toronto, Ont. Canada - August 17, 1966 - Evening Show
The Amos Tape - Total time 2 hours and 20 minutes.
By Erik Taros, Beatles Documentarian
With the advent of quality digital music editing for home computers, the past few years have seen renewed
interest in amateur audience recordings of live Beatles concerts. Improved sound quality, lower generation
copies of familiar shows (Candlestick Park 8. 29. 66, Seattle Coliseum 8. 21. 64) are circulating and several
tapes long thought to exist (Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis 8.19. 66 - both shows) have suddenly appeared.
Tony Barrow’s cassette of The Beatles final performance at Candlestick Park is by far the best sounding of
all the audience tapes and is actually an enjoyable listen. Unfortunately, most fall into the category of
“for historical interest only”, but with the recent discovery of a previously unknown reel documenting the
eatles’ evening performance at Maple Leaf Gardens on August 17, 1966, we have a notable exception.
Hereafter referred to as “The Amos Tape.” This single 5” open reel is a 2 hour and 20 minute amateur
documentary, detailing one family’s experience at the final Beatles concert in Canada: Maple Leaf Gardens,
Toronto, Ont. August 17, 1966. Indeed detail is the operative word with this amazing tape. Sensing that a
Beatles concert had become something more than a venue for excessive screaming, our host and narrator
“Dad” decides to preserve the event via his professional level UHER reel-to-reel deck. The tape begins as
the listener is introduced to the family as they drive to Maple Leaf Gardens.
“Wednesday, the 17th of August 1966...” and the first 4 minutes or so are spent in the car with the family
discussing why they are going and what they think they will see. Interesting to note that “Mom” comments
that she expects to see The Beatles, not hear them! As the tape progresses, she provides the most succinct
and occasionally prophetic observations. Frequent time and weather checks are given throughout the tape
as well as descriptions of police presence