A more complete of the Beatles’ live performance of “Kansas City” recorded at the Cavern in 1962 that some believe hasn’t been heard previously in its full length is getting a lot of buzz this week thanks, in part, to a music board discussion, according to a MSN blog report on July 25. You can hear the song in the video contained on this page.
According to the report on Reverb by Mark C. Brown, the track was recently revealed on the Steve Hoffman music forum. It’s not known whether this is the first time the complete version has been heard. The song was one of two, along with “Some Other Guy,” recorded by Granada TV on Sept. 5, 1962.
The tune is a great version with Paul McCartney doing his best Little Richard imitation. He opens the song saying, “Had a couple of requests to do a tune called ‘Kansas City,’ so we’d like to do ‘Kansas City’.” The performance pretty much follows the studio version they released later on “Beatles For Sale” and “Beatles ’65,” though Paul adds a couple of “woooos” to the song.
The excerpted “Kansas City” was featured in “The Beatles Anthology” when it was broadcast on TV, then a little more was added for the home video version, according to John C. Winn’s “Way Beyond Compare,” but the pitch was a half-tone too low. All of the versions of the song we found on YouTube, such as this one, are incomplete and have talking in back of them. One of the voices is clearly Brian Epstein, while one sounds like it might be George Harrison. One bootleg, “Early Beatles: Around U.K. 1962-1964,” removed the voices, but was still incomplete.
The version on the video, which runs 2:37 as opposed to about a minute shorter in the excerpted versions, appears to be the correct speed as well as complete and without any additional voices.
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