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The story of the band's early years as seen through the eyes of original Beatles drummer Pete Best.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Great documentary on the Beatles' early years 2 Sept. 2005
By Kevin R. Oppendike - Published on
Format: DVD
I wondered what to expect from this DVD. I wasn't overly confident that it would be worthwhile but was pleasantly surprised with what I found. The production quality is on par with that of the Beatles Anthology discs. Pete Best and others who were there (including Astrid Kircherr, Klaus Voorman, Cynthia Lennon, & Neil Aspinal) reminisce about the early days of the Beatles in Liverpool and Hamburg. Pete tells about his experiences during the early years of the band from it's formation up until the time of his firing. Best seems to have a very good memory and appears to enjoy telling stories about those early days. Best is probably the only person left to give an accurate first hand account of those formative years of the group (George and John are gone, Ringo wasn't there, and Sir Paul is known to fudge Beatles history to better suit his desired image). Best does not seem bitter at all, especially after all the years that have passed. One of the major points he (and others) apparently want to get across in this film is that he was not fired because he wasn't a good enough drummer. It seems that even now Pete doesn't really know why he was fired. He tells how it happened but apparently wasn't really ever given a reason and that does still bother him. All in all a very interesting documentary and a must have for any serious Beatles fan's DVD library. I never really gave much thought to Pete Best before watching this. Most Beatle histories tend to marginalize Best, but this DVD gives him a chance to set the record straight that he was there and he did play a definite role in the early Beatles rise to fame.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The Missing Link 8 Oct. 2005
By Elfinstone - Published on
Format: DVD
I had seen Pete Best on tv several times over the years and he always seemed to be shy and nervous, without much spark. I didn't know whether to attribute this to his natural personality or to his sense of being beaten down by life, to have been so close and lost one of the greatest prizes of our generation - membership in The Beatles. So I didn't expect much from this documentary. Boy was I surprised. Instead of being a self-serving piece of drivel, it filled in some missing details in the early career of The Beatles, their skiffle days (represented by a poignant rendering of an old song by Ken Brown) and Hamburg. I loved the interviews with Klaus, Astrid, Cynthia, Neil and the other Liverpool regulars. They added color to what has been rehashed over and over again in books. There was a piece of footage of Pete from the old days and I was surprised to see he was not only good looking but had a sparkle in his eye. He certainly would have attracted my attention if I had been a Liverpool teenager. Yet he didn't really fit with the other three. Ringo shared the wit and the cheekiness of the other three that made the Beatles so endearing to their audiences, especially in America. Pete seems to have let go of the bitterness of what happened. This DVD is certainly worthwhile for those interested in Beatles history.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
DVD Is As Great as Pete's Drumming! 20 Sept. 2005
By Joe Vance - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD is an amazing review, by those in the know, of the 1960-1962 early Beatles era which McCartney, Lennon & Harrison always seemed to rush through and bow out of when asked to recount those days. Mention the name Pete Best in an interview with Richard Starkey and he gets wound up. There must have been some reason for never disclosing the true reasons for the dismissal of Pete Best as drummer of The Beatles, otherwise there might not have been offered, over the years, a host of phony stories, lies and lame excuses, which among other things, unfairly painted Pete Best as a poor drummer. This DVD also, finally, explodes the myth that Stuart Sutcliffe was useless as a bass player. Stuart, whom all hardcore Beatles fans love just for being there, was indeed holding his own in the band as told by Klaus Voorman who was inspired by Stuart to pick up a bass and learn to play himself.

It's odd that, of those who ever gave an opinion on Pete's musicianship, that virtually all of the musicians from the bands who actually heard The Beatles play, (and some of those are represented in this DVD), have given Pete an excellent rating, all except the members of Pete's own band, although today, as in his comment in "WingsSpan", McCartney admits that Pete was a great drummer... finally. And Sir Paul, if you're reading this, or if perhaps you're having one of your servants read this to you, I would say the following: When you come off your tour (which the average Macca fan, including myself, could not afford to attend), consider giving Pete a call, make an appointment to visit The Casbah, and bring your guitar.

My favorite personality, aside from Pete, on this DVD, is Horst Fascher, who, among other things, had been a bouncer at Bruno Koshmider's Kaiserkeller club in Hamburg, a man who became a good friend of Pete's and The Beatles. He tells it like it was,
relating, for example, that in 1962 he immediately suspected Brian Epstien of masterminding Pete's dismissal from the group. One can tell from his account, and from his expression, that Horst never saw Brian in a positive light, and personally, I believe Horst's recollections, all in all, shed the most light about those early years. Thank You Horst. Other interview highlights include Astrid, Klaus, Ken Brown, Rory & ROag Best,
and one of Merseybeat's foremost boosters, Mona Best filmed with her son, Pete, early 60's. And there are many others. Fantastic!

This DVD, aside from its main program being a work of art in how it is presented, and as to its wonderful quality, is PACKED with extras which will leave any viewer more than satisfied.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The extra bonus DVD to the Beatles Anthology DVD set 7 Nov. 2005
By P. Gabor - Published on
Format: DVD
Great care was put into creating this DVD and it is not a low budget hack some might fear. This is a top quality documentary made by some who made the Anthology DVDs with the help of people who were actually there. With this DVD you get a better understanding of the early years all presented in the entertaining style of the Beatles Anthology. A perfect bonus DVD to be put right next to the Anthology box set.

Many 'only read about before' people, great stories, interesting facts, some never seen footage and pictures. Top release! Get it and have a wonderful 2+ hours. NOW the story is told. Thanks Pete, Roag etc...
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Bestles 18 Jan. 2008
By Vincent L. Zegarelli - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
After reading what other folk have written I decided to buy my own copy and see for myself. Pete Best is an engaging guy who was on the brink of fame and lost it and although this happened he is not sour grapes about his experience. This is almost like a home video of someones life with tales thrown in. He doesn't share alot of new things but I never thought the Beatles would try to rob a sailor after drinking with the fellow, interesting.The extras are great as well.When you look at this in context of the times then and now this is a little jewel of a documentary.I suppose I was hoping Pete wouldn't whine about lost fame and he doesn't which makes this as interesting a doc as there is. I found it difficult to believe that none of the other "mates" have contacted him over the years and was pleassently surprised to learn that on the first anthology set its Petes drumming on love me do. I highly recommend this product.
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