Eight Days a Week—The Touring Years
T.A.M.I. Show/The Big T.N.T. Show
Nostalgic fans of a certain age who like to pontificate about how great music was in the ’60s can cite a couple of new home video releases to back up their argument.
Directed by Ron Howard – documentary Eight Days a Week—The Touring Years offers a concise 100-minute survey of the Fab Four’s career up to the point they stopped touring in 1966.
Inevitably it only skims the surface but the music is (of course) terrific and the footage of the lads sending audiences into a hysterical frenzy captures the bizarre sometimes frightening energy of the day.
Extras on the two-disc edition include charming reminiscences by American fans and uncut performances of five songs that prove what a cooking live act they were.
While the Beatles probably had to stop touring just to preserve their sanity it’s hard not to conclude from this engaging film that a special spark left their music when they retired from the road – even as their artistic ambitions expanded exponentially.